Holi 2023: Serve Your Guests Some Dhuska For Holi
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Holi is a grand festival in India that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and a lot of excitement. This auspicious occasion comes with bright colours and mouth-watering dishes. Gujiyas, malpuas, thandai, kachoris, namak pare, and dahi bhalle are some of the popular treats made during this festival throughout the country. But every region has some special and unique recipes that are relished on this festival of colours, like Delhi's bhaang ladoo, Bihar's kathal ki sabzi, Maharashtra's puran poli, and South India's murukku.

You would have definitely tasted these dishes, but have you heard of Jharkhand’s delight, dhuska? Made with rice, urad dal, chana dal, and spices, this simple deep-fried snack goes well with any spicy chutney or curry. Dhuska can also be enjoyed as a teatime snack. This anytime dish is popular in the state of Bihar as well and is specially prepared on special occasions like marriage and festivals. You can also find it on the street food stalls of Jharkhand and Bihar.

Made with very few ingredients, here is the recipe to prepare this simple yet delicious Jharkhandi snack at home for Holi:


  • 1 cup short-grain rice
  • ½ cup chana dal 
  • ¼ cup urad dal 
  • ½ cup water for grinding batter 
  • 1 tablespoon of green chilli paste
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of hing
  • ¼ teaspoon ajwain
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In a mixing bowl, add rice, chana dal, and urad dal. Wash it and soak it for 4 hours. Drain the water and add the soaked dal-rice and 1/2 cup water to the mixture jar halfway.
  • Grind it into a medium-thick, smooth paste. Cover and ferment the batter for 3–4 hours in a warm place.
  • Then add green chilli paste, ginger paste, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, salt, a pinch of hing, ajwain, and black pepper powder to the batter. Mix well. 
  • Add ½ cup of water to make the batter of a pourable consistency. Then heat oil in a pan and add batter with a round-shaped ladle or spoon.
  • Drop them one by one into hot oil, and also sprinkle some hot oil on them. Keep the flame on medium and fry it until it is properly fried and golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain off the dhuska on a wire rack and fry the remaining batter in the same way.
  • Serve dhuska with a spicy curry and enjoy.

Treat your guests with dhuska and have a happy Holi.