Regional Names Of Holi

Holi is the ever popular festival of color celebrated widely in India and Nepal. It also signifies the end of winter season and onset of the spring.

It is also associated with the victory of good over evil and takes place on the full moon day of the month of Falgun. This festival is celebrated over a span of two days with the first day known as Chhoti Holi with a following Rangwali Holi.

Holi is celebrated on a widespread scale over all the states of India where it’s known by different names respectively. Each of the regional names also has some significance and legends behind them which makes it all the more interesting.

The Gods and Goddesses that are worshipped on the days of Holi also differ in the various different states of the country.

But in spite of such distinctions, Holi is a festival that unites the whole population of the country in bonds of love and brotherhood.

Different Regional Names Of Holi

  • Lathmar Holi – Barsana Village, Uttar Pradesh:

The Barsana Region of India comprises of Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Barsana which boasts of being the originating point of this festival of color. Here, as per the unique traditions, women chase the men with ‘lathis’ in a playful mood.

  • Dulandi Holi – Haryana:

On this day, the ‘Bhabhis’ i.e. the wives of the brothers are considered to be the most important women of the house while the ‘Devars’ i.e. their husbands younger brothers have to stay on the lookout for them. On this auspicious day, the Bhabhi’s get permission from the society to beat up their Devars in return of all the pranks that have been played on them.

  • Rang Panchami – Maharashtra And Madhya Pradesh:

This fun celebration takes place on the 5th day after Holika Dahan and symbolizes the victory over Raja Tama. On this day, ‘Gulaals’ or powdered forms of color are splashed up into the air or smeared on each other’s faces.

  • Basant Utsav And Dol Purnima – West Bengal:

Basant Utsav is an occasion to welcome the spring or ‘Basant’ season and is greatly celebrated in Shantiniketan. All men and women dress up in saffron colored and dance and sing on this day. On Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima however, the celebrations are a bit different. On this day, the idols of Radha and Krishna are worshipped and taken out on street processions. Also, people have fun by splashing each other with colors and water.

  • Hola Mohalla – Punjab:

Also called by the name Warrior Holi, this festival is particularly observed by the ‘Nihang’ sect of Sikhs. This occasion generally occurs on the day prior to Holi and consists of celebratory activities like martial arts performances and singing of warrior songs.

  • Shigmo – Goa:

This is an extravagant and splendid spring celebration that annually takes place in Goa. This event is a major tourist attraction and includes traditional folk dance performances. There are processions and parades which has farmers taking part in folk and street dances.

  • Kaman Pandigai – Tamil Nadu:

On this day, people of Tamil Nadu worship Kaamadeva for his ultimate sacrificial death on the day of Holi. This festival and its traditions have its roots in an age old legend. Songs of sorrow and pain are sung on this day as well as sandalwood is popularly offered to Kaamadeva.

  • Phagu Purnima – Bihar:

This festival is popularly known as ‘Phaguwa’ according to the local Bhojpuri dialect. It’s a tradition to light up the Holika Pyre before the Holi celebrations commence. The celebrations include spraying each other with water and smearing with powdered colors while dancing and singing to popular Holi tunes. Intake of the popular Holi beverage “bhang” is also a custom on this day.

Legend Of Kaamadeva

In Hinduism, Kaamadeva is considered to be the God of desire and love. He is Goddess Sri’s son and Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna is considered to be the incarnation of Kaamadeva.

The legend of Kaamadeva also has significance behind the celebration of the festival of color, Holi which is one of the main festivals celebrated all over India.

