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The Indian Snacks and Sweets I Eat Every Holi

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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.

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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)
Chaat Masala Fruit Salad
Chaat Masala Fruit Salad
New Potato & Chickpea Chaat (Aloo Chana Chaat)
New Potato & Chickpea Chaat (Aloo Chana Chaat)
Flaky Baked Samosas
Flaky Baked Samosas
Lentil Stuffed Samosas
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Lentil Stuffed Samosas
Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)
Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)
Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries
Khichdi (Indian Rice and Lentils) and Potato Fries
South Indian Sundal (Chickpea salad)

South Indian Sundal (Chickpea salad) by Asha

Chicken 65 (Indian Fried Chicken)

Chicken 65 (Indian Fried Chicken) by Michelle Peters - Jones

Pav Bhaji (Spicy Indian Vegetables with Buttery Bread Rolls)
Pav Bhaji (Spicy Indian Vegetables with Buttery Bread Rolls)
Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu
Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu
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)

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

Tags: holi, hinduism