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This Holi Treat Yourself With Delectable Desserts!

By Arushi Bhalla

Updated - March 11, 2019 5 min read

Holi is not only the most colorful but also the most flavourful festival as well! You will find all kinds of delectable sweets on Holi. Besides smearing each other bright hues, Holi is also the time to savor on tasty food and exchanging sweets and gifts. From Gujiya to Thandai, here are some Holi special desserts that you should definitely try this Holi.

 

1. Gujiya 

Can you even celebrate Holi without the luscious Gujiya?! This traditional favorite sweet dumpling is made of maida or flour with an aromatic nutty filling which will definitely give you the ultimate Holi feels. It is deep fried in ghee and dipped in a sugary syrup. Gujiya is a must have when it comes to celebrating Holi festival, it’s essential to include this delectable sweet dish in your dessert section. So, make your Holi even more special with delish Gujiya! 

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2. Ras malai

Ras Malai is a Bengali delicacy that is every sweet tooth's favorite! Do you know the secret of the amazing taste? Here is a brief of how this delectable dessert is prepared: To make Rasmalai, flattened balls of Chenna are cooked in sugar syrup first. Then later dunked in sweetened thickened milk that is of cream consistency. Do not forget to include this delicacy into your Holi sweets, chances are you might miss out on the this sweet experience. 

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3. Kesari Malai Peda

Yes! Kesari Malai Peda is as good as it sounds; in fact, it is so delectable that you won't be able to have just one. This sweet dish includes little round balls made with cream or thickened milk. It also adds the flavor of saffron and cardamom and is ideal to awaken your spirits while satisfying your mood during Holi. This will totally satiate your craving of something sweet!

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4. Puran Poli 

Puran Poli is an Indian stuffed bread with sweet lentil filling. In simple words, puran means stuffing, poli is roti or outer made from whole wheat flour. Basically, it is a sweet buttery flatbread that should definitely be included in your Holi dessert list. Not everyone is familiar with this dessert but it is considered as a Holi special!

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5. Mattar Kheer

You must be thinking that what is matar kheer doing in the Holi special sweets list but exceptions always exist. Mattar Kheer might sound like a weird dish but it is absolutely mouth-watering. To be precise, it is an exotic combination of green peas and rice pudding. It is a sweet-dish served with pistachios and raisins to tantalize the creamy dessert. Get ready for some weirdly delish dish!

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6. Thandai 

Holi festival is incomplete without Thandai! It is a traditional Indian beverage popular in North Indian states of UP and Rajasthan and made especially for the festival of Holi. It is best served chilled, so make sure to make a few hours before you plan to serve it. You can also add a few ice cubes in the glasses just before serving. To make an awesome Thandai you will need seeds and nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, poppy seeds, and melon seeds.

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7. Malpua

Malpua is Indian Pancake! It is prepared with a batter of coconut, crushed banana, flour and milk, cardamom is used for flavor finally served with a sugar syrup. While Malpua is popular all over the Indian subcontinent as a sweet dish, it also serves as a special sweet on occasion of festivals. Malpuas, when dipped in flavored sugar syrup is extremely sweet. 

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8. Almond Malai Kulfi

How can you not love Almond Malai Kulfi, it is like the best sweet dish ever! Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits are teamed together, chilled and served in a matki. This kulfi is considered as the Indian classic version, and it is the widely loved desserts since generations. You will absolutely love this Malai Kulfi, if you don’t believe, you have to try this sinful sweet treats because you won't be able to have just one!

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9. Besan Ke Ladoo 

Besan ke Ladoo is an all-time go-to treat! An Indian dessert usually made during festive times, Besan ke Ladoo is made from gram flour or besan roasted with ghee in a kadhai, flavored with sugar and cardamom and shaped into tight round balls. Holi and besan ke ladoo go hand in hand, Holi festival feels incomplete without the sweet taste of Besan ke ladoo. 

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10. Gulab Jamun 

Gulab Jamun is a sweet dish which is there on every festival, then how can we miss out on this sweet thing on Holi! The word Gulab means rose and Jamun means berry. Basically, Gulab Jamus are berry sized balls that are dunked in rose flavored rose syrup. Traditionally, gulab jamun is made using khoya which is nothing but milk solids. Do try out these amazingly delish Gulab Jamun!

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Have a colourful and flavourful Holi!


Suggested Reads: 

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FAQ

Q. Which are the best places to celebrate Holi in India?

A. Mathura & Vrindavan, Jaipur, Udaipur, Hampi

 

Q. How to Protect Your Skin from Harmful Colours?

A. Follow the below techniques to protect your skin from the harmful colors of Holi:

1. Apply Coconut and Mustard Oils
2. Don't Forget Sunscreen
3. Apply Nail Paint
4. Wear Sunglasses
5. Beware of Cuts and Wounds
6. Use Herbal Colours
7. Don't Stay in Wet Clothes
8. Stay Hydrated

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