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12 Tri-Colour Dishes To Spruce Up Your Republic Day Celebrations At Home

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - Jan. 25, 2021 8 min read

Three colours that define our nation. And 12 dishes that will define your Republic Day 2021. It's a date! Now, I get how all these efforts might seem futile at the moment but in my opinion, a foodie should never stop experimenting, especially during festivities. You see, the entire idea of cooking revolves around innovating new dishes and satiating the cravings that you didn't even know you had. And since it's the day to celebrate our country, paying a tribute that is genuine and gastronomic in nature, is a deed worth putting our aprons on. Moreover, you and your family will get to experience dishes in the whole new colour. Well, 3 colours to be precise. 

 

 

But the real question is, how to make tri-colour dishes at home? Well, my research tells me it's simpler than it seems. Don't believe me? I am listing down 12 delicious tri-colour recipes which will prove it. All you have to do is take your pick in accordance to your mood and taste buds, duplicate them at home and savour with your folks. Copy? 

 

1. Tri-Coloured Finger Toasties

This super-easy recipe by Chef Sanjyot Keer is a 15 min affair to a delicious finger food you guys will appreciate. To give it a tri-colour spin, three different mixtures were made and applied in portions to make the toasties resemble the Indian flag. The saffron one is nothing but Paneer Shezwan, white is Cheese Chilli and finally green is made from Chatpata Pudhina Aloo mix. The colours are all-natural, basic kitchen ingredients and the result is impressive and tasty. Serve it hot with ketchup or green chutney and enjoy!

 

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2. Tri-Coloured Dumplings

Everybody loves dumplings. Over the years they have become the most popular comfort food amongst us. And the idea of making them at home might seem hard but in reality, it's quite simple. It just needs a proper procedure. Well, that's where I come in. Here's easy to make and even easier-to-follow recipe of dumplings with 3 different wrappers to give it a spin of our beloved flag. The saffron one is made alive with Gochujang, an ingredient you can find in grocery stores. The green one is the spinach and the white part is our good ol' plain dumpling. For the filling, you can follow your heart. It can be veg, chicken, mutton or all three. That's your choice. Savour it with chilli sauce which you can also make at home and Bon appetite!

 

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3. Tri-Coloured Coconut Pudding

If you're in the mood of something sweet, jiggly and quick, this tri-coloured coconut smoothie is the right pick. With only three ingredients you can master this recipe in no time. However, if you wish to make at as smooth as this picture, you'll need to use the muscles you haven't put to work in a long time and just follow the instructions. And if you're wondering how to get these colours, let me tell you right away. The saffron colour is carrot juice, the green one is spinach juice and finally, the white is coconut milk. I think it's pretty clear that no artificial colours are used. Which is why I dig this recipe. The outcome is beautiful, tasty, healthy, super soft and melts right in your mouth. 

 

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4. Tri-Coloured Idlis

To make idlis of three different colours to pass it off as the Indian flag is amateur hour. I've found a recipe which incorporates all the three colours in one single idli and if you ask me, it's awesome. For saffron colour, they picked the puree of chopped carrots and for the green, spinach puree. The recipe to make the batter of idli remains the same as the basic one but to understand the proper layering of the colours, you need to watch the entire video. The entire formula is very healthy, amazing to look at and even tastier to eat. Serve it with Sambar or coconut chutney and watch your family go crazy over them. 

 

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5. Tri-Coloured Pulao

I can't stress this enough. Pulao isn't half bad for health. But when you add blanched spinach puree for green and tomato puree of orange and diced cottage cheese in the white section, just as Shilpa Shetty did, it not only tastes better but makes the experience healthier. If you ask me, I'd totally try out this recipe at home. Why? Well, first of, it's quite easy to make. Secondly, the burst of flavours you get along with distinct, beautiful colours of our Indian flag, is a treat for the eyes and the heart. 

 

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6. Tri-Coloured Bread

For the people who are adamant to make their own bread, this recipe is the twist you didn't know you needed. A tri-colour bread isn't very different from your basic one. The only variable is adding gel food colours and layering them before stuffing them into the oven. The rest of the recipe remains pretty much the same. To get a fairer, clearer idea, I'd say, follow this recipe and feast on!

 

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7. Tri-Coloured Chicken Kebabs

Three different chicken kebabs for three different colours. Hariyali kebab for green, Tandoori kebab for saffron and Malai kebab for the white. The marination procedure is totally yours to follow but do make the colours right by following the instructions and I am sure everyone will love it. If you ask me, this recipe will go perfectly with a barbeque night setup. Provided it coincides with Republic Day. However, you can host one yourself.

 

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8. Tri-Coloured Pasta

The key with tri-coloured pasta is to make three different ones for the sake of three different colours of the flag. Now, I could guess the white and red (for saffron) but I wasn't so sure for green. And that's where this recipe came in. To make your pasta look and taste green all you need to do is make a Green sauce out of coriander, half a tomato and green chillis. Now, plate them accordingly and enjoy!

 

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9. Tri-Coloured Smoothie

Getting thirsty? Well, here's a quick recipe of a super-healthy tri-colour smoothie your heart will enjoy. Healthy how? For the saffron layer, they used carrots and honey, for the colour green... spinach, green apples and green grapes were used and finally for white, it's banana and chilled milk. Fruity freshness and goodness of veggies, what more can you ask from a smoothie. Right?

 

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10. Tri-Coloured Rawa Dhokla

A very easy, spongy, beautiful recipe of Rawa dhokla coloured in the Indian flag. To be honest, I love dhoklas. They are one of the best snacks our country has ever given us and to embrace it for the sake of Republic Day is an opportunity you shouldn't miss. Now, if you're wondering how you're going to colour it saffron, green and white, this recipe will solve all those problems in 2 simple ingredients: spinach and carrots. So, you see, it's that simple. I would suggest you follow the instruction and make yourself delicious tri-coloured dhoklas right in your kitchen. 

 

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11. Tri-Coloured Jelly

If we could ever integrate our childhood in one bite, I think that bite should be made out of jiggly, sweet jelly. Picture it... the entire family sitting in front of the TV, catching the live telecast of the parade and munching on these sweet bite-sized drops of heaven. If this doesn't take you back, I don't know what will. And don't worry about the colours. They are all-natural. In fact, the green you see here is, in reality, green mango juice and the colour saffron and white are orange juice and cold milk respectively. Cool right? Now, put on your aprons and start creating.

 

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12. Tri-Coloured Sandwiches

This is to be one of the simplest, most basic tri-colour recipe of the lot. A tri-colour sandwich brought to life by green chutney and lettuce on one side, grated carrots on the other and melted cheese in the centre. If you ask me, it's a quick breakfast meal which is not only healthy but colourful and easy to follow... especially for the kids and grown-ups like myself. And to make it resemble the Indian flag is a touch this country will appreciate. 

 

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Our Indian flag is our pride. And to dedicate our culinary art to such a significant mascot is an act of patriotism intermixed with foodism. Happy Republic day guys!

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