- Have you ever wondered why all Holi food is fried?
- Holi is probably your last opportunity to indulge in yummy, fried treats.
- Holi and fried foods have an unbreakable bond.
Have you ever thought about it? From Gujia to nimki to papdis and even bhallas served with dahi and tamarind chutney, everything eaten during Holi is fried. A Holi lunch typically involves gorging on chana masala with some piping hot puris and then all our diet plans and the most staunch self-imposed fried food bans of go for a toss on this day. So what is the reason that we don't shy away from indulging our cravings on Holi? Also Read: Celebrate Holi 2018 With These Traditional Holi Dishes From Around The Country
1. Because the season calls for it!
Holi falls at the start of the summer season. It is advised that eating fried foods should be kept to a minimum during the hot summer months, so Holi is probably your last opportunity to indulge to your heart's content. So although fried snacks and dishes are considered unhealthy because they lead to indigestion, heart burn, etc, you just can't help but give in on Holi. Your taste buds are probably acutely aware of the fact that they won't get to taste such delicious food for quite some time.
2. Because Holi Celebrations Need Energy
Another reason for why we crave fried foods during Holi is because of all the energy that is spent when you participate in the festive jamboree. Holi calls for a fair amount of running around with color and water balloons and chasing friends to try and make them look all kinds of colorful. You therefore may need all the calories you can get, and obviously these snacks come in extremely handy! Also Read: 7 Holi Special Beverages You Must Definitely Add In Your Party This Year!
3. Because you just can't have baked chaat!
Chaat and street foods like dahi bhalla and papdi chaat are an integral part of the celebrations. Kachoris, nimki or namak paarey, samosas and aloo chaat are all highlights of the Holi meal. Although a lot of health freaks and nutrition experts have come up with 'healthier' versions of these Indian delights, they're just not as satiating as the original rich and greasy dishes. An occasion like Holi demands that you go all-out without worrying about the calories.
However, if you're a diabetes patient or someone with an increased vulnerability to heart diseases, you might want to go easy on all the sweets and fried food around you. But for the rest of you out there, go ahead and indulge. It's the season to celebrate life and joy and what's more joyful than a plate of decadent crispy, gooey gujiyas?
Have a happy and safe Holi 2018!
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