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 an Indian festival of colors and spring that we celebrate in different ways but with plenty of joyfulness, togetherness and love. The Hindu Holi festival marks the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of positive over negative.
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 this spring festival. 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.
Gujiya is a popular and traditional North Indian sweet of a crisp, flaky pastry filled with a sweet khoya (evaporated milk solids) and dry fruits stuffing. They can be fried as well as baked. Get both the fried and baked versions in this recipe.
Thandai is a traditional cooling drink, popular in the northern parts of India. It is made with a mix of nuts, seeds and a few spices.
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 is a popular Indian sweet of fried fluffy pancakes dipped in sugar syrup and served with rabdi or sweetened thickened milk.
Flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing.
Lassi is a cooling, refreshing, probiotic drink perfect for the warm summer months. Popular in Punjab and North India, there are many variations of this sweet lassi recipe. Find three easy, energizing and flavorful lassi recipe variations.
Delicious gulab jamun recipe made with khoya (mawa) and paneer in the traditional way.
Popular North Indian snack of dahi bhalla papdi chaat.
Matar ki kachori is a flaky, crispy deep-fried pastry filled with savory, spiced green peas stuffing. In the Hindi language, matar means green peas and Kachori is a deep-fried and flaky pastry.
Papdi chaat is a popular North Indian street food snack filled with a variety of mouth-watering textures, flavors and consists of papdi (fried flour crackers), boiled chickpeas, potatoes, chutneys and curd (yogurt.
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:
- Fried Snacks
- Pakoda Varieties
- Chaat & Street Food Recipes
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.
Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.
Dahi kabab are crisp, soft and tasty kababs made with dahi or curd. Here the dahi used is hung curd.
Hara bhara kabab is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kebab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green kabab can also be stuffed in burger buns or sandwiches can be made from them.
Vada pav is a popular and delicious Maharashtrian street food of fried batter coated potato dumplings sandwiched in a pav (soft dinner rolls), together with sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney and dry garlic chutney.
Perfectly salted French Fries that are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Make these homemade french fries or finger chips recipe easily with a few techniques and customize it with your favorite herbs and spices or toppings.
This recipe post details both the fried and baked methods of making potato wedges.
This is a crispy and tasty recipe of bread roll with a spiced, savory, tangy mashed potato filling. Makes for a delicious evening snack or an after school snack for kids.
Batata vada is a fried snack of batter-coated potato stuffed fritter dumplings. Making these take some time but absolutely worth it. I share this lip smacking delicious recipe of Maharashtrian style batata vada that you will love.
Mathri also called as mathiya or mathari is a popular North Indian tea time snack of savory, flaky, spiced and crispy crackers made with all-purpose flour, spices and seasonings. I share both fried and baked versions.
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.
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 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 are soft melt-in-the-mouth fried potato fritters coated in a delicious, golden, crispy gram flour batter. Make this awesome vegan potato snack also known as potato bajji in less than 30 minutes.
Easy Palak Pakoda recipe are a quick savory snack made with finely chopped spinach leaves mixed in seasoned gram flour batter and deep fried.
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.
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.
Make crispy and tasty mixed Vegetable pakora recipe with my easy recipe. Easy to customize with your favorite vegetables, this veg pakora has a crispy, crunchy exterior with a soft interior. The recipe is naturally vegan and can be made gluten-free.
Chaat Snacks & Street Food
Pani puri is a popular Indian street food of crispy, fried, hollow dough balls that are stuffed with boiled potatoes, steamed moong sprouts, spicy tangy water and sweet chutney.
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 is a hearty, delightsome, flavorful meal of mashed vegetable gravy with fluffy soft buttery dinner rolls served with a side of crunchy piquant onions, tangy lemon and herby coriander. You will love this pav bhaji recipe for its Mumbai style flavors. I share the traditional method of making Pav Bhaji and a quick Instant Pot recipe.
Raj kachori also called as the king of all kachoris is a popular chaat snack from north India.
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.
This aloo puri is a traditional Punjabi spiced potato curry served with pooris.
Matar Kulcha is a popular North Indian street food, especially in Delhi and Punjab.
Aloo Kulcha is a crisp and soft leavened flatbread stuffed with a spiced mashed potato filling. The dish is from the North Indian cuisine and is very popular in Delhi as well as Punjab.
Paneer kulcha are leavened flatbreads stuffed with a spiced cottage cheese filling.
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 curry taste like the ones you get on the streets of Delhi.
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).
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 is a crispy, sweet, tangy, spicy dish made with puffed rice, onions, tomatoes and assorted chutneys. This bhel recipe is easy to make and includes quick recipes for the three chutneys.
Sev puri recipe is a canapé like snack -where crispy fried flour discs are topped with flavorful condiments, veggies, herbs, ground spices and more. Spicy, sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, crispy flavors – all bursting in your mouth in each bite. Learn to make this mouthwatering snack with my authentic Mumbai style recipe.
Aloo chaat is fried crisp potatoes tossed in spicy and sweet chutneys, a few ground spice powders and then topped with curd, pomegranate arils and sev. It is a popular street food snack.
This Veg frankie recipe is a delicious wrap made with thin wheat rotis stuffed with crisp aloo tikki, veggies and yogurt raita. It makes for a filling and tasty snack.
