The word “Holi” immediately springs up the images of colors and the childhood memories of balloons filled with water, colorful faces, bonfire night, sweets and Gujiyas.
If I refer to mythology, the word “Holi” originated from the word “Holika”, who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. A bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi, signifying the “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations kick off. People would have collected all old dried branches of tree, old junk and create this bonfire.
Again, India being such a diverse country, the way a festival is celebrated will vary slightly. In Mathura (where my roots are), the festivities may last more than week. It is known as the ‘lath mar Holi‘, where women beat men with sticks and sing songs. All in all, its fun!
Talk about Holi celebrations and we can think of sweet gujiyas. Food is integral to every festival in India. This Holi, eat to your heart’s content! Whether it’s an intimate affair or an elaborate gala, lay out an impressive spread with some of these Holi recipes, from things to eat and drink.
One of the most popular and loved dessert in India. Best described as an Indian version of a donut immersed in a sweet syrup.
This gujiya has got dry fruit stuffing instead of khoya stuffing. The outer crust with a glazing of sugar syrup and filling of dry fruits.
3. Kala Jamun
From the family of Gulab Jamun, a perfect black beauty with delicious core.
4. Khoya Gujiya
A fried crispy pastry stuffed with sweet filling made from khoya, powdered sugar, dry fruits and desiccated coconut.
5. Papdi Chaat
It is a popular Mumbai street-food, though hails from North India mainly Delhi. So popular it is that you can find it easily on any eatery. Papdi chaat comprises of crispy flat deep fried puris (crisply fried dough wafers) made from ‘all purpose flour’ or maida served with chilled sweetened yogurt, boiled potatoes and chickpeas/sprouts, ‘date & tamarind chutney’, ‘mint coriander chutney’, and sev topped with some dry spices.
A sweet and salty lemony drink which differs from normal lemonade. It has got many health benefits as its a rich source of vitamin C thereby helps you feel refreshing, re-energised and also helps in digestion. Oh well, very handy after eating during holi 🙂
A great starter to serve to your guests this Holi. Equally loved by Kids and adults.
It is an indian sweet / mithai recipe prepared from powdered cashews and pistachios, perfect for Holi.