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Shiva Shakti

Shiva Shakti is a popular Indian restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with over two decades of rich legacy. It offers authentic Indian food and has served notable personalities like King Sihanouk and Angelina Jolie. The restaurant promises a unique experience with every visit. Customized catering services are also available on request. Call now to embark on a flavorful journey.


When we think of Indian food, we usually think of spice-rich foods. And we are not wrong there. Indian food is full of delicious spices and flavorful additions that make it special. But the spices are not only there for taste. It also has a lot of nutritional and medicinal value. 

Let us tell you about a popular spice in India: Turmeric. It has been used for centuries in India for treating disorders like the upper respiratory tract and joint and digestive problems. In today’s world, turmeric can treat disorders like arthritis, respiratory problems, allergies, liver conditions, and many more. Plus point? Turmeric in food makes it taste even better. Therefore, it’s a win-win situation!

If you are unsure about using turmeric in food or curious about how it tastes, then we have a solution for you. If you go to Shiva Shakti and try some delicious Indian food, you will no longer hesitate to try Indian food or include more spices in your food.  

Indian Starters

Be it a party, a get-together, or a late-night dinner, starters are definitely the way to go. Starters are literally the start of your meal. However, they might be the most delicious part of the meal (or maybe dessert?). 

Indian meals start with welcome drinks, followed by a huge range of Indian starters, the main course follows, and lastly, delicious desserts. And especially because the starters are too tasty to resist, one might end up eating way too much. 

Indians love to eat appetizers, starters, and snacks. Almost all the time, we like to snack on different foods (mostly starters). It’s not surprising that we may have the most street food vendors.

Indian Non-Veg Starters

India might certainly be a paradise for vegetarians (and probably even vegans) but it is definitely a paradise for non-veg lovers. People tend to eat non-veg because it is rich in proteins, a great source of vitamin B, maintains hemoglobin levels, and is one of the best sources of iron. 

What is your favorite Indian non-veg starter? Is it chicken tikka? Or are they chili prawns? Or maybe meatballs? If you want to explore more Indian starters, let us give you a list of the most delicious-tasting Indian starters.

Read more: How to Make the Perfect Chicken Noodle Soup

3 Delicious Indian Starters You must try

Chicken Tikka

chicken tikka

Let us start with this undoubtedly classic starter. Delicious pieces of chicken marinated in flavorful Indian spices give it the perfect amount of wow factor. It is a must-try starter for people looking to experience Indian starters and who want to capture a burst of deliciousness from the first bite.

Chicken Spring Rolls

Chicken Spring Rolls

Chicken Spring Rolls have a mix of vegetables and chicken cooked to perfection and taste best with chili sauce. They are also a favorite among the children.

Chili Prawns

Chili Prawns

Generally, for those who enjoy seafood, this remains their absolute favorite appetizer. This item is adaptable and can be prepared in a variety of ways. It is also seen as the main ingredient in some regional dishes, especially South Indian food. Hence, as an appetizer, you can keep a variety of prawns on hand, like garlic prawns and spicy prawns with a sweet dipping sauce.

Delicious Non-Veg Starters Recipe

Two of the most popular Indian non-veg starters you can try at home for deliciousness 

Cheesy Chicken Tikka

Cheesy Chicken Tikka

First marination Ingredients: Boneless chicken (500 g), Garlic mince (3 teaspoons), Ginger (2 teaspoons), Pepper (1 teaspoon), Lemon juice (1 teaspoon), and Salt. 


Second marination Ingredients: Egg (1), Cheese( 1 cup), Fresh cream ( 4 tablespoons), Corn Flour (2 teaspoons), Finely chopped green chilies (3), Coriander (5 tablespoons), Mace and Nutmeg powder (¼ teaspoon), salt (according to preference), and Garam masala (½ teaspoon). 


Start the Cheesy Chicken Tikka Recipe by washing and cleaning the chicken well.


For the first marinate:

To marinate the chicken, put pieces of chicken, ginger paste, garlic paste, black pepper powder, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Coat the chicken well. Cover and let the marination set for 15–20 minutes.


For the second marinate:

Combine the egg, cheese, cream, corn flour, green pepper, coriander leaves, nutmeg powder, mace powder, garam masala powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the chicken that has been marinating for 15 to 20 minutes to the second mixture. Check for salt and add if necessary. Mix thoroughly, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4–6 hours. You can cook or fry this tikka according to your liking.

Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken

This is the best Chili Chicken recipe, but with an Indian twist. 

For the marination:

Boneless chicken (500 g), Salt (1 tablespoon), Red Chili Powder (1 tablespoon), Kasuri methi (1 teaspoon), Black Pepper powder (½ teaspoon), All purpose flour (1 tablespoon), Cornflour (1 tablespoon) and Ginger Garlic Paste (1 tablespoon).

For the chili sauce and veggies:

Diced Capsicum (1), Diced Onion (1), Slit Green chili (2), Chopped Garlic (5 cloves), Vinegar (1 teaspoon), Ginger (1 teaspoon), Green chili sauce ( 3 tablespoons), Tomato ketchup (4 tablespoons), Salt (½ teaspoon), Black pepper (½ teaspoon), Cornflour (1 tablespoon), Water (½ cup) and Oil. 


Marinate the chicken with the spices and keep it aside for around 30 minutes. Fry the chicken and remove the excess oil by placing it on the tissue. 

For making the sauce:

Add the oil and the veggies to a pan and cook them (making sure they remain crunchy and do not brown). To this, add ketchup, green chili sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper powder. Mix this well. To thicken the sauce, combine 1 tablespoon corn flour with 1/2 cup water and whisk well. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture, then add it to the sauce and continue to stir continuously; the sauce will thicken. Lastly, put some fried chicken in the sauce and mix the chicken and sauce together. Done!

If you are ready to try out Delicious Indian food, then head over to Shiva Shakti. We will serve you delectable Indian food that will change your perception of Indian food forever! We at Shiva Shakti will be anticipating your visit.


Read more: Delicious Indian Recipes To Try


Which chicken starter is the best?

Every chicken starter has a special place in our hearts. It is tough choosing between so many delicious options. But if we had to pick one, it would most likely be Chicken Tikka.

What is the difference between a starter and an appetizer?

Usually, the only difference between the two terms is that starter is a British term and appetizer is more of a North American term. But both these terms are synonyms.

Is soup an appetizer?

Yes, soup is an appetizer, along with salads and chowders. 

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