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Holi Indian Virtual Cook-Along Class

Saturday March 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kathi rolls

March is the month of Holi, India’s Festival of Colors, celebrating spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil.

To those who’ve been to PNA’s in-person Holi celebration, grabbing a hot kathi roll and a cup of chai was a much-anticipated part of the experience. While we can’t do this in person yet, we wanted to teach you to make a new favorite easy and delicious Indian lunch or dinner: Bombay Frankie Rolls with Chai & a Biscuit

Join Avanie Trovato, from Pune, India (who kickstarted PNA’s Holi celebration in 2018) for an interactive virtual culinary cook-along! (Some easy pre-prep is required to marinate the paneer overnight.)

This is a live, interactive cook-along experience!

If you are planning to cook along with Avanie, please make sure to purchase ingredients (download the shopping list) and plan to marinate the paneer overnight before class. Before the class, you will also get an email with follow-along written instructions.

Cost: $65 per login, which includes the 3-hour Zoom meeting class, recipes, and goodie bag. The cost is per “screen” and you are encouraged to cook along at home with your family members or pandemic pod buddies. (This is a fundraiser and all proceeds benefit the PNA!) Registration closes March 25; space is limited.

Your goodie bag will include: spice blend for paneer marinade (enough for 2 participants), biscuits for 2, loose tea, and 10 Holi color powder packets (assorted colors)

*If you are cooking for more than two, you can order additional goodie bags, or purchase the spices (they are listed out on the shopping list).

Goodie bags will be available at the Phinney Center for pick-up Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm after Monday, March 22.
Can’t pick up during those times? No worries! Local delivery can be arranged in zip codes 98103, 98107, 98117, and 98133 and will be dropped off on Friday, March 26. See your confirmation email for details.

All the information you need, including the shopping list, instructions, and Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register. Please check your spam/junk folder.


Register by March 25


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This class is a fundraiser for PNA! Proceeds go towards PNA’s essential programming, including senior services, hot meals for neighbors in need, and more.

Celebrate Holi at home!

This year, Holi is celebrated sundown March 28-sundown March 29.  Celebrate the Festival of Colors with your own family or pandemic pod with a fun color fight using your color packets! (if you share photos on social media, tag us at #PNAHoli and let us know!) Additional Holi color powder packets are available for purchase when you check out.

About the instructor

Avanie Trovato grew up in Pune, India. Today, she lives in Green Lake with her husband Sean, daughter Mia, and dog Barney. She enjoys building community around food, art, and music. She and her family helped kickstart PNA’s Holi celebration back in 2018 to share her traditions with more neighbors. She also hosted the Indian Street Food Class & Bollywood Movie Night at the Phinney Center. 

Read an article about Avanie and the beginnings of the PNA Holi celebration.

About Holi Festival of Colors

Holi is a Hindu spring festival that signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring, the victory of good over evil, fertility, color, love, laughter, forgetting, and forgiving.  Holi means “burning” in Hindi. Holi is a two-day festival – Holika Dahan and Holi with colors.

Holika Dahan is celebrated the night before Holi itself.  Mythology says that it’s a legend of Hiranyakashipu, a demon king, with whom the celebration of Holi is associated. A pyre was lit and Holika, the king’s sister, sat on it with the king’s son Prahalad in her lap. Holika had a boon, whereby she could enter fire unscathed. Yet at the end, Prahalad emerged unscathed by fire, and Holika was burned to ashes. Even today people burn bonfires made of waste articles from the house, grains and stalks from the harvest, wood and cow dung, while everyone shouts “Holi Hai! Holi Hai!” The intention is to cleanse the home and body and burn the spirits of evil.

The next morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Colorful Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other throwing colors at one another while everybody shouts “Boora Na Mano Holi Hai” which means “Do not mind! It’s Holi!”

Mythology also draws on the legend of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna loved Radha but felt self-conscious about how different their skin colors were. So on the advice of his mother, he went and playfully painted her face so it was the same color as his.

Holi is a time when friends, families, and communities come together to celebrate the victory of the dissolution of bad spirits, burning of bad karma and bad feelings, removing negative thoughts and cleansing our consciousness.

So let’s start throwing colors on each other because “Boora Na Mano Holi Hai!”

-Thanks to PNA’s Holi committee member Anushree Nagar for this information.


Saturday March 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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