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March 15, 2014


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Holi Lunch menu
Wish you all a very happy and colorful Holi celebration !!

I hope most of you have started Holi festival preparations. Actually I din’t have an idea of making Holi special lunch menu / North Indian lunch menu. But when I was going through holi images, I got tempted by a Holi special lunch menu plate and prepared this yesterday. Though there are wide number of choices for North Indian Lunch Menu recipes, I prepared some based on the recipes I have in my blog. Also I read Gujia  & thandai are mandatory for traditional Holi lunch. So I made sweet samosa, thandai and included in the menu. For spicy snacks, you can make some samosa, pakora or any chaat items. 

In the above picture, I have plated Jeera Rice, Poori, Gujia, Paneer Butter Masala, Aloo Methi, Dal tadka, Masala dahi, Roasted Masala Papad, Pickle, sweet lassi and Paneer kheer. I have shared the links for all the recipes below. I have also explained the step by step cooking of how I made this thali easily. Please go through them. Do try this simple yet inviting lunch menu on Holi Festival and enjoy with your family. Do check out my HOLI RECIPES LIST for more ideas !

Again wish you all a very happy and colorful Holi Celebration !! 

Holi Lunch Menu Recipes

 Holi special lunch menu - Jeera rice, Poori, Gujia, Dal tadka, Paneer butter masala, Aloo methi, Pickle, Lassi, Paneer kheer, Masala papad and Masala raita !

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch Menu
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 60 Minutes
Total time: 75 Minutes

Holi lunch menu

For this menu,there is no soaking part and chopping is also very less.
  • I chopped onion, tomato, green chillies and taken all the other ingredients required for making Dal tadka in a pressure cooker base. Added enough water, salt. To this, I washed and kept 3 big potatoes halved into two for making aloo methi. I pressure cooked both at the same time. It took nearly 15 minutes to get cooked.
  • In another cooker, I prepared jeera rice. I din’t soak the rice and I used jeera rice with water ratio of 1:2.
  • Then I made the dough for gujia. As the dough needs a standing time of 30-45 minutes, I prepared the stuffing in the mean time & kept them covered.
  • While the dal and jeer rice cooker steam gets released, I removed methi leaves from the stem,washed and kept immersed in water adding salt and little sugar. I chopped onions and ginger bits and kept aside in a plate.
  • By this time, dal with potatoes and jeera rice would be ready. I removed the jeera rice in a bowl and kept plain rice for mixing with dal tadka & curd.
  • Then I took the potatoes out,washed & peeled the skin. I mashed the dal very well. I did seasoning for the dal, checked for salt and kept dal tadka ready.
  • Then I prepared aloo methi. It took 10 minutes.
  • Next I prepared paneer butter masala. I boiled tomatoes for blanching. In the mean time, I cut the required paneer and grated 1/4 cup for kheer and kept aside. PBM takes hardly 10 minutes to prepare.
  • Then i prepared paneer kheer and kept in freezer to chill down quickly. It takes 5-10 minutes.
  • I prepared masala dahi raita. It takes just 3 minutes to prepare. Whisk the curd for lassi adding salt or sugar. Set aside.
  • Now Gujia outer cover would be ready to roll & fill the stuffing. I prepared & kept it covered till i rolled poori.
  • Lastly i made the dough for poori. As you all know, poori dough should not be prepared earlier as it absorbs more oil. I rolled the poori, spreaded in a plate and covered with a lid to prevent drying.
  • I kept oil in a kadai for deep frying and i deep fried gujias first. After you fry gujias, the heatness of oil will be more. So now you can deep fry the pooris. Drain everything in a tissue.
  • Last but not the least, roast the store bought papad in direct flame.
By now all the dishes are ready. Remove the kheer from the freezer and keep in refrigerator till you serve !
In a plate, arrange all the dishes and and serve !

Enjoy this Holi Special Lunch Menu with your family !!
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Babitha said...

lovely dear,i want the whole plate now

Chitra said...

Thank u so much for the quick comment dear :)

Radha Natarajan said...

very impressive and comendable effort Chitra, keep inspiring!

Unknown said...

happy Holi.. inviting platter..

nandoos kitchen said...

lovely tempting platter. Good work Chitra..

Mahi said...

I can invite myself to ur place for lunch!! ;) lovely spread! Happy holi!

Priya Suresh said...

Am inviting myself to ur place, wat a fantastic platter, cant resist..

Torviewtoronto said...

food looks wonderful

Unknown said...

Pictures makes me hungry dear ...Looks so yummy and inviting me !!

Priya said...

Yummy platter .Nice you added how to make them quick(ur experiance) ,def useful .

Sangeetha Priya said...

very appealing platter n happy Holi :-)

Shri said...

Happy Holi Chitra. Beautiful!

Lifewithspices said...

very much inviting,,