Every Indian festival has a certain significance attached to it. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. Although it is known as the festival of colours, it’s also an excuse to eat unlimited foods that awaken the senses and keep your spirits high. And what can be better way to end the dry and grey winter? So this Holi don’t miss out on these special delicacies.
Let your kitchen also celebrate Holi with the flavour of mouth-watering sweets and snacks.
Ready to have fun with loads of eating and drinking?
Bottoms up to Holi Thandai:
A glass of delicious thandai is the perfect way to charge yourself up as you catch a breath between all the fun.
- Grind together all the dry fruits (almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios) with a little milk to make a fine paste.
- Boil milk in a pan. Add saffron and stir.
- Add sugar when the milk starts boiling and simmer till the sugar melts.
- Grind green cardamoms, dried rose petals, cinnamon and black peppercorn to a fine powder.
- Add the dry fruits paste to the milk and mix it well. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the powder masala to the milk and mix well.
- Chill the milk and serve it in glasses.
- Drink as much as you can and enjoy every sip of it.
Colourful Chaat- Dahi Bhallas:
We Indian are obsessed with our forever love for chaat. The taste of dahi bhallas with red and green chutney is always refreshing and nothing can beat the plate of the dahi bhalla. This delectable snack is everyone’s favourite especially when prepared at home. It’s the most colourful snack to make Holi more fun.
- Soak some Urad dal for 2 hours in water.
- After soaking, strain the water and then blend it. Add salt, green chillies, hing, and ginger.
- Add a little water to make sure the batter is not too thick or watery.
- Pour oil in a deep pan and heat it over medium flame.
- Make a dollop of batter with wet hands and gently add them to the hot oil.
- Deep fry them until it turns golden brown. Use tissue paper to remove extra oil.
- Soak the fried vadas in water one by one. Let it rest for 2 minutes.
- Squeeze out the water from vadas gently.
- Time to make the chaat with curd, red chili powder and salt for the taste.
- Serve them in a bowl, and garnish them with green and red chutney.
Sweet delight-Puran Poli:
One aroma that is closely associated with Holi is of puran poli being prepared at home. Prepare it in ghee and infuse your celebration with the sweet flavour of it. This special treat on Holi makes the celebration extra festive!
- Soak the chana dal for 30 minutes to one hour and then drain the water.
- Cook the chana dal in a pressure cooker for 5-6 whistles. The dal need not to be cooked completely. Let the pressure settles down on its own. The cooked dal has to be drained very well. Keep the stock aside.
- Heat ghee in a pan and add the dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and fennel powder. Saute for a few seconds.
- Add cooked chana dal and grated jaggery. Cook puran mixture on a low flame till the mixture becomes dry. Keep stirring it at intervals.
- Meanwhile make a mixture of wheat flour and salt in a bowl. Add a little bit of water and ghee or oil to the mixture.
- This would be a good time to start making the dough. It should be smooth and soft. Cover and keep the dough for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool the already prepared Puran mixture and mash it. Take a medium or large size ball from the dough. Roll it and fix the stuffing of puran mixture in side it.
- Put some flour and start rolling it again. Alongside heat the tawa and spread ghee on it. Place the rolled poli on it. When one side cooked turn to the other side cook till it is golden brown.
- The puran poli should puff up.
- Serve it with milk/curd.
Prepare these specialties and let your taste buds know that it’s Holi!