Holi, the Indian festival of colors, is a time for celebration and joy. And what better way to celebrate than with delicious food! For centuries, food has been an integral part of Holi celebrations.

From traditional sweets like gujiya and laddoos to savory snacks like samosas and pakoras, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The best thing about these dishes is that they can be easily prepared at home with simple ingredients available in any kitchen. So if you want to make your Holi extra special this year, this article is for you!

This article will explore some lip-smacking recipes for holi that are easy to make and delicious to eat. All the below recipes are easy to make at home with basic ingredients. Even if you’re a novice in the kitchen, you’ll be able to make these with ease. So let’s get started with the holi recipes!

Kesar jalebi:

This classic Indian sweet is a must-have during Holi. It’s made of maida batter and saffron or kesar essence. The batter is deep-fried in hot oil and then dipped in sugar syrup for an extra sweet flavor. The Jalebi goes really well with rabri. While serving, you can also sprinkle some chopped nuts over it.

To prepare Kesar Jalebi, mix the maida, baking powder, and kesar essence together in a bowl. Add water to make a thick batter and leave it for about 10 minutes. Heat the oil and drop spoonfuls of the batter into it to make round-shaped jalebis. Fry until golden brown. Lastly, dip the jalebis in sugar syrup for about 20-30 seconds and take them out on a plate.

Mawa gujiya:

This traditional sweet is made from a mawa filling that’s enclosed in a deep-fried crust. The mawa is usually flavored with cardamom, saffron, and other spices. Mawa gujiyas make for an irresistible snack during Holi.

To prepare this dish, mix the maida, ghee and salt together in a bowl. Add some water to make a dough and knead it well. Take small portions of the dough and roll them into thin circles. Place one teaspoon of mawa filling on each circle and fold them into a semi-circle shape to form gujiyas. Deep fry the gujiyas until they turn golden brown.


It’s among the most loved Indian recipes. It’s made with rice, milk, and sugar that are cooked together until thick and creamy. You can also add nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews for more flavor. To make it even more delicious, you can add saffron strands or rose water to the kheer.

To prepare Kheer, soak the rice in water for about 10 minutes. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan and add the milk to it. Let it boil for 10 minutes and then add the soaked rice, cardamom powder, saffron strands and sugar to it. Cook until the rice is fully cooked and then stir in the dry fruits. Let it cool down before serving.


Shakarpare is among the popular recipes for holi. It’s made with refined flour and sugar syrup, deep-fried and then dipped in cardamom-flavored sugar syrup. The final step is to sprinkle some chopped nuts over it for a crunchy texture.

To prepare Shakarpare, mix together the flour, semolina, salt and ghee in a bowl and knead the mixture into a dough. Take small portions of the dough, roll them out and then cut them into diamond shapes to make shakarpare.

Heat oil in a deep-frying pan and fry the shakarpares until they turn golden brown. Lastly, dip the fried shakarpares into sugar syrup for about 10-20 seconds and then sprinkle chopped nuts over it.


Malpua is also among the unique Indian recipes made with flour, sugar, and milk. This dish is usually served hot with some rabri on top. It’s a popular dessert during the festive season of Holi. To prepare Malpua, mix together the maida, semolina, baking soda and cardamom powder in a bowl. Add water to make a thick batter and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Heat some oil in a deep-frying pan and spoon out small portions of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Take them out on a plate and dip them in sugar syrup for a while. The sugar syrup for this dish can be flavoured with rose water or cardamom powder. Serve hot with some rabri on top.

Wrapping up!

These easy and delicious sweet dishes are the perfect way to celebrate Holi. You can make them in advance and store them, so you don’t have to worry about last minute preparations. So, this Holi season, why don’t you try your hand at one of these recipes and surprise your family and friends? We’re sure all your loved ones will be delighted by your recipes for holi.


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