If you are pondering how to get natural colours to play Holi, here's the home manual:

Green

Mix pure mehendi powder with some flour to get a dry green colour. When mixed with water, the paste will leave a slight orange shade on the skin. Dried and crushed gulmohar tree leaves can also be used for green colour.

Yellow

Take two spoons of turmeric powder with double the quantity of besan and mix. Flowers like amaltas, marigold and black babul can be crushed and mixed with water to get a yellow coloured paste.

Red


Use red sandalwood powder and add crushed hibiscus flowers to it.

Blue

Dried jacaranda flowers can be crushed and mixed with water or flour.

Saffron

Tesu of palash flowers soaked in water overnight. For better results, flowers can be boiled in water to get a yellowish-orange colour.

Magenta

Slice or grate one beetroot and soak in a litre of water. Boil or leave overnight for a deeper shade. Boil the peels of pink onions in half a litre of water for an orange-pink shade.

Brown

'Kattha' - catechu extracted from the acacia tree - can be mixed with water to get a brownish shade. Tea and coffee leaves can be boiled in water to get a dark brown shade.

Black Boil dried fruits of amla in a vessel and leave overnight. Dilute with water and use.


(Agencies)