Gujiya to Thandai, 5 easy recipes for your Holi party menu

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Festivals bring with them the coveted chance to indulge in a range of delicious delicacies without any guilt. Now that Holi is almost here, we’re sure many of you must already be interested in Gujiyas! Such is the fervor of festivals, and it is certainly incomplete without a hearty gourmet indulgence.

If you are hosting a Holi party for your loved ones this weekend, we have the food menu sorted for you. It’s not only easy to prepare, but resonates with the festival vibe and will satiate everyone’s taste buds.

Read on, as we list 5 easy recipes for your Holi party food menu:

THANDAI

Thandai is a must for your Holi party menu. (Photo: Getty Images)

The quintessential Holi drink, Thandai can be served as a welcome drink and also served in between, amidst the hustle and bustle of color play and incessant dancing.

HOW TO MAKE THANDAI?

The first step is to soak the peeled almonds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, dried rose petals, melon seeds, pistachios and black pepper in a little warm water. You can soak it overnight or for at least 2 hours. (Use a teaspoon of almonds, melon seeds, and pistachios, and half a teaspoon of fennel seeds, poppy seeds, and black pepper each for a tall glass of Thandai.)

Then put this mixture in a blender. Add the sugar, the saffron strands and a few green cardamoms. Blend everything into a fine paste. In a glass of chilled milk (you can also use milk and water in a 50:50 ratio), add two spoonfuls of the thandai mixture. Mix well and it’s ready to be swallowed.

PAPDI CHAAT

Your guests will love a tasty plate of Papdi Chaat. (Photo: Pexels)

How about a mouth-watering plate of Papdi Chaat to start? Bursting with tangy and refreshing flavors, it’s a perfect dish to immerse yourself in the Holi fun.

HOW TO MAKE PAPDI CHAAT

Preparing Papdi Chaat is quite easy, as it is more about assembling than cooking. You can buy crispy papdi and tamarind chutney at a store. You will also need a mint chutney, which you can make by grinding fresh mint and coriander leaves with a few green chillies, salt, garlic cloves and a little ginger. You can also add lemon juice or raw mango to add an extra splash of flavor.

Another thing you need to prepare is the sweet curd. In a bowl, mix the sugar with the fresh curd. Use two spoons of sugar for two cups of curd. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Keep it aside.

On a large plate, arrange the papdi. Pour over a layer of whipped curd. Top it with cubed boiled potatoes, boiled chickpeas and chopped raw onion. Drizzle with green chutney and tamarind chutney. Sprinkle with salt, red chili powder, roasted cumin powder and chaat masala. Finally, garnish with sev and pomegranate seeds. Voila, papdi chaat is ready.

CHICKEN PAKORAS

For all lovers of non-vegetarian cuisine, you can make easy-to-prepare chicken pakoras. (Photo: Getty Images)

For all lovers of non-vegetarian cuisine, you can have simple but tasty chicken pakoras on the menu.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN PAKORAS?

Cut the chicken breast pieces into thin strips. In a large bowl, mix the besan (gram flour) with water and mix well. For every 1 cup of besan, use 1/2 cup of water. Now add the red chili powder, garam masala, chaat masala, salt and baking soda (1 teaspoon to 1 cup gram flour). Mix everything well to prepare a paste.

Now heat some oil in a wok. Once the oil is hot, dip the chicken strips in the prepared batter and fry them in the oil until fully cooked. Serve with a freshly made mint and cilantro chutney.

ALOO PURI

Aloo Puri is a surefire option for your Holi party. (Photo: Getty Images)

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a hot plate of tangy potato curry with freshly made Pooris after a good piece of Holi! It is a foolproof option that everyone appreciates.

HOW TO MAKE ALOO PURI?

Boil 6-7 potatoes in a pressure cooker. Peel them and let them cool. Now crush them and keep aside. Now heat the oil in a wok and add 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp mustard seeds, a pinch of hing (asafetida) and some curry leaves. Once they spit, add 2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste. Fry until golden brown. Now add 1 tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp mango powder, red chili powder and salt as per your taste. Mix everything and cook over low heat for another 2 minutes. Now add the roughly mashed boiled potatoes and mix well.

Now add the fresh tomato puree and cook for another 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between. Add a little water and cover the lid. Cook until desired consistency is achieved.

As for the Pooris, take small round balls and roll them into flat circles with a little oil. Carefully fry in hot oil.

GUJIYA

Your Holi party is incomplete without Gujiyas.

Gujiyas are simply synonymous with Holi and you can’t miss having them on your Holi menu! Although you can also order it from a confectionery, here is a simple and easy one that you can try at home.

HOW TO MAKE GUJIYA?

The process of making Gujiyas at home can be divided into three stages. First, you need to prepare the dough. Second, you need to assemble the filling. And finally, you put them together and fry them.

For the dough, mix 1 cup whole wheat with 1 cup maida (all-purpose flour) and add ¼ teaspoon salt. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pan. Once melted, add it to the flour mixture. Mix gently with a spoon, then use your fingers to achieve a breadcrumb-like texture. With water, knead the dough and keep it aside. Cover it with a damp cloth for at least 30 minutes.

As for the filling, start by heating some ghee in a pan. Add a cup of grated khoya and cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Once it begins to soften and gather around itself, turn off the heat. Let it cool. Now take some almonds, pistachios, cashews (all coarsely crushed) and some raisins and mix them with the khoya. Also add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder. Give all the ingredients a good mix.

Finally comes the assembly part. Take a small ball of dough and roll it into a circle using a rolling pin. Apply water to the circumference of the flat dough circles and add the prepared khoya filling in between. Now carefully fold the Gujiya. Be sure to seal the corners well. Now fry them in hot oil or bake them according to your preference.

We are already in food heaven!

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