Holi, the festival of colors, is just around the corner. It is such a wonderful day and brings back memories of fun and food. Here you can find a wonderful list of sweets and snacks you can make this Holi, along with a lunch menu for your Holi party!
March is the season of Holi, the festival of color, similar to the beautiful colors of spring. This is the Indian festival welcoming spring. In different regions of India, people perform different rituals. In North India, the day before Holi people burn a holy fire, called Holika Dahan.
As a child, I prepared for Holi starting early in the morning. Filling balloons with water, getting the variety of colors ready. Then as the day started, all friends and family would get together to play Holi. Put lots of colors on each other and throw the balloons, get everyone wet.
Now let’s discuss the most important part, food for Holi.
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Holi is not complete without the delicious drink, Thandai. It is made with milk, flavored with nuts, seeds and spices. Learn to make Thandai powder and Thandai Milk in this recipe.
An authentic Indian sweet fried dumpling, filled with a mixture of mawa (khoya), nuts and coconut. It is a festive treat made during Holi and Diwali.
Gulab Jamun, the most popular Indian dessert. Gulab Jamun’s are deep fried donut-like balls, soaked in sweet rose flavored syrup. These heavenly melt-in-the-mouth Gulab Jamun’s are a perfect addition to your day!
This easy Indian fusion dessert are sure to be a party stunner – Gulab Jamun Shrikhand Bowls. Tangy creamy shrikhand combined with sweet gulab jamun’s is such a heavenly combination.
Suji Ka Halwa, also known as Sheera is an Indian semolina pudding, made with basic ingredients – semolina, sugar, and ghee. The pudding tastes simply divine, and takes just 20 minutes to prepare.
Coconut Pumpkin Halwa, also called as Kaddu ka Halwa is a pumpkin dessert made with pumpkin, sugar, ghee, coconut and nuts. It can be cooked in a pressure cooker and takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious dessert!
Kalakand is one of the most popular Indian desserts enjoyed during festivals. You will love this easy Instant Kalakand recipe to make this melt-in-the-mouth sweet in less than 30 minutes!
Shrikhand, a refreshing & sweet Indian dessert. Creamy smooth yogurt is mixed with sugar and cardamom, and garnished with saffron and pistachios to make this luscious Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand. You will also love this Mango Shrikhand recipe.
Carrot Kheer, also called carrot payasam, is made with carrots, milk, cashews and dates, with the added aroma of cardamom & saffron. A delicious & satisfying desert, with no added sugar. You would not mind yourself or your kids asking second and third servings!
Meethe Chawal or Zarda Rice is a sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits, sugar and ghee. This aromatic sweet saffron flavored rice is royal dessert made on special occasions and festivals.
Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa, is a delicious dessert made with grated carrots, milk, sugar, cardamom and almonds. This is a healthy and light dessert from North India.
Besan Barfi, also called Besan ki Chakki, is a delicious, fudgy, and melt-in-mouth traditional delight. Besan ki Burfi is an authentic sweet prepared with just a few basic ingredients – gram flour, ghee, sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron.
Whip up this delicious, creamy Indian fruit custard for any celebration. This delightful eggless custard is easy to make in just 30 minutes.
Coconut Almond Ladoo or Nariyal Badam Laddoo is an easy sweet recipe, made with almond flour, desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk. This is a quick sweet that can be prepared in just 20 minutes.
Kheer or Payasam is an Indian favorite dessert for special occasions. It is basically rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits.
A rich delicious dessert made with split yellow lentils (moong dal), sugar and ghee, along with the flavors of cardamom and saffron.
An easy Indian fusion festive dessert – Gulab Jamun Custard Jars. This dessert is layered with goodness of the cookie crumble, creamy cooling custard and sweet gulab jamun’s, adorned with slivered pistachios and rose petals.
Besan Ladoo is the most popular Indian sweet to make during any festival. You need just a few ingredients such as gram flour, ghee, and sugar to make these amazing melt-in-the-mouth dessert balls.
An easy healthy sweet loved by kids and perfect for any occasion. Made with just 3 ingredients in less than 20 minutes.
Lapsi is a sweet dish made with roasted broken wheat (Dalia) and sweetened with jaggery. Garnished with nuts and flavored with cardamom, this cracked wheat recipe is perfect for celebrations.
