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Holi recipes





હોળી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો
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# 10989
12 Aug 14

 
Peach Halva by slimjay
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Peach halwa is a peach flavored mouth watering sweet dish prepared from grated peach fruit slices cooked with sugar, mava and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! Peach halwa is a popular dessert served on special ocassions, garnished wi ....
Recipe# 11141
02 Jan 02

 
Instant Dahi Bhalla by revseth
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Instant dahi vada is a vada recipe with bread slices topped with beaten curd. The bread slices are soaked and stuffed with onion, roasted peanuts filling and spices and then rolled up like a vada. These bread vadas are then topped with beaten curd(dahi) and imli chutney.
Recipe# 11259
05 Dec 01

 
Chikku Barfi by vazhelil
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Tasty and unique chikku burfi recipe at tarladalal.com. The barfi is cooked with condensed milk, chikku fruit puree,sugar and crushed dry fruits. A special dessert for festivals and parties and a favorite among children for its delectable fresh chicku flavour.
Recipe# 16454
21 Jul 06

 
Bhang ki Chutney by RADHIKAJOSHI_AR
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An Uttaranchal specialty made with bhang seeds grinded to make a delicious chutney. Serve as an accompaniment to other dishes.
Recipe# 16465
17 Oct 06

 
Corn Flour Halwa By kalpanakalpana by kalpanakalpana
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Tasty and sweet halwa recipe made with cornflour and sugar. A delicious indian dessert.
Recipe# 31520
25 Nov 14

 
Fruity Thandai by Foodie#429002
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Flavoursome thandai masala adds a punch to this combo of rich fruity shake made with soothing coconut milk and refreshing pineapple juice. Enjoy this Fruity Thandai as a refreshing drink anytime or serve this unusual thandai during the festival of holi.
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Recipe# 34246
20 Feb 11

 
Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra 
by Sushila Jora
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Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra, bajra and wheat flour based halwa. You can also try any other flours of your choice to make this halwa.
Recipe# 40227
26 Jun 15

 
Coconut Rabdi by Dr. Kalpana Chauhan
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This summer, replace the unhealthy outside ice-creams and kulfies with this sweet and enamoring Coconut Rabdi. This coarse-textured dessert is a yummy, innovative sweet treat devoted to my little baby.
Recipe# 40267
01 Jul 15

 
Dal Ke Vade by Neharika Anchalia
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Its an authentic Rajasthani recipe. It is made all oven India but with different recipes.But here I am sharing recipe which is exclusively from Rajasthan. It is served with fried and salted green chilies and coriander/mint chutney.
Recipe# 40514
20 Nov 15

 
Mysore Pak / Gram Flour Cake 
by Pooja Nadkarni
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Mysore Pak was first prepared for the King of Mysore (City of Karnataka, India) and was called as ‘Mysore Paka’. Paka in Kannada means a sweet concoction. It was made using gram flour(besan)ghee and sugar. Now this sweet is prepare everywhere in India during festival like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, N ....
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