The most vibrant of them all, Holi is truly the festival of love, which has to be experienced, celebrated and literally ‘paint the town red’ with! The festival of colours that celebrates the essence of Lord Krishna in his true form, and to do so anything that is made during Holi needs to bring alive all our sense and made with dollops of love, which is why milk is used quite generously as are other aromatic and digestive ingredients. Here are some of the most amazing recipes that one needs to try out this year for the festival!
Let’s start with the most amazing milk cake recipe by the amazing chef Sabyasachi Gorai! It’s a milk cake par excellence and nothing like what you’ve tasted earlier. A light and fluffy sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk and it literally floats around on a bed of gorgeous, silken, flavourful milk
THREE MILK CAKE SPONGE BY CHEF SABYSACHI GORAI
Egg White – 9 Nos
Egg yolk – 9 Nos
Breakfast sugar – 200 gms
Vanilla essence – 5 gms
Flour – 200 gms
Baking powder – 5 gms
Cooking cream – 200 gms
Milk – 500 gms
Milk powder – 50 gms
Condensed Milk – 100 gms
Cashew nuts – 100 gms
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (170 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. Sieve the flour and baking powder together and keep aside.
3. Cream sugar and egg together until fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; beat well.
4. Add the flour mixture to the mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (170 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
6. Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, Cooking cream milk powder, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake. Pipe the custard and serve with nuts.
ALOO KE GUTKE BY CHEF PAWAN BISHT OF ONE 8
This traditional dish from Uttarakhand is an absolute must-have on Holi. This is an incredible snack and can be had on-the-go while playing with colours and water.
Medium size potatoes – 4
Mustard oil – 4 tablespoons
Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Chopped green chilies – 2
Dry red chili – 2
Chopped coriander – a handful
Salt to taste
Note: One can add Jakhiya (Dog mustard) or Mustard seeds too depending on the availability.
1. Take a vessel, put it on medium heat and parboil the potatoes, take them out and peel
2. Cut the potatoes into wedges and keep aside.
3. Take a kadhai, put over medium heat and add mustard oil.
4. Add red dry chillies in the hot oil, fry well and keep aside.
5. Now, add cumin seeds to the oil and fry till they crackle, add turmeric powder add this point.
6. Add boiled potato wedges and mix well. After this add all the masala and green chillies to the potatoes and give a good stir.
7. Cook on a slow heat till the potatoes are properly done. Add coriander leaves, adjust seasoning and serve hot.
KANJI VADA BY DR RUCHI MITTAL OF MEALSNMILES
Kanji Vada is one dish that marks the onset of spring and is made around the end of winters in most of the households in Rajasthan and UP. Traditional kanji vada in UP is made with urad daal and hing, which is soaked in fermented water that has mustard and chilli powders, along with salt. These are then stored in earthen pots for a couple of days to keep it chilled. Braj ki Holi is incomplete without this dish!
For the Kanji
Water Boiled and cooled – 1 ltr
Yellow Mustard powder – 1 tbsp
Black salt – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Chili powder optional – 1/2 tsp
Mix all the above ingredients in a glass jar or earthen pot and keep in the sun. Keep it covered with a muslin cloth to induce fermentation.
For the Fritters (vadas)
1. Take 100 gms of urad dal, soaked for two hours and ground to a fine paste.
2. Add a pinch of hiing and beat it with wet hands and fry them into lemon size fritters till golden.
3. Dunk the vadas in the fermented water for a day or two and serve garnished with chopped mint leaves.
KESAR DUDHIYA KEBAB BY CHEF SAHIL SINGH OF VDELIVERONLINE
This is his version of Peshawar kebabs, creamy saffron kebabs made by khoya and milk—a delight for a festival that needs snacks constantly!
Paneer – one block medium
Jeera crushed – 1 Teaspoon
Salt – 1 Teaspoon
Green Chili – 1 Teaspoon (chopped)
Ginger – 1 Teaspoon (chopped or grated)
Grated Mawa – 5 Tablespoons
Cashews – 1 Tablespoon
Cream – 2 Tablespoons
Green Cardamom Powder – 1 Teaspoon
Chopped Coriander Leaves – 1 Teaspoon
Milk Powder – 2 Tablespoons
Saffron – a pinch
Roasted Chana Powder – 2 Teaspoons
Amul Cheese – 1 Cube
1. Take a bowl and add in grated paneer. Now grate half Amul cheese cube in the bowl. Add grated mawa, cream, and finely chopped cashews.
