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30 Holi Dishes | Playful Cookinglink to 30 Holi Dishes

30 Holi Dishes

Holi is the festival of color, welcoming spring in the most vivid and joyful way. In India, this festival is considered as one of the biggest festivals. Every other street is lit up like a rainbow with people soaked in mass of colors and water. Everyone looks happy! The festival gets its name from the old mythological story of Holika. In India, every other state celebrates the festival in their own way. There are deep customs and rituals being followed, a lot of which will never make much sense to me. However, if there is one common thing that can…

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Santra Badam Barfi (Orange Almond Fudge)

The delicate sweet tangy orange with the richness of ghee and almond make Santra Badam Barfi a delicacy for your palate. It’s moreish and almost melts in your mouth at every bite. We Indians love barfi (dense milk-based fudge) and make it quite often, be it a special occasion or not. There are different types of barfi one can make with addition of nuts and fruits. 

Bengali Basanti Pulao (sweet saffron rice pilaf) | Playful Cookinglink to Bengali Basanti Pulao (Sweet Saffron Rice Pilaf)

Bengali Basanti Pulao (Sweet Saffron Rice Pilaf)

The festive season starts in less than a month and everybody is excited about it. This season gives us an opportunity to indulge in shopping, endless treats and family get together. Sweet aroma floats in the air, people look happier and there’s so much joy everywhere. Bengali Basanti Pulao, also known as Mishti Pulao (Sweet Pilaf), is a quintessential dish during the celebrations. Bengalis love their rice, be it lunch or dinner. And when it’s celebratory or a happy gala, the rice is uplifted with whole spices, nuts and raisins.

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Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

This is my favorite time of the year! By the time one festival gets over, we start prepping for the next one; it's such a joyful and happy season. Today we are celebrating Diwali - the festival of light! This festival always brings happiness, laughter, joy and lot of smiles on everyone's face. There are gifts being exchanged, families get together and there is always something special getting prepared in the kitchen.