The legend

  • As the famous legend has it, Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, had jumped into the blazing fire when her father, King Daksha, had disgraced and belittled her husband in front of everyone.
  • On death of his beloved wide, Lord Shiva was devastated. He had given up on all his worldly responsibilities and duties and had started meditating.
  • Meanwhile, the daughter of the Himalaya had fallen for Lord Shiva’s devotion and wanted to make him her husband.
  • However after losing his wife, Lord Shiva had lost all his interest in the worldly relations and affairs and other complications of the world.
  • This made all the other Gods afraid and they were extremely concerned about the consequences.
  • Not being able to find any solution to this problem, all the other Gods had seeked Kaamadeva’s help to bring Shiva back to his own self.
  • Kaamadeva, the God of love, desire and passion, knew that if he ruined Lord Shiva’s meditation, he would have to face the consequences.
  • However for the betterment of the entire world and to put an end to all the complications that were arising, Kaamadeva had accepted to carry out his task.
  • According to the plan, while Lord Shiva was meditating, Kaamadeva had shot his arrow of love at him. As his meditation was broken midway, Lord Shiva had become extremely furious and in order to punish Kaamadeva, he had turned him into ashes.
  • Even though Kaamadeva had to meet his end in the process, his arrow had the desired effect on Shiva and he married Parvati.
  • After sometime, Rati, the wife of Kaamadeva begged Lord Shiva to being her husband back to life and told him that it was a joint plan made by all the Gods.
  • Shiva himself being the incarnation of love accepted her request and brought Kaamadeva back to like. Thus this legend ended on a happy note for everyone.

The celebrations

  • It is believed that Kaamadeva was reduced to ashes on the day of Holi.
  • The South Indian states thus worship Kaamadeva on the day of Holi for his selfless sacrifice and for saving the world from various perils and complications.
  • Kaamadeva is generally portrayed with his bow made out of sugarcane having a line of buzzing honey bees in place of the usual string and the arrows are topped with love and desire which pierces into the human hearts and awakens passion.
  • While worshipping him, people offer mango blossoms to please him and paste of sandalwood to ease to burnt areas and soothe him.
  • Songs depicting his wife’s acute misery on losing her husband are also sung by the people on this day.
  • However in Tamil Nadu, the festival of Holi is also called Kamavilas, Kama-dahanam and Kaman Pandigai which represents the legend of Kaamadeva.

Legend Of Dhundhi

Holi, the festival of color is one of the main festivals celebrated all over India. There are various ancient legends behind the celebration of this festival.

Each of these legends has its own significance and the customs which have propped up from those legends are still carried out by the people as an effort to maintain the age old traditions.

Among the few famous legends are the legend of Radha and Krishna, the legend of Holika and Prahlad and the legend of Kaamadeva.

The legend of Dhundhi is yet another story about the evil ogress and how she was driven out of the kingdom by little boys.

About the legend
According to this famous legend, there was once a vicious ogress named Dhundhi who lived within the kingdom of King Raghu, also known as King Prithu. The evil monster used to devour children especially little boys in that kingdom and also troubled them to a great extent.

Everyone was terrified of this ogress but did not know how to drive her away. Moreover due to her staunch devotion towards Gods and Goddesses, she had received various blessing from them which made her all the stronger. Highly satisfied with her devotion, Lord Shiva had blesses her that she could never be killed by any God or human and neither could any human weapon or any form of adversities could harm her in any way. This boon made her almost indestructible and invincible.

However, Lord Shiva had also cursed her that only young boys who would not be afraid of her but mock and taunt her instead would be a great danger for her. The troubled king highly fed up of the Ogress’s evil doings went to the priest to find a solution to this problem and protect his kingdom. The priest told that on 15 Phalguna when the winter comes to an end and the season of summer begins, if all the boys of that kingdom would come out of their houses with sticks in their hands and gather at a place, if they would put up a heap of grass and woods and set it on fire along with chanting mantras, continuous laughter and by making extreme noise, it would drive the ogress away.

It is believed that on the day of Holi, all the young boys gathered courage and came out of their houses with the only objective of getting rid of that ogress and their fear along with her. They drank an intoxicating drink called bhaang and chased Dhundhi. They shouted, hurled insults at her, taunted her, used obscene words, made extreme noise, laughed hysterically, and did all these till the ogress was terrified and was forced to leave the kingdom of King Raghu. This is the sole reason why younger boys are allowed to get intoxicated on bhaang, use rude words and even act in a rowdy manner on the day of Holi without being stopped by the adults.

Legend Of Radha Krishna

In India, Holi is the festival of color. It is a festival in which people splash water balloons at each other and smears beautiful colors of each other’s face.

There are various stories and legends which lie behind the celebration of Holi. All these legends deliver important messages to the general crowd.

The legend of Radha-Krishna is yet another story which brings out the essence of love and passion and reflects the reason why Holi is also called the festival of love.

  • The legend

Lord Krishna as a young boy was extremely mischievous and always managed to pull out pranks on innocent people. As the story goes, young Krishna being dark skinned was envious of his playmate turned lover, Radha’s fair complexion.

