Holi: the colours of food

Today is Holi, the festival colours. The best thing about Holi this time is that it is on a Wednesday and there is nothing like a mid week holiday!

I think I last played Holi while I was in school. It was good fun then. Holi in the East doesn't have any food associations unlike the intoxicating drink, Bhaang, the cooling milk and crushed dry fruit drink, thandai, the laddoos and so on in the North. But I do remember playing Holi in our building in Calcutta once when the building committee had got gulab jamuns for all. Our hands were full of colour so the building aunties had to pop the sweets into our mouths.

I didn't really venture out in Holi after I got into college and definitely not after I began to work. I do vaguely remember being smeared with dry colour, aabir, in college the day before Holi. Another Holi memory after I began work was as a bachelor at Mumbai when a friend's sister and brother in law generously hosted some of us who were living alone over the weekend and stuffed us with great food and ever flowing drinks.

Like I said, I have not played holi with colours for years, but come to think of it, there is more to colour than the colours which one smears people with.

Here are some of the colours we played with today:

Breakfast:

  • the crinkled red skin of fried chicken sausages, ribbed in the middle
  • the bright yellow of sunny side ups
  • cappuccino brown (Nishant, Tanuja, thanks for the amazing coffee machine)
  • the soothing yellow of butter melting on a pan

Lunch:

  • creamy, off white, yellowish alu posto
  • the orange of mooshoori daal and its metamorphosis into yellow ochre
  • rui fry with its marinade of fiery red chilly powder, the calming light brown of jeera powder and the cheerful yellow of turmeric powder
  • virgin white of lovely steamed, rice

Evening:

  • Lively red of jelly slices at which came with the coffee at Candies

Dinner:

  • Dark, solid brown of Goan sausages
  • Bursts of green chilly
  • Solid brown and electric pink of chocolate and strawberry mousse from Regal at Pali Naka, Bandra. Allegedly sugar and fat free. 'Allegedly' because they taste too damn good. (yet to try the strawberry one though)

Hmmm, that's quite a colourful Holi, isn't it?

Happy Holi :)

Comments

I wish we had Holi here. =(
k said…
question - what do you think is the colour of calories?
k said…
question - what is the colour of calories?
The knife said…
@K: Invisible?
@Jessica: Holi can be quite a riot if you have the enthusiasm levels to match it. I saw some Holi parties on telly which reminded me of the fun of splashing colours and getting splashed. Unfortunately can turn ugly too - as alcohol, raw eggs and worse stuff are often involved
Rhea said…
Loved this post! Quite innovative. :) Now I'm hungry!!
The knife said…
@rhea, hope u had something good. Don't know about the innovation bit though I later saw a holi spot on tv which reminded me of all the fun. Sour grapes methinks
Siddhartha said…
Gr8 article. Found it very funny and entertaining...btw Kolkata also associates Holi with F&B. I myself had thandai and Pakoras on Holi eve.....Keep blogging.........
The knife said…
@Shomu, I think Cal has changed a lot since i was there. More open to influences from the rest of the India.

I guess some of compensate for that outside by creating our mini Calcutta's by watching Ray films, buying eelish and rubbishing the Bombay biriyani
The knife said…
@Shomu, I think Cal has changed a lot since i was there. More open to influences from the rest of the India.

I guess some of compensate for that outside by creating our mini Calcutta's by watching Ray films, buying eelish and rubbishing the Bombay biriyani
Happy Spoon said…
that's the kind of Holi that has Kalyan's signature on it!