Holi is generally celebrated around the month of February/March with the commencement of the change in weather. This festival nicely announces the onset of spring. People with their kith and kin’s tend to paint the environment with Colors. The welcoming sound of ‘Happy Holi’ reverberates all over the street. It is justly said that during this festival enemies also become friends. Just a hug and some colors herald the sign of forgetting the pasts and welcoming new relations.
No matter how much of colors and clothes one might be enticed by, at one point all that would seem interesting would surely be good food items. During festivals, even health regimes go for a toss. People want to enjoy and good food gives a boost to the happiness already present.
There is a host of customary delicacies that are thoroughly relished on Holi festival, which makes the occasion further enjoyable. The presence of different customs culminates into presence of different types of recipes and dishes. Some of the most popular ones are Puran Poli, Gujia, Papri, Dahi Bhalle, Malpua, Kanji Ke Vade, Bhang Ke Vade, Bhang ke Pakore, Meetha Poodas, Bread Dahi Vade, Khasta Kachodi, Barfi, Sweet Rice, Thandais, Bhang, flavoured bhang drinks, Hot Buttered Bhang, Sweet Kachoris, among many others.
Below are top ten traditional Holi recipes that can brighten up the colors this Holi:
- Bhang & Thandais: Bhang is the most special drink during Holi. It is prepared from the flowers and seeds of the cannabis plant. Though it is an intoxicating item, it has medicinal values also. It helps to relieve anxiety and improve appetite and digestion. Since it improves mood, bhang is specially made and served during the Holi festival. Bhang is also mixed with ghee and sugar to make a green halva, and into peppery, chewy little balls called ‘golee’
Thandai is a coolant and is prepared with a mixture of fennel seeds, almond, rose petals, saffron, cardamom, watermelon kennel, pepper, milk and sugar. This refreshing, healthy drink is embedded with Holi. It is served in the midst of the play. People who become exhausted playing with color waters get instant energy and regain their spirit. Bhang thandai, laced with bhang is used as a mood setter during the Holi festival. For people who do not want intoxication, they can take simple thandai made out of milk and flavored syrup with crushed almonds and dry fruits, or made out of battered yoghurt or flavored yoghurt.
- Puran Poli: This is a scrumptious, delicious Maharashtraian festive sweet. But it is also popular in other Indian cities. It is known as ‘Poli’ in Tamilnadu, ‘Holige’ in Karnataka and ‘Bobbatlu or Bakshalu’ in Andhra. Puran Poli is a flatbed with a sweet lentil filling. In Maharashtraian Puran poli Chana dal, is used, whereas the Gujarati version makes use of toovar dal.
- Phirni: This delectable rice based dessert is one of the must haves of the menu for Holi. It is the delicious combo of thickened milk with rice flour flavored with cardamom and topped with almond and pistachios.
- Dahi bhalle or Dahi Bhalla Papdi: This is another favorite dish which is crispy snacks and fluffy maida balls in curd and of course great taste of sweet and spicy chutney. . It’s a slightly different variant of dahi vada. In dahi bhalle boiled potato cubes, cooked chickpeas and papdis are added that add different flavors, taste. Serve chilled, garnished with ginger, green chilies, coriander leaves, chili powder, cumin powder, mint leaves and tamarind chutney. In the South Indian version, slightly sweetened yogurt is used. This popular north Indian dish can be served as a starter dish.
- Sweet kachori: This traditional delicacy of Maharashtra contains two unique parts, the outer layer and the inner filling. The outer layer of kachori is made with plain and corn flour and the filling is the delicious combination of khoya, milk, nutmeg and cardamom..
- Khasta kachodi: This is for a change not a sweet dish. Khashta means flaky and this crispy snack is stuffed with spicy fillings. This is somewhat a miniature form of puri but a lot smaller and a lot thicker. Spices and other flour items are mixed and cooked together to make a dark colored dry spicy tangy filling. This is put in small hollow puffed flour balls and fried. It is tasty and a good respite when people have had their tongues goes for a sweet phobia after having all sweets in and around their houses.
- Gujia: Holi without sugar dripping Gujia is unimaginable. It is one of the most long standing foods and is a favorite traditional sweet. It is a fried pastry filled with an aromatic nut mixture. The sweet dumpling is made of made and filled with Koya and dryfriut mixture. It is a must have treat for Holi.. If you are calorie conscious, you can bake it in the oven. Brush the gujias with little oil and then bake
- Barfi: Burfi is another very popular and classy sweet. This sweet basically contains petha and all other basic ingredients used for making flour based sweets. What makes the change is the high content of cashew nut paste in it. It tastes exceedingly tasty for the same. It is mostly not too sweet and can be had in more numbers than two at a time. This costly sweet is in fact used all round the year and especially for invitation gifts and token gifts.
- Kanji ke vade: Scrumptious Pakoras and vadas go hand in hand with Bhang and Thandais. So, varieties of such snacks are prepared during Holi.Tangy and tasty Kanji ka Vade is a very traditional dish mostly made in UP and Rajasthan. This dish is mostly prepared during Holi. Kanji consists of powdered mustard seeds, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, all diluted in water. Moong daaal vadas are soaked in this tangy water. In around 4 days the water becomes sour and that is when it is called Kanji. Vegetables of your choice can also be soaked in kanji.
- Malpua: These rich, soft and sweet pancakes are made of refined flour and milk. It is a very tasty and high calorie sweet dish. This is common in Bengal and Maharashtra. . This Indian classic dessert is topped with rabdi – flavored thickened milk. The main ingredients are maida and sugar. The fried malpuas are soaked in hot thick sugar syrup.
Try these simple and mouth-watering Holi Recipes and celebrate the festival to the hilt.