There is a legend behind Krishna’s dark complexion as well. Once when he was just a child, a malicious demon tried to kill baby Krishna by adding poison to the milk he was going to drink. However, Krishna being the avatar of Lord Vishnu did not die but turned blue due to the ill effects of the poison and that demon was reduced to ashes.

So one fine day, unable to find any legitimate reason behind this nature’s injustice, Krishna started complaining and whining about his dark complexion to his foster mother, Yashoda. In order to soothe and pacify her child’s troubled mind, Yashoda, in a playful manner suggested young Krishna to smear some color on Radha’s face so that he would be on equal terms as Radha would no longer be fair.

Being just a child, Krishna was highly satisfied with his mother’s mischievous idea. He sneaked up on Radha from behind and applied color on her face. This mesmerizing scene of young Krishna smearing color on little Radha’s face is depicted in various murals and pictures. Moreover it is considered to be the root of Holi festival.

  • The celebration

This prank of young Krishna in which he smeared colors on Radha and her playmates faces and splashed water colors at them with “pichkaris” became so popular that it became a tradition and was passed down from one generation to another and ended up being a major festival.

Even today beautiful and exotic powdered colors called “gulal”, water balloons and water jets are used by people while playing Holi. Being the festival of love and desire along with festival of color, the lovers are seen applying colors on each other’s faces as the colors are also symbolic of the colors of love and it idolized the two great lovers, Radha and Krishna.

This scene is made alive every year all over India, especially in the historical regions related to Radha and Krishna like Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. The entire country gets colored in the beautiful and breathtaking colors of Holi and celebrates the undying love of Radha and Krishna.

In various cities it is a custom to place the idols of the two lovers on a decorated platform after which it is carried around the city in a procession with dancing, singing and throwing colors in air. Holi is also the time to forgive and forget so all the people, forgetting their differences, come along and plays Holi.

Legend Of Pootana

Holi is a cultural and traditional festival of India that’s celebrated by the people with complete devotion and happiness.

There are quite a few legends associated with this festival of color and Legend of Pootana is one such. Pootana if broken down means Poot (Virtue) and Na (No), implying someone who is devoid of virtues.

The Legend

This legend is narrated in numerous Hindu texts such as Bhagavata Purana, Prem Sagar, and Vishnu Purana etc. Going by the legend, Pootana was an ogress or ‘Rakshasi’ whose help had been sought by Uncle Kansa of Lord Krishna to kill his infant nephew.

She is thus also called the “Killer of infants”. Kansa had tried several times to kill Krishna but all had been in vain. Finally, he instructed Pootana to kill Krishna by breast feeding him poisonous milk. Pootana took the disguise of a young, simple, beautiful pious woman and came to Krishna’s home town that’s Gokul (Vraj). Stunned by Pootana’s simplicity and beauty, Krishna’s foster-mother Yashoda let her take infant Krishna in her lap to breast-feed him.

In order to fulfill her motives, Pootana had covered her breasts with an intoxicant called ‘mandana’ that would kill Krishna. But unfortunately for her and Kansa, Krishna had come to know the truth behind this simple, young woman and sucked all of her blood instead of the milk which led to Pootana’s death. It’s said that Pootana was screaming and pleading for mercy but Krishna did not listen to any of that and she actually ran out of the town in pain with Krishna still clinging to her breasts and finally fell down to the ground dead.

During her last breaths, she came to her real demonic form and reduced trees up to 12 miles around into mere ashes. After her death, the residents of Vraj cut up her body and burned her flesh while burying the bones and feet. The smoke that arose from burning her body was fragrant and it cleansed Pootana of all sins. The reason behind this was because she breast fed Krishna and later on went to acquire a place in the heaven just like Krishna’s foster mother Yashoda.


Holi is a Hindu festival that’s associated with numerous legends and even more traditions. Due to the rigid beliefs of people in the legends of this festival, they carry out these traditions with utmost devotion. Out of these traditional celebrations, some are also related to the Legend of Pootana. On the night prior to Holi every year, it’s a traditional practice to burn a statue or effigy of Pootana.

This act is to symbolize the victory of divinity over demonic ones and thus reinforces the beliefs of people in this age old legend every year. Pootana is also considered to be the epitome of winter season and thus this tradition also implies the end and cessation of winter and onset of spring.

