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Top 10 Food Items to enjoy on Holi

Tablein Sajwa Do, Holi Hai!

Get the tables Decorated with food- Its Holi time!!!

For us Indians, festivals mean colours, lights, togetherness, and of course, FOOD!
No festival is complete without desi dhol dhamaka along with mouth-watering food , so before the world starts grooving to the tunes of ‘kurti pe teri malu gulal’ and ‘rang barse bheege chunar wali’, here are a few finger food recipes that you can try to give a colourful twist to your Holi.

1. Nutella Gujiya

Nutella Gujiya

Tweak the traditional gujiya this year with a Nutella filling! The process remains the same, but instead of mawa, put half a tablespoon of Nutella into your gujiya!
While this may become a favourite for kids, you can try using gulkand as filling to cater to adults. Gujiyas are definitely a must have for this festival. You can also milk a white chocolate in mava if you want to stick to the more traditional side of the food.

2. Almond Thandai

Almond Thandai

This rendition was definitely be a hit among your friends and family. Use almond milk for your thandai to make it all the more tastier, and healthier. For garnish, choose among rose, guavas, or kesar pista to give it a new flavour.

3. Holi Cake

Holi Cake
Credit: chef Bakers

If you have kids in the house, a holi cake is must have! You can either use the colors for frosting, or mix them with your batter while making. If you want to opt for an even healthier option, then you can use blueberries for blue/violet color, beetroot or raspberries for red/pink. . Puree these ingredients or soak them in water and use it for the desired color. Please note that some of these may contain ascorbic acid, and hence may change color when mixed with baking soda.

4. Bhakarwadi


Bring a little bit of Maharashtra onto your plate this holi by making Bhakarwadi at home. Made with gram flour, it is a snack stuffed with spices, rolled, and then deep-fried to be enjoyed with tea. Talking of tea, don’t forget to put out trays of pakoras! You can try different varieties apart from the common aloo and paneer, like spinach, pumpkin leaves, raw bananas, etc.
PS- bhang pakoras are also an excellent option if you want to get the party rolling! *no puns intended*.

5. Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Ye to banna hi hai!  For best taste, soak the vadas in water for at least two hours before dipping them in yoghurt. If you want to give this a new taste, try our bread dahi vadas. Add milk to slices of brown bread and knead them into a dough like texture. Oil your palms so that the material does not stick, and make balls out of the mixture. The rest of the recipe remains the same.

6. Custard Apple Rabdi

After you heat and reduce the milk for normal rabdi, keep it aside and let it cool. Once down to normal temperature, peel and deseed custard apple, cut if needed and add to the rabdi. Mix well and garnish with diced pistachios and dried rose petals. We swear by this recipe!

7. Dal ki Kachori

Dal ki Kachori

The perfect food for any gathering at an Indian household, kachoris are often accompanied by tamarind chutney. You can give your guests a wide choice by arranging different toppings- dahi, green chutney, tamrind chutney, tamatar chutney, chole, aloo ki sabzi, aloo and paneer sabzi, etc. Top it all with chilli powder, chat masala and coriander. What an easy DIY!

8. Kanji Vada

Kanji Vada

A personal favourite, kanji vadas are most popular in Rajasthani or Gujarati households. The vadas are made out of urad dal, and are dunked in the fermented mixture of water, rai, turmeric, and many other spices. Another rendition of this kanji is where pieces of carrot, beans, radish and cauliflower are added to the water mixture. Among other variations are jaggery based kanji, and also a peculiar kind of kali gajar ki kanji!

9. Masala Chana

Chana chat is the ultimate go-to snack for any Holi party. Top them with diced onions, tomatoes, a dash of lime juice and some coriander to spice it up. You can also add kulchas with them, or namkeen mathri as well. Use nylon sev for garnish. In fact, use krackjack instead of kulchas or mathri for crispiness. Don’t forget to give your  guests a choice of chutneys!

10. Puran Poli:

Puran Poli

While it resembles a roti in appearance, it is quite different from one. The stuffing is made from jaggery and dal. Nutmeg, saffron, and other spices are added to the stuffing for additional flavour. This is the rolled in the form of a flatbread and served with ghee/milk. You can choose to garnish it with jam, Nutella, or even melted marshmallows!

Happy serving, Happy Holi!

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Written by Saanica Wahal

Currently waltzing through life at Indian Institute of Mass Communication(IIMC) Delhi while studying advertising and public relations, Saanica is passionate about animals, shayari, and Octobers.
Her educational background in psychology and Journalism has helped her to have a broad base from which she approaches different genres that she likes writing on, namely travel, lifestyle, food, philosophy. She in an avid traveler and reader, and has worked in the fields of social media marketing, artist management, and event planning.


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