Set up the snack table because some of your most-loved chefs have shared their Holi special recipes. At any Holi or Dol party, once the dancing and the gulaal-throwing and aabir khela is done — or sometimes even before it is done — it’s all about the festive food.
Treat your guests to some delicious, innovative sweets and savouries, and thandai of course, with these easy recipes from your favourite celebrity chef's Instagram kitchens.
Chef Ranveer Brar’s 'Gujiya'
Known for his decadent yet easy-to-follow recipes, chef Ranveer champions traditional flavours. This time, he has the perfect mithai recipe — Holi-special gujiyas made with mawa and semolina, and a luxe filling. The crispy crunchy exterior has subtle accents of rose water and the little parcels are the perfect way to end a Holi meal.
Chef Kunal Kapur’s Thandai Masala
A refreshing badam thandai is a must-have for Holi, whether you're hosting a party or just relaxing the evening away with family. Chef Kunal sticks to his easy-breezy cooking style to create the most decadent thandai masala which you can make beforehand and keep ready. Just stir the masala into cold milk and you’ve got yourself a tasty festive drink. You can also use this nutty earthy mix to flavour other desserts like kheer, ice cream, kulfi, rabri and phirni to mention a few.
Chef Pankaj Bhadouria’s Holi snacks
To balance out the sweetness of all the desserts, try making a savoury snack this Holi. Make Kanji Vada and Methi Mathri to go along with the sweet Kesar Thandai. These savoury treats are great to snack on and share with your loved ones. Make the batters a day in advance and fry them up hot on the day to get the best flavour.
Chef Kirti Bhoutika’s Chocolate Kulhad Mudpie
If chocolate is your weakness, this recipe will fulfil your dessert cravings. This unique layered dessert has all the decadence of a gooey chocolate mud pie and serving it in an earthen pot or kulhad brings all the festive feels.
Chef Shivesh Bhatia’s Thandai Tres Leches
Just like all of Shivesh’s recipes, this too is simple yet absolutely divine. An international take on a Holi favourite, this cake intermingles the flavours of everyone’s favourite thandai with the indulgent flavours of tres leches. With hints of cashews, almonds, cardamom and rose petals, the soft cake is a perfect sponge for the delicious syrup. Decorated with whipped cream and saffron strands, this dessert is a showstopper.