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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# 15600
27 Jan 02

 
Gajar/beetroot Twin Halwa 
by apoorva23
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Gajar/beetroot twin halwa is an eye catching sweet dish recipe with the grated carrots and beetrots. Laden with the goodness of carrots and beetroots, this halwa makes for a healthy snack or sweet choice for children.
Recipe# 15618
21 May 03

 
Aloo ka Halwa by rakheemaheshwari
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Aloo ka halwa is a sweet dish prepared from the mix of grated potatoes, ghee, milk and sugar.An easy dessert recipe for unannounced guests using handy ingredients.
Recipe# 15633
16 Nov 04

 
Cheesy Carrot Halwa by sapnil
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Try out this innovative variation of the traditional gajar ka halwa recipe, the Cheesy carrot halwa prepared by cooking together grated carrots with sugar, milk, khoya and grated cheese. Simply amazing sweet dish with a delicious sweet and cheesy taste.
Recipe# 15664
03 Jan 05

 
Bread Halwa By ndr by ndr
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Soak the breads, crumble them and cook them easily into mouthwatering Bread halwa. The milk, sugar and bread slices make for a lovely dessert recipe and is quite quick to prepare with simple handy ingredients. Garnish with chopped nuts.
Recipe# 15831
08 Mar 05

 
Suzi ka Halwa by cussup
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Suji ka Halwa is a mouthwatering and popular halwa recipe which is also commonly known as sheera. The roasted suji or semolina is stir fried in ghee and then cooked with water, sugar and chopped nuts.
Recipe# 15928
23 May 05

 
Micro Bread Halwa by chitvish
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Prepare Micro Bread Halwa in minutes using handy ingredients like soaked bread slices, sugar and chopped nuts in microwave. A quick dessert recipe for sudden guests.
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23 May 05

 
Micro Wheat Halwa by chitvish
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Get ready to tempt your sweet tooth by preparing the tasty Micro wheat halwa quickly in a microwave oven. The roasted wheat flour based rava is cooked with ghee and sugar and then enjoyed mixed with saffron.
Recipe# 16018
11 Oct 11

 
Namkeen Barfi by prabhashok
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Namkeen burfi presents quite an interesting savory snack recipe prepared by cooling together gram flour or besan with salt, red chilli and then made into barfis.
Recipe# 16083
27 Aug 05

 
Gajeer ka Halwa by anita_pupneja
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Gajeer ka halwa or gajar halwa is a popular winter special sweet dish, common in northern states of India. The grated gajjar or carrots are stir fried in pure ghee and then cooked till done with khoya,sugar and milk.
Recipe# 11991
17 Aug 11

 
Tasty Beetroot Halwa by mozetasha
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Discover an easy way of creating your own unique and tasty indian dessert recipe like beetroot ka halwa, dudhi ka halva and gulabjamun.
Recipe# 12028
30 Aug 11

 
Gajar ka Halwa By Smithasrini 
by smithasrini
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Carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a north indian sweet dish prepared from grated gajar(or carrots) cooked with sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a favorite dessert served in north india ....
Recipe# 12088
12 Apr 01

 
Posta ka Halwa by ektanshu
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Give full attention while stirring as khuskhus tends to stick fast.
this halwa stays 3-4 days in summer and 7-8 days in winter without refrigeration.
Recipe# 12093
01 Oct 11

 
Makhane Kheer by Foodie #20143
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Makhane ki kheer is a sweet dish recipe with lotus stem seeds or makhana cooked in sweetened and nutmeg flavoured milk. Devour this creamy and unique kheer recipe as a delicious dessert.
Recipe# 12103
11 Oct 01

 
Marble Barfi by pghaghada
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This barfi is very easy and so a novice at cooking will also will be able to make it. I have measured the amount of milk which should be left to give an exact measurement for some who are not very good at making "chasni". it is very important to get the chasni right as the success of the recipe depe ....
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