Get 92 Holi recipes that are everyone’s favorite while celebrating this festival of colors. I share sweets, drinks and snacks in this collection of Holi recipes. This year Holi festival is on 29 March, 2021. Choti Holi or Holika Dahan is on 28 March and the rangwali Holi (color celebration) is on March 29.
What is Holi
Holi is a festival of colors and spring celebrated all around India in different forms but with the same intensity of joy, togetherness and love. Holi festival marks the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of positive over negative.
Holi is one festival in which people celebrate together without bringing the caste, color or social status in mind.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe Holi this time. As much as I love colors, I also like the festival of Holi with everyone celebrating and sharing the warmth, joy, love and happiness.
Here in this post, I am sharing 92 Holi recipes that are made during Holi festival in different regions of India. These recipes can be easily scaled to feed a crowd.
Wishing happy Holi to all our readers.
Note: While playing Holi, it is better to avoid chemical based colors and play with plant-based colors or eco-friendly colors. Chemical based colors can be toxic and is difficult to clean later or irritates or harms the skin.
A common trick which people use to minimize the effect of the colors is to spread some mustard oil on their skin before they go out to play Holi. This thin layer of oil on the skin make sure that the color leaves off from the skin easily without much rubbing.
If possible use eco-friendly or plant-based colors that are easily available in the market. Enjoy this festival of colors and spread love and peace around you.
Popular Holi Recipes
There are some snacks and sweets made for Holi, that are a must and traditionally made in North India. Can you imagine Holi without Thandai or Gujiya?
You will find these essential Holi recipes in the below list. They are not only popular but a must have during Holi Festival. These popular holi recipes include a varied list of sweets, snacks and drinks.
Some preplanning is great to make things easy and time-saving for you. Like with a samosa or kachori, you can make the filling or dough a day prior and refrigerate. Or the Thandai paste can be made a few days earlier before the festival and refrigerated or frozen.
Do what works best for you and adapt the recipes with the ingredients available in your city or town.
Holi Snacks Recipes
Snacks are a must during Holi parties or get togethers. There are so many varieties of Indian snacks that we can make during the festival. Many of these snacks are deep fried, but for a healthier option, you can always bake or air-fry them.
I have categorized this Holi Snacks recipes list into:
- Fried Snacks
- Pakoda Varieties
- Chaat & Street Food Recipes
Hara bhara kebab recipe is a delicious variation of vegetarian kabab. it is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kabab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green veg kabab can also be stuffed in burger buns or sandwiches can be made from them.
Chaat Snacks & Street Food
Sweets are a must for any Indian festival. One cannot imagine any Indian festival without sweets!
Find some popular Indian sweets in this collection that you can consider to make for the Holi festival with my easy step-by-step guide.
Suji ka halwa or Sheera is a classic Indian semolina pudding made with sugar, ghee and dry fruits. The recipe I have shared is a family heirloom recipe. We have been making this suji halwa recipe for decades during family get togethers, special occasions & festivals. The sooji halwa recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.
Here you will find a list of some Indian drinks and a few drinks from the global cuisine. I share non-alcoholic drinks in this list, which you can easily make.
A few of these drinks like Jaljeera, Nimbu Pani can be made a few days prior to the festival and refrigerated.
For the aam panna, make the mango concentrate a couple of days earlier and refrigerate it.
Sandwiches and Pizza
Many of us love sandwiches and pizzas, especially kids! So I have compiled a separate list of these food recipes. Sandwiches are easy to make.
And a pizza is also easy provided you have the pizza crust dough and pizza sauce ready – then assembling and baking them is a breeze. You can make pizza dough earlier and freeze or refrigerate it.
For healthier options, make sandwiches with whole grain breads. Make the pizzas with whole wheat crust and assorted vegetable toppings.
This Holi Recipes post from the blog archives (March 2020) has been republished and updated on 22 February 2021.