Holi is known as much for its rituals and colours as it is for its scrumptious food. Here are the dishes you must not miss. Satyaki Sarkar
Holi’s here! The smell of gulal is in the air and shops displaying heaps of different playing colours adorn the roadsides. But once the fun and games are over and the hunger kicks in, it’s time for some mouth-watering dishes that are best had at this time. Here six delicious foods that taste great after a fun time out with friends and family.
1. Puran Poli
An immensely popular sweet that’s a specialty of Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat, Puran Poli looks very similar to a regular roti, but it is, in fact, a sweet, buttery flatbread, with a stuffing of boiled lentils mixed with jaggery, cardamom, saffron, and nutmeg for flavour. While this delicious dish is usually served with a generous helping of ghee, at times, it is also had dunked in milk.
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2. Dahi Vada
Another popular Holi specialty, Dahi Vada is an Indian chaat well known for its mouth watering taste and is a perfect for this weather. Fried fritters or vadas made from lentils, chickpea flour, or potatoes are submerged in thick Indian yogurt, and garnished with cilantro or mint leaves, chilli powder, crushed black pepper, chaat masala, cumin, shredded coconut, green chillies, or boondi. A tangy-sweet dish, Dahi Vada is a great way to cool off after all the fun you’ve had playing with colours.
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A drink that is synonymous with the festival of colours, Thandai is probably the most refreshing and delicious of all Holi staples. The sweet, creamy, milk-based drink is made in many different ways, with an added flavour of spices like cardamom, fennel, rose petals, and poppy seeds adding to its charm. The aromatic drink is not just known for its taste though, it also has a cooling effect on the body, in addition to delighting your taste buds, and can be stored away to be served whenever you wish.
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This sweet is an integral part of the day’s celebrations. A favourite among many revellers, these sweet dumplings with a delicious filling of khoya and dry fruits, have many forms like the baked gujiya, chocolate gujiya, and coconut gujiya. While the sweets are available all over the country, Bihar is widely known to have the best.
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5. Dal Kachori
This spicy puffed pastry is one of the most popular delicacies from north India that is as scrumptious as it is appetising. Made of arhar dal, spices, and fried to a crisp, kachoris are served as a snack, or as part of chaat, are often served as part of the main meal. They can be had on their own or with tamarind chutney and yogurt as chaat, or with aloo dum as part of a meal.
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A traditional Holi sweet for the community, Sindhi jalebis are known as Gheehar, and are probably the most delicious Sindhi dessert you have ever had in your life. Crunchy and sweet, jalebis make for the perfect sweet to offer guests or distribute among neighbours. This sweet is a staple at all festivals and occasions for a reason, and people never tire of eating this crunchy, syrupy sweet. Rajasthan is know to have the juiciest and savoury jalebis in India.
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