Celebrate the festival of colors with these best holi recipes. From traditional thandai drinks to holi sweets like gujiya and snacks like kachori, I have covered all the recipes you can easily make at home.
March is the season of colors. If it is the colors of spring in the United States, it's the colors of holi in India welcoming spring. The Holi festival is celebrated over two days. Choti holi or Holi Dahan and Rangwali Holi. Holi marks the victory of good over evil, positive over negative, and light over darkness.
Holi Special Dishes
Holi dishes are specially prepared in the Northern parts of India. This festival is incomplete without thandai or gujiya.
To celebrate the festival of colors, Indian chaats, puran poli, dahi vada, malpua, and chana masala are made for the holi party. You can plan your menu ahead of time so that you can make preparations in advance and be stress-free on the day of the event. For example, Thandai powder which is a common ingredient in holi recipes, can be prepared ahead and stored for at least 1 week.
Sweets and Drinks
As mentioned earlier, holi means drinking refreshing glasses of thandai and snacking on an endless supply of different varieties of gujiya, the two important traditional food items that are a must for this occasion. However, other delicacies include kalakand, gulab jamun, milk barfi, puran poli, kheer, and ladoo.
I have given detailed steps for all of these, plus make ahead and storage instructions for each of these recipes. If you try holi mithai from our list, do let us know if you liked it in the comment section below.
Thandai - Traditional Holi Drink
Gujiya or Karanji
Thandai Milk Barfi
Easy Coconut Ladoo
Easy Motichoor Ladoo
Milk Burfi - Sweet for all occasion.
Colorful snacks for a colorful festival make your table looks bright and beautiful. The first thing that comes to my mind for colorful food is definitely Indian chaats like dahi bhalla, dahi aloo, chana chaat, kachori, and vada pav. But we also have samosa, chole bhatura, pakora, dhokla, and more. Plan your menu with these easy recipes for your holi party.
Dahi Bahlla (Vada)
Dahi Aloo Chaat
Instant Dahi Bhalla
Aloo Chana Chaat
Chana Masala (Chole Bhatura)
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Thandai masla powder
- 15 to 18 Almonds or Badam
- 15 Cashews
- 15 to 20 Black peppercorns (Kali mirch)
- 12 to 15 Green Cardamom pods (Elaichi)
- 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)
- 1 tablespoon Poppy seeds (Khas Khas or khus khus)
- 1 ½ tablespoon Watermelon seeds (Magaz)
- 1 ½ tablespoon Dried rose petals
- ⅛ teaspoon Saffron strands (Kesar)
- Soak almonds or badam overnight or 20 minutes in hot water before you start making thandai.15 to 18 Almonds or Badam
- Peel the almonds, add them to the blender or mixie jar along with cashews, peppercorns, cardamom pods, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, watermelon seeds, dried rose petals, saffron and blend it to a coarse powder or add 2 or 3 tablespoon of milk and make a smooth paste.15 Cashews, 15 to 20 Black peppercorns (Kali mirch), 12 to 15 Green Cardamom pods (Elaichi), 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds (Saunf), 1 tablespoon Poppy seeds (Khas Khas or khus khus), 1 ½ tablespoon Watermelon seeds (Magaz), 1 ½ tablespoon Dried rose petals, ⅛ teaspoon Saffron strands (Kesar)
- Thandai masala is ready.
- Vary the amount of nuts, and spices to taste.
- Poppy seeds are used to get that creamy texture. But if it is not available, substitute it with cashews or skip it.
- Cardamom seeds for their flavor, peppercorns for heat, fennel seeds for cooling effect are commonly used to make the thandai masala powder. You may increase or decrease the spices and adjust depending on how strong flavors you prefer in the drink.
Amy Liu Dong
All these recipes are so good and tasty, and I can't wait to make these recipes one at a time. Yummy!
Such a good roundup! Will definitely be making some of these recipes soon 🙂
Wow, look at that collection of recipes! I haven't decided which one to try first, I want to try them all!