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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# 39343
27 Jun 15

 
Ginger Cantaloupe Drink 
by PRACHI AGARWAL
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Ginger Cantaloupe Drink, melons are hydrating, the lemon juice provide the required freshness, ginger adds flavor and blends well the other ingredients. In all what you get is a healthy and refreshing summer drink! An excellent way to intake vitamins A and C and replenish your body.
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Recipe# 37515
03 Sep 15

 
Tilachi Poli by Jyoti V B
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Tilachi Poli, is a popular Maharashtrian sweet roti. It is stuffed with a mixture of nutty sesame, crunchy peanuts and jaggery. Taste great with a smear of ghee. The sesame seeds are extremely rich in calcium, hence Tilachi Poli is a healthy tiffin snack for kids.
Recipe# 37523
06 Nov 12

 
Diamond Cut Chips by Ende Kushini
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Easy to make crispy, crunchy chips using maida flour and chilly powder as the main ingredients. If stored in an air tight container, this stays fresh for about 10 days. Kids love to eat this for tea time snacks since this tastes more or less like potato wafers. This would be an ideal namkeen for Diw ....
Recipe# 37524
06 Nov 12

 
Jowar Rings by Radha Hoizal
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When we are relishing so many things during festivals we happen to forget our health.So I have thought of this innovative recipe which calls for a grain in the namkeens apart from maida.
Recipe# 38786
15 Sep 13

 
Malpua Trendy Bengali Pancake 
by Delepakshi
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Malua is a dessert usually prepared in bengali household in occation like poush parban, holi,janmasthami.
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 ....
Recipe# 40516
20 Nov 15

 
Nutty Wheat Ladoos / Wheat Flour Sweet by Pooja Nadkarni
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Ladoo or laddu is one of the popular sweets prepared during festivals in India. Earlier I had prepared rava ladoo and coconut meva ladoo.Today I have prepared these nutty whole wheat ladoos , where I have used powdered cashew nuts mixed with whole wheat atta (flour) to give it more taste.This recipe ....
Recipe# 40543
02 Dec 15

 
Mini Anjeer Paratha by Jyoti V B
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Mini Anjeer Paratha, the stuffing is a combination of dry figs and khoya. Tastes yummy. Figs are high in iron fibre and calcium.
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# 39731
01 Jul 15

 
Baked Kesari Moong Dal Gujiya 
by PRACHI AGARWAL
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Baked Kesari Moong Dal Gujiya, moong dal, mava, nuts, coconut and hints of nutmeg and cardamom go into the stuffing of this traditional favourite sweet. Unlike the traditional gujiyas that are deep fried, these are baked with a brushing of saffron-milk which gives it a nice aroma and flavour.
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