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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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Happy Cooking!

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Recipe# 4924
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Potato and yam cubes tossed in a chatpata masala make a tongue-tickling starter. Adding a teaspoon of water while cooking the potatoes and yam helps to prevent the vegetables from dehydrating in the microwave.
Recipe# 8699
16 May 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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This recipe is a blend of east and west, indeed a western dessert spiked with indian flavours. . This is as cooling and refreshing as its name. You can make the thandai paste in advance and store in refrigerator and use when required.
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Recipe# 32792
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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A nutrient-rich, quick and versatile subzi that can be had with chapattis as well as rice. You can add garlic to the tempering for added flavour.
Recipe# 39734
18 Jun 15

 
 by sbhatter05
Layered, flaky and crisp with a mava and dry fruit stuffing, Malai Khaja is an all time favourite traditional sweet.The sugar syrup gives it a mild sweet taste.
Recipe# 16090
23 May 05

 
 by chitvish
An unique halwa recipe, the Bombay halwa is prepared from sokaed sago or sabudaana, sugar and maida and then served hot garnished with cardamom powder.
Recipe# 11990
16 Aug 11

 
 by m13g
Apple halwa is a fruit flavored mouth watering and healthy sweet dish prepared from grated apple 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! apple halwa is a special dessert which can be served on specia ....
Recipe# 14553
28 Nov 01

 
 by v.desai
Dahi vada is a delicious chaat recipe with fried vadas( urad dal dumplings) smeared with chilled beaten curd and topped with spicy and tangy chutneys.A delicious North Indian delicacy, dahi vada is best served chilled on a hot summer day.
Recipe# 14640
23 Nov 01

 
 by veer
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Quick and easy coconut burfi recipe at tarladalal.com. The burfi is cooked with desiccated coconut, condensed milk, sugar and crushed dry fruits and makes for a lovely dessert recipe for festivals..
Recipe# 14643
20 Jan 02

 
 by namitarawat
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Bhaang ki khatai is an awesome recipe with bhang seeds ground with cumin seeds and red chillies into a fine paste and then cooked with buttermilk.
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Recipe# 14701
16 Mar 15

 
 
by sonaprem
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Stuffed Dahi vada is a popular chaat or Punjabi recipe with fried vadas( urad dal dumplings) soaked in water and then topped with delectable mix of chilled beaten curd and a couple of spicy and tangy chutneys.
Recipe# 14898
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
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Pamper your sweet buds with the sweet potato halwae made from boiled and mashed sweet potatoes or shakarkand. Add chopped nuts and elaichi powder to flavour to the delicious sweet dish.
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