Holi is a popular festival in India. It is a ‘festival of colors’ or ‘festival of spring’. Though it is an Indian festival and celebrated by Hindu people. But nowadays people from other religious communities also started participating in this festival. Recently, people across the world are showing interest in this ‘festival of love’ Holi. But can you imagine a festival without food? Yes, food is an important part of any festival, particularly if it is an Indian festival. So what would be your the best Holi festival food menu for the whole day?
Generally when you think about a food menu for the whole day that time you actually think a meal plan which would be a balanced diet. You will think about your health and you cut your fat intake. You will try to include food which will be more in vitamins & minerals. Is it not true?
But when it comes to food menu for Holi or any festival then you break all such rules and concentrate on such food what you like most or something that will suit best according to the festival or traditions. You also consider your taste as well as the choices of your family.
So based on all those things, you will decide the best Holi festival food menu for you. Here is a food menu for the whole day of Holi festival which suits best for the traditions of the festival.
Breakfast for Holi festival
Thandai or any milkshake
Thandai is the most important drink for this festival. This drink is not just important for Holi festival but also it is associated with Maha Shivaratri. But what is thandai? Did you ever try this? It is very delicious and rich in nutritional value. It is prepared with milk, almonds, pistachio, cardamoms, saffron, rose petals, fennel, black pepper, melon seeds etc. In Northern Indian states, it is very popular. Traditionally people make a paste of all whole ingredients in a traditional mortar & pestle and then boil it in milk and strain. They drink it after refrigerating this. But I do not prefer to strain it.
In case, you can not make thandai then you can try any milkshake of your choice.
It is another important snack on the occasion of Holi. People prepare a lot of types of pakodas on this day. They play Holi and when they feel hungry they just have a glass of thandai and some pakodas. Onion pakoda, potato pakoda, cauliflower pakoda, palak pakoda, any other leafy vegetable pakoda, mix veg pakoda etc are a very popular snack and people have it as breakfast along with thandai on this day.
Can you imagine any Indian festival without sweet dishes? Never, right? Then you should also include atleast one sweet item for the breakfast on this day.
Jalebi is very delicious & popular sweet dish across the country. Almost everybody like this sweet dish. It is served warm or cold. So you can prepare this early. Many people also love this sweet item to have with yogurt or rabri.
You can even try sweet boondi instead of jalebi.
Lunch for holi festival
Biryani is the most popular rice-based food in the Indian subcontinent. Though it is mostly nonvegetarian food but you can have a veg version of this biryani on the occasion of this Holi festival. I love any kind of biryani a lot. Mutton biryani, chicken biryani etc are definitely super delicious but veg biryani is also very enjoyable. I tried various types of veg biryani like jackfruit biryani, everyday vegetable biryani, soy chunks biryani etc.
Biryani is delicious but raita makes it super delicious. Is it not true? I mean biryani without raita is not so enjoyable. Both of those two dishes are inseparable. There are various types of raita available in India. But among all I like boondi raita, mixed raita and burani raita a lot. Did you ever try burani raita? It is very special raita what is popular in Hyderabad. It has a unique taste and most people prefer it with biryani.
Again I would say that without a sweet dish, an Indian meal is incomplete. So we have to add a sweet item in the lunch menu for the Holi festival. Gulab jamun would be my the first choice for lunch. It is the most popular sweet dish in India. I also love to have gulab jamun with curd/yogurt.
Dinner for holi festival
Okay, now you have spent the day very well. But still, you are missing something. What is that? I mean you ate so many things since last couples of hours and still you are thinking that you have not done. Is it not true?
Yes, you are missing Indian flatbread. What do you say? How can you spend the whole day without Indian flatbread? So what do you want? Actually there are many options in Indian flatbreads, like roti, naan, paratha, kulcha, poori etc. So what do you love to have for the dinner on this day? You definitely do not want to eat roti because you eat almost everyday. So I think kulcha will be a perfect option for dinner.
In fact matar kulcha will be great dishes for dinner. Those soft & fluffy kulcha served with matar masala, just like yummmm….
The best thing is that matar masala can be prepared with very less spices and still it can be super delicious and enjoyable. So matar kulcha will be the best option for the dinner.
Gajar ka halwa
Every year Holi comes during spring and that is why it is also called as ‘Festival of Spring’. During this season carrot is the most common & popular vegetable and you can easily buy fresh carrots at a low price from your local market.
So why not gajar ka halwa? It is a very popular winter special sweet dish. So it would probably be the end of the season when you can make gajar ka halwa at home.
So this is was my the best Holi festival food menu for the whole day. What do you want to prefer to have on this day? What should be the best food menu according to you? Share it below by leaving a comment.