From Rang Barse to Balam Pichkari, colour bags to water balloons and the fun of getting drenched in colourful water, all these activities fill the atmosphere with enthusiasm. Holi, the festival of colours is just round the corner. This colourful festival is celebrated all around India by sharing joy, love, warmth and happiness alltogether. Holi heralds the arrival of spring – the season of hope and the new beginnings. Festivals are an excuse to eat sweet, delectable dishes. Festivals without mithai is like Holi without colours. The festival of Holi is known for its colours as well as scrumptious recipes. Festivals are the best time for celebration filled with delightful food. In India, different communities prepare varied traditional delicacies to make the occasion more enjoyable. There are many more varieties of mouth-watering dishes on the menu. This season, celebrate Holi with some delicious recipes for sweets, desserts, savouries & snacks, beverages, appetizer and snacks. Let’s have a look at some traditional, yummy, colourful dishes & drinks that are usually prepared on the occasion of Holi.
A popular sweet dish of North India. Try something new this Holi! Prepare this delectable chocolate gujiya by using the rich stuffing of mava & chocolate chips. Garnish with cream & chocolate sauce. You can also try baked or coconut gujiya.
A classic Marathi Dessert made up of sweet, buttery flatbread with an appearance of roti. It is known as Holige in Karnataka & Bobbatlu in Andhra Pradesh & everyone’s favourite. It is made up of stuffing from boiling lentils, mixed with jaggery. You can add cardamom, saffron, and nutmeg for additional flavor.
A traditional deep fried Indian chaat is festival’s favorite. You can enjoy this tempting dish by soaking vadas made up of flour or potato in thick beaten yogurt. For enhancing the taste, you can add some toppings like mint leaves, chilli powder, black pepper, chaat masala or boondi. For better results, soak vadas in yogurt at least 2 hours before serving.
You can’t stop yourself from falling in love with this sugar dipped Rajasthani dessert – Malpua. A traditional sweet pancake, deep fried in ghee with a variety of ragi or paneer malpua and it goes best with rabri.
Shakarpara/ Namak Paara
Diamond shaped salted snacks made from flour dough, deep fried & cut into strips and can be served as a tea time snack.
Love from Indians & Gujratis in the form of deep-fried sugar coated flour pieces. This crispy snack is favorite of kids. Enjoy munching these sweet & salty snacks.
Sandesh is a delicacy of Bengal. Chocolate flavored Sandesh is truly unique. Impress your loved ones by preparing this chocolate containing sweet dish with cottage cheese stuffed with melted chocolate, walnut & almond mixture.
A classic Indian sweet pudding. Prepare this elegant dessert made with rice, milk, cream, sugar. Sprinkle some saffron strands to enhance the flavor.
The most important snack of Holi. Spice up your taste-buds with hot & spicy pakoras with a pint of bhaang.
Bhaang or Thandai
Holi is incomplete without this refreshing health drink. Bhang is made up with the paste of cannabis leaves added to milk. Thandai is made up with poppy seeds and flavored with nuts, cardamom & rose petals. Bhaang is occasionally added to thandai for intoxicating effect. Welcome your guests with this aromatic splashing traditional blend.
Green Peas Prunes Tikki with Plum Grapes Chutney
Different types of pakoras and bhajiyas are usually prepared on the occasion of Holi. Pakoras are incomplete without chutney. Let us find out the easy to cook recipe of Green Peas Prunes Tikki with Plum Grapes Chutney.
All you need is:
- Green peas 250gms
- Boiled potato 75gms
- Desi ghee 20gms
- Salt to taste
- Chop ginger 10gms
- Chop green chili 10gms
- Prunes 20gms
- Cumin powder 5gms
- Green cardamom powder 3gms
- Dried fenugreek powder 2gms
- Roasted chana powder 25gms
- Chop fresh coriander 10gms
- Garam masala 3gms
- Plum 50gms
- Sugar 100gms
- Grapes 100gms
- Black salt 5gms
- Chat masala 5gms
- Lemon juice 10ml
Method: Heat ghee in a pan, add chopped ginger, green chili and put the green peas in it. Sauté till the water evaporates. Season this mixture with salt, cumin powder, and dried fenugreek powder and garam masala. Add boiled potatoes in it for binding. Add chopped fresh coriander. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes. Mince the mixture and add roasted chana powder. Take some mixture in hand, fill chopped prunes in the centre and make round patties. Shallow fry the patties in desi ghee in a pan until golden brown and crisp from both the side.
Chutney: Heat ghee adds grapes and seedless plum, sugar and sauté it for 2 minutes. Add water and cook well. Keep aside for 30 minutes. Then grind the plum and grapes add black salt, chat masala, cumin powder and lemon juice. Serve it well. To learn a proper procedure for how to make this yummy dish, watch the full video below:
Try these mouth-watering dishes & enjoy the Festival of Colours!