DIY Holi Celebration Guide from Tandoor Chef

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I don’t celebrate Holi {but wow I wish I did}, so I turned to my friends at Tandoor Chef for some great recipes, tips and ideas for this colorful holiday. Holi looks like such a special celebration for kids, mine would love it.  

Below please enjoy Tandoor Chef’s Guide to Holi: Follow the DIY guide to create a fun Holi Celebration at home for your kiddos and you.  

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THE STORY OF HOLI: A story to read

There was once a very cruel king called Hirnakashyah who had a son called Prahlad. Prahlad was very good and always prayed to the god Vishnu, which made his father very angry. The King tried very hard to make his son give up his belief in Vishnu

So the King ordered his sister Holika to take Prahlad in her arms and for both of them to walk into the burning fire. The plan was that Prahlad would die and Holika would be saved because she was protected by the gods of flames. What the King did not know was that the gods’ charm over Holika didn’t work for one hour during the day. The hour chosen for lighting the fire just happened to be that very hour. When the flames leapt up, Holika died and Prahlad was saved by Vishnu.

Prahlad was so sorry for Holika that he promised to name a festival after her. So now we have the festival of Holi.  down pdf story here>

Why You Should Celebrate Holi: Colors magically connect with the emotions and moods of all human beings, and effectually make us jovial and happy. During Holi, all the people irrespective of their color, sex, caste, creed, or religion also get together for this enchanting festival in India. They rejoice with colors, foods, and drinks to express happiness, and symbolically celebrate life with the victory of good over evil, and spread the message of love, unity, and peace.

 Start your morning off with a traditional Holi Day beverage! Easy to make (and even more delicious to drink!)

The most special and symbolic Holi recipe is the delicious sweet gujhiya, made with dried whole milk powder and nut stuffing, this version has an American spin to find ingredients close to home.

Thandai Recipes:

  • 2 glasses of whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon blanched almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • 6 cashew nuts
  • Powdered cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg -a pinch each
  • Honey as per taste

Method: Bring the water to boil in a small sauce pan. Add the spices. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.?Make a fine paste of all the nuts and poppy seeds along with the heated spices. Pour into a strainer lined with a damp cloth and set over a clean bowl. Squeeze all the milk out of the nuts by tightening the cloth by wringing it. You may use the nut pulp for thickening Indian curries or in baking.?Mix this paste with the other spices into the milk and stir well. Mix the honey and chill. Serve in glasses with crushed ice.

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 Include your Kiddos in creating this SUPER fun Festival of Colors Cake! Image on left and get recipe and instructions here>

Entertain your children with a fun Holi Day Project, celebrating the colorful themes of this fun day  here>

  • Have fun with color on heavy black construction paper. Using Crayola® Sidewalk Chalk, especially red, yellow, and blue, dip the tip of chalk into water. Draw some festive fun, or perhaps authentic rangoli designs. Your picture could include an evening parade in India, a bonfire, or maybe some color-splashed people.

Feed your Family with Authenic Indian Cuisine from Tandoor Chef! 

  • Lamb Samosas: here>
  • Spinach and Paneer Pizza: here>
  • Chicken Curry: here>
  • Vegetable Pad Thai: here>

Finish your night with FUN Holi Traditional Games! 

 Anthakshari: It is a musical game played in group. The word “anth” means “end” and “akshari” means “letter or word”. The game is simple! You can start the game with first two lines of some film songs and others have to continue with last word or letter of that same song.

• Know your neighbors in a minute: This is a very entertaining game where you get to meet all your neighbors and collect information like their name, work, their favorite game and so on. At the end of game each person has to say their neighbor names and details they know. The person who represents more neighbors name and details aptly is declared winner of the game. This is an entertainment game as well as game to know who your neighbor is. Try this game, it works great especially in your apartments.

• Passing the ball: Passing the ball is a simple game where people in the game will sit in circle. When the music starts, pass the ball to next person and when the music ends the person who holds the ball is considered out from the game.

• Musical chair: Musical chair is similar to passing the ball. This common game played by residents in apartments. In this game there will be one chair less than number of people in the game. When music begins all of them move round to chairs and when music ends all of them have to sit in the chairs and the person who stands last goes out from game.

 One minute game: This is a very entertainment game where participants will be given one minute time and they have to complete the given task. For example, balloon blowing. The participants are given one minute time and each has to blow as much as balloon as possible and one who blows more will be the winner.

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