Holika Dahan Timing

The tradition of Holika dahan finds its origin in the legend of Holika and Prahlad in which a demon king tried to kill his son, Prahlad, who was a true devotee of Narayana, by taking the help from his demon sister Holika, who was blessed to enter fire without being harmed.

However as soon as Holika sat on the fire with Prahlad on her lap, he was reduced to ashes as Prahlad came out unaffected.

In order to celebrate the victory of good over the evil, people set up bonfires on the night before Holi and this scene depicts brining of Holika for her own sins.

  • The perfect timing to perform Holika Dahan
  • As mentioned in Hindu scriptures and other holy books, Holika Dahan, which is also called Chhoti Holi or Holika Deepak, should be performed in Pradosh Kaal which begins right after the sunset.
  • It should be done when Purnimasi Tithi is still there.
  • However in the first half of this tithi, Bhadra prevails and carrying out auspicious and good deeds during this time is strictly forbidden.
  • It is extremely necessary to choose the correct timing for Holika Dahan and thus some rules should be followed which selecting the perfect time.
  • The best time to carry out Holika Dahan is at the time of Pradosh when Purnimasi Tithi is still there but Bhadra or the first half of this Tithi is over.
  • However if Bhadra is still there during Pradosh but comes to an end before the midnight then Holika Dahan should be carried out after the period of Bhadra has come to an end but if Bhadra gets over after the clock strikes 12 at night.
  • In that case the custom should be carried out during Bhadra and especially at the time of Bhadra Punchha.
  • The time of Bhadra Mukha should be strictly avoided and by no means should Holika Dahan and its customs be carried out during that particular time.
  • If Holika Dahan is done during Bhadra Mukha, it could bring misfortune and sheer bad luck not on for that area but for the entire nation for that entire year.
  • In many occasions, Bhadra Punchha does not fall between midnight and Pradosh, in such occasions Holika Dahan should be performed during Pradosh.
  • However in rare cases neither Bhadra Punchha nor Pradosh is available for carrying out the customs then Holika Dahan should be performed after Pradosh is over.
  • It is critical to choose the correct timing for Holika Dahan but it is extremely important to choose the perfect one and no other festival timing requires such critical analysis.
  • This is because doing a puja in an improper time will just not reap the benefits of it but performing Holika Dahan at a wrong time will bring about bad luck and suffering for the entire country for one whole year.
  • In this festival of Holika Dahan people stack up twigs and dried grasses and set it ablaze.
  • Then they go around the bonfire in circles throwing cow dung at the blazing fire and hurling insults as they consider Holika burning in that fire with all her evil forces.

Thandai Recipes

Holi, the festival of color, is incomplete without powdered color called “gulal”, water balloons, and water jets called “pichkaris”, exotic sweet dishes, Bollywood party songs and of course, thandai.

It is a cold and sweet drink which consists of watermelon seeds, fennel seeds, vetiver seeds, pepper, Rose petals, saffron, cardamom, sugar and milk.

Whether you are chilling with your family after a playful morning of Holi or welcoming guests, this could be a great beverage to serve!


  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 and a 1/2 liter water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and a ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. watermelon seeds
  • 1 tbsp. almonds
  • ½ tbsp. poppy seeds
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder
  • ½ tbsp. aniseeds
  • ½ tsp. Rose water (optional)
  • 1/4 cups fresh or dried Rose petals
  • 1 tsp. whole peppercorns

Soak the sugar in water and keep it aside. Soak the other dry ingredients in remaining water and set aside. Allow them to soak for 2 hours at least. Grind these dry ingredients into a paste. When the paste is fine enough, add water to it. Put a muslin strainer on top of a deep and large container and strain the paste through it. Pour the remaining water little by little for extracting more. Pour back some extract, press and repress. Repeat this till the residue is completely dry. Add sugar, rose water and milk to the extract and if cardamom powder is used mix it with milk before adding it. Mix the liquid well and leave it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving it.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp. aniseed
  • 15 almonds
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. peppercorns
  • 12 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 400 ml milk
  • 300 ml water
  • 4 tsp. crushed ice

Grind the almonds. Grind the other dry ingredients. Mix them in a big bowl. Add milk and water and mix thoroughly. Strain it through cheesecloth until a completely smooth liquid is obtained in the bowl. Refrigerate it for at least an hour and serve cold.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 and a ½ liter milk
  • 250 grams condensed milk
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 10 almonds, soaked in water overnight and peeled
  • 4 crushed cardamoms
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • Crushed ice

Grind the peeled almonds, fennel seeds and cardamoms into a fine paste and mix it nicely with the rest of the ingredients. Strain the mixture until a completely smooth liquid is obtained. Half fill a glass with crushed ice and then pour the above liquid. Garnish it with rose petals.