2. Add in the chopped ginger, chopped green chili, salt to taste, milk powder, green coriander leaves, saffron and roasted Chana powder.
3. Mix well and mash the mixture using your hands and bring it in a form of dough.
4. Now take a pan and add in the clarified butter.
5. Place your shaped kebab and shallow fry them very carefully as they are very soft.
6. Cook the kebabs for 2 minutes on both sides and then plate them and serve with green chutney.
As always, all is well that ends well and here, the final recipe is just that! Globally a ‘Superfood’, Hemp is rich in fibre, proteins, vitamins and amino acids, there are various health benefits of its consumption. The product comes as a Ayurvedic Proprietary Medicine and all parts of the Hemp can be used to produce Superfoods that can be consumed as seeds, powder or oil. Here’s a Hemp Saffron Thandai that’s difficult to replace!
HEMP SAFFRON THANDAI BY KAMA KM, THE BIG BHAANG THEORY
Serves: 8-10 Portions
Hemp Hearts (shelled hemp seeds) – 1 cup
White Pepper – 1 Teaspoon
Saunf – 2 Teaspoons
Dried Rose Petals – 4 Teaspoons
Green Cardamom pods – 5-6 Pods
Kesar – 6-8 STRANDS
Milk – 200 ml per glass
Honey as per taste
The THANDAI RECIPE
• Grind all the dry ingredients together to a fine powder and store it in an airtight container.
• Add 2 tablespoons of powder in 1 glass of cold milk.
• Add 2 teaspoons of honey.
• Garnish with saffron strands and Hemp Hearts.
With all its vibrance, unbiased love, colour, food and drink, and the overall vibe, Holi is more of an emotion—a celebration of one’s own sense of style, party, and food for the soul. Have a great festival!
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ARJUN MATHUR TO ADARSH GOURAV: HERE’S LOOKING AT THE TOP THREE OTT NEWSMAKERS
MUMBAI: The past few years have been a revelation for Indian cinema with the influx of OTT content. From handling an out-of-box idea to bringing forth a crucial issue in the limelight – our actors are going all out with their digital ventures!
While we saw some of the finest performances on the streaming platforms last year, there are a few names that define the space with their path-breaking performances, unconventional takes, and impeccable cinema sense. So, here’s rounding up the top four OTT newsmakers.
ARJUN MATHUR: You cannot have a list of the ground-breaking stars without Arjun Mathur. The international Emmy Award-nominated actor has pushed the boundaries with his non-conformist choices, like playing a gay wedding planner in Made In Heaven or shooting a show in a lockdown with The Gone Game. Now, he has Made In Heaven S2, Gone Game 2, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli, and Lionsgate Play’s next series.
PRATIK GANDHI: Pratik Gandhi became a household name with his blockbuster series, Scam 1992. The actor earned massive acclaim for his apt and flamboyant performance of Harshad Mehta. Later, he stunned the audience with his brave selections – Bhavai and Shimmy. Coming up next for the actor are Atithi Bhooto Bhava, Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan?, and Six Suspects.
ADARSH GOURAV: With his solid performance in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav has made it into everyone’s watchlist. The new-age actor bagged the BAFTA nomination for his performance and is all set to step into Hollywood with his next venture, Extrapolations, starring Meryl Streep.
PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ WAS MY GURU BUT ALSO MY FRIEND: MADHURI
NEW DELHI: Behind every successful person, there are unfailing efforts of teachers. Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj played the role of that guru in actor Madhuri Dixit Nene’s life.
After learning about the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Madhuri, on Monday, took to Twitter and opened up about her relationship with him. “He was a legend but had a child like innocence. He was my guru but also my friend. He taught me the intricacies of dance and Abhinay but never failed to make me laugh at his funny anecdotes,” she wrote.
“He has left behind grieving fans and students but also left a legacy we will all carry forward. Thank you Maharajji for everything you taught me in dance along with humility, elegance and grace. Koti koti pranam,” she added.
