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Holi, the Festival of colours is here, and we bet that you can actually see and smell the excitement around you – in the colorful flowers blooming everywhere, the bright sun and the awesome weather that makes us all so cheerful!
Holi is one of the oldest Hindu festivals. It marks the celebration of spring that says goodbye to winters. Earlier, Holi colors used to be made from flowers of ‘tesu’ or ‘palash’ tree and so, were called gulal (from the flower). The colors used to be very good for skin as no chemicals were used. But now a days people have started using harsh chemicals that are not good for our health.
Why not make your own colors this Holi with natural ingredients and help the family play a safe Holi? And what’s exciting is that, you can actually make an entire spectrum of colors!
No Holi celebration is complete without this beautiful shade of red, and making it is so very easy. Take a couple of beetroots and grate them. Soak the grated in a cup of water and let it rest for a few hours so that the color develops. Strain, and there you are with your pink color!
If you want dry powder, grind the beetroots to make a paste and let it dry in the sun. Both the wet and dry colors can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
You can make yellow color by using either Turmeric powder or Marigold flowers.
For making this color with turmeric, simply mix turmeric powder in water or use it dry. If you want to use the fragrant marigold, take out the petals of a about 10-12 flowers. Crush them gently, and pour about half a cup of hot water in a bowl with the crushed petals. Let it stand for 2-3 hours, strain and you will have your bright, sunshine-like yellow color!
Another healthy vegetable comes to the rescue when you need to make green color. Take a bunch of fresh spinach leaves, and grind them in a blender. Mix it with some water, and let it stand for a couple of hours. Strain it, and you have your monster of a green color ready!
Yes, you read it right! But not the dirty black – instead, a very healthy and wonderful black made of Amla (Indian gooseberries). Take some Amla powder, or crush a few amla fruits. Mix it with 2 cups water and boil this mixture for about 5 to 7 mins. Let it cool down, and stand overnight. Your safe, deep black color is ready to go!
HAVE ANY OTHER FAVORITE COLORS?
Choose a non-poisonous flower in your favorite color, and pluck and crush its petals. Soak them in some warm water, and let it stand for 2-3 hours. Your favorite color will be ready. You can also look around your kitchen shelves and vegetable basket for inspiration!
Have a safe and colorful Holi!