  1. Ingredients:
  • Pistachios
  • Milk
  • Almonds
  • Sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Bhang

Grind all the dry ingredients into a fine powder and put it in a coarse piece of cloth. Heat up sugar and milk slowly by holding the piece of cloth containing the powdered ingredients in the milk. Squeeze out the excess milk from the ingredients in the cloth every now and then. Once the ingredients from the cloth get mixed into the milk in proper amount, stop heating. Cool it down and refrigerate, garnish with rose petals and serve cold.

Legends Of Holi

Holi is also known as the festival of colors is basically the Hindu spring festival taking place in India and Nepal. It begins on the ‘Purnima’ or full moon day of the ‘Falgun’ month according to the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar and continues for two days.

According to the Gregorian calendar, this is somewhat between the end of February and the middle of March.

Popularly, the first day is called by the names Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi while the following day is known as Rangwali Holi or Dhulandi.

This is an annual cultural festival that has a lot of significations like the victory of good over evil or the end of winter and onset of spring or as a thanksgiving due to a good harvest or just simply a festival to laugh, play, enjoy and meet near and dear ones in hues of bright colors. The 2019 date for this festival is 13th of March.

The Legends
The legends of this festival consist of multiple shades of colors just like the festival itself. There are conflicting as well merging shades and tones that range from subtle ones associated with love and devotion to the darker shades for the demons and devilish happenings. An interesting aspect of these legends is that millions of Hindus all over the world have staunch beliefs on the viability of these legends and happen to believe that these come to life every year during the Holi festival. There’s a strong belief of the people that at the end, good will always win over evil and this allows them to celebrate the Holi traditions every year with complete devotion. Some of the most popular legends are:

  • Legend Of Holika And Prahlad:

This legend is about the egoistic demon king Hiranyakashyap who became the king of earth and wanted everybody to bow down to him including his son Prahlad who was a devotee of Lord Narayana and worshipped only him. Due to this reason, he tried killing Prahlad many times but each time Vishnu saved him. On the last and final time, he asked his sister Holika to enter a burning fire with Prahlad on her lap because Holika had received a boon that fire could not harm her but she didn’t know this happened only when she was alone. Prahlad’s ultimate devotion made him come unscarred from the fire but Holika lost her life. That’s how Holi came to be known as Holika Dahan and victory of good over evil is believed since that day.

  • Legend Of Radha Krishna:

According to this legend, one Krishna complained to his mother as to why was he so dark while Radha was so fair. To make him calm down, his mother jokingly told him to go and apply color to Radha’s face in order to make her like him. Krishna actually went and did that while the ‘gopiyas’ used water jets. This activity became so popular that it evolved into a full-fledged festival.

  • Legend Of Kaamadeva:

It’s said that Lord Shiva on this particular day reduced Kaamadeva, the God of love and passion to ashes as he had shot his arrow on Lord Shiva while he was meditating. He was instructed by the Gods to do this to bring Shiva to his original self and make him unite with Parvati. As Kaamadeva has pure intentions, his wife had pleaded to Shiva who revived Kaamadeva and ended everything on a happy note. Down in south India, people pray to Kaamadeva on the Holi day to commemorate his great sacrifice. Thus, in Tamil Nadu, Holi is also known as Kama-Dahanam.

  • Legend Of Dhundhi:

Dhundhi was an ogress who lived in the kingdom of Prithu and used to be a nuisance especially troubling little children. Due the boon he got from Shiva that nothing could harm or kill him, he became invincible. But the priest of the village finally killed him with the help of boys of the village. Henceforth, on every day of Holi, village boys run around the village shouting, abusing, giving slangs that is believed to keep away the ogress.

Bhang Recipes

Bhang is a drink of Indian origin which is made using the leaves of marijuana plant and flower buds. This beverage is popularly consumed during the festival of Holi and is supposed to have a divine taste.

