There is no one way to celebrate Holi. Holi is the Hindu festival of colors that heralds the start of spring. This year, it falls on March 13th. The word “Holi” usually conjures a sense of organized chaos, fistfuls of colorful powder flung across skies and onto people’s skin, like something you’d see in Bollywood cinema.

My Bengali family? Well, we celebrate Holi a little differently. Our expressions of joy are more subdued. We usually prepare a stainless steel tray with a few shades of colorful powder, smear our cheeks with it, and call it a day. The end. It’s a considerably more austere celebration than you may expect from the way Holi’s been commercialized.

We don’t, however, skimp on snacks. There are a few foods that are known as quintessential “Holi foods.” Like a good number of other families, we gravitate towards kachori, puffy mounds of pastry fried and stuffed with spices; many other families love gujiya, a dumpling filled with sweets.

But my family treats Holi as an excuse to eat whatever we want, so long as it brings us joy. Here are some of the favorite dishes my family likes to eat during Holi—along with a few we’re still waiting to try.

Salted Lassi
Salted Lassi
by A Brown Table
Sweet Lassi with Rose Water
Sweet Lassi with Rose Water
by A Brown Table
Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade)
Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade)
by Annada Rathi
Chaat Masala Fruit Salad
Chaat Masala Fruit Salad
by A Brown Table
New Potato & Chickpea Chaat (Aloo Chana Chaat)
New Potato & Chickpea Chaat (Aloo Chana Chaat)
by Meera Sodha
Flaky Baked Samosas
Flaky Baked Samosas
by Kendra Vaculin
Lentil Stuffed Samosas
Lentil Stuffed Samosas
by kulsum Kunwa
Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)
Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)
by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room
Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries
Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries
by Dolphia Nandi
Pav Bhaji (Spicy Indian Vegetables with Buttery Bread Rolls)
Pav Bhaji (Spicy Indian Vegetables with Buttery Bread Rolls)
by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room
Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu
Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu
by A Brown Table
Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak)
Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak)
by Meera Sodha
Kulfi
Kulfi
by Vedika Luthra
Andrea Nguyen's Cashew and Cardamom Fudge (Kaju Barfi)
Andrea Nguyen’s Cashew and Cardamom Fudge (Kaju Barfi)
by Genius Recipes

Do you celebrate Holi? What do you eat? Let us know in the comments.

from Food52
https://food52.com/blog/19253-the-indian-snacks-and-sweets-i-eat-every-holi

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