Holi Special Recipes

Wishing you all a very Happy and Colourful Holi! 🙂 I remember when we were kids we used to start playing with water guns and colour balloons many days before Holi (a two-day festival celebrated by Indians all over the world). On the evening of the first day there’s Holika Dahan, when wood and dung pyres are burned to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The second day, known as Rangwali Holi, is the carnival of colours. People take to the streets to throw Gulaal (coloured powder) and drench each other with water guns. It’s a festival which people celebrate unbound of caste, ethnicity or status.

Back in Patna, East India, on the second day of Holi, we played twice with colours, first in the morning (Geeli Holi) with water guns filled with coloured water and then in the evening (Sookhi Holi) with coloured powder. Mouthwatering delicacies start getting prepared many days before this festival. A variety of sumptuous food is served on this day to family and friends. I have compiled a list of lip-smacking dishes that are usually prepared in my home during Holi. Please click on the pictures to visit the recipe posts.


Dahi Vada (Lentil Dumplings Dunked in Yogurt)


Sev Puri

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Tikka

Assorted Vegetable Fritters (Pakoras)


Saunth (Sweet Tamarind Chutney)

Mint and Coriander Chutney

Main Course:

Chole Bhature (Chickpeas Curry and Indian Puffed Bread)

Pav Bhaji (Assorted vegetables cooked with masalas and served with pav/bread)

Dal Makhani (Black Dal with a velvety texture)

Malai Paneer (Cottage Cheese in Cream Sauce)

Poori (Deep-fried and Puffed Wheat Bread)


Rasgulla (Dumplings of chhena/moist farmers cheese or cottage cheese, cooked in light sugar syrup)

Nariyal (Coconut) Burfi

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Have a wonderful Holi! 🙂

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