Sabudana Kheer, or Tapioca pudding, is a sweet made with tapioca pearls and milk. This kheer is popular during the fasting festive season in India. It is super easy to make in the instant pot or on the stovetop. Vegetarian and gluten-free!
Custard Trifle Cups
Mini Fruit Custard Trifle Cups are a delightful, colorful dessert that is perfect for the festival of Holi. The delectable layers of pound cake, fruit, custard, and cream are a wonderful blend of flavors and textures.
This homemade Magas is a Gujarati fudge made of gram flour, ghee, cardamom, sugar, and nuts. This Indian dessert is traditionally made during festivals. Make this delicious dessert with this foolproof recipe!
Rava Ladoo, also called Suji Ladoo, is a popular sweet from India made during the festive season. These melt-in-the-mouth Rava Ladoo need just a few ingredients – roasted semolina, ghee, milk and sugar – and can be made in less than 30 minutes!
Aate Ka Halwa, also known as wheat halwa, is a famous Indian dessert prepared with whole wheat flour (aata). This four-ingredient sweet dish is also offered as Kada Prasad at Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples) worldwide.
This favorite Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla recipe has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutney’s. This popular Indian street food is loved by all and is a perfect inclusion to any festive menu!
Ragda Chaat, also called Matar Chaat, is a street-style snack made with dried white peas. It is topped with onions, tomatoes, chutneys, and spices to make a delicious snack.
Namak para is a deep-fried Indian delicacy that is delicious, crispy and addicting—made with all-purpose flour (maida), semolina, and a few spices such as ajwain, salt, and pepper for a light flavor. It is one of the most popular snacks among kids.
These melts in the mouth, soft and flavorful Khandvi rolls are made with gram flour and then tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and garnished with cilantro and coconut.
Kala Chana Chaat, is a nutrition packed Black Chickpea Salad made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado and spices. This refreshing salad has fresh and tangy flavors, and can be enjoyed as a great protein rich snack or salad.
Vada Pav is the humble street food of Mumbai, and a favorite for any gathering. A fried potato fritter or vada, is stuffed in between mini-burger buns called pav, along with sweet and spicy sauces or chutney.
A twist to the favorite appetizer – Samosa. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for the samosa lovers.
Soft and fluffy Khaman Dhokla made in the pressure cooker and stovetop. These delicious steamed savory chickpea flour cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or snack!
Paneer Puffs with a flaky golden crust with spicy flavorful paneer filling. Perfect appetizer for a party that can be prepared ahead of time. So easy and delicious!
Sev Puri is a sweet, spicy and tangy chaat. Sev Puri is made with crispy puri (whole wheat crackers) topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and a variety of chutneys, and finished with sev (thin gram flour noodles). This no-cook chaat recipe is a favorite snack to enjoy with your evening tea!
Air Fryer Tandoori Gobi or Cauliflower Tikka Bites is a wonderful healthy snack or appetizer to enjoy at a get-together!
Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian street food, loved by all. Pav Bhaji is made with potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base, and enjoyed with pav or dinner rolls.
Soft and fluffy Rava Dhokla made in the Instant Pot and stovetop. These delicious savory semolina cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or snack!
Paneer pakora is a popular Indian snack in which soft paneer (Indian cottage cheese) pieces are deep-fried after being coated in a spiced gram flour batter. These paneer fritters have a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
Learn how to make this traditional fried Indian snack called Onion bhaji (or Kanda Bhaji). These crispy onion fritters are made with gram flour, onions, and spices from your pantry. These vegan & gluten-free onion pakoras are addictive!
A famous Delhi street food, Dahi Papdi Chat, is a crispy sweet, spicy and tangy chaat that packs a whole lot of flavor. Also known as Dilli chaat, this popular street food is made with crispy papdi (whole wheat crackers), sev (thin gram flour noodles), yogurt, and a variety of chutneys.
Are you planning a lunch or party for Holi? Let me share some of my favorite dishes to include in your menu.
Make an Indian inspired charcuterie board with Holi sweets and snacks.
Oh..and no Holi party is complete without Thandai!
Wishing you all a very Happy Holi 2023!