Today is the festival of Holi the festival of colors,celebrated all over India.Apart from the mythological story behind Holi of the triumph of good over evil, it is also celebrated to bid farewell to the winter and to welcome the beginning of the new season, spring.Its one of the most exhilarating holidays, that is full of fun, mischief and can get really really wild.If you’re in India during this time it will be hard to recognize anybody because all you’ll see is the colored faces of people everywhere 🙂
Of course, I cannot create the entire menu by myself here, but there is one thing I definitely look forward to making on Holi and that’s this Pua, a kind of Indian Pancake made with Bananas and Fennel.Pua can be of two types
- Pua with All Purpose Flour,milk, sugar, bananas,fennel and cashews mixed into a batter and deep fried
- Malpua that is made with the similar ingredients except the Banana and Fennel, but is then immersed in a sugar syrup after its deep fried~Best served with Rabri!
My mom always makes the first kind,the kind I try to make every Holi. But this time, I totally forgot to add All Purpose flour (originally required for this recipe) to my grocery list and had to look for options instead.I looked in my pantry and the only flour I could see was Rice Flour.What a Bummer!I could not go out to get it because I was expecting somebody to come fix something in my house, lets not even get into that (sigh!).I was determined to make my Pua, and due to the lack of options, I used Rice Flour instead.For some reason I could not deep fry since it was sticking to the bottom, so I tried pan-frying in a non-stick pan instead. They came out delicious!These are so good, that you could eat them for breakfast, snack or dessert.The flavors of banana with the fennel seed is pure magic and the cashews add that extra deliciousness.