Balloons filled with water colors, guns loaded with water, the arrival of spring bringing hope and beginning of new season, the plates filled with gujiyas, the playing of old and new songs. This is how we have been celebrating Holi. And every year, people celebrate it with great enthusiasm.
According to mythology, “Holi” has been derived from the word “Holika”, which is the name of the evil sister of demon king Hirankashyap. On the eve of Holi, a bonfire is lit which signifies “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations start.
The festival is celebrated differently in different regions of India. For eg. In Mathura, the festival lasts for more than a week. There, it is known as ‘lath mar Holi’, in which women beat men with sticks and sing songs.
In South India, Kaamdeva(the God of love) is worshiped and in West Bengal, Holi is better known as “Swing Festival” and representations of Krishna and Radha are worshiped.
When we talk about Holi, what comes to our mind is gujiyas, kachoris, papads, and much more. A festival in India is incomplete without food. And that is why, in this article we are giving you some of the favourite Holi dishes.
Holi is incomplete without its favorite sweet, Gujiya. Sugar dripping gujiyas are a dish, native to Rajasthan. These sweet dumplings are made of maida/flour. These are filled with delicious khoya and dry fruits.
Try these different recipes this Holi:-
- Mewa Gujiya Recipe
- Colorful Gujiya Recipe
- Gujiya Recipe From Lovely’s Kitchen
- Khoya Gujiya Microwave Recipe
- Stuffed Gujiya Recipe
This is North India’s traditional sweet. It is an Indian dessert, just like a pancake. It is dipped in sugar and fried.
- Bhaang Ke Pakore
This is a favorite drink of Holi and is very intoxicating. Lord Shiva used to consume this drink and that is why, it is considered to be very auspicious.
Thandai is a traditional Holi drink. The drink is a combination of fragrance and fennel. It naturally cools your body. It is a welcoming drink for the guests on this auspicious day.
- Gol Gappa/Paani Puri
You don’t need to go to food stalls anymore. You can now make them at home. A must have this Holi.
- Dal Kachori
This is one of the most popular snacks of North India. It is filled with arhar dal and spices. They are fried crispy.
- Dahi Bhalla
A festival is incomplete without tasty Dahi Bhalla/Dahi Vada.
- Shakkar Paare/Namak Paare
Holi will always give you hunger pangs. And to meet your hunger pangs Shakkar Paare and Namak Paare are a perfect snack.
So, have a very Happy and safe Holi and don’t forget to try these recipes.