Alongside the note, Madhuri posted a throwback picture of her doing mukhdas with Pandit Birju Maharaj. For the unversed, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who breathed his last on Monday, had worked with Madhuri in films like ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
Bollywood in awe of Pushpa & Allu Arjun
Mumbai: Pushpa star Allu Arjun, the talk of the town, has absolutely impressed
his fans,audiences, actors in the South and also many bigwigs in Bollywood. The
stylish star with his emphatic performance has won the hearts of many in the Hindi
speaking regions. Now, Bollywood is all praise for Pushpa Raj aka Allu Arjun and
the movie, reiterate what the stylish star has said in the film, ‘Pushpa is not flower,
it is fire’. Completely entranced by Allu Arjun’s splendid work in “Pushpa”,
and also as the Hindi version in the North belt alone grossed Rs 100 crore
in box office collections in 25 days of its run, actors and big producers
in Bollywood have taken notice, and are now speaking about the
stylish star’s ability to charm viewers.
At a time when Allu Arjun has amassed a big fan following in
Hindi-speaking regions, there are reports of Bollywood producers lining up to cast him in their next Hindi films. Also, many
Hindi actors are showing interest to act in his upcoming pan-India movies. It is also reportedly said that producers are looking
to get Hindi dubbing or remake rights of the icon star’s upcoming films as they feel he will dominate the cinema space now.
The passion Allu Arjun put into his Pushpa Raj character is
so evident that people are just captivated by him.
LATA MANGESHKAR TO REMAIN UNDER SUPERVISION FOR A FEW MORE DAYS
MUMBAI : Giving a health update regarding legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, her doctor on Sunday shared that the megastar will still remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), under the supervision of doctors for a few more days.
The Bharat Ratna recipient was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai last week and her treatment is still going on. The 92-year-old star is suffering from corona as well as pneumonia. Dr Pratit Samdani who is treating the veteran singer said that “Lata ji is still in the ICU, she still that is why she is kept under the supervision of the doctor in the ICU.” “Lata ji will remain under the supervision of the doctor for a few more days, it is difficult to say how many days it will last. No one is allowed to meet.” The doctor also said that there is a need for people to pray for her recovery.
MOUNI ROY TO RETURN TO SMALL SCREEN AS A JUDGE ON REALITY SHOW
MUMBAI : After working in films like ‘Gold’, ‘Made in China’, and the yet-to-be-released ‘Brahmastra’, actor Mouni Roy is back to the small screen — the place where she first made her acting debut. Mouni is all set to appear as a judge on ‘Dance India Dance Li’l Masters Season 5’. Talking about the same, she said, “For me, dance is an expression. It is an amalgamation of various art forms. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Dance India Dance Little Masters as a judge. I can’t wait to watch the young kids showcasing their talent on such a huge platform.”
Mouni started her acting journey with TV shows and rose to fame with supernatural ‘Naagin’.
KURUKKU VAZHI IS A CRIME THRILLER: SHIRA GAARG
CHENNAI: What started as a surprising opportunity for actress Shira Gaarg to explore her passion became her career path once she started getting good reviews from reputed film critics for her role in her debut Tamil film Baby. Hailing from Bengaluru, Shira Gaarg was pursuing her college studies when a photoshoot caught the attention of director Balaji Sakthivel and his production team. They were looking for a fresh face for the movie Baby. She did not have any experience in acting then but after motivation from the director and support from her family she accepted the offer. Later after completion of her MBA she decided to take acting as her full time profession. Actress Shira Gaarg has recently completed the shoot for Tamil film titled Shot Boot Three directed by Arun Vaidyanathan and is currently shooting for her next movie Kurukku Vazhi directed by N.T. Nantha. In a candid conversation the actress avers, “Kurukku Vazhi is a crime thriller. It describes about what happens when people take short cut in life and how it would impact others. It is a very emotional role and the character has to go through mix of emotions. The story is about four people and what choices I make while dealing with them.” The film is produced by K Singh and A. Sharma. Apart from writing and directing the film, N.T. Nantha has also handled cinematography and composed the music. Apart from these projects, Shira Gaarg has also played the lead role in a Tamil web series Chewing Gum for Hotstar Network. She further added, “All my roles are unique and distinct. I am looking at playing meaty kind of roles. Fortunately the roles which I have played are all different and diverse.”
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