The festival of Holi is here! It’s time to make all the right arrangements to ensure your family, especially your little ones, have a great time. And the first thing on the list is obviously Holi colours! As you know, the Holi colours sold in the market are toxic in nature. And in order to protect your children from their harmful effects, it’s best to your make own colours at home with ingredients that are safe for your children.
This time we’ll not just have fun playing with colours. We’ll have fun making them too. Here’s how you can make natural eco-friendly colours with easy-to-find home ingredients.
Have fun with yellow
Gold may be expensive. But making a rich golden yellow colour doesn’t have to be. Just add turmeric to gram flour in 1:2 ratio and you will get a bright yellow Holi colour.
Think henna is only for the occasional Mehendi on hands? Think again. When you mix henna powder and wheat flour in equal quantities you get the vibrant green colour.
Have fun with red
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a rose. But did you know you can use them to make Holi colour. Yes, you read that right! Dry a few rose petals in the sun until they become hard and brittle. Then, crush them into a powder and blend it along with a small amount of rice flour in a mixer. There, your red colour is ready! And if you think this is a lot of hard work, you can also use red chandan powder, which you can readily find in the market.
The colour of earth
What if the heady smell of rain-soaked earth can be a Holi colour? Just mix 1 part of henna powder to 4 parts of Amla powder for the earthy brown colour.
Shades of pink
The delicious beetroot makes for a lovely Holi colour too. Here’s how. Boil a few pieces of beetroot in a cup and let it rest for a few hours before mixing it with wheat flour. And there! You have a flowery pink colour.
The colour of the sky
The blue colour is all about the limitless skies and the endless oceans. Fortunately, you can just grind Jacaranda flower petals (neeli gulmohar) or dried indigo leaves to make this magical blue colour at home.
Making Holi colours at home doesn’t get any easier than this. Try this DIY guide and let us know your experience. After you have finished making these colours, don’t forget to wash your hands with Godrej protekt masterchef’s handwash as it easily fights germs and eliminates odours. Also, if you are looking for additional valuable tips to take care of children this festive season, we recommend that you read our article ‘Five ways to ensure your children have a safe Holi’