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The spring festival, Holi, is about colours, but incomplete without Gujiya, Kanji Vadas, Dahi Bhalle and Thandai. Holi, like all other Indian festivals, is about eating and merriment. Traditional sweets and savoury dishes have always been associated with Holi, but to break the monotony and shed the image of these being rich and sinful, a fun and modern twist is being given by chefs. Traditional flavours are thus being offered, yet, with a creative spin. So this Holi, indulge in 5 dishes in Mumbai that will instantly get you into the festive mood.
Thandai Kulfi Panna Cotta With Bourbon Caramel at Hoppipola, Khar
Holi is unimaginable without Thandai in some form. Thandai Kulfi Panna Cotta With Bourbon Caramel seems like the perfect way to savour the thandai flavours and yet not as the usual drink. The Bourbon Caramel compliments the storing thandai flavours, giving the necessary relief to the palate and a high that is unparalleled.
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Bedmi Puris At Monkey Bar, Bandra
As part of their ‘Holi High’ menu, with an array of delectable offerings, relish the lip-smacking delicacy, Bedmi Puris. A slight twist to this popular street food, these Urad Daal Pooris here are served with Raseele Aloo And Salli; with a side of Kachumbar and Salted Chilies. This meal will linger in your memory and palate long after you have enjoyed it.
Cheese Jalapeño Gujiya at The Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy
One cannot celebrate Holi without the traditional crescent-shaped Mawa or Khoya filled, Gujiya. Cheese Jalapeño Gujiya, here is an interesting take on this traditional dish and created in a savoury form. Filled with the goodness of cheese and with jalapeno lending a tart and crunchy flavour, this is a Gujiya which screams innovation.
Spring Bhajiya Tortilla at Café Haqq Se, Lower Parel
The Corn Paan Naan Wraps with Crispy Fritters and Salad are the perfect accompaniment to a glass of Thandai this Holi. Savour these inventive Bhajiyas here and take a respite from the mundane snacks this Holi.
Doodh Jalebi at Taftoon Bar & Kitchen, Bandra Kurla Complex
Holi celebrations are incomplete without piping hot Jalebis. And, what better way to enhance the experience than by eating these dipped in rich and creamy milk. From the Halwai shops of Phool Baug in Kanpur, this Apple Jalebi in Mumbai served with unsweetened condensed milk is an appropriate Holi treat.
Treat your taste buds to diverse flavours, both sweet and savoury this Holi, as, you enjoy the revelry.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.