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2018 Holi Special

by Sarika Rana

India is gearing up to celebrate one of the biggest festivals, that is Holi. This year, Holi will be celebrated on 2nd March, 2018 and Holika Dahan on 1st March, 2018. Holi is said to derive its name from the mythological character Holika, who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. After the night of Holika Dahan on Choti Holi where a bonfire is lit, people play rang wali Holi with their friends and family. After all, what’s Holi without being drenched in a bevy of colours and water?

Different regions celebrate Holi in their own special ways; however, what makes all the regions alike is the love for food during this festival. If it’s Holi, it is important to prepare savoury delicacies that are handy and easy-to-grab, considering you are drenched in colours and water and wouldn’t want any hurdles in munching on your favourite foods.

We list down some easy-to-pick and eat savoury items that you’d want to prepare during Holi.

1. Aloo Ka Papad

What’s better than a crispy and crunchy snack? Aloo ka papad is popularly prepared during Holi and makes for a simple and quick-to-make yummy snack. All you’d need is potatoes, oil, salt and chili powder to make these delights. If you wish to make it at home, then here’s a delectable recipe of aloo ka papad recipe by Chef Niru Gupta.

(Also read: A Fully Prepared Lunch Menu For Holi)

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Holi 2018: What’s better than a crispy and crunchy snack?

2. Dahi Bhalla

Dahi vade or dahi bhalle are fondly enjoyed by many on Holi. So whip up your favourite street snack at home by making vada using urad ki daal served with fresh yogurt topped with some tangy and zesty chaat masala, sonth and coriander chutney. Slurp! Here’s a recipe of dahi vade by Niru Gupta to treat your palates. Try this dahi bhalle recipe with vadas made using urad and moong dal recipe by Chef Marut Sikka.

dahi bhalla

Holi 2018: Dahi vade or dahi bhalle are fondly enjoyed by many on Holi

3. Kachori

Kachori makes an inevitable part of most Indian festivals. After all, these deep-fried delights are to die for! Dal kachori or masala kachori or even khasta kachori is bound to make your friends fall in love with this festival. Choose the fillings you want inside and you are good to go; or just make all of them! Try these recipes and impress your guests this Holi.

Dal ki kachori

Masala kachori

Khasta kachori

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Holi 2018: Kachori makes an inevitable part of most Indian festivals

4. Kanji Vada

Kanji vada is fried round of lentil batter which is fermented in water, mustard and asafoetida along with other spices. An easy dish to make, kanji vada makes for quite a popular Holi snack. These balls are added into a pot of warm water with rai, salt, red chili powder, whole red chilies and turmeric. This drink cum snack is light on stomach and is best enjoyed when served chilled. Here’s a kanji ke vade recipe that you’d love to devour.

kanji vada

Holi 2018: Kanji vada is fried round of lentil batter which is fermented in water

5. Chaat

There’s no chance you can miss on adding chaat to your table; from gol gappas to paapdi chaat, aloo tikki to bhel puri and sev puri, these are must for celebrating the festival of colours, Holi.

aloo chaat

Holi 2018: There’s no chance you can miss on adding chaat to your table

6. Moong Dal Pakoda

These fired fritters made using dhuli moong along with green chilies, fenugreek, ginger and oil is your perfect Holi food partner and is definitely a piece of cake to make. Here’s an amazing recipe by Chef Niru Gupta that you’d want to make.

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Holi 2018: These fired fritters made using dhuli moong along with green chilies​

7. Masala Chana

A bowlful of masala chana topped with some lemon juice, sev and coriander chutney definitely makes for an amazing Holi snack! This Holi, surprise your guests with this chana chaat and enjoy gorging on them. You can also pair them with kulchas if you want to make it a healthy treat. Here’s a masala chana recipe that you must try at home.

