Playing with bright colours, splashing water and sharing moments with loved ones – what can make the festival of Holi better? One word: snacks. While sweets make up a big part of the Indian festive menu, popular Rajasthani namkeens and North Indian bites are also a big hit. Here’s a list of delectable and savoury items you must have this Holi.
1. Papri Chaat
Hailing from the streets of Delhi, papri chaat is a treat for lovers of sweet, spicy and tangy taste. Every bite has a burst of different flavours. Made from crispy rice bites or puri, it is topped with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, different chutneys and yoghurt. Get your fill of this mouth-watering dish here.
A Holi special in Bihar and Jharkhand, dhuskas are fried balls made of basmati rice and gram flour batter, with chillies and a dash of garlic. If you want to serve children, ditch the chillies and add onions to it. Serve hot with a potato vegetable or pickle.
3. Dal & Peas Kachori
Deep-fried wheat buns stuffed with different dals and masala complete any Holi party menu. Popular in Western India, kachoris are also stuffed with peas, potato and chillies as well as a spicy red chilli paste. It is served with chutney, yoghurt or chilli oil. Bite into a fresh, hot kachori by ordering it here.
Deep-fried potatoes in a snug triangle-shaped flour wrap is just what the festival of Holi needs! Almost all Indian occasions need a serving of this scrumptious delight. Add cheese and corn or exotic vegetables instead of potatoes to give an international twist to your dish. Fun fact: Samosas are originally a Middle-Eastern dish and are popular across Asia. Order hot samosas here.
- Kanji ke Vade
Rajasthan’s popular dish for Holi, the kanji vada is an underrated, but important, addition to your festive party menu. Crispy-fried dal balls form the base of this dish. The added flavour and aroma comes from a watery gravy made from asafoetida, chillies and other spices boiled in a clay pot and dried in the sun. Now, this one seems worth a try on Holi!
- Peanut Pakode
Peanut pakode, or bhajias, are ideal for those bhang and alcohol-induced times. Fried in gram flour and rice flour batter, the nuts are garnished with a mix of spices and salt. Add it to your papri chaat, and you’ve got a whole new dish.