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Holi is around the corner, and we all know that there is more to this vibrant festival than colours! From a change in season, to getting together with family, and preparing delectable sweets and snacks, this festival has many dimensions to it. As winter bids adieu and summer begins to make its presence felt, this festival does its bit by warming our hearts and energizing our souls in preparation for the fun that lies ahead.

Add more cheer to this feisty occasion by preparing a vast spread of sweets to enjoy with your family and share with your friends. This article gives you a set of recipes, both traditional and innovative, which not only match the festive spirit but also the weather at this time of the year. Whether you like to have your Thandai the traditional way or as an innovative mousse, whether you wish to relish a traditional Kulfi or a refreshing smoothie, take your pick from this collection of mouth-watering recipes, and make this Holi all the more special.

Thandai : This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and saffron rise atop the dense flavour of fully boiled milk, to pamper the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. You can strain the mixture before serving if you want it smooth, but if you like the coarse mouth-feel of ground almonds and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the drink as it is without straining.

Kesar Malai Kulfi: Cold though it is, kulfi has a way of warming your heart, perhaps due to the spicy overtones of saffron and cardamom or the intense richness of freshly condensed milk. Kesar Malai Kulfi is one of the perfect desserts to serve at any gathering because it is unconditionally loved across generations!

Malpua : Hot Malpuas are irresistible, whether had plain or with a topping of cold rabdi. Try making this delightful treat at home itself, this time with a slight twist. In this version, we have avoided deep-frying the malpuas and cooked them with minimal ghee in a frying pan. They turn out as soft as ever.

Thandai Smoothie: The Thandai Smoothie is a fruit-less smoothie with a rich and festive feel. It is made by combining ice-cream and curds with a dash of traditional Thandai syrup. This creamy smoothie has strong spicy notes, which makes it more popular amongst adults than kids.

Thandai Mousse : Here is a mousse with a desi dimension to it! Thandai Mousse would be appropriate for occasions like Holi and other Indian festivals or get-togethers. Rich ingredients like almonds, khus-khus and cardamom that are present in the Thandai syrup give a slightly spicy touch to this mousse. This recipe uses readymade Thandai syrup, but in Rajasthan, the spices are ground freshly using a mortar and pestle every time Thandai is made.

Malai Kulfi : Being a frozen dairy dessert, kulfi is technically an ice-cream, but with the rich flavour and unique texture of condensed milk, it is a class apart, a genre in its own right! Of the many varieties of kulfi, this traditional Malai Kulfi stands out with an extra rich and intense flavour and creaminess, all thanks to the slow but rewarding process of condensing full-fat milk till it gets an irresistible texture and aroma. A sprinkling of cardamom accentuates the appeal of this dessert.

Chenna Malpua : Delicate and lacy malpuas made using fresh paneer which will melt in your mouth. This recipe is somewhat comparable to the famous malai malpuas of Pushkar near Ajmer. Serve them warm topped with raabdi or just garnished with chopped almonds and pistachios. You will find chenna malpuas only at a few cities in Rajasthan. Just grab the opportunity to make them as they are simply divine! These malpuas are a little tricky to make, so be patient. Sometime, they can just disintegrate in the ghee while frying. If that happens, add some more cornflour to bind the dough.

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Recipe# 1538
23 Sep 13

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Masala Dal by Tarla Dalal
Dal is healthy, plain or spicy. But, this is one excellent dal you just cannot resist! comprising of four key varieties of pulses, cooked with onions and tomatoes, and perked up with a range of carefully chosen spices, masala dal is just the thing to have with hot rice and rotis.
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Recipe# 2045
19 Apr 15

 
Churma Ladoo by Tarla Dalal
Convenient to serve and richer in flavour, here we present the famous Rajasthani churma in ladoo form! Traditional churma, sweetened with jaggery and enhanced with coconut and sesame seeds, is shaped into ladoos that are easy to store and serve. In order to get the best texture and flavour, use coar ....
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Recipe# 3635
19 Apr 15

