Holi is a riot of colours and there is no stopping anyone from getting ‘magan’ in the spirit. While ‘O Rang Barse’ is the catch phrase of all holi celebrations, quite a few of us are all about the irresistible snacks and sweets. The diversity of these is so rich across the country, that if we add all of them in our ‘food bucket list’ it’ll take multiple holis to get to it.
How can one have holi without it’s signature foods!
Here are some of the dishes and desserts across India which are particularly enjoyed with colored hands 😉
Gujiyas are made of maida or flour and filled with khoya and dry fruits mixture deep fried and dipped in sugary syrup, popularly made in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. This sweet delicacy is made only during Holi, so don’t miss the chance.
Pakode is a deep fried snack enjoyed through out the country. Mostly, gram flour is used for coating the veggies and then they are deep fried in oil. One of the most common finger food in Indian household, many make Bhang pakode for the ocassion.
Thandai is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of dry-fruits,spices, milk and sugar. The drink can be enjoyed through out the year but for Holi, a special ingredient called Bhang (prepared from the cannabis plant) is added. This drink is perfect to slow things down a bit when the excitement gets intense.
Puran is a sweet stuffing made from chana dal and jaggery (or sugar), flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom. Though traditionally made on Holi by Maharashtrians,it’s famous in Gujarat too.Tastes best when eaten fresh with generous amount of ghee.
Gajar Ka Halwa
A sweet dessert made with grated carrots,milk and sugar stirred regularly and served with a garnish of almonds and pistachios slightly fried in ghee. A winter seasonal favourite but still enjoyed during many festivals, tastes best when it’s hot.
Barfis are small treats that are made with condensed milk, sugar and ground nuts or flour. Cooked until solidified, this Holi sweet is cut into different shapes and decorated with dry fruits or sliced fruits.
Kanji vada is a popular delight in Rajasthan and Gujarat. It consists of small moong dal vadas immersed in a tangy mustard flavoured fermented liquid called Kanji. Kanji is generally prepared a day in advance which gives required tangy flavour.
Soft,spongy and dipped in sugar syrup, this traditional sweet is made with khoya or mawa and flour used as a binding agent. Available throughout the year, yet it is still one of the favourite desserts for Holi.
Hey, do remember to try most of these delicacies from different parts of our great country. Too exhausted for cooking? don’t worry Box8 has it covered, guaranteed delivery all day on Holi. Celebrate the festival of colours responsibly and to the fullest!