Holi Special Food Recipe: 6 Recipe You Must Try at Home
Holi Special Food Recipe: Holi is a Hindu festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in India and other parts of the world. There are many traditional foods and snacks that are prepared during Holi. Here are some popular dishes that are cooked during Holi:
1. Gujiya: It is a sweet dumpling filled with a mixture of grated coconut, khoya, and sugar. It is deep-fried and dipped in sugar syrup to give it a sweet taste.
Gujiya is a sweet dumpling that is popularly prepared during the Holi festival in India. Here’s a simple recipe to cook Gujiya:
2 cups of all-purpose flour (maida)
1/4 cup of ghee
1 cup of grated khoya
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of chopped almonds
1/4 cup of chopped pistachios
1 tablespoon of raisins
1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder
Oil for deep-frying
For the sugar syrup:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and ghee. Mix it well using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Gradually add water and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated khoya, powdered sugar, chopped almonds, chopped pistachios, raisins, and cardamom powder. Mix it well to form a smooth mixture.
Take a small portion of the dough and roll it out into a circle of 4-5 inches in diameter. Place a tablespoon of the khoya mixture in the center of the circle.
Apply some water on the edges of the circle and fold it in half, pressing the edges together to seal the Gujiya. You can also use a fork to seal the edges.
Heat oil in a deep pan and deep-fry the Gujiya on medium heat until they become golden brown in color. Remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
To prepare the sugar syrup, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 5 minutes or until the syrup thickens.
Dip the Gujiya in the sugar syrup for a few seconds and remove them. Allow them to cool before serving.
Your delicious Gujiya is ready to be served. Enjoy them with your family and friends during the festive occasion of Holi.
2. Dahi Bhalla: It is a popular snack made of lentil fritters that are soaked in yogurt and topped with tamarind chutney, mint chutney, and spices.
Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian snack made with lentil fritters that are soaked in spiced yogurt and topped with sweet and tangy chutneys. Here’s a recipe to make it at home:
1 cup urad dal (split black gram lentils)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ginger paste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
2 cups thick yogurt
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp black salt
Tamarind chutney (as required)
Mint-coriander chutney (as required)
Sev (thin gram flour noodles) for garnishing
Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Wash and soak urad dal in enough water for 4-5 hours or overnight.
Drain the water from the dal and grind it into a smooth batter with cumin seeds, black pepper, ginger paste, and salt. Add little water if required.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Take a spoonful of batter and drop it in the hot oil. Fry on medium flame till golden brown. Repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
Take a large bowl filled with water and soak the fried fritters in it for 20-25 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth. Add roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, and black salt. Mix well.
Squeeze the soaked fritters gently and place them in a serving dish. Pour the spiced yogurt over the fritters.
Drizzle tamarind chutney and mint-coriander chutney over the yogurt.
Garnish with sev and chopped coriander leaves.
Your Dahi Bhalla is ready to be enjoyed!
3. Thandai: It is a refreshing drink made of milk, almonds, pistachios, cardamom, saffron, and other spices. It is served chilled and is a popular drink during Holi.
Thandai is a traditional Indian drink that is usually prepared during the festival of Holi or other auspicious occasions. It is a refreshing drink made with a mixture of nuts, spices, and milk. Here’s a recipe to make Thandai at home:
1 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup pistachios
1 tbsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
1 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1 tbsp black peppercorns (kali mirch)
1 tbsp cardamom seeds (elaichi)
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
4 cups milk
Saffron strands (a few)
Rose water (1-2 tbsp)
Soak almonds, cashews, pistachios, and poppy seeds in water for 2-3 hours.
Drain the water and grind the soaked nuts and seeds along with fennel seeds, black peppercorns, and cardamom seeds into a fine paste. Add little water if required.
Take a large bowl and pour the ground paste into it. Add sugar and mix well.
Heat milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add saffron strands and mix well.
Let the milk cool down for a few minutes, then pour it into the bowl with the nut paste. Mix well.
Add rose water and mix well again.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
Chill the Thandai in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Serve Thandai in glasses garnished with chopped nuts and saffron strands.
Your Thandai is ready to be enjoyed!
