Happy Holi

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Holi, a favorite holiday of mine, is coming up on March 11, 2009. Holi the festival of colors, traditionally a harvest festival, celeberated all over india.

Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, the victory of good over evil.

Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid when people rub ‘gulal’ (variety of color powder specially made for this occasion making sure it will not hurt physically) on each other’s faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai” witch is translated to “please don’t mind today is Holi”.

The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

Like every other holiday Holi has some of the specialty food people will make. A special drink called Thandai is served (main ingredients are milk almonds various spices and sugar). Usually lots of dry snacks are made like gujhia, khasta kachori, namak para, shaker para, basen ladoo and mathries and more. They are easy to offer to the visitors who come to play Holi with you.

I just love holidays they just bring very positive vibes and something to look forward.


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6 thoughts on “Happy Holi

  1. Hello Manjula!

    I am new to your website, and also to Indian cooking. I was looking for a naan recipe, and came upon your video. Your delightful personality, and expert cooking abilities were just what I was looking for. One after another, I watched your bread videos. You made me feel like I could do it too! I was so enamored, that I have already shared your video with others. I can’t wait to try to make some of these breads myself. Yesterday I found a pizza stone, and soon I will be making my first naan, thanks to you! Really, you are a very lovely, and lovable lady, and I am so glad I found you! I love your kitchen. I feel like I am with you there.

    Happy Holi to you, and congratulations on the birth of your newest granddaughter! I’ll be back again very soon to visit with you. Thank you!

  2. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    I have been following your videos from past 1 year. I have tried many of your recipes and they all came well. I tried your Gulab Jamuns and Paneer Butter Masala.

    You do make cooking easy with your detaileds videos and simple recipes.
    You are a savior for all of us who are away from Home.

    We all love you.
    Please keep posting the videos.

    Padmini

  3. Hello Auntyji,

    I am so happy I came across this website today and your videos are so well planned and you are such a great cook and anchor. You remind me of my mom and I spent the last 2 hours watching a few of your videos. You make cooking look so easy and that is why I made this website my favorite now 🙂

    I am trying to bring more vegetarian recipes to my family in California as we have a baby now and here I am thinking that this is easy …thank you so much!! You are awesome….

  4. I’ve seen this festivity on tv as well on some movies. It looks like everybody is having fun, so I hope you have a happy Holi to you and your family!

  5. Namaste Auntyji,
    First of all let me wish you on Women’s day, Happy(belated) Women’s Day. I love all youe videos. You explain each receipe so well, even my mother would not be able to do that(because after a while we would break up into a brawl [;)]) he he!!
    Kudos to you !! Me complimenting you would sound like a Nursery goer appreciating a Master holder. But I must say I have learnt a lot from you not only cooking but even how to maintain the cleanliness while cooking (when I am done with cooking food the kithchen looks no different than a battle field).

    THANK YOU AUNTYJI, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING !!

    ” HAPPY HOLI TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY “

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