Pink hands, green cheeks, red forehead, yellow nose, if it weren’t for this particular day, the sight of this human may have roused doubts of him belonging to this at all! But ,Holi is one such day. We love this festival. Not only for the bevy of colours, we love to be immersed with but also for the mouth-watering delicacies unique to this occasion. Sling bags filled with frisky colors, water guns loaded with mischief, vibrant spirits, old-new songs, plates piled with festive goodies and the blossoming spring breeze - Ah, we love Holi
! This is how we have been celebrating the festival of colours all this while, yet every year, there is a ballooned enthusiasm to get drenched in coloured water and devour some of the most mouth-watering delicacies.
On the mythological grounds, the word "Holi" sprouted from the word "Holika", who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. A bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi, signifying the Holika Dahan
and that's when the celebrations begin.
Different regions celebrate this festival of colours
in their own way. In Mathura, the festivities may last more than week. It is known as the 'lath mar Holi
', where women beat men with sticks and sing songs. In South India, some worship and make offerings to Kaamadeva
, the love god of Indian mythology. In West Bengal region, Holi
is known as the "Swing Festival" and icons of Krishna and Radha
are placed and worshiped.
So, while you prepare yourself to enjoy this festival with gulaal, water guns, endless singing and dancing- take a note of these Holi delicacies to make the festival even more special. Talk about Holi celebrations and we can think of sweet gujiyas
, crisp papads
, masala kachoris
and a lot more. Food is integral to every festival in India. It is the perfect time to throw yourself to the festive zeal with playful moments and adoring meals. This Holi, eat to your heart's content! Whether it's an intimate affair or an elaborate gala, we've got you covered. Lay out an impressive spread with our favourite Holi recipes.
Look what we have here - the star sweet of Holi!
Native to Rajasthan, gujiyas
are sweet dumplings made of maida
or flour and filled with a delightful khoya
and dry fruits mixture. The festive favourite in three different avatars -Baked GujiyaUser Recipe by Sayantika Ro
The casing is made with whole wheat and semolina(suji)
instead of refined flour (maida)
. It is then stuffed with nuts, baked perfect and dipped in honey. This recipe is a dream come true for all the health fanatics.Chocolate GujiyaRecipe by Chef Savio, JW Marriott
Fusion is the flavour of the season! Make this gujiyas
stuffed with mava
and chocolate chips. Garnish with cream and chocolate sauce.Coconut GujiyaRecipe by Marut Sikka
Pockets made with all purpose flour
are stuffed with khoya
, nuts and tender coconut flakes. These are fried and dipped in sugar syrup. (Recipe Video)2.MalpuasRecipe by Chef Marut SikkaMalpua
is a traditional sweet of north India, it is a pancake like Indian dessert
, fried in ghee
and dipped in sugar syrup. From the traditional recipe to one with a healthy ingredients, we have it all!
Here are some healthy alternatives -Paneer Malpua Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
This version is made with cottage cheese and khoya
. Add some kesar
(saffron) for the lovely aroma and flavour.Ragi MalpuaRecipe by Chef Seema Chandra
This one is made with ragi
flour, whole wheat and oats. All the big flavours, minus the guilt.3.Bhaang ki PakoriRecipe by Chef Niru GuptaBhaang
is a popular intoxicating drink prepared during the festival of Holi. According to legend, bhaang
is considered to be an auspicious drink which was consumed by Lord Shiva. Give your Holi soiree an extra kick with these high spirited treats.Bhaang ki Chutney Recipe by Chef Adhikari, Manu Maharani Hotel, Uttaranchal
Serve them with a home-made bhaang ki chutney
to give an extra kick.
4. ThandaiRecipe by Roopa Gulati
A popular Holi staple - thandai
! It is a fennel-fragrant concoction that has a natural cooling effect on the body. Welcome your guests to aroma of this traditional blend. You can make it before, store and serve whenever.
5. Gol Gappe / Paani PuriRecipe by NiruGupta
Why hit the street food stalls when you make these at home? From freshly made gol gappe
to crisp pooris
, we give you all the recipes that you need.
6. Dal KachoriRecipe by Niru Gupta
One of the most popular snacks
in North India
. One bite and you'll know why! Stuffed with arhar dal
, spices and fried crisp, this is one snack that you can't resist. (More Kachori Recipes)
7.Paapri Chaat & Dahi BhallaRecipe by Chef Marut Sikka
Marut Sikka learns the art of cooking street food from Anil Kudamal from Old Delhi. Enjoy crisp paapris
and soft, spongy bhallas
in the comfort of your homes.
8. Masala Channa
with Baked KachoriRecipe by Chef Gujan Goela
A plateful of spicy and tempting channas
served with baked kachoris
. No one gets to complain!
9. Apple KheerRecipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Your favourite Indian dessert gets a fruity makeover! With red grapes, apples
- it's time to deviate from the obvious.
10. Almond Malai Kulfi Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
A rich, creamy concoction made with condensed milk, cream, dry fruits and saffron.For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.