From chilled thandai and gujiya to colours and pichkaris, Holi – the festival of colours is just incomplete without the exotic delicacies that add more colour to the celebrations. Traditional sweets are the best way to satiate your taste buds after playing with coloured water while thandai provides some relief from the scorching heat.
Here are some of the mouth-watering sweets that will add colour to your celebrations:
This refreshing cold drink is generally the highlight of Holi parties and is found in every household during the festival. It is made with a mix of spices, nuts, milk and is infused with rose petals and saffron. It is often laced with bhang which is prepared from the leaves of the cannabis plant. For traditional thandai this Holi, you can refresh yourself at Haldirams, Bikanervala, Bengali Sweet Centre. For the stronger stuff, you will have to look elsewhere.
Samosa – a popular Indian snack – is served with a sweet twist during Holi. Sweet Samosa is a traditional dessert for Holi among the Sindhi community. It is a stuffed maida cone filled with reduced milk (mawa) and nuts. If you really crave this dessert then you can find this only at Sindhi sweet shops: Bharat Sweets, Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners.
This is a classic Indian sweet during Holi and is a sweet dumpling prepared with maida stuffed with khoya, dry fruits and nuts. It looks like samosa but it has a distinct shape. The most popular places where you can easily find this sweet are Haldirams and Evergreen.
It is one of the popular sweets of Maharashtra. Puran Poli is a sweet, buttery flatbread mixed with jaggery, cardamom, lentils, nutmeg and saffron. The stuffing is known as puran and the outer part is poli. It is served with ghee and sometimes with milk. Savour this traditional sweet dish at Maharashtra Foods in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon.
This traditional pancake is a special Holi sweet dish and is best served with rabri. It includes maida, rawa, and khoya/mawa (milk solids), and is deep fried. Malpuas are then dipped in sugar syrup before serving. Indulge your sweet tooth with it at Standard Sweet Shop.