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Thandai by Tarla Dalal
This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and s ....
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Recipe# 22442
21 Jul 16

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Poha Phirni by Tarla Dalal
Poha Phirni, poha is a rich source of iron as the rice is beaten in an iron mortar-pestle. Besides adding a colourful touch to this unusual phirni, fruits like apples and bananas also provide vitamins, minerals and fibre.
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Recipe# 3637
19 Apr 15

 
Ker Sangri by Tarla Dalal
A delightful bean and berry combo unique to Rajasthan, Ker Sangri is a traditional, spicy subzi made with the ker berry and the sangri bean. Cooked simply and easily with common ingredients like red chillies, carom seeds and a couple of spice powders. Ker Sangri is nevertheless extremely tasty, leav ....
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Recipe# 30975
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Badami Kewra Sevaiyan by Tarla Dalal
Seviyan is used by most of us to prepare kheer. This recipe uses almond paste for thickening the kheer. This paste also adds a different flavour. Essence of the highly scented kewra flower has been used as flavoring along with lots of chopped almonds. Kewra essence is readily available at most provi ....
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Recipe# 1528
23 Sep 13

 
Besan Sheera ( Desi Khana) 
by Tarla Dalal
Since gram flour is generally known for its thickening properties, besan sheera is very easy and quick to make. You can easily prepare it for functions, party or for sudden but special guests. Just ensure you roast the gram flour well to avoid a raw smell. Also, take care to serve hot.
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Recipe# 4315
07 Sep 16

 
Nimona, Potatoes and Green Pea Curry by Tarla Dalal
The cuisine of any region is incomplete unless it includes a homemakers contribution. Nimona is one such example from Lucknow, the capital of Avadh. A strictly home-fare dish, this delectable preparation is made with green peas purée with tomato pulp to make a dal like curry. Serve with < ....
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Recipe# 41595
27 Mar 17

 
Jowar Dhani Chivda, Holi Recipe 
by Tarla Dalal
The Jowar Dhani Chivda promises a bowl full of crunchy fun! Indeed, this Holi specialty is made with yummy jowar puffs and roasted chana dal, seasoned with spice powders and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. A pinch of asafoetida is added to give the ....
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Recipe# 41474
08 Feb 17

 
Bengali Payesh, Bengali Rice Kheer 
by Tarla Dalal
In all regional cuisines of India, Kheer made of milk and rice is very popular. This Bengali Payesh is also a variant of this milk and rice kheer. Here, long-grained rice is cooked in milk and flavoured with classic Indian spices ....
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Recipe# 1749
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Quick Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa Without Mawa by Tarla Dalal
Here is a delicious halwa with the rich hue of carrots and the luxurious flavour of milk. This Quick Gajar ka Halwa, made with the help of a pressure cooker, is so easy and simple, and is made with common, everyday ingredients. It does not even use khoya. You can make it on any day you feel like ....
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Recipe# 8692
23 Sep 14

 
Rose Barfi by Tarla Dalal
Rose, whether as a fragrance or a flavour, emanates a sense of coolness! Naturally, this mouth-melting Rose Barfi is also a chilled dessert, which needs to be refrigerated before serving. This mithai has the power to melt the hardest heart, because it combines the creaminess of paneer and mava with ....
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Recipe# 2785
02 Nov 16

 
Sooji Ka Halwa, Banana Rava Sheera 
by Tarla Dalal
A super tasty dessert ready in minutes, made using the microwave oven, and using everyday ingredients! You will enjoy the strong taste of banana and its creamy texture in this lovely Sooji Ka Halwa. It is important to fry the sooji nicely in ghee before adding the milk, bananas, etc., in order t ....
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Recipe# 2816
19 Jan 16

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Dahi Vadas, Dahi Bhalla, North Indian Chaat Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Fluffy, golden-coloured vadas might taste good as such, but they taste even better when made into tongue-tickling Dahi Vadas. Soak the vadas in water to make them softer; drown them in sweetened curds; and serve with a drizzling of khajur imli ki chutney and a sprinkling of spice powders. If y ....
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