We've finally left the winter woes and are soaking in the sunny days leading up to the summer season. And, the one event that truly marks the pleasant transition of this weather is the festival of Holi. The festival of colours is one of the most vibrant and beautiful ones. Holi in India is an extravagant affair; think of water guns, bright colours, loads of singing and dancing and endless food indulgences. Holi is celebrated in different ways in different states. Be it the Lath Maar Holi in Uttar Pradesh or Doljatra in West Bengal, one thing that remains crucial to the celebration is food.
A typical Holi feast is an elaborate affair with a myriad greasy and delicious food. From deep-fried sweet goodness of Gujiya to tantalising chaats, a Holi event is a paradise for food lovers. One Holi special dish that we simply cannot get enough of is the classic Kanji Vada.
Kanji obtains its distinct tang from the fermentation process. A hearty melange of healing herbs and spices that are known to boost the digestive system, Kanji is also referred to as 'rai ka paani', which is fermented for over a day. It is a unique treat that combines tangy mustard water with urad dal/ moong dal vadas. One can even enjoy the kanji without vadas as a delectable chilled beverage. It not only is a tempting street food item but it also helps soothe digestion. Popular across Gujarati and Rajasthani households, kanji vada to most of us is a traditional Holi treat.
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While you might have had the classic kanji vadas, let's look at 3 different types of kanji recipes that you can also try at home this Holi season:
With the goodness of frozen berries, tantalising spices and herbs stirred in together, this berry kanji is served chilled with mint and lemon on top.
Chilled, refreshing and absolutely delicous berry kanji to try at home.
Indulge in the goodness of carrot and beetroot with this kanjioska drink along with the tangy spices that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Kali gajar ki kanji is a winter-special beverage but due to its flavourful taste, a lot of people make it during the festival of Holi as well. Just about four ingredients that require 3-4 days of fermentation make for this delicious beverage that you can serve during your Holi party.
Try these kanji recipes at home this Holi season and let us know how you liked them in the comments section below.