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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DEEPIKA PADUKONE DROPS AESTHETIC MONOCHROME PICTURE
NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Sunday treated her fans to an aesthetic monochrome picture of her that had a chiaroscuro effect on it.
Deepika took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture that featured her silhouette, while she stood behind translucent curtains. Though she did not write anything in the caption, she dropped a half-moon emoji there. Her husband and actor Ranveer Singh was blown away by his wife’s beauty and commented “Gorg” on her post.
Not just Ranveer, fans also showered love on Deepika’s photo, with many dropping heart, heart-eyes and fire emojis. “So beautiful ji,” one wrote, while another said, “You are heart.” A third one added, “Sunshine on the gloomy day.”
Meanwhile, on the film front, Deepika will be seen next in Shakun Batra’s yet-to-be-titled film.
The actor also has an impressive line-up of projects in the pipeline including ‘83’, ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Fighter’, ‘Sanki’, ‘Pathan’, and ‘K’, which is the Indian adaptation of Nancy Meyers’s 2015 hit Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, and will also feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
RANVEER SHARES LIGHT MOMENT WITH DHONI
MUMBAI: Superstar Ranveer Singh and former Indian national cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who are part of the All-Stars Football Club, were spotted playing football together at a stadium in Mumbai. After their gaming session, Ranveer took to his Instagram handle and posted a picture with Dhoni. The duo can be seen sitting on the ground and sharing a light moment. In his post, the actor showered love on MSD, indicating that how much he admires the legendary cricketer.
“Bade bhai ke charno mein hamesha. My Jaan,” Ranveer captioned the Instagram post. Ranveer, known to be a lover of sports, also posted a photograph with cricketer Shreyas Iyer, who took part in the match. The ‘Ram-Leela’ actor also heaped praise on Iyer as he wrote, “There was no other way to stop him (Shreyas).” Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranveer will be seen in a cricketer avatar in Kabir Khan’s ‘83’ film, which is based on India’s iconic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
KANGANA GIVES GLIMPSE OF HER ‘DHAAKAD’ FIGHT
MUMBAI: Actor Kangana Ranaut is preparing hard for her role in the upcoming film ‘Dhaakad’. On Sunday, Kangana took to Instagram Story and posted a video of her rehearsing fight moves for ‘Dhaakad’.
“Ladako number 1, Baaghi ladki #Dhaakad rehearsals,” she captioned the clip.
For the unversed, Kangana is currently in Budapest for the above-mentioned movie, which is being helmed by Razneesh Ghai.
Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta are also a part of ‘Dhaakad’, which is based on issues like child trafficking and crimes against women. Apart from ‘Dhaakad’, Kangana will also be seen in ‘’Thalaivi’ — based on the life of late politician Jayalalithaa.
PRIYA BAPAT STARRER CITY OF DREAMS SEASON 2 TRAILER RELEASED
The trailer for the much-awaited City of Dreams season 2 starring Priya Bapat is out and the series will release on July 30. The Priya Bapat starrer City of Dreams Season One was a runaway hit and was one of the finest web series from India. Priya Bapat played a girl who went from being a housewife to be a leader and she portrayed that with absolute conviction. It was directed by decorated director Nagesh Kukoonoor.
Season 2 will see a see-saw battle of power between Priya Bapat and Atul Kulkarni from the looks of the poster. The cast also includes Sachin Pilgaonkar, Sushant Singh, and Eijaz Khan. The trailer for Season 2 has been received with a rousing welcome and it goes on to show the kind of love season one garnered.
Priya Bapat spoke to The Daily Guardian and here is what she says, “It’s an intense show with some incredible performances. I am so happy, proud, and lucky to be doing such a project. A huge thanks to my director Nagesh Kukoonoor sir for placing his trust in me. The trailer for Season 2 is out now and the series would be coming on July 30 and I can’t contain my happiness”.
“The audience reaction and feedback for Season 1 have given me such validation and fulfillment as an actor. The satisfaction is huge. There are some seriously good actors in it and some legendary names. And it’s all like one happy family. The trailer has got some great feedback and it’s time for the show to come. Stay safe and much love to all,” she further added.
Priya Bapat made her debut with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. She is also remembered for her roles in Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai. Her role in Kaksparsh and Timepass 2 acclaimed her good response from critics.
AKSHAY REMEMBERS CAPT VIKRAM BATRA, SHARES THE TRAILER OF ‘SHERSHAAH’
NEW DELHI: The power-packed trailer of Sidharth Malhotra’s upcoming movie based on the life of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra was released on Sunday.
Sharing the trailer, superstar Akshay Kumar penned a heartfelt note in remembrance of the Kargil war hero.
Taking to his Instagram handle, Akshay shared the much-awaited trailer with his fans and followers. Sharing the video and praising Sidharth for playing the war hero, he wrote, “Shershaah Trailer. What possible tribute can a reel hero give to a real hero.” Continuing with the caption, the National-Award-winning actor further noted, “Except to say that your sacrifice inspired us for life, Param Vir Chakra Awardee Captain Vikram Batra!”
Akshay added that he had always felt honoured that he shares his birthday with the war hero that is- 9th September. “And now feel privileged to share the trailer of #Shershaah that will tell the story of your heroic sacrifice to millions of us. Jai hind!”, Akshay said.
‘Shershash’ is a true story of Kargil war hero, Captain Vikram Batra who died during the war in 1999. The movie has been helmed by Vishnu Varadhan while Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Shabbir Boxwala, Ajay Shah, and Himanshu Gandhi are producing the film. Kiara Advani who will be seen playing the love interest of Sidharth will portray Dimple Cheema in the film that will release on 12 August on Amazon Prime Video.
ANGAD BEDI, MOUNI ROY’S NEW SONG ‘BAITHE BAITHE’ TO RELEASE ON 28 JULY
MUMBAI : Actors Angad Bedi and Mouni Roy will be seen together in an upcoming music video titled ‘Baithe Baithe’.
Taking to Instagram, Angad shared that the new song will be out on July 28. He also unveiled the first poster of the song, wherein he and Mouni are seen dressed up in ethnic attires.
“Do you believe in love at first sight? Baithe Baithe releasing on 28th July 2021,” Angad wrote. ‘Baithe Baithe’ is sung by Stebin Ben, Danish Sabri and Aishwarya Pandit. Meet Bros have composed the love track.
Mouni has also shared the poster of the song on her Instagram handle. With the announcement, congratulatory messages and best wishes have poured in for the actors. “Congrats beauty,” actor Vidya Malwade commented.“Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear the song,” a fan commented.
On the film front, Mouni will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Bole Chudiya’. The details of Angad’s upcoming film and shows projects have not been announced yet.
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