The tradition of spraying others with water and throwing coloured powders over them is one of the festival's most unique features. It has to be one of the world's most photogenic festivities. Besides this, food items associated with Holi are worth seeking out and tasting.
During the event, several meals get special attention; which you should try. To know about this year’s food trends, HerZindagi exclusively spoke to Divyanshu Tyagi, General Manager at Annakoot By ISKCON Bangalore. He told us about some of the sweets and dishes that are a must-try this festive season.
These mawa gujiyas are the perfect festive treat, thanks to the addition of coconut and sometimes strawberry too. It is traditionally made, in North India during Holi.
Cool summer drinks like fresh mint mojito and blue lagoon can be a great refreshing option for Holi to keep you hydrated. Sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint are common ingredients in these drinks. Its flavour profile of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint, is meant to complement the summer season.
A Raj Kachori is another great food option for Holi feasts. It is a deep-fried crispy kachori stuffed with potatoes, moong dal, yoghurt, spices, and chutneys. It is the ultimate indulgence, topped with coriander, sev, and pomegranate! It's the king of all chaat delicacies. This round crispy deep-fried shell filled with a variety of delicious fillings looks appealing and also tastes heavenly.
Dry Fruit Barfi
The Dry Fruit Barfi is a delicious looking quick sweet made with figs, dates, pistachios, almonds (almond milk hair mask), cashew nuts, and walnuts that is ideal for Holi or as a healthy snack for children. These are also high-energy, nutrient-dense squares that everyone in the family will enjoy during the festivities.
An excellent choice for Holi is thali as it has all the colours you need in a meal. It is the classic combination of tasty regional dishes on a single platter of all the traditional Indian feasts. The excellent thali is more of cultural exploration and a complete meal in and of itself.
You can add your own twisted to the mentioned dishes. Holi, after all, is a festival of delightful meals and tasty drinks (health benefits of watermelon juice). Those who are conscious of ghee or oil in the food can opt for no-oil recipes and desi ghee options that will help your dietary requirements. Festivals and celebrations are after all a time when you can call on your cheat days.
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