It gives you a smooth feeling and inner vibrancy that makes you feel really good and high on energy. Set in the backdrop of colors and water balloons, glasses of bhang add to the essence of this colorful festival.

You can make great Bhang following these recipes and your invitees and guests will surely keep asking for more.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 to 2 grams of ground marijuana
  • 3 grams of butter
  • Honey (optional)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • A pinch of spices like nutmeg or cinnamon

           Kitchen tools required:

  • A pan
  • A stirring spoon
  • A glass to serve in

First and foremost, the pan should be heated on the stove and the butter is melted in it. After this, the grounded marijuana is added to the pan and stirred with the help of a spoon. After it simmers for about a minute, add milk to the pan and continue to stir. At this point, turn the heat down and just keep warming the mixture without letting it boil. For the final step, just add pinches of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon for that tangy taste. Put it into a serving glass to be enjoyed and drunk. You can also add some honey if you want a hint of sweetness in your drink.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of warm milk
  • 1 ounce marijuana
  • 1/8 teaspoon garam masala (mixture of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon rose water

Boil the water and pour it into a teapot. Clean the marijuana of any seeds or twigs and put it into the teapot and cover the lid. After letting it brew for about 7 minutes and strain this mixture with the help of a muslin cloth and collect the strained liquid. On the other side, squeeze off the marijuana leaves and put it in a mortar. Now add 2 teaspoons of warm milk to it and grind it properly. Then squeeze out the leaves and gather the milk from it. Then again repeat the grinding process by pouring in new milk again and again for about 5-6 times. Gather all of the flavored milk collected at the end of all the rounds and also add grinded almonds and some more warm milk to it. Finally, combine all the liquids thus collected including the water in which the marijuana had previously brewed in. Add to this, the ginger powder, garam masala, remaining sugar and milk and also the rosewater. Serve it chilled and enjoy this popular beverage.

Holi Recipes

None of the Indian festivals are complete without some spicy and tasty dishes and Indians staunchly believe that way to the heart is through stomach so in order to make someone happy, prepare mouth watering dishes and that’ll be it.

Here will see what dishes can be made in Holi to make the festival of color even more colorful.

The recipes

  1. Aloo Pakora:


  • One large potato
  • 2 tbsp. rice flour
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • ¼ tsp. red chili powder
  • ½ tsp. carom seeds
  • ¼ tsp. garam masala (powder)
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 1 tsp. chaat masala
  • Salt
  • A pinch of baking soda

Mix all the dry ingredients with water. Peel the potato and slice it in thin and round pieces. Heat oil in a pan. Dip each potato piece in the batter prepared by mixing the dry ingredients and fry till they are crisp and takes a beautiful golden hue. Place the pakoras on paper towel to get rid of the excess oil. Serve it hot and garnish with some chaat masala. It can also be served with ketchup or chutney.

  1. Aloo Chaat:


  • 2 potatoes (medium sized)
  • 1 tsp. chaat masala powder
  • ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. red chili powder
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dry mango powder
  • Rock salt
  • Coriander or mint leaves
  • Water
  • Oil

Half boil the potatoes in water to which add some amount of rock salt. On cooling down, peel and dice the potatoes.  Deep fry or shallow fry the potato dices. Place them on paper towel to remove the excess oil. Put the fried potato dices in a large bowl and add all the spices mentioned above along with salt. Mix it well. Garnish it by adding some lemon juice on to and by adding mint or coriander leaves.

  1. Hara Bhara Kebab:


  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • ¾ cups peas
  • 2 potatoes (medium sized)
  • 1 tsp. chaat masala powder
  • 2 tsp. ginger and green chili paste
  • 1 tsp. dry mango powder
  • 2 and a ½ tsp. gram flour
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Add some salt to water and blanch spinach in it. Drain the water and let the spinach cool down. Chop it finely. Roast the gram flour in a pan till it changes color slightly and gives out an aroma. Boil the peas and potatoes. Take the chopped spinach, boiled potatoes, boiled peas and green chili paste in a large bowl and mash it till it becomes smooth.  Add the roasted gram flour, all the spices mentioned and salt and mix it thoroughly. Take small amount each time and give them round shape with the help of your hands. Fry them till a golden color appears. Serve it hot with ketchup or chutney.