The festival of Holi is no less than a carnival where we get to play with colours and bond over finger-licking delicacies. From spreading love with colours to having fun around the bonfire on the eve of Holi, the festival of Holi is totally fun-filled. While in Barsana some celebrate the festival in a unique style of ‘lath maar’, the people of Jaipur organize an elephant festival on the day. And Holi is that time of the year when there are different Holi dishes being prepared all around.
While malpua, gujia are some of the dishes that can be prepared on Holi, there are a lot of other dishes you can make for Holi celebrations.
There are different tales about Holi that one gets to hear while moving from one corner of India to another. But, the most popular of all is the myth of Holika which signifies the victory of good. According to the myth of Holika, Prahlad was saved from being burnt in the fire as he was a true devotee of Lord Vishnu. To signify this victory of good over evil, there is a tradition of burning Holika before the day of Holi. And right after this begins this humongous feast of colours which fills each one of us with immense joy and lets us relish the lip-smacking Holi special recipes. So, we are here to tell you about delectable Holi recipes that can add colours to your meals.
From mawa gujiya to chocolate gujiya, there a variety of gujiya that you can prepare this Holi. The chocolate gujia recipe is so easy that all you need to do is make a dough of maida and stuff it with a mixture of khoya, chocolate and dry fruits. This sweet and deep-fried dumpling is so delicious that the Holi celebrations remain incomplete without the special chocolate gujiya. You can also try our crispy mawa gujiya recipe.
Just the name of malpua is enough to raise the excitement of traditional Holi food lovers. Malpua is a traditional sweet dish of India that is prepared on almost all Indian festivals. You can make a variety of malpua such as the ragi malpua, paneer malpua and many more. This special sweet dish is crispy from the outside and so soft from the inside, that it melts inside your mouth, on just taking a bite of it. Prepare the batter of malpua using maida, cardamom powder, milk, etc and put them inside a sugary syrup after the malpua has been fried. Drooling already? Then do not forget to make maplua this Holi.
One of the most popular Holi drinks is thandai that is specially prepared to redouble the fun of Holi celebrations. What’s special about thandai is the instant cooling effects that it produces on your body. Garnished with a lot of grated dry fruits and fennel, thandai which is made using milk is irresistible due to this authentic flavours. You can also follow our rose almond thandai recipe and make your loved ones delight in its lip-smacking flavours.
It is the Holi sweets and snacks that excites everyone and dahi vada is one such healthy Holi snack as it is made with the goodness of curd. Dahi vada is also a loved snack from North India and is also known as dahi bhalla. This special savoury is made when dahi, green chutney and fruits like pomegranate are topped over the crunchy vada’s. So, lighten the mood of the Holi festival with everyone’s loved – dahi vada.
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Are you looking for Holi party food ideas? Then, do not forget to make sev puri on this special occasion. While sev puri is one of the most sought after snacks in India, it is also a Holi special delicacy. The crunchiness of sev puri when relished with chopped onions and chilies can make you fall in love with its spicy taste. Just what an avid foodie seeks!
When we talk about Holi dishes, how can we miss talking about everyone’s favourite Ras Malai Recipe? Ras malai which is made and enriched with the goodness of cream and milk requires you to dip the sweet dough balls inside cream which is flavoured with cardamom powder, kesar and is assorted with grated dry fruits such as almonds, raisins and many more. All in all, a total delight for sweet lovers.
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Another Holi sweets and snacks that you can relish on the eve of Holi is papri chaat. If you are a potato lover then this dish is a must for you. All you need to do is make crispy wafers from the dough and serve it with boiled potatoes, green chutney and you can even add pomegranate for an even more refreshing flavour.
As we all that Holi is all about colours, so why not make a colourful pulao for Holi. The panchrang pulao will let you delight over the flavours of Indian spices, Kesar and a lot more. You can add varied colours like saffron and also make the panchrang pulao healthier by adding healthful veggies. Savour its flavours with raita and make your Holi party food ideas more cherishable.
All in all, from Holi drinks to healthy Holi snacks, this guide will help you to make make your Holi celebrations memorable and delightful.
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Saumya Srivastava is a passionate reader who likes writing poetry. She is an avid foodie who keeps exploring new types of cuisine. Besides, she also has a strong love for literature.