Bura Na Mano Holi Hai! Holi is a festival which is celebrated by almost everyone in India with much enthusiasm. A true Holi celebration time and again starts in the wee hours of the morning when kids and adults alike spend hours filling water balloons in preparation of the day ahead. Then come the drums of coloured water…pichkaris and of course the Gulaal!
I remember as a kid, I never cared about coloured hands, face, legs at all… just used to get in house every few minutes and grab the yummy treats and run away to play further. The houses used to be mess for next couple of days and it was fun to even recognize each other for next couple of days, due to layers and layers of colours…
The festival of Holi is widely popular for vibrant colours and endless moments of joy. But a Holi is absolutely incomplete without some of the trademark Holi delicacies… Though the traditional recipes vary from family to family and place to place, one thing that remains the same is the zeal with which these delicacies are prepared for this occasion. The most popular desserts of Holi is ‘Gujhia’, which is a must for every Indian home during the season. Then, there are aloo chaat…papris…dahi vade or dahi-bhalles that are prepared on the occasion. The intoxicating bhang-ke-vade…thadai… the sauf and bhang sharabat just adds to the entire Holi celebration.
Here comes quick recipe for traditional dahi-bhalles in Special Holi Menu!
10 minutes: CHILLED BREAD DAHI VADA | DAHI BHALLA
Kaamchor Ki Rasoi Se: Instant Chilled Chatpatte Bread Dahi Bhalle! (NO SOAKING OF DAL AND NO FRYING)
• Brown Bread: 2 slice (per vada one slice)
• Curd: 1/2 cup (whisked and chilled)
• Sugar: 2-3 tsp (To mix in the curd)
• Chat Masala: 1 -2 tsp
• Mithi Chutney: 1 -2 tsp
• Green Chutney: 1 -2 tsp
• Water: To soak break
• Salt and Red chilli powder: To Garnish
1. Take curd (drain the water) add sugar and beat it until smooth, once done keep it in the refrigerator to chill.
2. Take water mix chat masala and soak brown bread in it, rinse extra water and make tight bhalla/vada of bread with your hand, and keep it aside.
3. Now, soak these bread bhallas/vadas in chilled curd for 1/2 -1 minute and place them in serving plate. Pour mithi chutney, green chutney, sprinkle chat masala, salt and red chilli powder.
4. PumpaRrraAaa Chilled and Chatpatta Bread Dahi Bhallas are ready. Serve immediately.
Tip: You can use dahi ka pani to soak the bread, this will add more taste to the bread. And SShshSHhsh! Keep the secret that the Bhallas are made of bread with you!
Have a safe and colourful Holi!
Author: Tipti Aggarwal
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