Didn’t I tell you all once that Winter always turns to Spring…Always! So, here we are, talking about Holi, the wonderful festival of colours, that is now almost around the corner. As a child, I used to look forward to it since the beginning of the year..It marked the end of final examinations, the end of wearing winter coats and scarves and signalled the beginning of longer, brighter days.
Every home had similar yet ‘different’ food items being prepared for Holi. In our home, the signature dishes were bite-size, home-made ‘samosas’ and ‘gujiyas’. Also, several other snacks such as ‘namak para’ and ‘aaloo papad’ were often made. I surely must have been super excited about eating large amounts of ‘gujiyas’ and ‘samosas’, but somehow the madness for playing with colours and the preparatory activities including coating my face and arms with coconut oil (to ensure that the colours come off easily when washed!), buying the most ‘wild’ looking colours and finalising the day’s programme with friends seem to be my fondest memories of this lovely festival. My sister on the other hand took shelter in the family bathroom on the day of Holi, to avoid any family or friends covering her in any form of colour! For her, it was all sheer madness. Today, my priorities are slightly different. Well, it’s called growing older, I suppose!
Playing with colours has started taking a back seat and food has sort of taken over. This post is about various kinds of food preparations that precede this wonderful festival to welcome spring into our lives. So, get your aprons on, ensure all the ingredients are in the kitchen and get cooking…It’s Holi, after all…
Which ones of these delicacies are your favourites? It’s got to be home cooked ‘samosa’ for me along with ‘gujiya’ filled with ‘khoya’. Across the world, Holi or perhaps its variations is celebrated by anyone who loves a ‘big colour fight‘. These pictures do tell a tale of the love for colours.
And can a write-up on Holi be complete without this lovely song from the film, ‘Silsila’. Enjoy it, it’s timeless…
Have a colourful, food-filled and a love-filled Holi!
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