The Hindu festival of Holi is also known as the “Festival of colors”. The festival of Holi is a very important event in India. This year Holi will begin on March 1 and ends on March 2.
The festival has its origins in Asia but it is now celebrated throughout the world.
Whats unique about this festival is the tradition of spraying water and coloured powders on other people.
You will find a lot of images of this festival on Instagram. There are many prominent foods of Holi, that everyone must try. In this article, we have shared some traditional foods of Holi.
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These are small dumplings that look like small Cornish pasties. They taste sweet and are prepared with Maida having stuffing of khoya, coconut and dry fruits.
- Dahi Vada
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The dahi vada is a snack that is deep fried. It can be served in thick yogurt and served with delicious herbs, flavours like chili powder.
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Pakoras are fried pieces of vegetables covered with batter. The pieces can be of spinach, potato, cheese, meat and vegetables.
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Barfi are delicious treats that are prepared with sugar, ground nuts, flour and condensed milk. They are cooked until they become solid, giving them sweet layer.
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Phirni is also known as kheer in many parts of India. It can serve as a dessert or main meal.
- Puran Poli
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Puran Poli originated in south of India. It is a sweet flat-bread. This is a traditional dish that is prepared with sugar and jaggery. Puran poli may also contain nutmeg and cardamom.
- Papri Chaat
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This popular fast food from North India is very common during Holi. It is a popular Holi food prepared with crispy dough wafers and served with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind chutney.
- Chana Masala
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The dish is prepared with a variety of chickpea called chana. It is commonly found in North India and the West. A lot of spices are added to chickpeas including mango powder, pomegranate seeds etc.
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This is a favorite drink of Shiv Ji and very popular. Cannabis plants are crushed and combined with milk, spices, mango and refined butter. Bhaang is known for its liberating effects.
- Shakkar Paara
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This is a popular Holi dish. These are small, deep fried wheat flour pieces that are covered with sugar syrup to give it sweet taste.
Colours connect the emotions of people. Colors are what make us happy and jovial. On the festival of Holi, people celebrate with foods, drinks and colors to spread happiness and celebrate the victory of good on evil. The festival of color is the most awaited and liked festival. We love this festival due to the colors we immerse ourself and the delicious dishes that are made on this occasion.
Most festivals of India have some ritual associated with them. Holi is celebrated with great fun and merrymaking and is filled with mouth-watering dishes. The food eaten on this day is appropriate for all occasions of the festival. People celebrate this festival by putting colors on each other. After this, they dine together to feast on special food of Holi. There are many traditional dishes that are prepared on Holi including sweets and snacks, Thandai and delicious snacks.
The recipes prepared for Holi are enjoyed with great enthusiasm by all the friends and family. We have collected some traditional recipes that are specially prepared for Holi festival.
Holi is incomplete without its traditional drink of Thandai. People enjoy this festival in the scorching sun and enjoy sweet sip of Thandai. This is a simple looking drink and is filled with milk, spices and dry fruits. Occasionally, bhaang is added to it for giving it an intoxicating effect. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhVLRf
This is the most symbolic and special Holi recipe. It is prepared with the stuffing of nut stuffing and dried whole milk powder. It is mostly made in North India for the festival of Holi. In Lucknow, you will find around 10 varieties of Gujiya with different fillings. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mwh8QD
- Puran Poli
Puran Poli is a sweet dish for special occasions like Holi. It is popular in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Puran poli is a flattended bread which is sweet in taste and prepared with wheat flour and jaggery along with condiments and other spices. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n9TkTQ
- Bhaang Ke Pakore
Filled with bhang, these pakoras are a customary dish. It is an auspicious dish and is very tasty. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nprLSR
This is another sweet dish prepared in the festival of Holi. It is prepared with the syrup of sugar and flour. It is served with rabri. This sweet can be prepared in advance as it has a longer shelf life. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n55Y3A
Although, many people consume alcohol on Holi, the traditional drink of Lassi is ‘Bhaang Lassi’. Bhaang is associated with Lord Shiva. Bhaang’s local name is marijuana or cannabis. The delicious ‘Bhang Lassi’ is a nutritious drink. People also consume this dish in the form of golees. These are chewy balls of bhang mixed with sugar and ghee. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mT0eMO
- Sweet Rice
This is a South Indian dish and is served with large number of fruit mixtures with cold beverages like Sherbets. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kQ2EI9
- Dahi Vada
Dahi Vada is a delicious dumpling made of lentils like moong dal andurad dal. This snack is eaten with mint chutney, curd or red chilli and is very popular. The taste of the dish is sweet, salty and sour. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1Smfpnx
- Kanji ke Vade
This delicious dish is made by soaking rai and urad dal and then grinding them into paste. Scoop of the mix is deep fried & drained before serving. Kanji ka vada is very popular Holi food of India. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mcNhd6
This dish has its origins in Jharkhand and Bihar. Dhuska is a simple snack prepared with chana dal and rice flour. It is served with green chutney and aloo curry. It is sweet and crunchy in taste. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2npxOXB