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Celebrating festivals have a unifying effect on peoples and cultures the world over. In a nation as large as India, it is a coming together of the diverse and colorful backgrounds of the regions and their xxx. Every Indian festival has a special dish associated with it.
Take for example, celebrating the start of spring with Holi, also called the festival of colors. The streets come alive with people, including children, throwing and rubbing gulal powdered color on each other.
In the explosion of colors, amid dancing, people drink bhang,which is rosewater and flavorings of dried fruits. Also, these delicacies are found everywhere during Holi: kanji-ke-bare (thin lentil patties), papri (small pooris) and gujjias (sweet dumplings stuffed with khoya and dried fruits).
There’s Diwali, or the festival of lights. It is a 5-day feast where almost every Indian home is aglow with lights, celebrating triumph of good over evil, hope over despair, and signified by lighting diyas, or lamps. Swees are served everywhere – candies, cakes, desserts. Rice, whole green lentils and a sweet sauce called mandhi are cooked in every home.
Durga Puja is a large Bengali festival celebrating Shakti, the mother goddess. Bohg is the main cuisine of this long event and it offers moong dal khichdi, a mixture of dal and rice; there are also vegetables, tomato cutney, and rice pudding.
So you see, certain specialty dishes identify with major Indian festivals.
Bellevue: Remembering the Cuisine
Though thousands of miles away, our Indian restaurant also celebrates these festivals at our Bellevue Indian restaurant whenever the seasons come around. We see that those festival delicacies are available to all our diners. It brings back a certain sense of home.