Holi is just around the corner and this festival of colors is fun-filled when celebrated with friends and family. It is the celebration of good over evil. The word “Holi” was derived from “Holika”, who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. A bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi, signifying the Holika Dahan and that’s when the celebrations begin.
Holi is the festival to awaken the kid inside you. Throwing balloons stuffed with colorful liquid, getting soaked in colored water, red, yellow, green and pink gulal smeared all over the faces, is the scenario on this auspicious occasion.
Holi is also called the “Festival of Colors”. Different regions celebrate this festival in their own way. But one thing that’s common during this festival is the yummi-licious Holi special delicacies which are prepared to enjoy and relish with friends and relatives.
I am sure when you are travelling in train passing through many states; you would have enjoyed many local cuisines on the stations. Now ordering these holi special exquisite delicacies in train has become easier. One can enjoy all the authentic local flavors of different states right in the train on your seat as we pass by. Thanks to the railway food delivery giants like RailRestro through which we can order food online in train easily and without any effort.
These traditional Holi dishes make the day memorable and fun-loving. Here is a small list of top 10 Holi recipes that you shouldn’t be missing this year.
Ghujiyas: Who can imagine Holi without Gujiya? Filled with a sweet mixture of Khoya, coconut and dry fruits, they are crispy and deep fried. In North India, one can find every confectionary selling this awesome sweet. Every household kitchen is found preparing this traditional tasty sweet to celebrate the festival of colours. Whenever I travel in a train and pass through UP, Gujarat, I never forget to enjoy these Gujiyas. It is simple to order via RailRestro mobile application. It is responsive and you can order different types of ghujias with multiple tasty stuffing.
Thandai: Holi always symbolizes Thandai to everyone. It’s a delicious holi special drink made with dry fruits, fragrant spices, and flavored with saffron. Thandai has a natural cooling effect on the body and energizes you to welcome your guests. A glass of chilled thandai, lovely holi music, and fun with colours all around elevates the level of enjoyment. Aah heaven!!
Malpuas: These are traditional North Indian sweet which is common in every kitchen during Holi. It is a delectable pancake like sweet, ghee-fried and soaked in sugar syrup. The other variety is cooked by soaking the pancake in hot rabri. This will leave you drooling. There are many versions of malpuas and each one is equally delicious in its own way. It tastes heaven when topped with thick rabri and dry fruits. Ah! What a combination!!
Jalebi: Sometimes happiness with a big cheering smile comes in the form of twisted circles, and it is so true for Jalebi. Crispy crunchy, juicy, tangy and sweet! These expressions define jalebi to its best. These deep fried juicy jalebies taste awesome. Distributing and enjoying them with family and friends makes it tastier.
Gol Gappe / Paani Puri: Is there anyone who doesn’t like Panipuri? Irrespective of any festival, eating Panipuri needs no occasion, isn’t it? It is one of the most popular North Indian street foods. It’s loved by all age groups. Round, hollow crisp puri filled with masala and mixture of flavored water tastes lip smacking and yummy. Traditionally puri is filled with a mint based spicy water (pani), but these days many cocktail & mocktail pani-puris are in fashion. Served in shot glasses “Panipuri Shots” are super hit in any get –together.
Dahi Bhalla: What can be more refreshing than chilled Dahi Ballas, after a deep color bath under the scorching sun? Soft, spongy bhallas dunked in flavored curd, topped with spices and garnish. No one can resist this mouth-watering delicacy.
Kachori & Samosa – One of the most popular snacks in North India. It is made of Indian pastry dough and filled with spiced ingredients like sattu, dal, onion, dry fruit and many more. They are mouth-watering and taste amazing when served with mint and dates chutney. Chai, gupshup with friends, and a variety of samosa kachoris! A perfect company you just won’t be able to resist. Samosa and kachori are quiet famous in the northern parts of India and is one of my favorite dishes, I love to have in train. There are special places to visit for Holi celebration where you can enjoy a variety of such preparations.
Shankarpali – Simple, crunchy and tasty shankarpali is sure to steal anyone’s heart. These are usually common during Holi as they are very easy to make, easy to distribute and usually everyone’s favourite.
Aloo Bhujia Sev – It’s easy to make them in bulk quantity for festivals like Holi and Diwali. It’s tasty and easy to munch as a tea time snack with friends and family. Enjoy it as such or make it yummier by adding chopped onion, a dash of chili powder and a squeeze of lime. Trust me! You will not realize how and when that bowl of bhujia got emptied. Yes …it’s that addictive.
Pakode: Festive mood for holi is already set a week before holi arrives. The festival of Holi is always synonymous to tasty and good food. This awesome celebration is incomplete without variety of pakode. Crispy and crunchy, they are so addictive that one just can’t stop munching them. Who doesn’t love pakoda? Probably everyone! These street foods are a weakness.
Pan Gulkand laddu: Have you eaten Pan Pasand chocolate? Filled with gulkand and dry fruits, this laddu tastes extra-ordinary. Other variety is the Paan Coconut Ladoo. It also acts as a refreshing mouth freshener.
I am sure these divine and flavorsome delicacies are already in the list of your holi recipes. This Holi is not just going to be a fun filled day with colors, but a day of gastronomical indulgence of traditional Holi dishes. Enjoy the day with your friends and relatives and create memories to cherish forever. Wishing all my readers a very “Happy Holi” and a day filled with colorful vibes and energy all around.