One of the best paneer roll recipe with tasty paneer stuffing paired together with healthy veggie salad and bright green chutney.
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.
Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.
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.
This is an easy and delicious recipe of kala jamun made with khoya (mawa) and cottage cheese.
Puran poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.
Phirni is a classic creamy slow-cooked sweet pudding made with ground rice, sugar, milk, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder. It is a popular North Indian sweet made during festive occasions.
Rice kheer recipe is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, whole milk, nuts and saffron. It 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.
This creamy seviyan kheer is a North Indian sweet made with wheat vermicelli, milk, sugar, dry fruits and flavored with spices. This incredibly easy recipe of semiya kheer comes together in 20 minutes and makes for an excellent dessert or sweet.
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.
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.
Jalebi are funnel-cake style fried spirals that are doused in a sweet sugar syrup for a delightful treat. This homemade jalebi recipe makes for crispy, crunchy, syrupy, juicy jalebi and is traditional method.
Rasmalai is a popular Bengali sweet of cottage cheese balls soaked in thickened, sweetened milk that has been scented with cardamom and saffron. A creamy, melt in your mouth Indian dessert sweet.
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.
These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth slices of cashew goodness.
Besan Ladoo or Besan ke Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made during festivals. These are round sweet balls made with gram flour a.k.a besan, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
Motichur laddu are soft, delish melt in the mouth ladoo made mainly with gram flour, sugar, and spices.. One of the most popular Indian sweet.
An easy method to make rava laddu for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo also known as suji ke laddu is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.
Easy method and recipe of dry fruit barfi. No sugar added.
Rabdi or rabri is a classic, traditional Indian sweet of thickened sweetened milk filled with layers of clotted cream (malai). It is also known as lachha rabdi in Hindi language.
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.
This rich peda recipe is a delightfully sweet fudge-like confection made with khoya (dried milk solids), sugar, nuts and fragrant spices. Make this simple and quick doodh peda recipe (milk peda) for any festival or celebrations.
This two-ingredient, super fast recipe for Kalakand (a.k.a. Indian Milk Cake) comes together in just 15 minutes thanks to the help of a can of sweetened condensed mil
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 is an Indian spiced cooling drink, which is also served as an appetizer.
Nimbu Pani and Shikanji are the Indian versions of lemonade or limeade made with fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, salt and optionally a few ground spices.
This ginger tea or adrak wali chai is a warming, spiced and fragrant Indian tea made with fresh ginger roots, crushed cardamom, sugar and milk (optional).
Frosty and satisfying cold coffee is a fantastic treat to enjoy on a warm day. This cold coffee recipe with step-by-by photos is a classic for preparing blended ice coffees that are perfectly sweet, creamy and frothy – just like from your favorite cafe!
Falooda ice cream is a layered summer dessert drink made with milk, rose syrup, sabja seeds (sweet basil seeds), falooda sev (thin vermicelli), nuts, raisins and ice cream. Faluda is a popular Indian summer drink and easy to make.
Aam ka panna is a cooling 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 syrup concentrate and the drink using the method of boiling as well as roasting mangoes.
Mango mastani is a popular dessert drink from Pune. Thick mango milkshake topped with vanilla or mango ice cream.
Piyush recipe is a thick, creamy sweet beverage made with shrikhand, yogurt and milk. Summer cooling drink.
Mango Lassi, an all time Indian favorite summer drink is a creamy, thick, refreshing and delicious variation of lassi. Make this easy Mango Lassi recipe in less than 15 minutes with ripe mangoes, yogurt and your choice of flavorings – cardamom, saffron or rose water.
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.
A sweet and refreshing strawberry shake is the perfect drink for summer. Here I share with you two different but equally delicious ways to make my favorite strawberry milkshake recipe – a classic shake prepared with milk, and a plant-based vegan version made with almond milk.
This is an easy and quick recipe to prepare chocolate milkshake made with cocoa powder.
A sweet and refreshing mango shake is the perfect drink to enjoy when mangos are in their peak of the season. Here I share two equally easy and delicious recipes for making rich and creamy mango milkshakes – one with dairy and a vegan version made with coconut milk.
Badam milk is a delicious drink flavored with ground almonds, cardamom powder and saffron.
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.
This Bombay veg sandwich recipe is a popular Mumbai street food of delicious sandwiches made with mix vegetables, green chutney and a few spice powders.
This grilled sandwich recipe is filled with spiced cilantro chutney and delicious vegetables, then grilled to perfection.
There’s nothing more simple to make and satisfying to enjoy than a warm, crisp and gooey cheese sandwich. Here I share two ways to prepare an easy grilled cheese sandwich in less than 20 minutes. Try your preferred recipe for a quick and yummy breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.
Chilli cheese toast on tawa – tasty cheese toast spiced with chilies and ginger. An easy breakfast to prepare and serve.
This is a tasty and easy to prepare mayonnaise sandwich made with mix veggies, mayonnaise and spices. These sandwiches make for a hearty snack that can be made quickly.
This simple Cucumber sandwich recipe is perfect to prepare as a light snack or lunch. It's easy to make and great for customizing with your favorite ingredients, like tomatoes, cheese, and/or herbs.
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.
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!
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.
Easy recipe of a no yeast veg pizza made on a tawa or skillet, and without oven.
This Holi Recipes post from the blog archives (March 2020) has been republished and updated on 22 February 2021.