20+ Popular Holi Recipes To Try


If you are looking for some of the most popular Holi recipes to plan your party menu, then you have come to the right place. In this article, I have shared some of the most popular Holi food dishes that are traditionally being made in most Indian homes. I have also included some delicious fusion recipes to add a bit of fun and quirk to your party menu.

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is one of the most vibrant festivals in India. It marks the arrival of spring, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil through a celebration of unity and joy. One of the integral aspects of Holi is the preparation of delicious and colorful dishes that people offer to their friends and family during the festivities.

The Significance of Holi:

More than just a colorful spectacle, Holi carries a deep cultural significance. It signifies the arrival of spring, the renewal of life, and the shedding of negativity. Legends like the triumph of Lord Krishna over the demoness Holika or the burning of Prahlad in the pyre by Hiranyakashyap illustrate the victory of good over evil. Holi transcends societal differences, bringing people together in a joyous embrace of life’s vibrancy.

Celebrating Holi Across India:

The way Holi is celebrated varies across different regions, each adding its unique twist to the festival. In Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, the festival comes alive with the iconic Lathmar Holi, where women playfully beat men with sticks. West Bengal celebrates Dol Purnima which is marked by vibrant processions and the offering of gulal (colored powder) to deities. In South India, Holi takes on a more subdued form, with bonfires and pujas being the key elements.

Traditional Holi Recipes:

No Holi celebration is complete without a delectable feast. Traditionally, Holi brings forth a delightful mix of sweet and savory treats. Thandai, the quintessential Holi drink, is a creamy concoction of almonds, melon seeds, rosewater, and spices. Gujiya, deep-fried pastries stuffed with a sweet filling, are a must-have, symbolizing love and abundance. Dahi Bhalla, savory dumplings bathed in creamy yogurt, provide a welcome counterpoint to the sweetness. Other popular treats include Puran Poli, a flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling, and Kanji, a spicy fermented drink that aids digestion after the joyous feasting.

Here are some of the most popular Holi recipes for you to try.

Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Doi Bora Recipe
Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Doi Bora Recipe for those who want to enjoy Indian Street food recipes at home. Great for potluck parties as it is an amazing party snack idea. A popular Indian street food, Dahi Vada or Doi Bora দই বড়া is always a huge hit. It is deep-fried and served with fresh yogurt and a medley of spices, a perfect snack for Indian festivals or family gatherings
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Bengali Doi Bora Recipe
Easy Vegetable Pakora Recipes
If you talk about Indian snacks, then Pakoras will probably top the list! These are crispy, battered and then deep-fried till golden and delicious. You can probably use any vegetable you can lay upon your hand for making these vegetable pakoras. And these pakoras are vegetarian, vegan ( in most cases), gluten-free, nut-free and totally open to modifications as per your taste.
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Indian Pakoras Recipe Vegetable Onion Paneer
Peraki | Bengali Mawa Gujiya Recipe
Peraki is a seasonal Bengali dessert that resembles a turnover with a rich stuffing of milk solids or khowa, grated coconut, chopped nuts and date palm jaggery. These are deep-fried and then dipped in warm sugar syrup to get a crunchy texture on the outside while the centre remains juicy.
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Bengali Sweets Peraki - Mawa Gujiya recipe
Rajasthani Khasta Mewa Mawa Kachori Recipe
Among various Rajasthani khasta kachori recipes, this mewa mawa kachori recipe is the most unique and interesting kachori recipe. 'Kachori' often means savoury hand pies filled with a variety of fillings made of dals or lentils or spiced mixes of potato or onion. This Mewa Mawa Kachori has a sweet filling made of chopped dry fruits and milk solids, flavoured with saffron and spices.
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Mewa Mawa Kachori - Rajasthani mawa kachori
Instant Mawa Malpua Recipe
This Instant Mawa Malpua recipe is perfect for when you are looking for a delicious Indian mithai recipe without breaking much sweat over it. Instead, you can quickly make some Bengali malpua using khoya and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. It needs pretty simple and pantry-staple ingredients like all-purpose flour, sugar, spices and some khoya.
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Mawa Malpua Recipe
Malpoa | Instant Bengali Malpua Recipe
Malpuas are basically deep fried Indian pancakes which are dunked in a sugar syrup before serving. Mildly flavoured with spices, this Indian sweet dish recipe of Bengali Malpua is very common during festive days. 
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Instant Bengali Malpua Recipe without khoya
Kesar Peda | Saffron-infused Milk Fudge Recipe
Indian sweets are almost synonymous to Indian festivals, and one sweet dish which makes the most rounds is Kesar Peda. It is saffron flavour infused, mildly sweet milk fudges. Sitting proudly besides some of the other popular Indian mithai like Gulab Jamun, these are very popular among kids.
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kesar peda recipe with milk powder
Kesar Badam Milk Recipe | Saffron Almond Latte
This kesar badam milk is a popular Indian elixir that brings warmth and deliciousness to a cup. Here mixed nut paste is simmered with milk and crushed spices to bring together a delicious and super-healthy drink perfect for those who are looking for some comfort in the winter.
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The Badam Milk Recipe
Kesar Motichoor Ladoo Recipe
Motichoor Ladoo is an immensely popular Indian sweet dish, often served during weddings and festivals. Made with gram flour or besan, sugar, water, and in this case, some saffron. This Indian sweet dish is vegan and completely gluten-free but may have some chopped seeds and nuts.
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Motichoor Ladoo recipe
Besan Ladoo Recipe
Besan Ladoo is a popular Indian sweet, which is made and consumed throughout the year. Besan means Bengal Gram flour and ladoo means round balls. Here, the besan or gram flour is thoroughly roasted in ghee or clarified butter and then added with sugar and spices. Besan ke ladoo is particularly very popular as Diwali sweets or during other festivals and marriages.
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Besan Ladoo Recipe
Instant Gajar ka Halwa Recipe
Best Instant Gajar ka Halwa recipe you will find! If you are looking for an easy recipe for gajar ka halwa, then you are at the right place. This carrot halwa recipe is the easiest, yet most delicious recipe that you will ever find. I will tell you how to make some delicious gajar ka halwa without standing on your feet, grating carrots and boiling milk for hours. I will tell you step-by-step cheat recipe for the most delicious gajrela that you will ever make.
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Gajar ka Halwa recipe
Gulab Jamun Recipe using Khoya & Milk Powder
Gulab Jamuns are perhaps, the most popular Indian sweets that are a big part of every festival, event, marriage and special occasion of any sort. These deep-fried round doughnuts are soaked in a flavoured sugar syrup known as chashni. There are several variations to the gulab jamun recipe, but the mawa ke gulab jamuns or the ones made using khoya or milk solids are the most popular ones. And that's the one that we will be making here.
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Gulab Jamun recipe with khoya and milk powder
Instant Gulab Jamun Recipe
Gulab Jamun is a very popular Indian sweet where milk solid dumplings are deep fried and then soaked in flavoured sugar syrup. This is a simple and no-fail gulab jamun recipe from milk powder
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Instant Gulab Jamun recipe
Instant Kalakand Recipe
Kalakand is a South Asian sweetmeat, made with fresh cottage cheese, milk and sugar. Said to have its origin in Alwar in Rajasthan, it is hugely popular in the Indian subcontinent and can be found at every sweet shop. This is a quick & easy recipe for kalakand, using freshly curdled cheese or paneer, a can of condensed milk and a tiny bit of sugar. If you have been following my cooking,
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Instant Kalakand Recipe with Condensed Milk Milkmaid

