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India

Facts & Figures

India Team Logo
  • Capital City: Delhi (New Delhi)
  • Population: 915m
  • Languages: Hindi, English, Panjabi, Local Languages
  • Team Nickname: The Blue Tigers, or The Bhangra Boys
  • Official Team Web Site
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: -
  • Best AFC Asian Nations Cup Performance: Runners-Up (1964)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 137 (October 2016)

Ideas for an India Themed Party

India is vast, both in terms of geographical size and population, and it is therefore almost impossible to define an Indian party in just a few ideas. But hopefully some of the following will provide you with the inspiration you need.

Celebrations in India are generally loud, colourful affairs. People in brightly coloured costumes with faces painted, plenty of Indian food and music (for example "Music Of India" by Ravi Shankar), and quite possibly fireworks.

Indian Party Decorations

For an Indian football party, you can either go for the orange, white and green colour scheme of the national flag, or use the blue of the Blue Tigers' shirts.
  • Decorate yourself and your room with Indian flags and scarves (see links, right)
  • If you're serving food, search for orange, white and green (or blue) table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Indian Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asia Flags & Decorations Page

Food for an Indian Themed Party

Now, Indian food is a bit of a favourite of ours, and I've been looking forward to creating this page for ages. Now I've finally got to it, however, I hardly know where to start! Part of the problem is that there is of course no such thing as just one style of Indian food - there are huge regional and cultural variations. To find out more, a good reference guide is Madhur Jaffrey's "Flavours of India" , which explores Indian cuisine region by region and has some excellent recipes in, or even her "Ultimate Curry Bible" , although this deals with curries from around the world rather than just India specifically.

Now, you could of course just order an Indian takeaway, which will work fine and save you a lot of effort. But there is something very satisfying about making your own curry from scratch, and as your guests arrive and are greeted by those warm spicy aromas, you are halfway to creating a great party atmosphere already! One of the myths about Indian cooking is that it requires hundreds of different and expensive spices, and takes hours and hours to prepare. Not the case at all. OK, if you've never cooked a curry before, you are going to need to spend a little money on assembling a basic collection of the frequently used spices and/or curry pastes, but you won't need a second mortgage to do so. And many Indian dishes - ok, not all, but many - can be prepared and cooked quite quickly.

Because of the many different regional, cultural and religious groupings within India, most "main food groups" will be eaten by somebody somewhere! While many are vegetarians, there are Indian cuisines that include beef (while others don't), pork, lamb, seafood and so on. Rice - and of course basmati is the rice of choice - and a variety of breads are popular everywhere, as are chutneys and pickles to accompany main dishes.

So here are a few of my personal favourite Indian recipes:

Starters

Main Courses & Accompaniements

Drink for an Indian Party

Tea is of course hugely popular in India, particularly in the north. Varieties such Assam and Darjeeling would be the most traditional, if you want to keep it authentic. Further south, coffee is also grown and is becoming increasingly popular.

India of course does not produce much wine, but Indian (or Indian-style) beer brands such as Kingfisher and Cobra are a must for any Indian themed party.

As a non-alcoholic alternative, water is always served with every meal in India, and lassi (a drink made from yoghurt with sugar, spices and/or fruit juice or purée) is a traditional favourite.

We have been unable to find a reliable source of Indian football kit at this time. For reference, India's home kit is blue (shirts are mid- and dark blue horizontal stripes with light blue trim), and their away kit is white with an orange vertical stripe.

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