With the Indian color festival of Holi next week, here are two sweets/ desserts-the traditional Puranpoli made easy with Instapot and microwave and Indfused’s Indian fusion creation- Butterscotch Toffee Sheera!
Check out the video here-
A little about the festival of Holi from my previous post-
Holi, the joyful Hindu festival, welcomes spring with vivid colors ! The legend behind it is one of victory of good over evil.
On the day of Holi, everyone is fair game as people color each other with vibrant color powders, colored water and water balloons. So imagine stepping out of the house, not knowing when and who is eager to splash some color on you! Growing up in India, we wore old clothes as we knew they our clothes were going to get ruined on Holi day. It is all in fun of course, so more and more people join in. I remember the international students asking me about the festival and joining in exuberantly.
I also love Holi because this festival crosses barriers of age, religion, caste, economic class etc. Plus, splashed with all different colors, no one takes themselves seriously, old grievances seem trivial and foes become friends again. How nice is that?
No wonder then, that Holi has become very popular on college campuses here in the US too. I remember one tour at a school in the Midwest given by a student saying “And this is our Holi quad, where we play with colors”.
Of course no festival is complete without the food. In Maharashtra, puranpoli, a stuffed sweet bread, is traditionally made for Holi. It is extremely delicious, all drizzled with ghee….yum…. but also quite labor intensive. I have tried to simplifymaking the puran or stuffing here using Instapot and the microwave.
Check out the video and recipe for Puranpoli for Holi, the festival of colors here.
And Indfused’s quick and easy sheera/kesari is delectable and sprinkled with the colors of Holi! Check out the Indian fusion recipe for Butterscotch toffee Sheera here.
Enjoy! Wishing you a very Happy Holi!