Holi, usually celebrated reveling in gulaal while trying to escape water balloons, might be celebrated a little differently this year. But there’s one way to stop the most colourful day of the year from being the most colourless one. Yes, you guessed it right, food. Holi is not just a festival of colours but also a festival of food. Holi is a reason (not that we need one) to indulge in the tastiest delicacies and therefore we’ve curated a list of must-have dishes that will make your Holi palate as colourful as your Holi palette.
Gujiyas: Whenever we think about Holi delicacies, the first image that comes to our mind is of Gujiyas. Originating from the royal kitchen of Bundelkhand, the samosa was fat shamed into becoming the gujiya, stuffed with khoya and dry fruits.
Bhang: Bhang, extracted from the leaves Cannabis sativa, is an inseparable part of Holi. Legend has it that Lord Shiva’s throat turned blue because he drank poison from the ocean. To relieve himself from the pain, he drank bhang and since then this mixture is known to elevate the spirits. Whereas Bhang could be relished in any form, Bhang is infused with thandai is the OG Holi high.
Malpua: People genuinely believe pancakes travelled to India to become the infamous Malpua but it so happens that these crispy and deep-fried sheets of delight trace their origin to the Rigveda. It is also believed that the ghee or butter used in the preparation of malpuas was mixed with the intoxicating soma juice.
Chaat: The festival’s playfulness is reflected in the playfulness of chaat. And the king of chaats has to be Aloo Tikki Chaat. The classic aloo tikki mixed with dahi and imly ki chutney topped off with the Hoi Pure Pudina Chutney will be the perfect snack for a fun-filled evening with family.
Kulfi: This delicious frozen dessert savored on Holi should be renamed as Coolfi considering how it helps us remain cool in this horrible heat. Saffron and other nuts are added to this dessert because of its Persian influence although it originated under Akbar’s reign in the 16th century.
We’re sure you and your loved ones will thoroughly enjoy this list of delicacies but if not then, Bura Na Maano, Holi Hoi!