The arrival of spring brings festivities into the air. And when the festival of colors Holi is around the corner, one can’t help but think about fun with family and friends with lots of food and drinks, planning a party when you have a lot of friends and family over, it is important to start your planning and organization way in advance. So today we are going to discuss about two things which will make your Holi healthier and happier.
- The first thing is to take certain precaution while playing Holi.
Face the colours
- Don’t use soaps and scrubs to remove colours.Soaps erode the skin layers and cause rashes. It’s best to go for a soap-free cleanser.
- Using kerosene, spirit or petrol to clean your face is not healthy. Try a cream-based cleanser or baby oil instead.
- Hot water will further stick the colour on your skin. So, splash cold water.
- Apply moisturizer or baby oil after cleansing.
- Stay away from the sun till your skin has had time to recover.
- Stop beauty treatments-facial, bleach etc-a few days in advance.
- You can try out the ubtan which will remove all your colour from body and face:
Milk powder ubtan
This is a very nourishing ubtan, especially for those with dry skin.
- Milk powder
- Gram flour
- Almond powder
- Milk cream
- Lemon juice
- Rose water
Mix two tablespoons each of milk powder, gram flour and almond powder. Mix all these ingredients and add a pinch of turmeric powder in this mixture. Now, add one tablespoon each of milk cream and lemon juice in it and a few drops of rose water and olive oil. Apply this concoction all over your face and body with a gentle massage. Let the pack dry for some time and remove it by washing it off with lukewarm water.
Nail the problem
- Apply petroleum jelly before you dip your hands into that pail of colours.
- Avoid pedicures and manicures at least for a day. They can further damage the nail/cuticle.
- Don’t use nail paint remover to wipe off the colours. It dissolves the protective skin layer.
Be fair to your hair
- Chemicals in the colours make the hair roots brittle and the scalp extremely dry.
- Start using coconut oil or baby oil daily – of course you can shampoo after that-a few days before the festival.
- But don’t overdo the shampoo.
These foods may differ from one region of India and even from one home to another home. And below we are excited to share a few menu ideas that can help you plan your Holi Party. Planning helps to ensure you and your guests have a great time.
Dinner Sets and Glasses
Get you Juice Glasses, Dinner Sets, Dessert Bowls and Forks & Spoons in place. On festive days, it is always nice to take out our special serving dishes and decorate your home and food with all things festive. Personally serving food in traditional Copper Thali Plates adds to the festivities. If you are having a small party, then arrange your table for a sit-down dinner. And if you are having a lot of friends and family, then getting hold of a Party Plate & Cutlery Rack helps organize your table well.
Holi Party Menus
Planning a Holi Party means, having a lot of snacks and sweets and an elaborate main course. After playing with colors and dancing to all the music, we would love to be fed with a wholesome complete traditional Indian Thai Style Meal. So here are a couple of menu ideas for Holi that you can use to plan your party.
Holi Party – Menu 1
Appetizers & Drinks
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the Thandai Masala a week ahead and refrigerate it. Have the yogurt made a couple of day ahead of time. On the day of the festival Holi, prepare both the Thandai and Chaas.
- Moong Dal Mini Samosa
- Chatpati Channa Dal Chaat
- Red Beans & Oats Cutlet
- Dahi Vada
Make Ahead Tips: Cut and chop vegetables like bhindi and grate the mooli a day ahead. Boil the potatoes a day ahead. Once you have all the vegetables and ingredients in place, making the dishes will become a breeze. If you wish you can also make ahead the entire dish of Aloo Dum, Mooli Raita and Paneer Pulao reheat it on the festival day.
- Bhindi Masala
- Aloo Dum
- Punjabi Khadi
- Paneer Pulao
- Mooli Raita
Desserts (Sweet & Mithai)
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the Mohanthal and Gujiya well ahead. The Rasmalai can be made a day before and served chilled the next day
- Dry Fruit Ghughra/ Gujiya
- Orange Rasmalai
Holi Party Menu 2
Appetizers & Drinks
Make Ahead Tips: Prepare the Thandai Masala, Yogurt, Papdi’s, Chopped Vegetables ahead of time. The Khasta Kachori, Ghughni and Khandvi can be made the previous day.
- Sev Puri (Papdi Chaat)
- Moong Dal Khasta Kachori
- Calcutta Style Ghughni
- Gujarati Khandvi
Make Ahead Tips:
Apart from having your vegetables chopped ahead of time, you can make ahead the Undhiyu, Pulao, Raita and the Sambhaar
- Saragva (Shing) Nu Lotvalu Shaak
- Moong Sprouts Usal Recipe
- Gujarati Undhiyu
- Gujarati Dal
- Masala Chora Pulao
- Gajjar Mirch Ka Sambhaar(Fresh Pickle)
- Palak Raita
Desserts (Sweet & Mithai)
- Fruit Cream