Holi is a festival of colors, and food is an essential part of this festive occasion. Delicious food is the essence of any celebration, and Holi is no exception. It is a time when people put aside their daily routine to celebrate the festival with loved ones. The festival marks the beginning of spring and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, offering a beacon of hope, love, and merriment.
In India, no celebration is complete without good food and drinks. As you play with vibrant gulal, you can simultaneously enjoy cold beverages and hot snacks. Although India's food varies from region to region, some delicacies are enjoyed by all during this cheerful fiesta. Keep scrolling to find out the delicious line-up of food items that you can prepare and enjoy during Holi:
Bhalle balle – Dahi Bhalle
As the name suggests, the dish contains two primary elements – dahi (curd) and bhalle (fried dough balls made of urad dal/moong daal/channa dal). Both these items are combined and topped off with spices and sweet and sour chutneys to create a comforting dish. It is also called dahi bhalla in North India, and is a popular food during the Holi holidays.
Humhari tumhari meethi – Gujiya
The classic Holi dessert is a must on this auspicious occasion. With delicious stuffings and a crispy outer layer, this dessert will remind you of your childhood Holi memories. Fried or baked, this dessert is one that you absolutely need to prepare and share with your friends and family members. You can also try different types of gujiya’s in this Holi: chocolate, coconut, khas, namkeen, and apple gujiya.
Kuch thanda hojaye – Thandai
Any Bollywood Holi scene is incomplete without the dramatic pour of a glass of thandai. This milk-based cooling drink is often topped off with nuts and spices and sometimes even laced with bhaang (a hallucinogenic). This drink is right at the heart of the festival everywhere in North India (Banaras is called the hub of thandai) and offers medicinal benefits. Most of all, it is a perfect beverage for the March heat in the nation.
Gur naal Ishq meetha – Malpua
Using jaggery instead of sugar to make malpuas doesn’t make this dish any healthier, but it does work brilliantly when it comes to flavor. The earthy jaggery taste when combined with the flavor of the desi ghee and creamy rabdi creates something that takes decadence to another level. So include them in your Holi menu and enjoy the delight on everyone’s faces.
Malai maar ke – Badam Phirni
Phirni is a thicker version of Kheer and has a more creamy texture. Try out this recipe of Badam Phirni. Loaded with the goodness of almonds, this delectable sweet dish is one to look out for.
Masti me khao – Puran Poli
A burst of flavors through the delicious Puran Polis is something you cannot miss. This delectable dish is easy to make and is light as well as scrumptious. Stuffed with chana dal and sugar, its sweet and savory flavor will tempt you and everyone who takes a bite.
Bhang Pakora - Rang bharse
Bhang is a special herb that is synonymous with Holi, and you can include it in your drinks, but why not try a new recipe? Bhang Pakora is a crispy and delicious dish made with besan, onions, spices, and bhang. It only takes 20 minutes to fry, and it's sure to be a shining star among your dishes.
Namak Para/Shakar Para - Bolo shara ra khao
Namak Para and Shakar Para are the savoury and sweet versions of the same dish. They are fried dough dishes that are crunchy and often served as a mid-day snack. Tea is the ideal partner for a serving of them. These are a delight after a long morning of playing Holi.
Rasmalai - Rangon k saath meethi
No Indian festival is complete without Rasmalai, and Holi is no exception. This creamy delight with delicious chhenna is the epitome of sweet goodness. You can add your own twists to the delicacy with saffron strands or fruit essence and adorn your dessert table with this aromatic sweet dish.
Kalakand - Keep calm have
Imagine soft melt-in-the-mouth saffron kalakand studded with chunks of dry fruits sitting on a crisp samosa patty nest. Making this one is as simple as eating take out and offers just as much satisfaction. Don’t forget to top it up with a few bright orange strands of kesar for more of the Holi vibe!
Your Holi party is going to be fun enough even if you decide to skip the balloon fights and greasy synthetic colours. Bura na mano Holi hai!!! Let us know your favourite Holi dishes.