Being a South Indian, I didn’t experience Holi until I entered Medical college. In college our North Indian friends celebrate Holi with much so enthusiasm and festivity and we used to gawk at their multicolored face and hair and would wonder how they come out in public with myriad of colors. Only after moving to Raipur I realised the joy and happiness in celebrating Holi festival.
Though I enjoy the splay of colors and festivity, I am always scared of the chemicals they use for the colors.
Last year was my son’s First Holi and he had gala time playing with his friends, sadly he developed immediate rashes over the arms So this year, I wanted to be extra cautious and wanted a DIY (Do It Yourself) Non Toxic Homemade Holi Powder Recipe.
Here are few Eco friendly, natural and Herbal Homemade Holi Powder recipe that can be safely used for kids too 🙂
Eco Friendly Homemade Holi Color Powder Recipe
One easy way of creating Holi powder is mixing any flour (wheat or Maida) with food colors but even food colors have chemicals these days, so better go natural…
1. Red Color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Red color signifies both sensuality and purity. In India, red color has the utmost significance and it is the most preferred color for marriages and birth of child. All married women wear a red tilak on the forehead during ceremonies and festivals
How to make Dry Red color Holi Powder at home?
The red color powder can be made in the following ways
1. Dry the petals of Red Rose in sun and after they become crisp, they can be powdered in a mixer and a little flour can be added to increase the volume.
2. Now this is a little costly venture, but nonetheless can be used for children as it is perfectly safe and even healthy for the skin. Use Red Sandal Wood Powder or Raktachandan as a red holi color powder.
3. Red Hibiscus flower can be dried in shade and blended in a mixie to a powder consistency.
How to make Wet Red color Holi Powder (liquid) at Home?
1. Mix the sandalwood powder in water to get a uniform solution.
2. Mix a teaspoon of limestome powder or chuna or sunnambu in a cup of water with a teaspoon of turmeric and dilute it with water as required.
2. Saffron or Orange color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Saffron represents Fire and as impurities are destroyed by fire, it also symbolizes purity.
How to make Dry Saffron or Orange color Holi powder at Home?
The Tesu Flower or the Flame of Forest can be dried and powdered and mixed with flour for more volume.
How to make Wet Saffron or Orange color Holi Powder (Liquid) at Home?
1. The Tesu flowers can be either soaked in water or boiled overnight for a yellow orange color water.
2. Henna can be mixed with water to yield a orange color water, if you are using it for kids, make sure you get a good quality Henna powder.
3. A few strands of Kesar or Saffron can be soaked in water overnight and can be diluted with water.
3. Green Color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Green is a festive color and signifies life and happiness.
How to make Dry Green Color Holi Powder at Home?
Mix equal quantity of good quality henna powder with flour to form a green color home made holi powder. Make sure it is pure henna powder with no additional ingredients.
How to make Wet Green Color Holi Powder (Liquid) at Home?
Pluck fresh neem leaves and boil them in water. Allow the mixture to cool, remove the superficial water and dilute as needed.
4. Yellow color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Yellow signifies Knowledge and Learning. Yellow symbolizes happiness, peace and meditation.
How to make Dry Yellow Color Holi Powder at Home?
This is the easiest of all the recipes, just mix 2 parts good quality turmeric powder with 4 parts of Besan flour.
How to make Wet Yellow Color Holi Powder (Liquid) at Home?
Mix turmeric in water or boil chrysanthemum or marigold flowers in water.
5. Blue Color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Blue symbolizes bravery and determination. The Hindu Gods Lord Rama and Krishna are blue colored as they fought against evil.
How to make Dry Blue color Holi powder at home?
The Neeli Gulmohar which blooms in summer has a bright colored flower which can be dried and powdered.
6. Purple Color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
How to make wet purple color homemade holi powder (liquid) ?
Chop 1 to 2 kg of Beetroot and boil them in a cooker with water. Leave 5 to 6 whistles. After it cools, remove the water and dilute it as required. Please Note – Either use fresh color or preserve it in fridge if using later.
7. Brown Color Homemade Holi Powder Recipe
Brown color can be substituted for black, as many consider black inauspicious.
How to make Brown color holi powder at home?
Mix 1 part of Henna powder with 4 parts of Amla powder for Brown color or dissolve them in water for a brown color water.
To get other colors You can use the following recipe
Homemade Holi Color Powder Recipe
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ⅓ to ½ cup of water
- 1 ounce food color
- In a mixing bowl, mix corn starch and water to form a consistency that doesn't ooze off
- Wear protective gloves and mix the food color with the cornstarch mix.
- Allow the mixture to dry for 2 days in a bowl.
- After 2 days place the dried powder in a baking tray in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 350 Degree.
- This will dry up the mixture more and cracks will appear in the powder.
- Blend this mixture in a blender to form powder
- Store in a airtight container.
Notes of Caution
1. Please note each child is different and always do a patch test if you are going to use the colors for your baby or kid.
2. If your baby or kid has ingested the colors by mistake, immediately rush to the hospital.
3. Since most of the natural colors are derived from vegetables and flowers, they get spoiled soon, so either use them fresh or store them in a refrigerator.
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