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Holi Recipes | Holi Sweets, Snacks, Drinks

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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.

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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.

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.

gujiya recipe, mawa gujiya recipegujiya recipe, mawa gujiya recipe

1 hr 15 mins

This crisp and flaky gujiya is made with khoya or mawa. Gujiya is a popular North Indian sweet of a crisp, flaky pastry filled with a sweet khoya and dry fruits stuffing. Khoya or mawa is evaporated milk solids. 

thandai recipethandai recipe

1 hr 30 mins

Thandai is a traditional cooling drink, popular in the northern parts of India. It is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices.

top shot of assembled dahi vada in a light green rimmed cream shallow plate topped with white curd, reddish tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney, pomegranate arils, chaat masala, cumin powder and coriander leavestop shot of assembled dahi vada in a light green rimmed cream shallow plate topped with white curd, reddish tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney, pomegranate arils, chaat masala, cumin powder and coriander leaves

Moderate
8 hrs 45 mins

Fluffy, tender, tangy and sweet dahi vada are a combination of all your favorite flavors and textures in one tasty snack. They consist of homemade fried lentil dumpling fritters, dunked in creamy whipped yogurt and topped with both spicy and sweet chutneys.

malpua recipemalpua recipe

1 hr 5 mins

Malpua is a popular Indian sweet of fried fluffy pancakes dipped in sugar syrup and served with rabdi or sweetened thickened milk.

kachori recipekachori recipe

Moderate
2 hrs 45 mins

Flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing.

lassi recipe, sweet lassi recipe, punjabi lassi recipelassi recipe, sweet lassi recipe, punjabi lassi recipe

10 mins

Sweet Punjabi lassi flavored with cardamom powder and saffron.

gulab jamun served in a white bowlgulab jamun served in a white bowl

Easy
45 mins

Delicious gulab jamun recipe made with khoya (mawa) and paneer in the traditional way.

5 hrs 30 mins

Popular North Indian snack of dahi bhalla papdi chaat.

matar kachori recipe, peas kachori recipematar kachori recipe, peas kachori recipe

1 hr

Peas kachori is a flaky & crisp Indian pastries stuffed with spiced & mashed peas. Vegan recipe.

papdi chaat recipe, papri chaat recipepapdi chaat recipe, papri chaat recipe

50 mins

Papdi chaat is a popular North Indian street food made with papdi, boiled chickpeas, potatoes, pakori and curd

paneer tikkapaneer tikka

2 hrs 30 mins

This Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular and delicious tandoori snack where paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes) are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled in the oven.

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:

  1. Fried Snacks
  2. Pakoda Varieties
  3. Chaat & Street Food Recipes

Fried Snacks

samosa kept in a cream tray with a bowl of green chutney and fried green chillies by the sidesamosa kept in a cream tray with a bowl of green chutney and fried green chillies by the side

Moderate
1 hr 30 mins

A Samosa recipe that is your popular and classic Punjabi samosa with a super flaky, crispy crust and a savory, tangy potato and green peas filling.

40 mins

Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.

dahi ke kabab recipe, dahi kabab recipedahi ke kabab recipe, dahi kabab recipe

8 hrs 15 mins

Dahi kabab are crisp, soft and tasty kababs made with dahi or curd. Here the dahi used is hung curd.

hara bhara kabab recipehara bhara kabab recipe

50 mins

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. 

vada pavvada pav

Moderate
1 hr 10 mins

Vada pav basically has batata vada which is sandwiched between two slices of a pav, along with sweet chutney and green chutney.

french fries recipe, finger chips recipefrench fries recipe, finger chips recipe

Easy
30 mins

These are crispy french fries or finger chips that can be made at home easily. 

potato wedges recipepotato wedges recipe

Easy
30 mins

This recipe post details both the fried and baked methods of making potato wedges.

bread roll recipebread roll recipe

50 mins

This is a crisp and tasty bread roll with a soft spiced mashed potato filling.

batata vada recipe, maharashtrian batata vada recipebatata vada recipe, maharashtrian batata vada recipe

45 mins

Batata vada is a fried potato stuffed fritter. The recipe shared here is the Maharashtrian recipe of making batata vada.

mathri recipemathri recipe

1 hr 10 mins

Mathri is a tea time snack. Flaky, crisp and spiced flour crackers. 

urad dal kachori recipeurad dal kachori recipe

1 hr

Urad dal kachori are soft as well as crisp stuffed kachori from the Uttar Pradesh cuisine. Kachori are stuffed with a spiced urad dal paste. 

