Holi sweets and snacks – The word “Holi” immediately springs up the images of colors and the childhood memories of balloons filled with water, colorful faces, bonfire night, sweets and Gujiyas. Here is my compilation of sure shot winning holi recipes, these are sweet and savory, for you to enjoy Holi 2021.
If I refer to mythology, the word “Holi” originated from the word “Holika”, who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. A bonfire is lit on the eve of Holi, signifying the “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations kick off. People would have collected all old dried branches of tree, old junk and create this bonfire.
Again, India being such a diverse country, the way a festival is celebrated will vary slightly. In Mathura (where my roots are), the festivities may last more than week. It is known as the ‘lath mar Holi‘, where women beat men with sticks and sing songs. All in all, its fun!
Talk about Holi celebrations and we can think of sweet gujiyas. Food is integral to every festival in India. This festive season, eat to your heart’s content! Whether it’s an intimate affair or an elaborate gala, lay out an impressive spread with some of these Holi recipes, from things to eat and drink.
Here I have compiled hosts of snacks and sweets you can make during this Holi 2021
- Gujiya – Best Holi sweet recipe
- How to make Khoya or mawa?
- Gulab Jamun – Most common Holi sweet recipe
- Chocolate Gulab Jamun – Sweet recipe for Holi 2021
- Rasmalai – Colorful festive sweet recipe
- Kaju Pista Rolls
- Rasgulla – Evergreen Holi sweet recipe
- Rose Rasgulla
- Kala Jamun – A great Holi sweet
- Samosa – One of the most common holi savoury recipe
- Dahi Vada – Holi Snack
- Papdi Chaat
- Pav Bhaji – Have Holi 2021 with this
- Aloo Tikki Chaat
- Cilantro Chutney
- Date tamarind Chutney
- Paneer Pakora – Holi recipe
- Paneer Bhatura – Lets make Holi 2021 special
- Blue Lagoon Mocktail
Let’s start with Gujiya! No introduction required for gujiya, holi and sweet gujiyas are almost synonyms.
Gujiya – Best Holi sweet recipe
Sometimes spelled as Gujiya or called karanji, are a must for Holi! You can go for traditional mawa gujiya or opt for colorful dry fruit gujiya, after all Holi is all about colors, isn’t?
Mawa Gujiyas are soft gujiyas, and have stuffing of mawa primarily. I will recommend to stay away from adding semolina stuffing.
Dry fruit Gujiya – These are instant hit, just like normal gujiya, however the presence of additional colors, would entice anyone.
How to make Khoya or mawa?
One of the challenge which one will face while making most of Indian sweets, is the need to get khoya. Normal process of making khoya can take hours, however I have got you covered here with my instant mawa recipes. You can make instant mawa or khoya using milk powder or ricotta cheese in 15 mins. No kidding! It’s true, try out yourselves.
Gulab Jamun – Most common Holi sweet recipe
How can we not talk about Gulab Jamuns? Undeniably one of the most popular Indian sweet, across the world now! Follow my simple to follow step by step recipe and you will have most amazing gulab jamuns ready at home. Do pay attention to special notes to make sure your gulab jamun are not hard and delicious to the core.
Chocolate Gulab Jamun – Sweet recipe for Holi 2021
I have two kids and do you know what kids love most? Chocolates!! Hence, if you in same boat as I am, then sweets need to have chocolates too! Here is chocolate gulab jamun, just for that very reason. Let me share a secret here, more than my kids, Kapil loves these! Yes, even adults indulge in such gulab jamun goodness. This will be another amazing addition to the list of Holi sweets.
Rasmalai – Colorful festive sweet recipe
If you have been my follower, you would know I am a lot into rasmalai and hence rasmalai will find place in all my festive preparations. However, why not add colors to the rasmalai and take it to next level?
Process to make both of these rasmalais are similar, so why not make a batch of both of these colorful rasmalais?
Kaju Pista Rolls
We all definitely would have a friend who loves cashews, and whatever sweet you offer them, they will find it incomplete till there us cashew sweet. Don’t disappoint them, and offer them these kaju pista rolls. These are lot easier to make then they appear to be. Be a smug and show off 😉
Rasgulla – Evergreen Holi sweet recipe
Traditional rasgullas are never out of fashion, are they? Check out this step by step recipe to make sweet, spongy and white rasgullas.
In case you find traditional rasgullas boring, you can try these colorful rose rasgullas. Must try this holi, the colors will add to the excitement of the festive season, after all holi is all about colors.
Kala Jamun – A great Holi sweet
We talked about gulab jamun, we talked about rasgullas, we talked about rasmalai, but don’t forget kala jamun. This one from the family of gulab jamun, holds special place in hearts of many. The outer layer is darker than gulab jamun, and the core contains subtle different flavour. Click on the image below for step by step recipe of kala jamun.
Samosa – One of the most common holi savoury recipe
Must like gujiya and gulab jamun, samosa rules the heart of Indians. Samosa is a street name and have numerous avatars, ranging from traditional potato stuffed ones to lentil stuffed or meat stuffed. I will recommend going traditional here and preparing the best “love triangle” you have have your life. The triangular shape of samosa and perfect crisp layer is here to make your guests fall in love with this samosa.
Dahi Vada – Holi Snack
When I was growing up, my mum will make dahi vada / dahi bhalla invariably each Holi. I have continued here tradition and try to make these lovely holi snack too. These soft, melt in mouth dahi vadas are the perfect match to sweet gujiyas during Holi. Let this festival of 2021 be one of the best, despite all covid challenges.
For the street food lover in me, there is no excuse to smaller or bigger to make papdi chaat and eat it. Holi offers me more than just an opportunity, its a mega opportunity! The delicious savoury taste of papdi chaat qualifies to make it a great holi snack item.
Pav Bhaji – Have Holi 2021 with this
Looking for something which is traditional and filling too? Pav bhaji will do the job! Its great snack which can be meal too. Make it the authentic mumbai style and your festive dinner is sorted!
Aloo Tikki Chaat
Do you wish to make your holi 2021 even more special? Make this aloo tikki chaat, typical delhi style, and I bet people will lick their finger, totally lip smacking! The magical mix of fried aloo patty, spicy and sweet chutney with chole in it, ahhhh my mouth is watering rightaway!
When you make so many tasty snacks, what you need is chutney to go with it and mint coriander chutney has to be one which is used along side many savouries, like dahi vada, tikki chaat, etc. Make this chutney in advance to use on your favourite savory.
Now that we covered spicy chutney in the form of mint coriander chutney, we would also likely need this sweet date and tamarind chutney to go on savouries for Holi, perfect chutney for holi snacks.
Make the festive morning special with these paneer stuffed pakoras. So easy to make and perfect for brunch. These pakoras as so filling and great for a festive morning or any morning.
Paneer Bhatura – Lets make Holi 2021 special
Add some paneer to the popular bhatura and elevate the taste to next level with this special paneer bhatura. Serve with delicious punjabi chole and best combination for holi brunch is ready. A perfect recipe for this holi in 2021
Blue Lagoon Mocktail
Holi contains the aspect of getting drunk too. I won’t recommend anyone to get into alcoholic drinks, however you can still enjoy great taste and have fun with this colorful blue lagoon mocktail. So easy to make, ready in minutes.
Not into non-Indian drinks or fancy more of an Indian drink? Go local! Here is masala shinkaji, it will offer the right amount of refreshing taste to wake the senses after heavy meals.
Looking for further more inspiration on food choices this Holi? Simply drop me a note and I will share more 🙂
Have a safe, colorful and joyous Holi. Hoping these holi recipes will help you create the avalanche of taste on your dinning table.