Top 5 Traditional Indian Holi Dessert Recipes with Honey!
Nothing beats enjoying a mouth-watering array of desserts like Gujiya after playing Holi with your family and friends.
This year, make your Holi extra special by replacing sugar with our organic honey and enjoying not just the thrill of Holi, but also the thrill of good health.
The sweet, fragrant, golden nectar, apart from making a superb alternative sweetener, is extremely healthy for the overall fitness of the body as well. Now, making a Traditional Indian Holi dessert is a rather easy task as you can either cover the Gujias with jaggery honey mixture or just add it to almost any recipe to give a sweet floral flavour.
Now, in this post we have shared the top 5 Traditional Indian Dessert Recipes that are sure to get you swooning with taste all the while keeping you healthy and fit.
1. Baked sugar-free Gujia
300 gm refined flour
150 gms whole wheat flour
100 gms ghee
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water
150 gms mawa
50 gms sooji
100 gms dates
50 gms figs
50 gms raisins
100 gms almonds
50 gms pistachios
50 gms cashews
1 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp honey (Preferrably Sheesham Honey)
To start with this Traditional Indian Holi dessert recipe with Honey, make a dough by mixing together refined flour, whole wheat flour, ghee salt and warm water. Keep the dough covered for 10 minutes. Heat a non-stick pan and dry roast sooji for 5 minutes. Remove and add mawa. Fry for 5 minutes till the oil separates. Add sooji to the mawa mixture.Dry roast almonds, cashews and pistachios. Grind the dry fruits and add to the mawa sooji mixture. Reserve some pistas for decoration. Grind together dates, figs and raisins. Add to the mawa dry fruit mixture. Add cardamom powder. Mix well and remove from gas.Make small thin chapattis from the dough. Grease a chandrakala mould. Place some filling on one side and cover and press it. Preheat oven at 175 degrees.Arrange chandrakala/ gujiya on a baking tray. Bake them for 15 minutes.Remove and sprinkle 1 tsp honey and pistachios on them and serve.
2. Honey and Nut Shrikhand
Here’s how you make honey and nut shrikhand:
- 1 kg low-fat yogurt,
- 6 tbsp Honey (Preferrably Jamun Honey),
- 3 tbsp of your favourite nuts (pistachios and almonds),
- few saffron strands and crushed cardamom seeds
Firstly, place 2 large square cheese cloths in a large bowl. Thereafter, pour yogurt on the cheesecloth, then gather the open edges of the cheese cloth and tie them up to form a pouch. Hang the yogurt pouch from the tap over your sink and drain the liquid out into a bowl. After around 4 hours, untie this pouch and scoop the yogurt now drained into a medium bowl. Now, to make a delicious Traditional Indian Holi dessert recipe just add honey and nuts to this mixture. You can also add saffron and cardamom to this honey dish for enhanced taste. Furthermore, stir the mixture you have so made with a wooden spoon until it is thoroughly mixed. Finally, cover and chill it in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving chilled.
3. Honey Dipped Balushahi
You know what makes Balushahi even yummier? Dipping it in honey!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour,
- 2 tbsp yogurt,
- 1 tbsp sugar,
- 1/2 tbsp baking soda,
- 2 tbsp clarified butter,
- Honey for dipping (preferrably Himalayan multi-Floral)
To make this Holi Honey Indian Dessert recipe, mix all the ingredients except ghee and honey together. Then, prepare a smooth fluffy dough and divide it into equal parts. Now, heat the ghee to medium hot and fry the balushahis until golden brown. Finally, dip them in honey until it coats all over it to complete this honey recipe.
4. Honey Gulab Jamun
Did you know it was possible to make this decadent dish with honey? Read on!
- 1 cup (150g) full-cream milk powder,
- 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour,
- 1/4 tsp baking powder,
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon,
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom,
- 1/4 cup (60ml) milk,
- 1/4 cup (60ml) thin cream,
- Vegetable oil, to deep-fry,
- Pistachio nuts, finely chopped, to serve,
- Honey saffron syrup,
- 1 cup (250ml) hot water,
- 1/2 tsp saffron threads,
- 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar,
- 3 cardamom pods, bruised,
- 1 cinnamon stick,
- 1/2 cup (125ml) honey (Preferrably Sheesham honey),
As a pro tip, it is always a better idea to prepare Gulab jamun one day in advance and soak them overnight in a syrup. Now, this honey recipe is basically prepared in 4 parts which are as follows:
- Making syrup
First things first, to make this Traditional Indian Holi dessert recipe start by making the Gulab jamun syrup. To make the same combine water and saffron in a saucepan. Then, set the mixture aside for 5 minutes until it sets. Thereafter, add sugar, cardamom and cinnamon and place the syrup over low heat. Keep stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Thereafter, add honey and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly.
In a separate bowl, combine milk powder, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and make a well in the centre. Pour milk and cream into the well and stir until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms.
- Roll & cook
Roll heaped teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place them on a plate. Heat enough oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat to 170°C. Then, place one-quarter of the dumplings in hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Furthermore, continue with this Holi honey Indian dessert recipe by repeat the same procedure in 3 more batches with remaining dumplings.
- Soak & serve
Place the dumplings in the syrup and set aside for 30 minutes to soak. Spoon evenly among serving bowls. Finally, sprinkle with pistachios and serve this delicious honey dish.
5. Honey Kaju Katli
Who can resist Kaju Katli during Holi? Here’s how you make it!
- 2 cup cashews
- 1 cup honey (preferrably Tulsi honey)
- 4 tablespoon ghee
To make this honey recipe, start by lightly roasting the cashews at room temperature. Thereafter, grind the cashews to a smooth powder then again add the cashews to the pan and roast at low heat. Add honey to the powdered cashews and mix well. Keep stirring the cashews paste until it thickens and starts folding at the sides. Finally, keep a greased plate with ghee ready and spread the cashew mixture on it. Let it cool down for about 10-15 minutes. Then, once cooled cut the mixture to the shape of your choice.
Truly speaking, more than an alternative to sugar, honey in general brings a distinct taste to recipes. So, this was our pick for the Top 5 Traditional Indian Holi Dessert recipes with Honey. How about you give a try to each one of these new and delicious recipes this festive season and enjoy something tasty and healthy at the same time? Don’t forget to use your favourite flavour of EiwaHoney!