Holi, also known as the festival of colours, and is an ancient Hindu festival which is quite popular in India. It is a symbol new and good beginnings and hope. Holi mostly falls on a full moon day in the month of March and denotes the arrival of spring. A day before the festival of colours is the Holika fire puja. (Read: Holi 2015 Special: Top 4 savour homemade delights on Holi)

There is no doubt that Holi and the fun around it is very enjoyable, but along with that people also look forward to a platter of yummy food made for the occasion. The Holi festival includes a glorious display of various colours and also playing with these colours, including crimson, red, pink, orange, purple, yellow and green. On the day of Holi, people splash coloured powder or gulal on each other and smudge their faces as a symbol of friendship. Holi also marks the remembrance of Lord Krishna who used to play Holi songs along with his Gopis at Gokul.

Check out some lip-smacking recipes to make your day enjoyable. Here is a list of mouth-watering dishes that are relished on the day of Holi. Start preparing!

1. Bhang Thandai

One of the most loved traditional intoxicating drinks, Bhang is used to lighten up the atmosphere of Holi. Bhang is prepared from the leaves and flowers of the female cannabis plant. Bhang Thandai is a cold drink prepared with the mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar.

2. Gujia

This is made in Western India and North India. It is a sweet dumpling made up of suji, maida flour or wheat flour and stuffed with khoya. Gujia basically looks like a samosa but with a distinct shape. It also contains roasted dry fruits and coconuts to enhance its taste.

3. Puran Poli

Puran Poli a traditional type of sweet flatbread made by Maharashtrians on the occasion of Holi. It is also made in other regions of India but is called by a different name such as Vedmi, Holige, Obbattu, etc. This sweet dish contains yello gram, cardamom and jaggery. Grated coconut can also be used. The rolled bread is further properly roasted in ghee or oil and some people add a pinch of turmeric to give it a yellow colour. It is to be had with ghee and a special dal.

4. Dahi Bhalla

It’s basically a snack dish that includes peas, spices, lots of dahi, and chutneys. This dish requires deep frying of the vadas to make proper croquets. Usually Dahi Bhalla is served cold and further garnished with the mixture of coriander, tamarind chutney, red chilli powder and jeera.

5. Malpua

A sort of pancake which can be served as a dessert, people especially make this dish during Holi. Malpua ingredients include mixing maida, rawa and khoya/mawa. Further, it is deep-fried to take the shape of a pancake. In some areas, Malpuas are dipped in sugar syrup before serving.

6. Shankarpali / Shakkarpali

Shankarpali or Shakkarpali is a popular sweet dish in Maharashtra. It is mostly enjoyed in the Diwali festival but is also made during other festivals. Preparation of Shankarpali requires dough, milk, sugar, ghee, maida, semolina and salt.

Why not try your cooking skills this Holi and prepare some delightful dishes? Happy Holi to everyone in advance!

Edited by Shweta Parande