From DIY colours to natural organic products and classic sweets, here’s the essential Holi guide
For online junkies, authentic regional goodies are available from start-ups like SaleBhai, Place of Origin and Flavors of My City. From Jodhpur’s gujiya to Ahmedabad’s fafda-jalebi, from soan papdi to Mysore pak, these sites cater to the needs of people living in various Indian metros, as well as those living abroad. They have identified small stores in each city and source products from them. Their collection includes bebinca from Goa, chocolate macaroons from Kerala and urad dal ladoos from Hyderabad. For those looking forward to some real shopping, Foodhall outlets across the country will have special coconut gujiyas, thandai and rasmalai for Holi, with live stations of these goodies.
All-natural Holi colours are available at various online and retail outlets. Avacayam colours are produced from flower waste collected from temples. The flowers are sorted, sun-dried, processed and packed to create the eco-friendly colours. They are available under the Kama Ayurveda label. Other trusted brands include Organica and Organic Indian colours, which are 100% natural and eco-friendly.
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Make your own natural colours
– Simmer tesu flowers in water and leave overnight. Strain and use the yellow-coloured water to play Holi
– Henna powder can be mixed with gram flour (besan) or maize flour (makki) and used as a dry green colour
– Turmeric (haldi) can be used both as a dry and wet colour. It can be mixed with gram flour for dry colour or it can be added to water and boiled. Leave overnight and use
– Boil beetroot in water. This leaves a bright magenta colour. Cool and use the water or extract beetroot juice, add a little water and use
l Peels of red pomegranate (anaar) when boiled in water give a red colour
– Red sandalwood powder can be used as both dry and wet colour