Springtime & Holi! – Manjula’s Kitchen


I am very excited about the weather becoming warmer and Spring’s arrival.  With this also comes Holi, one of my favorite festivals! Holi is the festival of colors and will be celebrated on March 28th. I am beginning my preparations as we speak! The house will soon be full of sweet aromas to indicate Holi is coming. Of course, this also allows me to spend more time in my favorite place at my home – the kitchen!

I love the spirit of the holidays! The holidays bring back a lot of fun memories from my childhood. As a young child, I can vividly remember the whole neighborhood filled with excitement as the delicious aromas of Holi wafted throughout the neighborhood. Of course, we loved to “play” Holi, throwing brightly colored powders at each other to celebrate! I can remember my mother also being very excited about Holi.  She loved to prepare a variety of finger foods because it was easy to share with friends and neighbors.

I am planning to make sweet and savory snacks that can last until it is Holi. This year, celebrating Holi will be different because we still need to socially distance ourselves, even though most of our friends are fully vaccinated.  Despite this, I am still excited to spend time with friends and family!

Here are a few of the dishes I plan on preparing to celebrate Holi:  Gujia, Besan Ka Ladoo, Meethi matries, Crispy Shakarpara (Almond Biscuit), Besan Sev, Apple Coconut Barfi.  For a cold refreshing beverage, I plan on making Thandai (a special drink traditionally made for Holi).

Spring is almost here, and we have a lot to be thankful for!  Enjoy!

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