Festive Delicacies

Just like the vibrant colours of Holi, the special dishes prepared on this day are unique!  

3/2/2016 5:19:35 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Hema Malini dancing to ‘Holi ke din dil khil jaate hain rangon mein rang mil jaate hain’ with gay abandon in the movie Sholay, just before the dacoits attack her village, summarises the mood of this festival quite aptly. It is a celebration that signifies the end of winter with the arrival of spring and also the victory of good over evil.

Also symbolically known as the festival of love, in ancient times, it was celebrated for 16 days commemorating the love of Radha for Krishna. No wonder it is the most popular festival in the Braj region. But today Holi is celebrated all over the world where the Indian diaspora is settled including Mauritius, the Caribbean and Africa. 

Even in Singapore, with the recent arrival of Non-resident Indians, this festival has gained prominence. Several events are held across the country that celebrate its spirit. And what are Indian festivals without its food? 

Here we present four delicious and unique recipes that are a must-have on Holi!

Bedmi PuriBedmi _Poori

  • 2-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup urad dal
  • 1.5 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2.5 tsp coriander pdr
  • 3/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2.5 tsp red chilli pdr
  • 2 tsp dry mango pdr
  • 2 tsp ajwain (carrom) seeds
  • 2 tsp turmeric pdr
  • Salt to taste



1.Clean, wash and soak dal for 3-4 hours. Transfer dal to a mixer or food processor and coarsely grind it.

2. Transfer the dal to a bowl and add all the ingredients one by one. Finally add wheat flour and rice flour. Add water and form soft pliable dough.

3. Heat oil in a wok. Make small round balls out the dough. Grease the dough ball and roll it into a small circle/poori. Once the oil is heated, fry the poories.

4. Fry until crisp and brown on sides. Place it on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat it with rest of the dough.

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