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Holi 2018: A bowlful of masala chana topped with some lemon juice

8. Bhaang Ki Pakodi

Crunchy onion and potato pakodas dipped in chickpeas flour batter induced with a hint of bhaang is exactly what you’d need for a perfect Holi celebration. Try this bhaang ki pakodi recipe by Chef Niru Gupta.

bhang ki pakori

Holi 2018: Crunchy onion and potato pakodas dipped in chickpeas flour batter

9. Ajwain Mathri

Mathri makes for an easy-to-grab snack which can be paired with any drink of your choice. This ajwain flavoured semolina mathri is bound to keep your accompanied every time you feel hungry. Here’s a recipe by Chef Niru Gupta.

singhara atta mathi

Holi 2018: Mathri makes for an easy-to-grab snack

10. Tadka Dahi

Tadka dahi is spicy hung curd tempered with onions, tomatoes, red chilies, masalas, kasoori methi and curry leaves. Here’s tadka dahi recipe that you can enjoy on Holi.

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Holi 2018: Tadka dahi is spicy hung curd tempered with onions, tomatoes
These holi special savoury dishes are bound to make you fall in love with the festival. So go ahead and make your Holi super special

6 Delectable Thandai Recipes

The winter clouds are giving way for the bounty of spring,and Indians across the country are all geared to celebrate Holi in less than a week. Cheeks smeared in hues of pink, green, yellow and red, getting drenched in coloured water or devouring the festive special delicacies; there is a reason why Holi is one of the most loved and widely celebrated festivals of India. Different regions of the country have their own local take on the festival. In Mathura, the festivities may last more than week. It is known as ‘lath mar Holi’, where women beat men with sticks and sing songs. In Bengal, Holi is celebrated as Dol jatra or swing festival where idols of Krishna and Radha are worshipped, and everybody plays on swings and with colours. In South, people worship God Kaamdeva. Like all festivals in India, food plays and intrinsic role in Holi celebrations too. For the longest time, gujiyas and dahi bhalla have dominated the great Holi spread. If there is anything that comes as close in terms of popularity is the thick, creamy and ever-so-delightful Thandai.

Also known as Sardai, thandai is a special beverage, native to India which is prepared extensively during festivals like Holi and Shivratri. The drink is made with the goodness of a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. Thandai could be made in many flavours and is immensely popular in the northern part of the country such as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Here are some delicious thandai recipes you can make for your Holi party!

1. Homemade Thandai

It is nutty, it is creamy and it is loaded. This thandai recipe is decadence overload. It is made with the divine mixture of almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, watermelon seeds, poppy seeds, green cardamoms, cinnamon and pepper corns boiled in milk. The chilled beverage is an answer to all your cravings.

thandai

It is nutty, it is creamy and it is loaded. This thandai recipe is decadence overload​

2. Holi Special Ice Tea Thandai

Fans of Ice-tea raise your hand. This ultimate chilled concoction is one fusion you must try this festive season. Made with the flavourful goodness of Assam tea, almonds, khus khus, fennel seeds and cardamom, this refreshing and fragrant beverage is an instant mood-lifter.

(Also Read: Holi 2017: The Mythological and Cultural Significance of Your Favourite Festival)

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This ultimate chilled concoction is one fusion you must try this festive season​.3.Almond Milk Thandai

Amidst all the play, chatter, endless singing and dancing, it is natural for you to need some fuel to make sure the energy levels don’t take a dip. This wonderful and refreshing beverage is made with the goodness of almonds, aromatic spices and protein rich seeds.

almond milk

This wonderful and refreshing beverage is made with the goodness of almonds, aromatic spices and protein rich seeds.​

4. Guava Thandai

This one’s for those who are not yet ready to say goodbye to guavas. Try this lush and wholesome guava flavoured thandai loaded with nuts and aromatic spices. There, there we can see you slurping already.

guava

Try this lush and wholesome guava flavoured thandai loaded with nuts and aromatic spices.​

5. Soya Thandai

If you happen to be a vegan, then this one’s for you! Here’s a fragrant treat that even you can’t say no to. Soya milk boiled with the thandai spice-mix of cardamom, fennel seeds and dry fruits is a treat for soul.

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Soya milk boiled with the thandai spice-mix of cardamom, fennel seeds and dry fruits is a treat for soul.

6. Thandai Phirni (My Yellow Table)

What happens when a festive dessert meets festive beverage? It gives birth to another culinary marvel just like this thandai phirni. This quick and decadent dessert brings the lush goodness of milk and a nutty charm of almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts and a whole lot of spices.

thandi

This quick and decadent dessert brings the lush goodness of milk and a nutty charm of almonds

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Holi in advance.

 

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