It’s that time of the year when streets turn pink and the aroma of our favourite dish fill up our homes. Catching up with friends and family, wearing the brightest new clothes and enjoying the visual treat of colours all around, Holi is definitely the highlight of the year for most of us. It’s the reminiscence of traditions; reminiscence of our childhood.
The festival of colours is not widely celebrated across the country, and the celebrations are mostly witnessed in North India. No matter where you live, every state has local specialities and delicacies that can make Holi memorable for you. Here are our top picks:
Anyone who has a sweet tooth can tell you that Karnataka’s beloved mithai, Mysore Pak, is nothing less than delightful. Even if you are bursting at the seams, when Mysore Pak, is on the table – you have to dig in. Mysore Pak has its origin in the erstwhile royal family of Mysuru, and it’s definitely going to be one of the most popular sweets for generations to come.
Rajasthan ki Thandai
This famous drink originated in Rajasthan and is also served in Uttar Pradesh. Thandai is known for its cooling effect. This creamy milk drink is a Holi staple. Made of almond pisin(Gum), ice cream, milk, poppy seeds, fennel and rose petals; every sip of Thandai is refreshing and delightful.
Maharashtra’s Puran Poli
This sweet, buttery flatbread is a very popular sweet in Maharashtra. Made from lentils and jaggery, Puran Poli is also a healthy dessert option for diet conscious people. The dish is served with ghee(clarified butter) and milk for additional flavour.
Dilli ka Malpua
Malpuas are deep fried pancakes dipped in sugary syrup. Most of the states have their own version of Malpua, and the origin of this delicious sweet dates back to the age of the vedas. The delicacy, oozing with ghee and sugar, just melts in the mouth, leaving behind sweet taste and rich aroma.
There is no better way to start Holi celebrations than to treat yourself to some delicious Gujiyas, the traditional Holi sweet. While this sweet dumpling is an all-India favourite and most of the cultures have their own variation, the best Gujiya you would ever have is in Bihar.
So this Holi, indulge in some sugary goodness!