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Celebrate Holi With A Bang!

2014-03-14 19:34:00 +0530

Can you imagine Holi without a certain 'secret ingredient'? I can't! After all, it's the one Indian festival when one can unwind and get a bit unholy. So, I got a very sporting chef to share five crazy recipes that use that secret Holi ingredient!

For years I've watched the most sedate and chaste people I know-strict patriarchs, holier-than-thou aunties, neighbourhood naggers and snobbish swaggers-getting down and dirty once the secret ingredient is in the system and taking effect. While we've all experienced the father of all highs this ingredient gives us in the traditional thandai, Chef Honey Abrol of The Chatter House in New Delhi was kind enough to share five creative and crazy recipes to use the secret ingredient with a twist. From hilarious laughter fits to finding your musical gene, dancing like you did 20 years ago or dozing off like there's no tomorrow, be prepared for some bizarre reactions from your victims! 

Pataka Pakore

Ingredients 

  • Secret ingredient 
  • Besan (chickpea flour)
  • Cumin
  • Crushed whole coriander (dhaniya)
  • Chopped green chilies
  • Chopped coriander
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Salt

Method
Mix all the ingredients with some water and make a soft batter. Dip the roughly chopped secret ingredient in the batter and fry till they become crispy.

Psychedelic Chutney

Ingredients

  • Roasted seeds of secret ingredient  
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Green Chilies
  • Coriander
  • Salt
  • Roasted chickpeas (channa)
  • Cumin

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except cumin, in the blender.
  2. Heat up the oil in a pan and add cumin. Sauté a bit and add the blended mixture to it. Serve with Pataka Pakore.

Bhojpuri Peppy Paratha

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Flour 
  • Salt
  • Green chili
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Crushed coriander
  • Red chili (whole)
  • Turmeric powder

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with some water and make a soft dough.
  2. Roll out small balls into round shape and cook it on a nonstick pan.
  3. Serve hot with Psychedelic Chutney.

Tried and Tested Thandai

Ingredients

  • Dry secret ingredient
  • Milk
  • Cashew nuts
  • Sugar
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Saffron
  • Pistachio
  • Almonds

Method

  1. Soak dry secret ingredient in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Soak cashew nuts, pistachio and almond in milk and blend it with the same milk in the blender.
  3. Add sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Blend the soaked secret ingredient and mix it up with the same blended mixture. 
  5. Add Saffron and serve cold.

Hallucinating Holi Cocktail

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Lemon juice
  • Green apple syrup
  • Fresh green apple
  • Soda
  • Sugar syrup

Method

  1. Crush secret ingredient in the pestle.
  2. Add some sugar syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Add green apple syrup and top up with soda.
  4. Garnish it with green apple cubes.
  5. Serve cold.



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Amit Somvanshi/Thinkstock

Celebrate Holi With A Bang!

2014-03-14 19:34:00 +0530

Can you imagine Holi without a certain 'secret ingredient'? I can't! After all, it's the one Indian festival when one can unwind and get a bit unholy. So, I got a very sporting chef to share five crazy recipes that use that secret Holi ingredient!

For years I've watched the most sedate and chaste people I know-strict patriarchs, holier-than-thou aunties, neighbourhood naggers and snobbish swaggers-getting down and dirty once the secret ingredient is in the system and taking effect. While we've all experienced the father of all highs this ingredient gives us in the traditional thandai, Chef Honey Abrol of The Chatter House in New Delhi was kind enough to share five creative and crazy recipes to use the secret ingredient with a twist. From hilarious laughter fits to finding your musical gene, dancing like you did 20 years ago or dozing off like there's no tomorrow, be prepared for some bizarre reactions from your victims! 

Pataka Pakore

Ingredients 

  • Secret ingredient 
  • Besan (chickpea flour)
  • Cumin
  • Crushed whole coriander (dhaniya)
  • Chopped green chilies
  • Chopped coriander
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Salt

Method
Mix all the ingredients with some water and make a soft batter. Dip the roughly chopped secret ingredient in the batter and fry till they become crispy.

