Gulal is the natural color used for playing Holi. Check out different Holi colors or rang for the festival.
Dry Holi colors known as 'Gulal' and wet colors or
'Rang' were originally prepared naturally from the flowers and other
products that had dyeing properties. However with time, in the quest of
more long-lasting and strong colors, chemically enhanced and artificial
colors have come in vogue. The harmful effects of these chemicals on our
body and eyes have forced us to do a turn-about to the natural colors.
However, you certainly don't need to disappoint as one can create
beautiful reds, greens, blues, saffrons, yellows and magentas at home
and that too naturally.
These natural holi colors are perfectly safe and do not cause any harm
to skin or to the face. Also there is no trouble if these colors go into
the eye and are also easy to take off after playing a good spirited Holi
festival. Here we have provided some eazy steps for preparing these
colors as most of the time the colors or gulal that you will buy from
the market is goin to be made up of the artificial material. So make
these holi rang and enjoy using them with your friends and family.
Lovely Red Gulal
- Red Sandalwood Powder also known as 'Raktachandan' or 'Lal
chandan' has a beautiful red color and is good for skin too. It can
be used dry as 'Gulal' or as 'Rang' by boiling two teaspoon of color
with five litres of water and diluting it with twenty litres of
- Shade-dry red hibiscus flowers and powder them to make a lovely
red color. One can add flour to it to increase the bulk.
- The brick-red colored seeds of Sinduria (Annato) yield both dry
and wet colors.
- Boil peels of Red Pomegranate in water to give wet color.
- Add a pinch of lime powder and 2 table spoon of turmeric powder
to half a cup of water. After mixing it thoroughly, diluting the
mixture with 10 litres of water.
- Juice of tomatoes and carrots can also be used after diluting it
water to remove the stickiness.
Natural Green Gulal
- Mehendi or henna powder can be used as dry 'Gulal' or can be
mixed with water to make wet color that will stain the body and face
of the receiver. However, it is goof for the hair.
- Dry and finely powder the leaves of Gulmohur tree for natural
- Crush the tender leaves of the wheat plant for the dry color.
- Wet green color can be obtained by mixing a paste of spinach,
coriander or mint leaves in water.
Beautiful Magenta Gulal
- Slice or grate one beetroot and soak it in 1 litre of water for
beautiful magenta color. Leave overnight for a deeper shade and then
dilute it with water.
Bright Saffron Gulal
- Traditional Indian color made by soaking overnight Butea
monosperma known as 'Tesu' or 'Palash' in Indian languages in water
is said to have medicinal properties
- A pinch of sandalwood powder added in 1 litre of water gives
instant saffron color.
- Make a paste of saffron stalks in 2 tablespoons of water by
soaking it for few hours and then grinding it. Dilute it with water
for desired color strength. It is excellent for skin but expensive