Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Holi (and St. Patrick's Day)!

Blogger of the Day: Dassana at Veg Recipes Of India

Sure you've partied on St. Patrick's Day by dressing in green and eating green pancakes and drinking green shakes, but why stop at one color when you can dive headfirst into Holi and its wildly beautiful Festival of Colors? Holi is an annual holiday originating in India that celebrates the vibrant beginning of spring and all things peaceful and positive and gentle and joyous. A crazycool part of it is letting loose with loads of color, and even better if you're in a rockin'dancin'laughin' crowd of thousands doing it too! One of the biggest Festivals of Colors takes place at the Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, but there are plenty more in cities all over the US and the world. Take a gaze at pure happiness...  :)

Find a Festival or hold your own! 
If you do, share photos please!  :)

With any happy holiday you have to have happy foods...Dassana happens to have a bounty of breathtaking recipes to welcome in spring! I love her recipes because she takes the time to explain where they came from, how to do each step (with fabulous photos for each!), other options for ingredients and it's all vegan friendly! I'm smitten by so many of her recipes but I must admit the Puran Poli and Papaya Halwa are at the top of my list...I'm off to the store for papayas!  ;)

Traditional slow cooked recipe featuring carrots, sugar and dry fruits

Savory and fried flour crispies usually enjoyed with indian chai

Sweet treat made with fried subtly fennel seed-flavored batter

Flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from
skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery

Popular North Indian curry that goes well with poori, bhatura, roti, naan or rice

Fenugreek flat breads made for breakfast

Warm, spiced tea made with ginger and cardamom

Flaky, crisp and spiced flour crackers often served as a tea time snack

Delicious Indian dessert made with semi ripe papaya

Dassana has a many more Holi Recipes to choose from!

Do you celebrate Holi? Have you ever joined in The Festival of Colors? What's your favorite Indian dessert? What's making you happy today?  :)

Celebrate some more with our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!


  1. Have you been to the festival in Utah? If you have you might have seen the Kirtaniyas perform there with MC Yogi- that's my stepson Vijay and his wife- small world!!! Check them out here- Hope you had a great Holi this year, if you celebrated :) PS: My best Holi was in Vrndavana, and I got covered in pink paint...

    1. SOOOO cool...fantastic video! I was smiling the whole time it was playing. I haven't been able to go yet, but someday I'll get there. How can you resist a celebration where you just get to be a kid? :)
      Cheers and Happy Holi!

    2. So glad you liked it- I would like to go there someday too...

  2. I cannot believe I've never seen her blog before! It's amazing!

    1. So many more recipes than I listed here that I want to try! :)

  3. This is so neat! My best friend is in India right now and she just posted amazing pictures of herself covered in colour for Holi- so neat!! I love these recipes, too!

    1. Everyone needs to be colorized from head to toe at least once in their life! :)