We asked chefs and celebrities to share their childhood memories around some of the special treats prepared during Holi
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Any celebration in our country is incomplete without food. And where there is food, there ought to be loads of memories around it. With Holi just around the corner, Living Foodz asked chefs and celebrities about their childhood memory of lip-smacking Holi specials.

Harshdeep Kaur, Singer

“I have uncountable memories of Holi, as my family and friends came together to celebrate it. For Holi specials, my mom always made Gujiyas, which were my favourite. I can never forget the aroma of Gujiyas frying in the pan, and the time we spent while relishing them in our Delhi house, with masala chai and Punjabi food. These were our Holi specials,” shares Harshdeep Kaur.

Ehsaan Noorani, Guitarist & Music Composer


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“After playing with colours, when we returned home – tired and exhausted, our neighbours would arrange a lavish Gujarati lunch with unique dishes for Holi specials like Peru (guava ) na saag and Dahi Kadhi”, mentions Ehsaan.

Ira Dubey, Actor

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“I was born and brought up in Delhi where Holi was all about farm parties at the beginning of spring, with water, colours, pichkaris, and not to forget, the very famous Delhi chaat,” highlights Ira Dubey. When in Delhi, chaat will be a part of Holi specials too.

Chef Atul Kochhar, Chef and Co-founder of Lima and NRI, BKC

“I grew up in Bihar, so I have a box full of memories about Holi. Also, in my opinion, no one celebrates Holi like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh does! People from around the world come here to experience Holi and the Holi specials," said Chef Atul. “I am a huge fan of Malpua and can go to any extent for it. People there are very notorious and used to mix bhaang in Malpua, the combination of bhaang with sugar can make you go bonkers,” the chef adds. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Holi specials are incomplete without a dash of bhaang.

Saumya Tandon, Actor

“I have never played Holi as I do not particularly enjoy the festival. The only memory with Holi I have is the lavish spread of Holi specials like Kanji vada, green chickpeas barfi, Gujiya and Thandai, which was prepared by my mother. These Holi specials are not seen or made in the houses anymore. Kanji vada is made out of turmeric and fine black mustard seeds that helps to digest all the heavy dishes and sweets that we eat during Holi,” said Saumya Tandon.

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Kirti Bhoutika, Masterchef Season 5 Winner


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“When I was young, my brother decided to play a prank on me. He offered me bhaang chocolates which I thought were similar to wine chocolates—with just a hint of it. But I was wrong. After having a couple of them, I had a very bad headache. So, I have stayed away from anything that is offered to me on Holi!” shares Kirti. Bhaang certainly doesn't make it to Kirti's list of Holi specials.

Salil Ankola, Actor and Ex-cricketer


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“Holi used to be family time for me. Our extended family would get together at my elder cousin’s place and we would have a potluck of Holi specials. This Holi, I will be with spending with my parents and my wife Ria and I will be cooking Holi specials for them. We are also arranging a small Holi party for our relatives and friends and planning to treat them with Holi specials like thandai, food, mithais and lots of colours and food tapping music," shares Salil Ankola.

What about your Holi specials memories? Do not forget to share your sweet memories in the comment box and have a safe Holi!

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