25+ Best Quick ‘n’ Easy Vegetarian Indian Recipes for Holi!


Happy-Holi-Wishes-Garam Masala Kitchen25+ Quick ‘n’ Easy Vegetarian Recipes for 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, where everyone could officially go crazy, and get away with it. I still remember how the day before Holi used to go in buying every possible color powder I could find in the stores, and, getting my water guns ready for the big day.  I remember waking up before everyone else in the house, with sheer excitement of the day ahead!

The one thing that’s 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 savory delicacies to mouth-watering desserts, it is a day spent in food heaven:-) My personal favorite of all these recipes is homemade Gujiya! I could just make a meal out of it 🙂 I used to make Gujiya the traditional way, the way my mother-in-law taught me, stuff them and fry them to a golden brown perfection. But past few years, I have been baking them instead of frying them and my kids love it. They love the flaky pastry and the yummy gujiya filling in every bite. And a big plus is that it is super easy and mess free to make. You can check out the recipe for fried and baked Gujiya underneath. Sharing some of my favorites with you!

Here are 25+ recipes to add to your Holi menu, and the best part is, most of them can be done in under 30 minutes, so that you spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying them! Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy Holi!

Recipes for Sweet Dishes        Recipes for Savory Dishes





Gujiya- Baked or Fried

Instant Pot Carrot Halwa GajarHalwa

Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

Coconut Ladoos, Garam Masala Kitchen

Coconut Ladoo

Besan Ladoo in Microwave, Garam Masala Kitchen

Besan Ladoo

Sooji Sheera, rava kesari

Sooji Halwa/Sheera, Rava Kesari

instant pot Carrot-Burfi-gajar burfi, garam masala kitchen

Carrot Burfi (Gajar ki Burfi)

Rice Pudding- Kheer in Instant Pot

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Almond spice cookies- eggless almond spice cookies, Almond Nankhatai, garam masala kitchen

Almond Spice Cookies






Pigeon-Peas-Dip, instant pot recipes

Matar Chaat (Pigeon Peas Dip)

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala Kitchen

Mixed Vegetable Puffs

No-Fry-Pakora-Fritters, Garam Masala Kitchen

No-Fry Pakora (Fritters)

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoa

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki

Punjabi-Kadhi-chawal, yogurt curry with rice, instant pot


Chana Masala Biryani, chickpeas and rica Pilaf, garam Masala Kitchen

Chana Masala Biryani

Paneer Tikka masala- Instant pot- Garammasalakitchen.com

Paneer Tikka masala

Palak Paneer in Instant Pot- Rich and creamy spinach gravy with Indian cottage cheese, garam masala kitchen

Palak Paneer

Toor Dal tadka, Split Pigeon pea soup, lentil soup, Instant Pot Soup, garam masala kitchen

Daal Tadka

Achaari Paneer Biryani- combining two popular dishes in one pot, garam masala kitchen

Achaari Paneer Biryani

Quinoa Poha- a healthy twist to the most popular breakfast in India, garam masala kitchen

Quinoa Poha

Jeera rice , basmati rice flavored with fried cumin seeds

Jeera rice (Cumin Rice)

Quinoa vegetable Biryani garammasalakitchen.com

Quinoa vegetable Biryani

Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita

Rajma Chawal, Beans and Rice, pot in pot Instant Pot

Rajma Chawal

Green Beans and Carrot instant pot or stir fry

Green Beans and Carrot

Aloo Gobhi Instant pot / Stove-top

Aloo Gobhi

Instant pot Lemon-Rice Pressure cooker

Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Pickle, Pressure cooker Lemon PIckle

Sweet & Spicy Lemon Pickle

Jal-Jeera Vodka (Indian Vodka Mojito) Cocktail

Jal-Jeera Mojito (Mocktail or Cocktail)

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