Holi Hai!

Holi is a very special holiday.  It is the one holiday that everyone I know gets together.  In India, all...

Holi is a very special holiday.  It is the one holiday that everyone I know gets together.  In India, all social restrictions and gaps are forgotten as people of different backgrounds celebrate together.  A bonfire is typically prepared the night before Holi. The next day family, friends, and neighbors play together with specially prepared colored powders. These powders are called Gulal and colored water is playfully splashed on each other as well.

I love the spirit of the Holi as it brings back a lot of fun memories from my childhood. This year Holi is on Monday, March 13th.  We will get together and celebrate with friends and family for sure. We celebrate Holi at home a little differently and play with colorful silk flower petals instead of Gulal. It’s easier to use soft petals when you are playing inside the house! My grandchildren, of course, enjoying playing Holi with colorful gulal and water!

Celebrating Holi is fun, but we need delicious food to accompany the celebrations!  This year we will be doing a pot luck dinner with our friends.  The theme is “street foods”. Everyone will bring their favorite “street food” to enjoy.   I am beginning my preparations as we speak! Unless the house is full of the sweet aromas from the dishes you cook, it doesn’t feel like Holi.

This year’s menu will be:



Carrot Khanji, (these are special Holi drink)
coming soon



Dahi vada

Dahi Vada

Chole Kulcha

Kulcha (Punjabi Flatbread)

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Papdi Chaat

Papdi Chaat

and for dessert:


Bengali Rasgulla

Meethi Mathri

Meethi Matri (Indian Sweet Cracker)

Alex (my husband) wants me make a special easy-to-eat salad using cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes and cottage cheese.

I will post more picture after Holi.

I hope you enjoy Holi this year.  Enjoy this colorful festival and take out your water gun.


Manjula Jain



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    ankit kumar
    March 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I tried these recipes and it tastes just awesome. I absolutely loved these recipes I also recommend everyone to try these recipes at least one time you will love it. Thanks for sharing these recipes.
    Happy Holi to you also.

      Manjula Jain
      March 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      thank you Ankit

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