Pakoda Recipes

Easy
30 mins

Onion pakoda are onion fritters made with thinly sliced onions, gram flour or besan batter and some spices. This is a classic Punjabi style onion pakora recipe and one that I make at home as a tea-time snack.

bread pakora recipebread pakora recipe

Moderate
1 hr 5 mins

Bread pakora is a popular North Indian snack of bread fritters. Bread slices are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes filling, batter-coated and then deep-fried.

aloo pakora recipe, potato bajji recipealoo pakora recipe, potato bajji recipe

40 mins

Aloo pakora or potato bajji are crisp potato fritters which are deep fried. 

palak pakoda served in a bowl on a wooden boardpalak pakoda served in a bowl on a wooden board

Easy
30 mins

Easy Palak Pakoda recipe are a quick savory snack made with finely chopped spinach leaves mixed in seasoned gram flour batter and deep fried.

Easy
25 mins

Paneer pakora are savory gram flour batter coated Indian cottage cheese fritters. Paneer pakora make for quick evening snack having a lovely crispy texture with a moist, soft paneer from within.

mirchi bajji recipe, mirapakaya bajji recipe, stuffed mirchi bhajiya recipemirchi bajji recipe, mirapakaya bajji recipe, stuffed mirchi bhajiya recipe

40 mins

Tangy, spiced, crunchy and tasty stuffed mirchi bajji. These delicious bajjis are also known as mirapakaya bajji in Andhra and is a well known street food there. 

vegetable pakora recipe, mix vegetable pakoda recipevegetable pakora recipe, mix vegetable pakoda recipe

Moderate
30 mins

Vegetable pakora is easy and tasty recipe of fritters made with mixed veggies, gram flour, herbs and spices.

Chaat Snacks & Street Food

pani puri recipepani puri recipe

35 mins

Pani puri is a popular street food of India, where crisp fried dough balls are stuffed with potatoes, sprouts, spicy tangy water or sweet chutney.

Ragda Patties Recipe, Ragda Pattice RecipeRagda Patties Recipe, Ragda Pattice Recipe

50 mins

Ragda Patties is a popular Bombay chaat recipe where potato patties are topped with ragda (dried peas curry) and the various chaat chutneys, sev and spice powders.

pav bhaji recipepav bhaji recipe

Easy
40 mins

Pav bhaji is a popular street food from Mumbai consisting of spiced smooth mashed mix vegetables, served with lightly toasted buttered bread.

raj kachori recipe, raj kachori chaat reciperaj kachori recipe, raj kachori chaat recipe

40 mins

Raj kachori also called as the king of all kachoris is a popular chaat snack from north India.

katori chaat recipe, aloo lachha tokri chaat recipekatori chaat recipe, aloo lachha tokri chaat recipe

45 mins

Katori chaat also known as tokri chaat is a popular chaat snack from north India. Fried potato baskets are topped with cooked chana, boiled potatoes, sweet and spicy chutneys, curd and a few spice powders. 

aloo puri recipealoo puri recipe

1 hr 15 mins

This aloo puri is a traditional Punjabi spiced potato curry served with pooris.

matar kulcha recipematar kulcha recipe

8 hrs 30 mins

Matar kulcha is popular street food from Delhi and Punjab.

aloo kulcha recipealoo kulcha recipe

1 hr 10 mins

Aloo kulcha are crisp and soft leavened flatbreads stuffed with a spiced potato stuffing.

paneer kulcha recipe, stuffed paneer kulcha recipepaneer kulcha recipe, stuffed paneer kulcha recipe

3 hrs

Paneer kulcha are leavened flatbreads stuffed with a spiced cottage cheese filling.

chana masalachana masala

Easy
9 hrs 45 mins

One of the best chana masala recipe that you can make. This chole masala is made with freshly powdered spices, onions, tomatoes, herbs making the chickpea curry taste like the ones you get on the streets of Delhi. 

BhaturaBhatura

Moderate
9 hrs

Bhatura or Bhature is a thick leavened fried Indian bread made with yeast or without yeast. These soft and fluffy no yeast bhatura are made with whole wheat flour (atta) and curd (dahi).

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1 hr

Dahi puri also known as dahi batata puri is a delicious, yummy, chatpata chaat snack from Mumbai. It is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy and crispy chaat.

bhel puri served with a side of crisp baked puri in a red rimmed white bowlbhel puri served with a side of crisp baked puri in a red rimmed white bowl

Easy
30 mins

Bhel puri is a crispy, sweet, tangy, spicy dish made with puffed rice, onions, tomatoes and assorted chutneys. This bhel puri recipe is easy to make and includes quick recipes for the three chutneys.

sev puri recipesev puri recipe

1 hr

Sev puri is a spicy, sweet and tangy street snack from Mumbai.

aloo chaat recipealoo chaat recipe

15 mins

Aloo chaat is fried crisp potatoes tossed in spicy & sweet chutneys, a few spice powders and then topped with curd or pomegranate arils or sev.

frankie recipe, veg frankie recipefrankie recipe, veg frankie recipe

1 hr 5 mins

This Veg frankie recipe is a delicious frankie made with thin wheat rotis stuffed with crisp aloo tikki, veggies and yogurt raita.

