When we think festivals, we think food! With Raksha Bandhan , Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi coming up this month, most houses are busy deciding the menu for the celebrations and it’s especially the ‘mithas’, sweet dishes and ‘farsans’ that top the list. For those of you who are clueless about what goodies to make or eat, you can take some inspiration from these Bollywood songs: When we think festivals, we think food! With Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi coming up this month, most houses are busy deciding the menu for the celebrations and it’s especially the ‘mithas’, sweet dishes and ‘farsans’ that top the list. For those of you who are clueless about what goodies to make or eat, you can take some inspiration from these Bollywood songs:
1. Gujiya/ Mathri/ Chivda:
Salman Khan makes life easy for all the confused souls, who have no idea what festival goodies to carry for their girlfriends. His advice is simple, a little bit of everything: “Thodi gujiya-wunjiya lete chalein. Thodi barfi-warfi lete chalein”
Who doesn’t like those round jalebis? The sweet delight, which is crunchy on the outside and juicy and sweet on the inside. Mallika Sherawat too seems to be a big fan of it, she calls herself Jalebi Bai,in the film, Double Dhamaal.“Naam Jalebi Bai” says Mallika and she keeps repeating “ Jalebi Bai, Jalebi Bai” in the chorus of the song. While Mallika is Jalebi Bai, Katrina Kaif, is an Afgani Jalebi in the movie titled, Phantom. This Afghani Jalebi looks scrumptious though. You can never go wrong with jalebis.
Ranbir Kapoor calls himself barfi in the movie rightly titled, Barfi. Barfi the movie is just as sweet as barfi, the mithai. A good idea to add to your menu this festival season.
4. Soan Papdi:
In the movie, Aunty No. 1, Govinda compares Raveena Tandon to a soan papdi : “Soan papdi meri soan papdi, pyar ka meetha swaad chakha de.” We don’t know about that swaad, but what we do know is that soan papdi is a great idea for festival ‘mithas.’
Akshay Kumar makes a promise to stay permanent in Juhi Chawla’s life as long as the samosas are filled with potatoes and nothing else! He says :”Jab tak rahega samose mein aaloo! Tera rahunga ooh meri Shalu.” Sadly samosas come with all kinds of fillings these days. However, even if love and promises go out of fashion, samosas are here to stay!
6. Batata Vada:
The batata vada is an important prop, in the song by the same name, from the film Hifazat, where Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit are seen going crazy with the humble batata vada. The bata vada is not only a favourite during festivals but it’s also what keeps millions of Mumbaikars going. The batata vada and pao is a staple diet for most of the people of Mumbai.
The bhelpuri needs no introduction, it’s already world famous. Even Govinda’s idea of a date is going out on the “raasta” for some bhelpuri with his girlfriend. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this song from the movie, Coolie No. 1: