Celebrate Holi 2017 With These Delicious Dishes

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.

  • Thandai

    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

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  • Gujiya

    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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Malpua

    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

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  • Bhaang

    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

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  • 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

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  • 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

    Dahi Vada Recipe by Sameer Goyal

  • 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

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  • Dhuska

    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

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Pulses: Important Part Of Healthy Meal

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Pulses have important place in an Indian meal, either in South India or in North India; in states from Western India or in East Indian states. These are included in main meals as yummy dishes like Dal Makhani or just Plain Dal with Tadka, Sambhar or Chole etc.

Chole

Chole

Pulses are an important ingredient of some special preparations like Puran Poli, Dahi Vada and many others. Pulses are cooked as whole, split, husked or washed. They can be used in a variety of ways in soups, curries, salads, snacks and desserts. Soaking of pulses is advisable before cooking to reduce cooking time.

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

For those who are vegetarian, Pulses are vital as an important source of proteins. These are good source of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (all vitamin B). Also supply carbohydrates, calcium, carotene, iron and potassium. Whole pulses and split dal with skin provide good quantity of fiber. Skin also prevents loss of water soluble nutrients. Nutritive value and digestibility of pulses can be increased by sprouting or fermenting them. There is an appreciable increase of the B vitamins, iron and also vitamin C after sprouting of pulses. Fermentation also increases the content of the vitamin B like in Idli, Dosa and Dhokla.

Dosa

Dosa

As pulses are good source of protein and low in carbohydrate, hence are good options to substitute part of total cereals, to provide balanced calories to a patient of Diabetes or for those who need to control intake of calories. But total protein content has to be kept in mind, not to overload kidneys. Some pulses constitute soluble fiber like Rajma. Soluble fiber helps to control cholesterol in blood. These are useful for conditions like- high cholesterol, hypertension and high blood pressure.

We will now discuss about preparation of Rajma Curry.

 

Rajmah Curry

Rajma Curry

Rajma Curry

 

Serves -1                      Portion size – 1bowl

Ingredients

Rajmah – 40 g dry or 80 g soaked

Water – 1:4 by volume

Salt -1/2 t

Hing(Asafoetida) -1 pinch

Red chili powder – 1/8 t

Garam masala (Ground Spices) powder -1/8 t

Garlic – 2 cloves

Onion – 40 g

Oil – 1T

Turmeric powder – 1/8 t

Coriander powder -1/4 t

Tomato -50 g

Curd – 1 t

Coriander leaves – 1 sprig

Method-

Pick and wash rajmah, soak overnight. Drain and make 2 c of water, if required, by adding additional water. Pressure cook with water, salt and hing for 20 minutes on low heat after first whistle. Let it cool and drain the rajmah, reserve the stock. Make a paste of onion, ginger and garlic, fry it in heated oil until golden brown. Add chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, fry for two minutes. Add garam masala pd and paste of tomatoes. Fry until it leaves sides of the pan, add beaten curd. Fry again till the curd is absorbed in masala. Add the drained rajmah and fry for another five minutes. Add reserved stock and cook for five minutes after it starts boiling. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves either with rice or chapati.

Nutritive Value:

Calories -268,

Protein – 10.5 g

Fat -11 g

Carbohydrate – 31.8 g

Fiber – 3.7 g

Calcium -162 mg

Iron – 2.6 mg

Carotene – 193 micro g

Vitamins B

Sodium and Potassium.

10 Chaat Recipes for Summers

The summer has only started and the sun is already shining so bright that it is impossible to consume heavy food. That is why it is recommended that you keep it light. In this article, we will discuss the great Indian chaats made of crispy puris, spices, potatoes, curd and other such ingredients. Try these 10 recipes this summer.

  • Dahi Papdi Chaat: This one is made with puris and spicy seasoning. This dish can be prepared very fast and is easy to prepare. Everyone will love it.

Dahi Papdi Chaat

 

Dahi Papdi Chaat Recipe

  • Aloo Tikki Chaat: This is a quick and easy snack for potato fans. It quickly relieves your hunger. If you add some curd, it will give you a cooling effect at the insides of your body.

Aloo Tikki Chaat

 

Aloo Tikki Chaat

  • Dahi Vada: Vadas, made out of lentils and then immersed in cool dahi are covered with chutneys. It’s a real treat for the taste buds.

Dahi Vada

 

Dahi Vada Recipe

  • Idli Chaat: Make your idlis spicy by adding a little sev, chutney and other delicious flavors.
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Photo Courtesy: thebrunettediaries

  • Chana Chaat: Chana Chaat is a tasty mixture that you will love to eat. You can add different kinds of chutneys and other crunchy stuff to make it irresistible.

Chana Chaat

 

Chana Chaat Recipe

  • Cornflakes Chaat: Cornflakes Chaat is a great dish that can be packed in the tiffin and taken to work as it is tasty and dry.

Cornflakes Chaat

 

Cornflakes Chaat Recipe

  • Oats Chaat: This simple chaat is perfect for your summer cravings. It is rich in protein and has garnishing of pomegranate seeds.
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  • Bhel Puri: This is a classic Indian snack that is made of puffed rice. If made right, it tastes delicious.

Bhel Puri

 

Bhel Puri Recipe

  • Kachori Chaat: Although this chaat takes some efforts to be prepared as the kachoris need to be prepared in advance but it is easy to assemble them when they are ready.

Kachori Chaat

 

Kachori Chaat Recipe

  • Corn Chaat: This is a spicy treat that has a mix of corn, onions, potatoes and a lot of seasoning. It is a great snack.

Corn Chaat

 

Corn Chaat Recipe

For more interesting recipes, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

 

Dahi Vada: A Delightful Snack For Festive Season!!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada is one of the favorite snack of Indians. Its a perfect side-dish for festive season like Holi and Diwali. It is known by different names in different parts of India. For example: Doi Bora in Bengali, Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi, Thayir Vada in Malayalam, Thayir Vadai in Tamil, Perugu Vada in Telugu, Dahi Bara in Odia and Mosaru Vade in Kannada.

Although vadas are very tasty and loved by all. But when made into Dahi Vadas, they become a mind blowing stuff! It is easy to prepare with the Vadas soaked in yogurt (dahi).

The vadas which are deep fried balls made of Urad or Moong Daal(Lentil) are placed in water. Then, they are moved to yogurt (which is beaten thick). The vadas are kept there for a few hours to get the best results and then they are served. If you want to add more flavor to the Dahi Vada, you can top it up with mint or coriander leaves, chaat masala, black pepper (crushed), chilli powder, coconut, cumin, boondi or chilli.

Besides Dahi Vadas, Sambhar Vadas and Rasam Vadas are very popular in India.

Here are different recipes of Dahi Vadas:-