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Here are 30+ Indian Vegetarian Recipes to add to your Holi menu including a bonus Indian Cocktail recipe. These recipes include Sweets, Snacks, easy lunch dishes that can be made ahead in your Instant Pot, stove, oven or microwave.
The best part is, many of them can be done in under 30 minutes, so that you spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying the festival! Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy Holi!
Festival of Colors – Holi
Out of all the Indian festivals, Holi is my absolute favorite! It is the festival of colors after all! Growing up in India that was one day when everyone could officially go crazy, and get away with it 😉
I still remember how the day before Holi I used to buy every possible color powder I could find in the stores, and, get my water guns ready for the big day. I would always wake up before everyone else in the house with sheer excitement of the day ahead! #FunTimes
Indian Festivals = Delicious Food
The one thing that is common in all Indian festivals is a variety of amazingly delicious food. Every region in north India has their own spin on holi delicacies.
From flavor-packed snacks to mouth-watering desserts, it is a day spent in food heaven:-) My personal favorite of all these recipes is homemade Gujiya! I can just make a meal out of it 🙂 Come let’s take a look at some delicious choices for Holi this year!
Gujiya or Karanji, are fried Indian Dessert Empanadas filled with a sweet mix of Khoya/Mawa (milk fudge), dry fruits, coconut and cardamom, made during Holi and Diwali. In this easy and healthy 30-Minute recipe for Baked Gujiya, I bake (not fry!) these milk fudge dumplings using store-bought pie dough!
Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup.
Carrot Burfi , or Gajar ki Burfi, is a fun and easy variation of the classic Indian dessert, Carrot Halwa. Grated carrots (Gajar), are cooked in flavored milk, then sautéed with almond flour till they form a fudge-like consistency. In this easy recipe, I reduce the cooking time and effort considerably, using the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Coconut Ladoo or Nariyal Ladoo (Laddu) is an Indian sweet that is made with dried coconut flakes, condensed or dried milk and sugar. This quick 10-minute recipe requires no baby-sitting and stirring, by using the microwave and a simple hack to keep the ladoos soft and fudgy.
Moong Dal Halwa is a rich and decadent Indian dessert made with split mung beans (moong dal), ghee, saffron, cardamom, and lots of love. Here is my easier take, a pressure cooker version of a cherished family recipe.
Here is a dump & start pressure cooker recipe for Creamy Rice Pudding! In this easy recipe, I transform rice, milk & sugar, into two amazing flavors- Indian rice pudding Kheer, or Spanish Arroz Con Leche!
If you love mangoes and cheesecake, this gluten-free Instant Pot Mango Cheesecake will blow your mind! Sweet mango blended with a custard-like cream cheese filling and baked in a crushed pistachio & cardamom crust. YUM!
Sooji Sheera is an Indian dessert made by pan-roasting semolina and cooking it with milk and sugar. I add a few tablespoons of almond meal to boost the protein content and infuse a flavor of almond in this dessert.
Warm, flaky and crispy on the outside, buttery and delicious from within, Curry Puff is great as an appetizer, tea-time snack, or, as a lunch surprise for kids! Easy to make filling used in store-bought pastry shells, and baked till golden crisp. These delicious puffs are ready in just 30 minutes!
Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, this is a delicious vegetarian twist to the classic hamburger: Quinoa Veggie Burger! This recipe has instant pot and stove pot variations for cooking the quinoa and uses potatoes and peas with onions and Indian spices for a tasty burger patty.
Chole Bhature is a popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine in Northern India, where a Chickpeas curry, called Chole (Cho-lay), is served with a puffed, deep-fried bread, called Bhatura (Buh-too-ray). Growing up, Chole-Bhature used to be our regular Sunday brunch.
Punjabi Kadhi with rice is a delicious yogurt and chickpeas-flour based curry, called Kadhi, with chickpeas-flour fritters, called Pakoras, served over aromatic basmati rice, called Chawal! This is a one-pot Instant pot recipe for a classic north-Indian comfort food.
An easy Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe for Paneer Butter Masala, or Paneer Makhani, a popular Indian vegetarian delicacy. Made with Indian cottage cheese (paneer), simmered in tomato puree, Indian spices, and finished with a touch of heavy cream.
Chana Masala Biryani or Chickpeas Biryani, is a combination of two popular Indian dishes, Chickpeas Masala Curry & Indian Rice Pilaf called Biryani! I make this vegan dish in an instant pot, which really blends the flavors together.
A simple recipe for a popular Indian spiced chickpeas curry called Chana Masala. This hearty and delicious curry is made with dry or canned chickpeas, which are rich in protein and are naturally vegan & gluten free. Enjoy it over aromatic basmati rice, or pair with Naan.
Paneer Tikka Masala is the king of vegetarian dishes in the north-Indian cuisine. This popular Punjabi delicacy is made by simmering paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), in a tomato puree and onion gravy with aromatic garam masala, and is finished by adding heavy cream to give it that velvety smooth texture.
In this recipe, I pair the minty and spicy Indian beverage, Jal Jeera, with a classic mojito. There is nothing more refreshing than a Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito) on a hot summer day. Refreshing, chilled, minty and spicy! Yum!
Sweet, creamy, and simply delicious, here's an easy blender recipe for an Indian restaurant favorite, Mango Lassi. This popular yogurt drink can be made at home with five simple ingredients in just five minutes.
I hope you enjoy this collection and have a wonderful Holi celebration with your loved ones. If you try any of these recipes, leave a comment below or share them onFacebook,Instagram, or Pinterest by Including #spicecravings in your message!
Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!