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Moderate
55 mins

In this paneer roll recipe, the stuffing is of paneer tikka, green chutney and veggie salad. Overall this is a healthy and delicious recipe of paneer roll or paneer frankie. 

burger made with veggie patty, topped with onion, cucumber and lettuce on a white plateburger made with veggie patty, topped with onion, cucumber and lettuce on a white plate

Moderate
50 mins

This Burger Recipe covers everything needed to make delightful veggie burgers from scratch, including how to prepare delicious homemade vegetable patties, a spiced mayonnaise dressing with fresh veggie toppings.

40 mins

Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.

Holi Sweets

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.

kala jamunkala jamun

45 mins

This is an easy and delicious recipe of kala jamun made with khoya (mawa) and cottage cheese.

puran poli recipe, pooran poli recipepuran poli recipe, pooran poli recipe

5 hrs

Puran poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.

Easy
30 mins

Phirni is a classic creamy sweet pudding made with ground rice, sugar, milk, almonds, saffron and cardamom.

rice kheer reciperice kheer recipe

Easy
50 mins

Rice kheer is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. Rice kheer is easy to make and is made with a one pan or one pot method. Rice kheer is basically Indian rice pudding and makes for a creamy delicious pudding. 

vermicelli kheer recipe, seviyan kheer recipe, semiya kheer recipevermicelli kheer recipe, seviyan kheer recipe, semiya kheer recipe

20 mins

Vermicelli kheer also known as seviyan kheer or semiya kheer is often served during festival or any occasion of celebration.

suji halwa recipesuji halwa recipe

Easy
15 mins

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.

1 hr 20 mins

Karanji is a crisp flaky fried pastry stuffed with desiccated coconut and dry fruits. it is also one of the sweet snack that is a part of Diwali faral.

15 hrs 45 mins

This is a crisp, crunchy, syrupy jalebi recipe. The traditional method to make jalebi at home.

rasmalai reciperasmalai recipe

50 mins

Rasmalai is a popular Indian sweet of cottage cheese balls soaked in thickened, sweetened and flavored milk. 

40 mins

Rasgulla is a popular Bengali sweet and is also called as rosogolla. This Bengali rasgulla recipe will guide you in making soft and spongy rasgulla.

kaju katli stacked spirallykaju katli stacked spirally

Moderate
20 mins

These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth slices of cashew goodness.

besan ke laddu, besan ladoobesan ke laddu, besan ladoo

Moderate
30 mins

Besan Ladoo is a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).

motichoor ladoo recipe, motichur laddu recipe, motichoor ke ladoo recipemotichoor ladoo recipe, motichur laddu recipe, motichoor ke ladoo recipe

30 mins

Motichoor ke ladoo are melt in the mouth ladoos made from gram flour. One of the most popular Indian sweet.

rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze platerava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate

Easy
30 mins

An easy method to make rava laddu recipe for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.

dry fruit barfi recipedry fruit barfi recipe

25 mins

Easy method and recipe of dry fruit barfi. No sugar added.

rabdi recipe, rabri recipe, lachha rabri reciperabdi recipe, rabri recipe, lachha rabri recipe

1 hr 20 mins

Rabri or rabdi is a traditional Indian sweet of thickened sweetened milk with layers of cream. Also known as lachha rabri in hindi.

shahi tukda recipe, shahi tukra recipeshahi tukda recipe, shahi tukra recipe

1 hr 30 mins

Shahi tukda is a rich, royal Mughlai dessert of fried sugar syrup coated bread topped and soaked with fragrant creamy sweet thickened milk or rabri and garnished with dry fruits.

peda recipe, milk peda recipe, doodh peda recipe, how to make peda recipepeda recipe, milk peda recipe, doodh peda recipe, how to make peda recipe

15 mins

This doodh peda recipe is made with khoya and taste too good. Peda is one of the popular Indian sweets.

kalakand recipe, kalakandkalakand recipe, kalakand

20 mins

Indian milk cake recipe – moist, granular two ingredient kalakand recipe in 15 minutes. Made with paneer and sweetened condensed milk.

