The festival of Holi is around the corner. It is one of my favourite festivals due to many reasons. Although it’s not the same this year due to the pandemic, I am still excited to celebrate with family and close friends. One thing which is common in all the festivals is food and, in this post, I am sharing few Holi special recipes. Also, sharing a quick and easy to make rice phirni recipe.

Holi special recipes –

Holi is a festival of colours and a perfect reason to cook and relish some colourful recipes. I am sharing a few which I am planning to make this year. Also, there are a few which my mom used to make when we were small.

  1. Gujiya – How can you not mention gujiya when you are talking about Holi? Gujia is one of my favourites but I like the ones which are not sugar dipped. So, there are different versions of gujiya and the ones I make have just the perfect sugar, coconut and khoya filling and medium-sized. Since its the festival time, you can make it rich using any amount of sugar or dry fruits you like. I am planning to try the baked version this year. Let’s see how it comes out.
  2. Chaats – I normally make sure to make Dahi bhallas every Holi. You can include different chaat items in your menu. It can be samosa chaat, papdi chaat or bhel poori etc. Also, you can experiment to create some colourful recipes. For example, use fruits like apple, pomegranate, grapes in your chaat recipes. Check the options here. 
  3. Healthy versions – If you want to try healthier versions of normal recipes, you can try baking instead of frying. As most of the festival stuff is deep-fried, you can use either an oven or air fryer. I have been trying a lot of recipes in air fryer recently and they come out equally good. Other than that, include fresh fruits and vegetables in your recipes, or toned milk instead of full-fat milk.
  4. Thandai – Like Gujiya, thandai is a synonym for the festival of Holi. I posted a recipe some time back. Check the easy and yummy thandai recipe here. 
  5. Milk-based sweets – Festival special food means a lot of sweets. Milk-based sweet options include peda, barfi, kheer, custard with fruits, fruit cream etc. I am sharing an easy to make and quick rice phirni recipe with you. I am going to make a day before Holi so that everyone can enjoy it on the day of the festival. It tastes best when chilled. So, it’s perfect for the spring-summer season.

Rice phirni recipe –

Holi Special Recipes – Easy Rice Phirni
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Rice phirni with just 3 ingredients is a yummy and quick recipe.
  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Rice powder – ½ cup
  • Sugar – according to taste
  • Dryfruits for decoration
  1. Take a pan and boil milk. Once it comes to boil, add rice powder.
  2. Make sure you mix it slowly and not all at once to avoid any lumps.
  3. Keep mixing until the rice powder is completely mixed in the milk.
  4. Cook the mixture for few more minutes till it thickens.
  5. Now add sugar and cook for a minute or more.
  6. Switch off the gas and let it cool. Now add it to the phirni special bowls and keep it in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hrs or overnight to chill.
  7. Enjoy chilled phirni this Holi with your family and friends.
You can add food colour to give it a yellow look how you get in the market.

You can add rice in milk and mix them in blender beforehand too instead of mixing later once milk boils.

I used ready-made rice flour from the market. You can even make it at home by grinding rice at home.

I hope you liked the recipe. Do try it and let me know how you like it. Wishing you all a very happy Holi. Enjoy with your family and friends but stay safe and stay indoors.