Holi, the spring festival or the festival of colours is enjoyed across the country with much pomp & gusto.This joyous occasion marks the beginning of spring and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, it’s a beacon of hope, love and merriment.
When we talk of holi we also talk of the extravagant spread of food from across India
On this occasion , people prepare a lot of delicacies like gujiya, malpua, dahi bhalle, gulabjamun, thandai, kachori, pakore and what not to treat their loved ones. People visit houses of their loved ones and relish these savory dishes.
There are several dishes prepared on holi but holi is incomplete without Dahi vada, malpua and gujiya. These traditional dishes form a essential part of almost every household on the Holi evening. Dahi vada and Malpua being my personal favourite.
Dahi vada, the perfect blend of curd and spices, this savory dish finds it’s place in every house. Served with green chutney or sweet tamarind chutney, this mouth watering dish is sure to win hearts. It is so delicious, just melts in one’s mouth. If you haven’t tried yet, go for it. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Malpua, the other savory dish without which holi is incomplete. Hailing from a Bengali family, malpua has always been my favourite. Even though Malpua is a generic Indian sweet which every region prepares differently, the Bengali version stands apart with a distinct taste of fennel and its crispiness. In the Northern parts of India Malpua is made out of khoya and maida whereas in Bengali household suji or semolina is used instead. The crispness and flavour, ahh just love it. This will surely let your guests swoon.
Gujiya, the classic Holi dessert is a must on this auspicious occasion. With delicious stuffings and a crispy outer layer, fried or baked, this dessert is one that you absolutely need to prepare and share with your friends and family members.
Crispy and crunchy matar kachoris and Kachoris with aloo stuffings are also popular in holi. They are generally consumed with mithi chutney or green chutney. They are a must for this occasion.
And how can we forget ” gulabjamun “, the most loved sweet dish all over the country. On this occasion also it is relished with the same love. Soft, spongy gulabjamuns from Mom’s kitchen are something that always leaves us in awe. Another amazing sweet dishes relished on this day are Narkel naru (coconut ladoo), Besan ke ladoo , rasmalai, jalebi etc.
When you think of Holi, thandai will surely cross your mind. Prepared using milk and an assortment of spices, this beverage is sure to make you feel refreshed in the spring sun while playing with colours.
Being a Bengali my love for non veg is never ending and when it comes to festivals we never comprise with non veg. Mutton, which is widely consumed on the occasion of Holi, in most parts of north India is likely to command premium price during the festival of colours. Chicken is also equally on demand. Ever tried Mutton kassa or chicken kassa along with cold drinks ? If not then you should, I bet you’ll love it.
In Jharkhand and Bengal mutton dhuska is quite common while the Oriyas make chakuli pitha for Holi. Puran Poli, again a very unique dish mainly in Maharashtrian houses, is a part of the festive food.
Basically Holi is a festival of merriment and spending quality time with your family and loved ones. It’s also a festival of relishing mouthwatering dishes.
May this Holi paint the canvas of your life with colours of joy, prosperity and love. A very happy and a colourful Holi to everyone and don’t forget to mention in comments your favourite holi dishes.