A festival of colours, a festival of happiness, joy and friendships, a festival when it’s time to forget, forgive and let go. A fun Holi party with friends and family is a great idea to enjoy this festival fully. It is also a time for some yummy food and delicacies. Food is integral to all our festivals. Food and festivals go hand in hand in our country.
Some people like savouries and some like sweets, some are OK with the traditional way of cooking and some prefer baked. But whatever way you eat it, the essence of Holi is in the traditional food items which are synonyms with Holi. Today I am sharing a list of food items which we all love to eat and you can even prepare beforehand for your guests-
Gujiya – I am sure this is on the top of the list for Holi special food items for everyone. It is the most special food item for Holi. We wait for Holi to eat the yummy gujiyas and make it with milk, coconut, jaggery or sugar. There are different ways to make gujiyas as every state has a little variety in the way they make it.
Gujiya recipe is mentioned below at the end of the post. Do see to try and make yummy gujiyas this Holi.
Thandai – A yummy and sweet drink made out of milk, dry fruits, and spices is everyone’s favourite. It is usually offered to guests visiting your place and I still remember the one made by one of our family friends with a lot of dry fruits. Some people add little bhaang which to thandai too.
Savouries – Namak paras, sevs and bhujiyas are another favourite with people who prefer salty snacks to sweet ones. My younger one loves namak paras, so, I make sure to prepare for her just before Holi. The best part is that you can make and store them few days before the festival.
Kachoris – Kachoris are another one of our favourites when it comes to Holi. You can make these with different stuffing like either potato or peas filling, or dal filling and my favourite are onion kachoris. These are deep-fried mostly, so the health conscious can air fry it or also try the baked version at home.
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Chaats – How can you forget chaats when it comes to Holi? Papadi chaat, paani puri, Sev puri, tikka chaat etc. are all yummy chaats which you can eat and prepare at home for yourself or your guests. You can prepare the chutneys beforehand to avoid any last minute hassle. Just keep everything ready and serve when you have guests for holi party.
Hope this year you celebrate holi with loved ones and enjoy to the fullest. Do invite your family and friends for a Holi party and have fun.
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- FOR THE DOUGH
- 1 cupMaida
- 1tbspSooji (Semolina)
- ½tspBaking soda
- 1- 2 tbsp Milk
- MIXTURE INGREDIENTS
- ¼ cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1cup mawa/khoya
- ¼ cup powderedSugar
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 10-12 Raisins/Almonds/Pistas/cashews
- 2 tsp green cardamom pwdr.
- Gujiya dough-
- Take all the ingredients needed for gujiya dough.
- In a bowl combine all the ingredients.
- Knead a dough.
- Keep it covered with a cloth for 30 minutes.
- Gujiya mixture –
- Take mawa and coconut and roast it till brown.
- Take all the dry fruits separately and dry roast, grind and add this mixture in the mawa and coconut mixture.
- Add sugar and milk and cook for some time.
- The mixture should be wet and moist but easy to roll into balls.
- Gujiya preparation –
- Make small balls out of the dough and roll out in the size of puris.
- Fill in the mixture and seal it properly by applying water on the edges.
- You can also seal the edges with the help of fork by pressing it lightly on the edges.
- Deep fry them in the oil.
February 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm
I m inspired to try gujiyas or namakparas , Happy Holi to you
February 26, 2018 at 10:27 pm
yes, Gujjiya does top the list of Holi special foods, along with thandai. We (as in my moms place and my marital home) also most surely make moong daal ka halwa on Holi.
February 27, 2018 at 10:12 am
Holi means playing colors and then relishing awesome food in second half of the day. Since my childhood, I have been seeing my mother making Gujhiyas, Namak Para, Potato Chips, different kinds of Papad and lot many things on Holi. For me, as a child, it used to be a festival of FOOD. This time I am going to make thandai for sure. Deepa, Happy Holi In Advance 🙂
February 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm
This is such a yummy post, Deepa! Especially the chaat part! And, the savouries, and the gujiyas, too! In fact, all of it had my mouth watering! I so want that chaat right now! 😛