Psychedelic Chutney

Ingredients

  • Roasted seeds of secret ingredient  
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Green Chilies
  • Coriander
  • Salt
  • Roasted chickpeas (channa)
  • Cumin

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except cumin, in the blender.
  2. Heat up the oil in a pan and add cumin. Sauté a bit and add the blended mixture to it. Serve with Pataka Pakore.

Bhojpuri Peppy Paratha

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Flour 
  • Salt
  • Green chili
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Crushed coriander
  • Red chili (whole)
  • Turmeric powder

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with some water and make a soft dough.
  2. Roll out small balls into round shape and cook it on a nonstick pan.
  3. Serve hot with Psychedelic Chutney.

Tried and Tested Thandai

Ingredients

  • Dry secret ingredient
  • Milk
  • Cashew nuts
  • Sugar
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Saffron
  • Pistachio
  • Almonds

Method

  1. Soak dry secret ingredient in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Soak cashew nuts, pistachio and almond in milk and blend it with the same milk in the blender.
  3. Add sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Blend the soaked secret ingredient and mix it up with the same blended mixture. 
  5. Add Saffron and serve cold.

Hallucinating Holi Cocktail

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Lemon juice
  • Green apple syrup
  • Fresh green apple
  • Soda
  • Sugar syrup

Method

  1. Crush secret ingredient in the pestle.
  2. Add some sugar syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Add green apple syrup and top up with soda.
  4. Garnish it with green apple cubes.
  5. Serve cold.

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Amit Somvanshi/Thinkstock

Celebrate Holi With A Bang!

2014-03-14 19:34:00 +0530

Can you imagine Holi without a certain 'secret ingredient'? I can't! After all, it's the one Indian festival when one can unwind and get a bit unholy. So, I got a very sporting chef to share five crazy recipes that use that secret Holi ingredient!

For years I've watched the most sedate and chaste people I know-strict patriarchs, holier-than-thou aunties, neighbourhood naggers and snobbish swaggers-getting down and dirty once the secret ingredient is in the system and taking effect. While we've all experienced the father of all highs this ingredient gives us in the traditional thandai, Chef Honey Abrol of The Chatter House in New Delhi was kind enough to share five creative and crazy recipes to use the secret ingredient with a twist. From hilarious laughter fits to finding your musical gene, dancing like you did 20 years ago or dozing off like there's no tomorrow, be prepared for some bizarre reactions from your victims! 

Pataka Pakore

Ingredients 

  • Secret ingredient 
  • Besan (chickpea flour)
  • Cumin
  • Crushed whole coriander (dhaniya)
  • Chopped green chilies
  • Chopped coriander
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Salt

Method
Mix all the ingredients with some water and make a soft batter. Dip the roughly chopped secret ingredient in the batter and fry till they become crispy.

Psychedelic Chutney

Ingredients

  • Roasted seeds of secret ingredient  
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Green Chilies
  • Coriander
  • Salt
  • Roasted chickpeas (channa)
  • Cumin

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except cumin, in the blender.
  2. Heat up the oil in a pan and add cumin. Sauté a bit and add the blended mixture to it. Serve with Pataka Pakore.

Bhojpuri Peppy Paratha

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Flour 
  • Salt
  • Green chili
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Asafoetida (heeng)
  • Crushed coriander
  • Red chili (whole)
  • Turmeric powder

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with some water and make a soft dough.
  2. Roll out small balls into round shape and cook it on a nonstick pan.
  3. Serve hot with Psychedelic Chutney.

Tried and Tested Thandai

Ingredients

  • Dry secret ingredient
  • Milk
  • Cashew nuts
  • Sugar
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Saffron
  • Pistachio
  • Almonds

Method

  1. Soak dry secret ingredient in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Soak cashew nuts, pistachio and almond in milk and blend it with the same milk in the blender.
  3. Add sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Blend the soaked secret ingredient and mix it up with the same blended mixture. 
  5. Add Saffron and serve cold.

Hallucinating Holi Cocktail

Ingredients

  • Secret ingredient
  • Lemon juice
  • Green apple syrup
  • Fresh green apple
  • Soda
  • Sugar syrup

Method

  1. Crush secret ingredient in the pestle.
  2. Add some sugar syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Add green apple syrup and top up with soda.
  4. Garnish it with green apple cubes.
  5. Serve cold.