4. Puran Poli: It is a sweet flatbread made of wheat flour and stuffed with a mixture of jaggery and lentils. It is served with ghee and is a popular dish during Holi in Maharashtra.
Puran Poli is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet dish that is prepared during festivals and special occasions. It is a flatbread stuffed with sweetened lentil filling and flavored with cardamom and nutmeg. Here’s a recipe to make Puran Poli at home:
For the dough:
2 cups wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil
Water (as required)
For the filling:
1 cup chana dal (split Bengal gram lentils)
1 cup jaggery (grated)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tbsp ghee
Wash and soak chana dal in enough water for 2-3 hours.
Drain the water and cook the dal in a pressure cooker with enough water until it becomes soft and mushy.
Drain any excess water from the dal and mash it well.
Heat ghee in a pan and add mashed dal. Add grated jaggery, cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder. Mix well and cook on medium flame till the jaggery melts and the mixture thickens. Keep stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down.
In a separate bowl, mix wheat flour, salt, turmeric powder, and oil. Add water gradually and knead into a smooth dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into equal portions and roll them into small balls.
Take one dough ball and flatten it into a small disc. Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of the disc.
Bring the edges of the dough together to cover the filling and seal it properly. Flatten the dough ball and roll it into a circular disc.
Heat a tawa (flat griddle) and place the rolled Puran Poli on it. Cook on both sides till brown spots appear. Add a little ghee and cook till the Puran Poli is cooked through.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls and filling.
Serve Puran Poli hot with a dollop of ghee.
Your Puran Poli is ready to be enjoyed!
5. Papri Chaat: It is a popular street food made of crispy papri, boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, tamarind chutney, and spices.
Papri Chaat is a popular North Indian street food that is crispy, tangy, sweet, and spicy all at the same time.
here’s a recipe to make Papri Chaat at home:
1 cup Papri (crispy fried or baked dough wafers)
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
1 cup boiled chickpeas
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/4 cup mint chutney
1/4 cup tamarind chutney
1/2 cup yogurt (whisked)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp red chili powder
Salt (to taste)
Sev (thin crispy noodles made from gram flour)
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Chopped green chili (optional)
Take a large mixing bowl and add boiled and mashed potatoes, boiled chickpeas, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, and chopped coriander leaves.
Add salt, chaat masala, and red chili powder. Mix well.
Add mint chutney and tamarind chutney. Mix well again.
Add whisked yogurt and mix until everything is well combined.
Arrange the Papri on a serving plate.
Pour the prepared mixture over the Papri.
Sprinkle Sev on top of the mixture.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped green chili (optional).
Your Papri Chaat is ready to be enjoyed! Serve it immediately as the Papri tends to lose its crispiness if left for too long.
6. Malpua: It is a sweet pancake made of flour, milk, sugar, and cardamom. It is deep-fried and dipped in sugar syrup to give it a sweet taste.
Malpua is a traditional Indian sweet dish that is usually prepared during festivals and special occasions. It is a deep-fried pancake made with flour, milk, and semolina and then soaked in sugar syrup. Here’s a recipe to make Malpua at home:
For the Malpua batter:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (crushed)
Oil or ghee (for frying)
For the sugar syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
To make the sugar syrup, mix sugar and water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Lower the flame and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until the syrup thickens. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from heat and keep it aside.
To make the Malpua batter, mix all-purpose flour, semolina, crushed fennel seeds, milk, and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the batter is smooth and free from any lumps.
Let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
Heat oil or ghee in a frying pan on medium heat.
Pour a small ladle full of batter into the frying pan to form a small pancake-like shape. Fry on both sides till it turns golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
Remove the Malpua from the frying pan and immediately dip it in the prepared sugar syrup. Let it soak for 1-2 minutes.
Remove the Malpua from the sugar syrup and place it on a serving plate.
Repeat the process with the remaining Malpuas.
Serve the Malpua hot with rabri (thickened sweetened milk) or garnished with chopped nuts.
Your Malpua is ready to be enjoyed!
These are some of the popular dishes that are cooked during Holi. Holi is a time to enjoy and celebrate with family and friends, and these dishes add to the festive spirit and flavor of the celebration.
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