Holi Drinks

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.

jaljeera recipe, jal jeera recipejaljeera recipe, jal jeera recipe

20 mins

Jaljeera is a spiced Indian cooling drink also had as an appetizer.

nimbu pani recipe with basil seedsnimbu pani recipe with basil seeds

30 mins

Nimbu pani with basil seeds – spiced nimbu pani or Indian lemonade is a quick and ideal beverage for summers.

ginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipeginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipe

16 mins

This ginger tea or adrak wali chai is a warm, spiced Indian tea made with milk, ginger and cardamom.

cold coffeecold coffee

Easy
15 mins

Sharing the way I make cold coffee, which gives you a nice coffee flavored frothy layer on top. Much like the cold coffee you get in cafe outlets like cafe coffee day.

falooda, faluda, falooda ice creamfalooda, faluda, falooda ice cream

Easy
45 mins

Falooda ice cream is a layered summer dessert drink made with milk, rose syrup, sabja seeds, falooda sev, dry fruits and ice cream. Faluda is a popular Indian summer drink and very easy to make. 

aam pannaaam panna

20 mins

Aam ka panna is a cooling vegan Indian summer drink made with unripe green tart mangoes. It is slightly sour and sweet to taste and is flavored with cardamom, cumin and black salt. This recipe post shows the method of making both aam panna concentrate and the drink. 

mango mastani recipemango mastani recipe

15 mins

Mango mastani is a popular dessert drink from Pune. Thick mango milkshake topped with vanilla or mango ice cream.

piyush recipepiyush recipe

5 mins

Piyush recipe is a thick, creamy sweet beverage made with shrikhand, yogurt and milk. Summer cooling drink.

Mango Lassi Recipe, Aam ki Lassi RecipeMango Lassi Recipe, Aam ki Lassi Recipe

15 mins

Thick, smooth and delicious mango lassi.

vanilla milkshake recipevanilla milkshake recipe

Easy
10 mins

Vanilla milkshake is a classic milkshake recipe that can be made in many ways. This vanilla milkshake recipe gives a thick, rich, creamy, cafe style milkshake. The recipe can be easily adjusted to make a less thick shake or a thin shake. 

strawberry milkshake recipestrawberry milkshake recipe

10 mins

Strawberry milkshake is a refreshing healthy drink made with strawberries and milk.

chocolate milkshake recipe, chocolate shake recipechocolate milkshake recipe, chocolate shake recipe

10 mins

This is an easy and quick recipe to prepare chocolate milkshake made with cocoa powder.

mango shake recipemango shake recipe

15 mins

This recipe gives you a thick, creamy & delicious mango milkshake. The recipe is made with ripe, sweet mangoes and milk. Substitutions and adding some more additional ingredients are also mentioned in the recipe post.

badam milk recipe, badam doodh recipe, almond milk recipebadam milk recipe, badam doodh recipe, almond milk recipe

40 mins

Badam milk is a delicious drink flavored with ground almonds, cardamom powder and saffron. 

gond sharbat recipegond sharbat recipe

5 mins

Gond ka sharbat recipe – a summer cooling drink. The gond used here is katira gond which has cooling properties.

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.

sandwich recipe, veg sandwich recipesandwich recipe, veg sandwich recipe

35 mins

This Bombay vegetable sandwich is a popular Mumbai street food of delicious sandwiches made with mix vegetables, green chutney and a few spice powders. 

grilled sandwich with the filling side shown some potato wafers on a white plategrilled sandwich with the filling side shown some potato wafers on a white plate

Easy
50 mins

This grilled sandwich recipe is filled with spiced cilantro chutney and delicious vegetables, then grilled to perfection.

cheese sandwich recipecheese sandwich recipe

15 mins

This is a crisp cheesy sandwich made with Indian spices and grilled.

chilli cheese toast recipechilli cheese toast recipe

14 mins

Chilli cheese toast on tawa – tasty cheese toast spiced with chilies and ginger. An easy breakfast to prepare and serve.

mayonnaise sandwich topped with grated carrots and cheese on a square white platemayonnaise sandwich topped with grated carrots and cheese on a square white plate

Easy
15 mins

This is a tasty and easy to prepare mayonnaise sandwich made with mild veggie mayo stuffing

cucumber sandwich recipecucumber sandwich recipe

Easy
10 mins

These quick to prepare cucumber sandwiches makes for a nice finger food snack for kid parties or tea parties.

bread pizza recipe on tawa, bread pizza recipe without ovenbread pizza recipe on tawa, bread pizza recipe without oven

Easy
15 mins

This bread pizza made on the griddle is a quick, easy and tasty bread snack. The bread base mimics the pizza base with veggie toppings.

Whole round Pizza on a wooden pizza plate with a cut triangular slice on left top sideWhole round Pizza on a wooden pizza plate with a cut triangular slice on left top side

Easy
1 hr 30 mins

Treat yourself to the best homemade pizza that’s completely customizable to your tastes. Plan your next pizza party using my foolproof recipe for making perfect veggie pizza from scratch every time!

close up of margherita pizza wedge on butter paperclose up of margherita pizza wedge on butter paper

Easy

Flavorful Margherita Pizza made with homemade whole wheat pizza dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, but can also be made using store bought staples and your choice of toppings.

tawa pizzatawa pizza

Easy
45 mins

Easy recipe of a no yeast veg pizza made on a tawa or skillet or without oven. 

This Holi Recipes post from the blog archives (March 2020) has been republished and updated on 22 February 2021.