The Essentials of Holi

So, the festival of colours is here. Known to bring joy, prosperity and happiness to all, it is also known for the food. I’m going to write about the few essential food items that are impossible to miss at my home.

Gujia-The sweet delicacy

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Gujia is basically a samosa that is sweet. It is a very famous dish in North India. It is filled with khoya and is made of suji. Although, not having a huge sweet tooth myself, it is part of my roots. The best Gujia, according to me, is not too sweet with a crunchy cover. And, ooh, raisins inside. I love raisins.

 

Dahi Vada-The curd starter

Dahi Vada Recipe

*sigh* I just love Dahi Vada. It is a dish which is popular all over the country from north to south. It consists of vadas, fried  balls of flour in dahi, yogurt. At my home, they are not exactly ball shaped. They are doughnut-like, topped off with red chilli powder, clack salt and cumin.

 

Mutton Curry with Puri-The lunch of CHAMPIONS

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Now, mutton and puri has been the post holi celebration meal at my home for as long as I can remember. Sitting in the sun, drenched, this meal provided us hungry souls satiety after all the fun. A little spicy, the gravy and the perfect companionship of puri with it, you just can’t go wrong!

Wishing everyone a very safe, happy and prosperous holi! 🙂

See you again: The Return of Maggi

Maggi noodles.

The oldest thing I still remember from my childhood. Partly because it is still here. Or it was, a few months ago.

In the morning before school. At times, in the lunch box, the dried up version that we had a love-hate relationship with. The first thing we ‘cooked’ in the kitchen when our mothers got ill. The saviour of people who live alone or in a hostel, both because of taste and affordability. The drained version. Or with the broth. Or the complete modification of it in the form of fried Maggi. For my generation, Maggi noodles have been an integral part of our lives. People talk about their fondest memories as a kid. Maggi is one of them for me. The instant noodles that never got made in 2 minutes actually has a special place in all our hearts.

But, few months back, it was found that the noodles were not maintaining their standards. The ingredients were found to be harmful. And in the blink of an eyelash it was gone. BANNED. No one knew for how long. It was missed a lot. Personally, I was really sad. I haven’t eaten any instant noodles since.

But, recently the news came out that our beloved noodles are keeping up with the quality of their ingredients and is all set to make a return this Diwali. All the more reason to celebrate, eh? I’m personally overjoyed. I missed that yellow pack of happiness. And I just can’t wait to lay my hands on it the moment it comes back.