One of the most celebrated festivals in India, Holi, is around the corner. The festival that heralds the start of spring fills the heart with joy. Having said that, before the festival, advertisements are made not to use synthetic colours as they are harmful to the skin and overall health. Thanks to these advertisements and general awareness, people are resorting to organic colours that are safe and easy to make. In fact, you can make most of these colours at home using simple ingredients. Let’s see how.
For making dry yellow colour, take a bowl and add two teaspoons of turmeric powder. Dissolve it in 3-4 tablespoons of water. Post this, add cornstarch to the mixture and keep adding until it becomes saturated.
Once it becomes saturated, use a spoon to break it into small pieces and use a rolling pin to grind it into a fine powder. Sieve with a mesh, and your herbal yellow gulal is ready for use. To make its wet version, boil turmeric in water, and once it cools down, you can use it to splash on others.
To make a dry version of the colour, grind beetroot into a fine paste and dry it under the sun. Once the paste dries, mix it with besan or maida, and your colour is ready.
If you want to make a wet version, boil some beetroot pieces and allow them to sit in water for some time. Once they settle completely, you will have the wet version of this widely used colour.
Red is one of the most vibrant holi colours that’s widely used. Making this at home is pretty easy. All you need to do is add two teaspoons of roli powder and three tablespoons of water. Once the roli dissolves, add cornstarch to the mixture.
Leave the mixture to dry. Once dry, powder it and sieve to get your favourite red Holi colour. You can also make this colour by using red sandalwood and mixing it with maida or atta. For the wet version, boil some beetroots with hibiscus flowers and add some tomato juice to avoid it from sticking to your face.
Along with red, green is also one of the most widely used colours in Holi. Making it is pretty simple and straightforward.
Mix some henna powder with maida in equal proportions to get the natural dry green colour. To get the wet version, boil some spinach and coriander leaves and grind them into a fine paste.
Of late, brown has become quite among people playing Holi. Just like other colours, you can make it at home easily. All you need to do is boil some coffee powder in water and wait until it cools down.
Mix brown coloured water with cornflour and leave it to dry for at least a day. Roll and sieve to get your desired brown colour. To get some fragrance, you can also add some rosewater to it. For its wet version, you can mix some paan khatta with water.
Saffron is a prominent Holi colour. To make it, arrange for Tesu flowers and soak them in water overnight. The next day you will find a deep saffron colour at your disposal. Note that this is the wet version of the colour.
For the dry version of Saffron, dry the Tesu flower and powder them. Add a bit of flour into it and your colour is ready for use.
Blue is another vibrant Holi colour. To make it, take blue hibiscus flower petals and dry them. Once dried, crush and powder them.
Sieve and add some flour to get vibrant blue colours. To get the wet version, mix jacaranda flowers with water.
You can make Black colour at home in several ways. You can either mix red, blue, green and brown colours to get a blackish powder or take black daliya or lily flower and dry them. Grind and sieve to make fine dry black powder.
As evident, making organic Holi colours is not only easy but also cost-effective. They can be made from the materials that we use in our daily lives. So, make this Holi colourful by using organic colours and keep yourself and your closed ones safe from the harmful chemicals. Happy Holi.