Rang barsao ajj holi hai! The festival of colours is finally around the corner, and we can finally see your Holi plans come true. This an opportunity to spend one day out of your tight scheduled workday and let loose and get drenched in colours. Holi is celebrated in March to celebrate spring so go on throw some gulaal and vibe to the OG Holi songs playing in the background. Jam to the foot-tapping song of “balam pichkari” or groove to the Holi anthem “Hori khele raghuveera”
Embrace the holiday with fun snacks and traditional ones too and chill with your family and friends. Talking about snacks, add a touch of dry fruits to your snacks and drinks to get the premium way to feel in every bite you take. Here’s the list of some healthy recipes for holi that we suggest you try and enjoy.
Dry fruit Thandai:
Every thandai deserves a good heaping spoon of premium dry fruits in it to make it gob-smacking good! Try this healthy Holi recipe for a delicious Dry fruit Thandai.
- 10-12 Almonds
- 10-12 Cashew Nuts
- 5 Green Cardamom
- 1 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Melon Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Rose Water
- Water As Required
- Pinch Of Saffron
- Milk As Required
- Soak your almonds, cashews, melon seeds and fennel seeds in water for 4 hours or overnight.
- Drain the water and blend the soaked ingredients into a paste using a blender.
- In a pan add equal parts water and sugar and heat it till the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add in Rose Water, saffron and cardamom and let it rest.
- Pour in the paste into your sugar syrup and mix well.
- Refrigerate and use when needed.
- When in need of a cold thandai, mix in the thandai mix to milk and serve chilled.
Dry fruit Gujiya:
If there’s Gujiya prepared at home you cannot tell us that you haven’t stolen one after your mom says not to. Get in touch with your childhood with this dry fruit Gujiya recipe that’s packed full of premium dry fruits. Holi Special Sweets are something that isn’t restricted to the festival. It is healthy, so you can make it & have it anytime when the craving kicks in.
For the Gujiya dough:
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- 1/4 cup Ghee
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
for the Gujiya Filling
- 1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut
- 1/4 cup Whole Almonds, coarsely powdered
- 1/4 cup Pistachios, coarsely powdered
- 1/4 cup Cashew nuts, coarsely powdered
- 1/4 cup Dates finely chopped.
- 1/4 cup Sultana Raisins
- 2 teaspoons Cardamom Powder
- In a large bowl, add maida, salt and ghee and work it with your fingers till it holds it shape.
- Sprinkle some water and work the dough till it resembles a dough that holds together.
- Cover the dough and set aside for an hour.
- Now for the filling, add in all the dry fruits in a blender and make a course mixture that holds together.
- Add in cardamom powder and mix in the dry fruits and dates.
- Make 20 balls of the dough prepared before.
- On a floured surface roll out one of the dough balls into a thin 3-inch circle and add a teaspoon of filling.
- Wet the edges of the dough and fold it into a semi-circle. Pinch the edges to make it look nice.
- Preheat the oil. Test it with a small piece of dough and if it sizzles and floats on the surface, the oil is ready to be fried in.
- Add in 3 of your gujiya and fry it 4-5 minutes, constantly moving it to avoid sticking.
- After it turns golden brown remove it from the oil and drain the excess oil.
- Serve the hot gujiyas to your friends and family on Holi and enjoy.
Kesar Pista Kulfi:
The name suggests it all yet, you always buy it rather than making it yourself. Well, the problem ends here. Kesar Pista Kulfi is everyone’s favourite and it rightfully places itself in the list of Holi sweet dishes. Follow the instruction & end your Holi celebration in the sweetest way.
- 5-litre milk (full cream)
- ¼ cup cream (optional)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 20 pistachios (chopped)
- 2 tbsp saffron milk
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- In a deep pan, add milk and let it come to a boil.
- Once the milk comes to a boil, add cream and stir.
- Simmer the milk for 30 more minutes and stir occasionally.
- Add sugar and let it boil till the milk has completely thickened.
- After thickening add in your pistachios, cardamom, and saffron and stir.
- Let the mixture simmer for 5 more minutes and set it aside to cool completely.
- Once the mixture has cooled down transfer them to kulfi molds or plastic cups and cover it with aluminum foil and freeze.
- Freeze the kulfis for 5 hours or overnight. Add a stick in once it is semi-frozen.
- Take it out of the freezer and dip it in warm water for easy removal.
- Serve the kulfi with a garnish of pistachio slivers and saffron.
Thandai Barfi is a delicious dessert that is perfect for festive occasions like Holi.
Follow this method to make this simple Holi recipe.
- 2 cups grated khoya/mawa (dried whole milk)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup thandai powder (a mixture of ground nuts, spices, and rose petals)
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- A few drops of rose essence (optional)
- Edible silver leaf for garnishing (optional)
- Grease a square or rectangular pan with ghee or butter and keep it aside.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, add grated khoya and cook on low flame until it starts to melt.
- Add powdered sugar to the pan and mix well.
- Add thandai powder to the pan and mix well. Keep stirring the mixture until it starts to thicken.
- Add milk to the pan and mix well. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until it starts to leave the sides of the pan.
- Turn off the flame and add a few drops of rose essence (optional) to the mixture. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan and spread it evenly.
- Allow the mixture to cool down for 15-20 minutes.
- Once the mixture has cooled down, cut it into diamond or square shapes using a knife.
- Garnish the Thandai Barfi with edible silver leaf (optional).
- Allow the barfi to cool down completely and then store it in an airtight container.
Your delicious Thandai Barfi is ready to be served. Enjoy!
Badam Kheer is a rich and creamy dessert that is perfect for the festival of Holi. It is made with a blend of almonds, cashews, pista, and other dry fruits, which makes it not only delicious but also healthy. Here's a simple recipe for making Badam Kheer:
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup pista
- 1/4 cup mixed dry fruits
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 litre milk
- Few saffron strands
- Rose petals and chopped nuts for garnish
- Soak the almonds in hot water for 2 hours. Remove the skin and grind them into a smooth paste.
- Soak the cashews and pista in hot water for 30 minutes. Grind them into a smooth paste.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the milk and bring it to a boil.
- Add the almond paste, cashew paste, pista paste, and mix well.
- Add sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron strands. Mix well.
- Cook the mixture on low flame until it thickens and reduces to half.
- Add mixed dry fruits to the mixture and mix well.
- Turn off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down.
- Garnish the Badam Kheer with rose petals and chopped nuts.
Serve the Badam Kheer chilled or at room temperature.
In conclusion, Holi is a joyous festival that is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm across India.
The festival is not just about colors, but also about food, sweets.
These healthy holi recipes are perfect for anyone who wants to add a healthy twist to their Holi celebration. From the nutritious Thandai Barfi to the mouth-watering Gujiya, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds. So, this Holi, surprise your family and friends with these delectable healthy holi recipes recipes and make your celebration even more special. Happy Holi!