Holi is the time when there is happiness in hearts and colors in the sky. It is celebrated with huge pomp and show. And, what makes this festival more amazing is the good food. Every celebration is incomplete without good food. It brings people together and while snacking on the table, we create endless beautiful memories. This is the time when eating extra calories doesn’t matter. Explore the blog post and try out these best Holi Special Recipes at home.
5 Best Holi Special Recipes
1. Gujiya: The soul of Holi
This is one of the most popular recipes and the soul of Holi. This crispy and flaky pastry stuffed with palatable Khoya (mawa) and dry fruits is one of the sweets that you will find in every Indian family. Sharing Gujiyas is considered as sharing the warmth of happiness, love, and a forever bond.
Recipe: Take a bowl filled with all-purpose flour (maida). Knead the dough using milk, ghee, and hot water. Cover it with a moist kitchen napkin and keep it aside for atleast 30 minutes. Melt one to two tablespoons of ghee in a pan on medium heat. Put the Khoya and add all the dry fruits you want (raising, cashews, pistachios, almonds). Add sugar powder and stir it until it turns golden brown. Now, divide the dough into small balls. Flatten each ball with a roller pin and fill the khoya stuffing. Seal the edges together and deep fry. Serve it hot or store it in a vessel.
2. Poha Chiwda: Crispy and crunchy
This delectable snack is a perfect combination of healthy and tasty. Made from flattened rice, you can always add your personal touch of flavor to this. There are two varieties of this snack. You can either deep fry it or if you want to go for a healthier version, you can roast it.
Roasted Recipe: Take a pan and add a tablespoon of oil. Put some curry leaves and stir it with a spatula. Add two bowls of Poha and roast it until it turns light and crispy. Take out the crispy Poha on a plate and add chopped onions, tomatoes, fried peanuts, green chilies, and some lemon. You can even add spicy mixtures for added taste.
Deep-Fried Recipe: Take a pan and add four to five tablespoons of oil. Heat it on a high flame. Once the oil is moderately hot, deep fry the Poha (flattened rice). Fry it until it expands and becomes crisp. Drain the extra oil and put the Poha on a paper towel (so that it soaks the extra oil). Add fried peanuts, cashews, raisins, coconut pieces, and any other dry fruit or seeds that you wish to add. Serve it with hot coffee or a cold drink.
3. Mathri: A perfect match for Tea
This is one of the easiest Holi special recipes. It is a popular North Indian snack that is often served with tea or pickle. You can store it in a vessel for a week or even a month.
Recipe: Take a large bowl and add two cups of all-purpose flour (maida), half cup of wheat flour, two teaspoons of cumin seeds, salt as per taste, and a pinch of asafoetida. If you want to make masala mathri, you can also add spices such as red chili powder, black pepper, and garam masala. Mix all the ingredients well and knead it to make a firm dough. Make small balls and flatten each ball with a rolling pin. Use a knife to cut different shapes (you can go for horizontal or vertical lines) and deep fry them. Serve it hot or store it in a vessel and eat later, it’s totally your choice.
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4. Desi Style Burger: Double the fun
A burger is happiness between two buns. This lip-smacking delicacy is perfect for any occasion and time. A crunch pattie, spicy dressing of green chilli chutney and tangy mayo sauce, and sliced vegetables make it a delightful snack recipe.
Recipe: You need a packet of buns, sliced cucumber, onions, and tomatoes. Boil three to four potatoes and one or two carrots. In the meantime, take three to four pieces of bread and grind them in a grinder. Peel the potatoes and mash them. Add finely chopped carrot, onions, green chilies, and coriander leaves. Add salt, red chili powder, garam masala powder, black pepper, and black salt. Use the paste to make balls (same size as the bun). Cover the pattie with the bread crumb mixture and deep fry it. Slice the burger bun into two halves. Spread a thin layer of green chilli chutney and put on a cheese slide. Put a layer of sliced cucumber, onion, and tomato. Place the crisp patty and put a layer of mayo and tangy sauce. Add grated cheese and put the other half of the bun on the top. Heat a pan and add one tablespoon of melted butter. Toast the bun from both sides until it becomes golden and crispy. Serve it with tomato ketchup or mustard sauce and pair it with crispy french fries.
5. Aloo Vada: The king of all snacks
This is one of the easiest Holi special recipes. Aloo vada is a popular Indian cuisine and it makes a great party snack and is one of the best options if you want to serve your guest something freshly prepared.
Recipe: Boli potatoes in a pressure cooker ( 3 to 4 whistles). They should be cooked but not mushy. Mash the potatoes and add salt, red chili powder, garam masala powder, chopped green chilies, minced garlic, and chopped coriander leaves. You can even add chopped peanuts and Sabudana (make sure you soak it overnight). Mix all the ingredients well and make small balls. Heat oil in a pan and once it’s moderately hot, deep fry these potato balls. Serve it hot with green chutney or red sauce.
Good food brings people together and helps create a strong bond. People create memorable moments and wonderful memories while snacking together. From cosy conversations to watching horror movies, good food completes everything. So, get ready to soak yourself in vibrant colors and fill your tummy with delicious snacks. Comment and tell us which one is your favorite snack and what are your quick snack recipes for Holi.
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