What better way to welcome spring than by dowsing your friends – and complete strangers! – with colored powder and water? That’s exactly what happens during Holi. Deep down my heart, I really want to have fun smearing coloured powders on friends and relatives, forgetting all my inhibitions. However, at the back of my mind, I am aware of how harmful these seemingly innocent colours are, not only to our health, but also to the environment.
Let me share with you some ideas on how to make safe and environment-friendly colours for Holi. This will help us protect ourselves from the potential damage done by the synthetic dye-based colours.
- Corn Flour
- Food Colors (can be easily available in general stores)
- Plastic Sheet
- Mix the flour and water in a large bowl until it forms a thick paste.
- Add your favorite food coloring to the paste and mix it in with your hands. …
- Scoop the paste from the bowl and form it into a ball with your hands.
- Spread it on a Plastic Sheet with a rolling pin (bellan).
- Let the plastic sheet sit over night, until it has completely dried.
- Use a coffee grinder to crumble the disc back into powder.
My Take Out- for green color if you can’t get your hands on Food colors you can do this
|Yellow||Mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder with two tablespoons of gram flour (besan) (1:2)||Mix turmeric with waterSoak peels of pomegranate overnight in water and strain the liquidBoil marigold or palash flowers in water|
|Green||Mix henna powder with flour||Mix a paste of mint (pudina)/ spinach (palak) with water and strain the liquid. Dilute it with water to get the right colour.|