Every year in the summer, Tonuca, a dear friend, and I have a Holi party. Holi is the Indian festival of color, heralding the onset of spring, where you can lose your inhibitions, play the fool and indulge in gluttony and other notable sins!
We never celebrate it on the actual Holi festival day (usually in March) as it’s much too cold in New York. Rather, we find a day in the summer that works for us and Tonuca’s family and we have this party with lots of amazing street food from India, Guava Mimosas, spicy Masala Mama Bloody Marys and general mayhem!
The highlight of the food is the puchka or Pani poori. And every year Tonuca’s mother (usually visiting from India at that time of year) has me make my Chana Masala from the Masala Mama spice kit. And Tonuca makes her famous Dahi Vadas. Then there are samosas, beet chops, Calcutta chow mein and GJams (or gulab jamuns).
Stay tuned for our how-to-video: How to Eat a Puchka! (Not an obvious thing to do for the uninitiated!)