Holi Snacks List - Sweets, Snacks & Beverages
Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated with great joy in India and elsewhere. It's a time to celebrate Holi with friends and family and enjoy delicious traditional Holi dishes. Traditionally, Holi is celebrated on the full moon day of Phalguna (February/March), which marks the beginning of spring.
People put Holi colours (known as ‘abir’, ‘gulal’) on each other, play with water, dance to music, and eat Holi special food items. During Holi, friends and family visit each other, exchange Holi delicacies, and share a festive meal. Furthermore, Holi is a festival of cultural and religious importance, commemorating the victory of good over evil and the triumph of Vishnu over Hiranyakashipu, the demon king.
The celebration of Holi brings a variety of sweets and savouries, there is something for everyone. From the famous jalebi, a sweet spiral-shaped snack, to the savoury kachori, filled with spices and lentils, the variety of Holi foods is unmatched
Checkout the list of Holi sweets, snacks and beverages here:
At I Say Organic, we're proud to offer some of these delicacies (in a healthier version).
1. Gujia / Gujiya
A traditional Gujia is a sweet, deep-fried dumpling with a filling of dry-fruits and khoya. This is one of the most popular delicacies served during Holi.
However, we at I Say Organic understand the health concerns associated with sugary, deep-fried foods, which is why we came up with a recipe for healthier gujiya that is equally delicious.
With our delicious recipe and clean ingredients, we bake the gujia to perfection.
Thandai is a traditional Indian beverage that is popular during the festival of Holi, as well as during other celebrations and summer months.
Did you know I Say Organic Thandai mix has a shelf life of 12 months, which means you can continue to use it even after Holi? Get your thandai mix stock to liven up your summer.
3. Namak Pare
Namak pare, also known as nimki or mathri, is a popular Indian snack that is commonly served during festivals and special occasions. It is a crispy, savoury snack that is made from flour, salt, and spices.
Namak pare can be stored in an airtight container for several days and make for a great tea-time snack or an accompaniment to drinks.
Did you know Namak Pare is one of our bestsellers that is loved by our customers throughout the year.
4. Kanji ke vade
Kanji ke vade is a popular North Indian snack. Healthy lentil fritters or ‘vadas’ are soaked in a tangy and spicy fermented drink called "kanji".
The sour and spicy kanji helps to flavour and tenderise the vadas, and the combination is typically served as a snack or appetiser.
Checkout our Kanji collection for making your own Kanji Vadas.
I Say Organic Beetroot Kanji is known for being gut-friendly and helpful with digestion.
Malpua is a popular sweet dish that originates from the Indian subcontinent and is commonly made during festivals, especially Holi. It is a pancake-like dish made with a batter of flour, semolina, milk, and sugar, which is then deep-fried until golden brown. The batter can also include other ingredients such as cardamom, fennel seeds, or saffron to add flavour.
Replace sugar with organic jaggery powder, and your regular oil with organic mustard oil or organic sunflower oil to make the healthiest malpua. Enjoy guilt free.
6. Puran Poli
Puran Poli is a popular sweet flatbread that is traditionally made in India and is especially popular during festivals such as Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made from a mixture of chana dal (split Bengal gram), jaggery (unrefined cane sugar), and spices such as cardamom and nutmeg which is then stuffed inside a wheat flour-based dough and rolled into a flatbread.
According to wikipedia, Puran Poli is a healthy delicacy rich in fibre and contains a good amount of protein.
7. Dahi Bada/ Bhalle
Dahi Bada or Bhalle is a popular snack dish that is widely enjoyed in India and is a staple during festivals such as Holi. It is made by deep-frying a mixture of urad dal (split black lentils) and spices to form small, round balls that are soaked in a yoghurt-based sauce. The sauce is typically seasoned with spices such as cumin, coriander, and chilli powder and is garnished with chutneys, tamarind sauce, and fresh coriander leaves.
Use organic oil for frying the bhalle.
8. Matar Kachori
Matar Kachori is a popular snack dish that is widely enjoyed in India, especially in the northern region. It is made by stuffing a mixture of green peas, spices, and herbs into a deep-fried pastry made of flour. The kachoris are then served with a side of chutney or yoghurt sauce.
9. Aloo Bhujiya
No one enjoys aloo bhujia like Indians do. It pairs so well with the tea, chaat and even salads.
Since the snack is highly consumed, I Say Organic makes its Bhujia with the finest quality ingredients to ensure that the snack does not pose any health risks.
10. Badam Phirni
Badam phirni is a traditional Indian dessert made by grinding rice and almonds into a fine paste, and then cooking it with milk, sugar (we recommend to replace sugar with jaggery), and cardamom until it thickens to a pudding-like consistency. It is typically served cold and garnished with sliced almonds and other toppings such as saffron or rose petals.
11. Shakkar Para
The evergreen Indian sweet snack shakkar para consists of wheat flour and sugar mixed together, cut into small pieces, and fried in oil.
I Say Organic brings to you the most delicious yet healthier version of shakkar para by replacing the refined ingredients with the clean ingredients like Whole Wheat Atta and Jaggery.
1. What kind of food is served during Holi??
Holi, the festival of colours, is widely celebrated in India and is known for traditional Holi delicacies and drinks. Some of the most common Holi foods served during Holi include gujiya, malpua, dahi bhalla, thandai, etc.
2. How to increase the shelf life of Holi food items?
Store the Holi delicacies in airtight containers in a cool, dry place. This will help to prevent moisture and bacteria from entering the food, which can cause spoilage. It is essential to avoid cross-contaminating food items by using separate utensils and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods. This will help to prevent the growth of bacteria.
3. Which food items can be made for kids on Holi?
There are several fun and delicious food items for Holi party and kids that can be made such as rainbow sandwiches, fruit kebabs, Holi cookies, Holi punch, colourful pancakes, etc.