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Sweet Kanji vada for a perfect Holi

Go pure traditional this Holi. Serve your guest sweet Kanji vada and have a great celebration.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

The festival of colours, Holi, is round the corner. To serve your guests a refreshing drink after the Holi fun is a must. Besides thandai, try out Kanji Vada this time and add more joy to Holi festivities. It is prepared with rai water and moong dal vadas. Here is a simple recipe of traditional Holi drink. It takes three to four days to prepare the drink. So, prepare this sweet Kanji Vada it in advance and relish it on the festival day.

Serves: 20; Preparation time: 30 minutes


Moong dal 350 grams

Water 5 litres

Salt 5 tsp

Red chilli powder 2 tsp

Rai 4 tbsp (Powdered)

Hing powder ¼ tsp

Oil To fry


Wash and soak moong dal overnight.

Make a thick fine paste draining all the water in a food processor.

Take it out in a big bowl and beat it for 15 minutes or till it gets fluffy with hand.

Add hing powder and 1/3 tsp salt in it and mix well.

Heat oil in a deep pan. Take small portion of the batter and fry making round balls like bhallas.

Take five litres of drinking water in a big vessel and give a boil.

Let it cool for five to ten minutes.

Add five tsp salt, powdered rai and red chilli powder in it.

Leave it aside to get cool at room temperature.

When it is little warm, put all the vadas in it.

Fill it in a big glass container.

Keep it in sun for four days for five to six hours daily.

It’s ready to drink now.

Kaanji Vada is a delicious traditional Holi drink. Very digestive and fun-filled – it will charge you up even more.