5 kid-friendly Holi recipes for a delicious celebration!

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Holi won't be complete without serving up a spread of delectable mithai. Try these family-approved recipes for Gujiya, Gajar Halwa, Thandai Mousse, Kheer and Gulab Jamun.

Celebrating the Holi festival is not complete without gorging on scrumptious mithai or Indian sweets. Here are 5 kid-friendly Holi recipes that should make the festivities a mirthful and delectable one at home:

Gujiya

holi recipes

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg maida (flour)
  • 1 kg khoya
  • 3 tbsp kismis (raisins)
  • 200 g almonds (cut into thin strips)
  • 6 tbsp cooking oil
  • 200 ml water
  • 1/2 kg sugar

Method

  1. Mix oil and maida well until mixture is the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add water and knead lightly. Keep adding water until you form a soft dough. Set aside and cover with a damp cloth.
  3. In a deep-frying pan, fry khoya until light brown in colour. Add sugar, almonds and kismis. Mix well. Fry for a few minutes and remove from heat. Leave mixture to cool.
  4. Roll out kneaded dough into round discs that are thicker and smaller than a normal chapati. Fill half the disc with khoya mixture, fold and seal the round edge by twisting it inwards.
  5. On a slow fire, deep-fry gujiyas until deep golden brown. Lay them on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.

Recipe source: holifestival.org

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Gulab Jamun

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Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk fudge (khoya), grated
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, mashed
  • 1/4 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 3 tbsp refined flour (maida)
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Clarified butter (ghee) or refined oil to fry

Method

  1. Mix khoya, cottage cheese, soda bicarbonate, refined flour and green cardamom powder. Knead well to make a soft dough. Add a little water if needed. Divide into 16 equal-sized balls.
  2. Make a sugar syrup by mixing sugar and water on low heat until mixture is clear.
  3. Heat ghee/oil in a pan. Drop balls in and deep-fry on low heat until golden brown. Drain and set aside for 3-4 minutes. Soak balls in hot sugar syrup for at least half an hour before serving.
Recipe source: rediff.com
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Thandai Mousse

holi recipes

Preparation time: 20 minutes + setting time

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp thandai syrup
  • 10 g agar-agar (china grass)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • a few pistachios for garnish

Method

  1. In a sauce pan, combine agar-agar, water and milk. Bring to a boil while stirring.
  2. Mix in sugar and thandai syrup. Stir in medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Remove fromheat and strain mixture using a sieve.
  4. Transfer mixture into a stainless steel bowl. Place the bowl in a bigger bowl filled with ice-cubes until the mixture cools and thickens (takes 8-10 minutes). Whisk mixture vigorously and continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
  5. Fold in beaten whipped cream gently.
  6. Fold in lemon juice gently.
  7. Pour equal quantities of the mixture into 2 individual bowls / glasses and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until mousse sets.
  8. Garnish with pistachios and saffron. Serve chilled.
Recipe source: pankajbhadouria.com
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Mixed Fruit Kheer

holi recipes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cup boiled rice
  • 1 litre milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 chikoo, chopped
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 3 plums, chopped
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour, dissolved in water or milk
  • 3 tbsp rose syrup

Method

  1. In a pan, saute chopped fruits in heated butter.
  2. Add sugar and cook until sugar melts. Transfer into a serving dish and spread evenly.
  3. Saute rice in the the same pan. Add milk and cook until rice is absolutely soft.
  4. Add cornflour to the rice mixture and continue to cook. Add rose syrup and stir.
  5. Pour rice mixture over sauteed fruits. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top and serve either hot or cold.
Recipe source: thehealthsite.com
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Gajar Halwa

holi recipes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 and 1/2 hours

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp ghee or neutral cooking oil
  • 8 green cardamom pods, seeds only, crushed
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pistachio nuts, chopped

Method

  1. In a saucepan, heat ghee or oil. Stir in crushed cardamom seeds until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Pour in grated carrots and fry for 3 minutes.
  2. Add milk and bring mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Turn heat down to low and let carrots simmer uncovered for about an hour. Stir continuously to prevent milk from curdling or burning on the bottom. The milk should reduce by over a third after an hour.
  3. Stir in sugar, raisins and saffron to the pan. Turn the heat up to medium and stir constantly until mixture is thick and glossy (about 15 to 20 minutes). Serve either warm or cold with pistachios on top.
Recipe source: thekitchn.com
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