• 14th March 2011 - By Indian Accent Restaurant

    The festival Holi erases all your worries
    as you play with colorful flurries and
    indulge in sweets, drinks and numerous curries…

    HOLI is a time when we bid goodbye to winter and embrace the warm weather. The original reason for celebrating this unique festival is much of a spiritual affair, another testimony of good winning over bad. Going back to history, there are many legends that have tried to explain the significance of this festival . But, the one associated with the demon King Hiranyakashyap who wanted his kinship to follow him religiously is the most dominant one. However his own son Prahlad became an ardent follower of Lord Vishnu. Holika, who was the sister of the demon king was immune to fire so she took Prahlad along into the fire thinking it could never damage her. But, ‘how a sinner can never escape unhurt’ is correct for this case as well. Holika paid a price for her wrong doings and Prahlad was rewarded for his honest devotion. Thus, apart from all the other reasons why we love celebrating Holi, the original reason should never be sidelined. Its lovely how its significance subtly tells us to do good.

    A night before the main day bonfires are lit only as a symbol of  the fire destructing the evil. And the next day you wake up to smudges of pink and yellow on your face and its not make-up from last night… this festival is all about colors connoting life, energy and celebration. How we celebrate the colorful fiesta is a little different as we combine tradition and festivity the best!

    On March 19th a traditional ‘PHOOLON KI HOLI’ will be played at INDIAN ACCENT. It shall be a day event on the 19th itself from 12noon onwards. What’s in store during the day for Rs 1600 all inclusive is a vibrant traditional holi of Awadh and Braj played with flower petals and  renowned artists from Mathura & Vrindawan. A special Holi menu with an Indian Accent specially handcrafted by award winning Chef Manish Mehrotra will be served.  So just come and celebrate this Holi in a colourful and exuberant spirit.

    As a part of the big celebration, what we bring to you here is one of our specials to be served during the event for you to try at home :)

    Gujiya with morello cherry and mixed seed confit, icecream

    Firstly, bring together the following ingredients before starting

    ghee / oil to fry

    the gujia top:

    500 gms refined flour
    100gms ghee

    the filling:
    200 gms dried morello cherry
    100 gms khoya
    75 gms mixed seeds (melon, pumpkin, sunflower)
    250 gms sugar

    Now, follow these steps:

    • sieve the flour.
    • mix the ghee with the maida.
    • using fingers, mix well so that the mixture takes the form of breadcrumbs and binds to a certain extent.
    • now add some water and knead lightly.
    • keep adding water as required and knead into soft but tight dough.
    • set aside and cover with a damp cloth.
    • now mash the khoya and fry it in a kadhai till light brown in color.
    • add 100gms sugar into the khoya and mix well.
    • add dried morello cherry and mixxed seeds
    • fry for 2 minutes and removes from the heat.
    • allow it to cool.
    • divide the dough into small balls and roll each ball into a small rounds
    • fill half the round with the khoya mixture, fold it and seal the round, twisting the edges inwards.
    • take care that the filling does not come out.
    • prepare all the gujiyas and spread on a cloth.
    • heat ghee in a kadhai and deep fry the gujiyas in batches on a medium flame.
    • when golden brown in colour, drain and remove.
    • prepare the sugar syrup with the remaining sugar and thicken it till coating consistency.
    • dip the fried gujiya in the reduced sugar syrup and serve hot with ice cream

    Hope it turns out well, enjoy! See you all at Phoolon Ki Holi on 19th March 12 pm onwards

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