12 Holi Recipes That You Must Make!

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Hello guys! Since Holi is just around the corner, I thought of doing a round-up of some of my favorite recipes for the festival. Mostly sweets, some savory, these recipes are popular back home especially during this time of the year. I know Holi in my home is never complete without gujiya and thandai. So here are 12 amazing Holi Recipes that you must make this year!

I wish you all a very Happy Holi. May the colors of Holi fill your life with peace and happiness! 🙂 Holi Hai! 


My favorite Gujiya is obviously the number 1 thing which you should be making for the festival! Holi is synonyms with gujiya, which is a sweet dumpling filled with dried milk, nuts and then deep fried.



Thandai is another Holi favorite. This refreshing drink is flavored with lots of nuts and spices making it very refreshing.

Thandai Summer Drink

Gulab Jamun

One of the most popular Indian sweet, gulab jamuns are deep fried balls made from dried milk and soaked in cardamom flavored sugar syrup.

Gulab Jamun - Indian Sweet


Learn the tips & tricks to make the perfect Rasmalai every single time. It’s my favorite Indian sweet.


Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla are a regular in every kitchen during festivals like Holi & Diwali. These savory lentil dumplings topped with yogurt, green and sweet chutney are my husband’s absolute favorite.

Indian Dahi Vada


Melt in your mouth ragullas are hugely popular in the country, plus they are a healthier treat compared to other sweets.


Pista Badam Burfi

In India we make burfi (fudge) out of everything – nuts, lentils, chickpeas etc. This burfi made from pistachios and almonds is easy to make and tastes amazing!

Pista Badam Burfi


Imarti is my dad’s favorite sweet, why don’t you give this recipe a try this Holi? : )


Namak Pare

These crunchy crackers seasoned with Indian spices are highly addictive. I can munch on them non-stop!

Namak Pare

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo is made from chickpeas flour. Easy recipe but high on flavors.

Besan Ladoo Recipe


Kalakand like many Indian sweets is made by curdling milk. Only few basic ingredients but the results are far from basic.


Seviyan Kheer

Vermicelli is cooked with milk and sugar and topped with raisins. This is one sweet which my mom would often make!


Hope you guys like this little collection of Holi recipes. If you happen to try any of these, please leave a comment. I would love to hear back from you!

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  1. thanks
    You describe everything in a very simlpe manner.
    I want to know some more recipes.
    How can u tell me????

    1. Neetika, just follow my blog and subscribe to my email list so that you get notified whenever I post a new recipe!

  2. Oh my gosh, these all look mouthwatering! Happy Holi, Manali! Thanks so much for sharing all these amazing recipes with us 🙂

  3. Manali, I haven’t had the opportunity to try many of the dishes you have listed here, but they all look so delicious! Your photos are just too pretty — who could resist?? Pinned. 🙂

    1. Aww thanks Marcie, these are all popular Indian dishes. I hope you get to taste them someday, thanks for the pin 🙂

  4. Darling, every sweet is perfection. Happy HOLI!!
    Big warm hugs from me. I love gujiya with khoya and your gulab jamun..wow. I cannot chose what I like best…everything is so so nice. Girl, as I said earlier, you are a very talented cook. Keep it coming.

    1. Thank you so much Ash for your kind words. You are very generous with your compliments, it means a lot coming from an awesome cook like you! 🙂

  5. Woah, all of these look awesome. Happy Holi, I’m not Indian but I’ll gladly pretend for this wonderful festival. Sounds like so much fun and yum!

  6. I must admit that I am not familiar with Holi. However, I also admit that I want to become much more familiar with these delicious foods…especially the Nemak Pare. Woah! Thanks for sharing all of this deliciousness, Manali. 🙂

  7. So many swoon-worthy recipes, so little time to try them ALL! I’m seriously drooling here, Manali! Awesome round-up, girl!

  8. Happy vali holi to you too:)
    Nothing beats Gunjiya on this day!:)
    Lovely collection.
    Nice to see such an amazing blog. do visit mine:)

  9. Manali everything looks so good here!! I am missing home now and all the good food!! I want those gujiyas girl !! :))

  10. What a lovely collage of recipes and photos, Manali! I really enjoyed reading about all of them and love all of your tips. I’m sorry you are feeling homesick, but all these wonderful dishes should make you feel almost like you are home!

  11. Great collection of Holi recipes Manali! Loved all of them! Count me in for your Holi party! 🙂
    I too wish you all a very Happy Holi. Holi hai! 🙂

  12. perfect collection, Manali! I would love a bowl of each for Holi! You are making me hungry for Indian food today!