Holi is officially here and I can’t wait to dig into the dahi wadas, the malpuas, gujiyaas, rose sherbets and of course the Thandaai!! 😊
Did you notice that I didn’t mention colours, water, pichkaris anywhere when I speak about Holi. That’s because I don’t do no colours & water and all of that which people like Holi for!! 😬 I have never played Holi except for the one instance when my Bro-in-Law forcefully applied some colour on my face & I rushed to wash it off…LOL! This was ages ago… But it did happen & that was it.. Never again I let it happen again. I perfectly enjoy watching everyone else play around and have fun but I keep my distance….😉😝😝
Well, I am sure everyone knows that Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun in India. And every state has its own traditions. It’s also known as the ‘spring festival‘ as the gloom of the winters is completely taken over by bright & hearty colours of the summer days! 🌞🍃🍂 on the eve of Holi, Hindus across India light the holy fire & offer rice & lentils & jaggery to the fire God ‘agni‘.
So, how could I be far behind in making some traditional delicacies for this festival of colours & joy… And my hubby too enjoys the yummy food made on this day…although he too is like me and avoids colours & all the other craziness associated with this day (read ‘bhaang‘ the intoxicating drink) 😉
And Thandaai is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Holi! I mean my family hails from Varanasi/ Benaras (U.P.) where it’s the most popular drink for Mahashivratri & Holi. So it would be shame if I can’t make these right! 😝
But I didn’t want to do a regular traditional Thandaai this time around, though it’s too yummy to not have some and I will eventually make some of it too. So earlier this morning I asked Mr. PP if he’d like some mousse with the flavours of Thandaai ??
And he readily agreed to try something new.. I was excited and got on with the task (not that there is much to do coz it’s really easy to make the Thandaai mix). And the mousse is simple too as I have made an eggless one. Here comes the recipe.. 😇
Yield: 2-3 servings (used medium sized glasses)
Equipments: electric whipper, a blender, piping bag, large mixing bowl, a spatula
12-15 nos. almonds
10-12 nos. pistachios
6-9 nos. cashew nuts
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
10-12 nos. peppercorns
1 tsp watermelon seeds (magaz)
10-12 strands of saffron soaked in 2 tbsp of warm milk.
200 ml full fat chilled whipping cream
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd
50 gms icing sugar( add more as per your taste)
2-3 drops rose water
Keep the mixing bowl and the whipping blades in the refrigerator for 1 hour before you start whipping the cream. Next soak the almonds, pistachios, poppy seeds, watermelon seeds, fennel, peppercorns, cashews in some water for 30-45 mins. Then peel the almonds and discard the water in which these ingredients were soaking. Now add these ingredients into the blender jar along with the saffron-milk infusion & cardamom pwd to make a smooth paste. Keep this aside for later use.
Now use the chilled mixing bowl and whipping blades to whip the cream until it reaches soft peaks (4-5 mins approximately on high). Slowly incorporate the icing sugar into the whipped cream and continue whipping on high until it reaches stiff peak (10 mins approx). Fold in the ground mixture gently. Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1-1.5 hours.
When you have to serves these babies, fill the piping bag with the mousse and pipe it into the serving bowls / glasses. Garnish as per your choice. You may add a few dried rose petals too! 🌹🌹
Hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it with your friends and family!
Masala adapted from here.