Celebrate Holi With These Traditional Dishes

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.

  • Gujiya 

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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.

  • Pakora 

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    Pakoras are fried pieces of vegetables covered with batter. The pieces can be of spinach, potato, cheese, meat and vegetables.

  • Barfi 

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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.

  • Phirni 

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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.

  • Bhaang 

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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.

Chaat: A Holi Special Dish

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Holi is close-by and we all want to consume everything fried and greasy. Some of the major food without which Holi is incomplete include Kachoris, Gujiyas, Namakpare and Mathris. Although, the list of these delicious dishes is very large but chaat items like papdi and dahi bhalla have a unique place. Chaats are popular throughout the year but they become more popular during Holi festival. Although, chaats are popular throughout the year, they reach the peak of popularity in Holi. A typical Holi menu would surely consist of chaat. Yogurt is spread over bhallas and papdis and these are topped with masalas, pomegranate seeds and chutney. A chaat item can change our worst days into happy ones and Holi into a more colourful affair.

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The literal meaning of Chaat is “to lick”, and a nice plate of chaat attracts us to do the same. You will lick your fingers and the plate. There is a long list of chaats including aloo chaat, papri chaat, dahi bhalle, bedmi, dahi puri, phuchka, ragda patties, pav bhaji and bhel puri. The favourite food of all Indians is chaat and this affair is going to last long.

There have been many modifications to the recipe of Chaat. It has travelled to different parts of the country and has made a prominent place in Indian food culture. But chaat was not meant to be as delicious as it is in the present day. Chaat was originally invented for medicinal use. It has a long history of its transformation into present form.

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The origins of Chaat are still unknown but some believe it originated in Bengal, some say it has its origins in Delhi and some say that chaat first originated in Uttar Pradesh.

According to a legend, the dish originated in the courts of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Mughal’s were known for their good taste in food and it is believed that chaats originated from their highly skilled masters in kitchens.

It is also believed that during the 18th century, a lot of people became sick because of food made using polluted water of Yamuna. It was during this time that chillies have entered the food scene of India. So, one of the Hakims advised the cooks to start making chaats. The chaats were prepared using chillies and spices which increased immunity and digestion.

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So, this is the story of chaat. It has travelled from different parts of the country and got much attention. From Maharashtra to Delhi, Chaat has different variations that must be explored by everyone.