In case you are in mood for some fusion holi recipes, then these can come quite handy.

Thandai Mug Cake Recipe
If you love the Indian festival of colours, i.e. Holi, then you must have heard about Thandai. It's a milk-based drink made with nuts and spices. This instant Thandai mix can be easily made at home, and can also be used to bake amazing baked goodies. Here, I have made a small batch of Thandai powder and baked Mug Cakes with them.
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Thandai Powder Mug Cake Recipe
Eggless Mawa Cake Muffins Recipe
This eggless Mawa cake muffins is the perfect recipe with khoya and maida to try out. If you wonder what to make with khoya, other than khoya sweets, then this easy mawa cupcake recipe is just what you need. It is a perfect fusion recipe for Indian festivities too. Surprise your guests with this eggless mawa cake without condensed milk, but regular cake ingredients like flour, sugar and oil along with spices such as green cardamom, saffron and rose water.
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Eggless Mawa Cake Muffins

If you are looking for main course ideas for your Holi party menu, then some of these are hugely popular Indian recipes

Dhaba-style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Paneer Butter Masala or Butter Paneer is probably one of the most comforting Indian dishes. Cubes of Paneer (fresh cottage cheese) dunked in a luscious, buttery and slightly tangy tomato-based gravy, topped with a generous dollop of makkhan or white butter. This is how I imagine it while having it with some garlic naan or jeera rice for an exquisite dinner.
In this post, I will share the best recipe for a Dhaba style paneer butter masala with you. I will also give you alternate vegan options for this recipe for paneer butter masala.
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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Amritsari Pindi Chole Recipe
Pindi Chole or Pindi Chana Masala is a dry preparation made using chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Hailing from the area in and around Rawalpindi, a city in erstwhile Punjab in undivided India now in Pakistan, this pindi chole recipe is somewhat a speciality of this region. It is dark brown in colour, with no or very little gravy and is often served with bhature or kulchas.
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amritsari pindi chole recipe
Aloo Pyaaz Sabji or Potato-Onion Curry Recipe
This is Aloo Peyaz sabzi is an Indian dhaba-style food recipe which is quite popular during the winter months. Here, baby potatoes and shallots are fried in ghee or clarified, and then cooked in a nutty tomato-based gravy. This is a vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo-friendly dish that is quite popular to be served with butter-laden naans or tandoori rotis or Indian bread baked in clay ovens.
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Dhaba style Aloo Pyaaz Sabji
Dhaba-style Punjabi Dal Makhani Recipe
This Punjabi Dal Makhani recipe is a simple yet delicious Black Lentil Dal recipe that is one of the most popular Punjabi cuisine dishes. Make restaurant/dhaba style dal makhani at home easily with this recipe. Dal Makhani Vegan recipe included.
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Dhaba Style Dal Makhani recipe

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

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A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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