Winter is considered the best time to build good health. It is so because of the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in this season! But those who are slaves of their tongues too have a party in their stomach when it comes to the numerous tasty treats which winter offers. And especially when we are Indians our foods got to have tangy and sweet twist to it.
So loosen up that belt to make room for all the traditional and yummy treats we have been enjoying off our plates for years, thanks to our brilliant chefs, our mother….because guys it’s winters again!!
1. Gajar ka Halwa
The yummy sweet treat is certainly the winner of this slot. You just can’t complete your dinner without a katori full of gajar ka halwa at the end. The lovely sunset orange itself makes you want to forget your diet and just dig into it!!
2. Sarso da saag makke di roti
Aahaaa… Sun kar hi muh mein pani aa gaya. The sumption steaming hot saag with lots of home made butter and a jagger piece at the side is just perfect for any winter night!
3. Methi ke Parathe
Be it parathe or poori, you are a sucker for the methi twist. You loved to go about doing your ‘playing’ business with a roll of the goodness in your hand and even now it is one of your favourite winter delights.
4. Roasted Groundnut
These are one of the many little wintery treats that you like to keep munching on all through the day. The boiled version is not any less either.
5. Gaund Ke Laddu
Packed with all the necessary minerals, this sweetmeat is a wholesome goodness that your mother has always sworn by… Taking just one in a day with warm milk is enough to provide you with the nutrients your body needs. Though, you can hardly stop yourself at just one!
6. Rogan Josh
A treat for the non-vegetarians, this Kashmiri meat dish is spicy, warm and too yummy to be true! A must for all the kitchens, it still reminds of those carefree childhood days when you eagerly waited for it to be dinner time!
An extremely delicious and yet so unbelievingly simple, this Gujrati dish is a must for all vegetarian homes in winter season. Made with a mix of all the seasonal veges, this is really a very healthy and tasty dish.
No one can deny the vitality and need of hot soups in winter. This very much Indian soup from south of India, made with tomatoes, garlic etc. must be the king of all of them. A warm, delicious and tangy treat for everyday, it is also very health beneficiary!
Ahaa… cold winters and hot, fried fresh mangode in the evenings….topped it with hot green chilli chutney and radish julienne. Yummmm…..
Another kurmur treat for that day-long munching that is most craved for in the winter! Especially, after Lohri, it becomes a part of your days and nights!
Our mothers have been standing by its health benefits for generations. But we love it for it’s lovely taste. Just a spoonful at night with a warm glass of milk and whole body gets that comfortable warmth that is so necessary for a good night sleep.
12. Matar Pulav
The over abundance of the green pearls is the yummiest of gifts of the winter to us. Fry them, make aaloo matar, matar paneer or matar pulav…. mmmmm…. every meal becomes a sought out affair!
13. Hot Gulabjamun
Mmmm…. You can’t complete your day without a walk after dinner into the cold night only to have hot hot gulabjamuns from your local sweet shop! A must have indeed.
A yet another munching option. A tasty one at that. The crunchy peanuts set in slabs of sweet jaggery syrup… just what you need to eat after your lunch.
15. Til ke Laddu
Makar Sankranti brings you this too good to be true sweet. The til (sesame seeds)and jaggery both impart a warmth to your body and gives you the necessary oil you need in winter. Not to mention the taste! You know it!
16. Bajre ki Khichdi
A thet Indian treat it is much loved in the winter. Made with bajra (pearl millet) it is made in two ways one sweet with milk and jaggery/ sugar or salty spicy with seasonal vegetables….both so healthy and oh so yummy!!
17. Paya ka Shorba
Another treat for the meat lovers. It is made in almost all the non-vegetarian households in winter. This delicious soup not only is healthy, nutritious and warming but also very very smooth and tasty.
18. Palak Paneer
The surplus of green leafy vegetables in this winter is all the reason to rejoice not just because of the well known health benefits but also because of the to-die-for creamy yummy and spicy palak paneer (cottage cheese cooked in spinach gravy).
19. Masala Chai
Talking of Indian winter and no mention of our famous masala chai? A sin in itself, indeed! We Indians are crazy for our cuppa and not just in the morning but innumerable times and for myriad excuses! Made with ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and tulsi (holy basil) brewed with tea leaves; it is undoubtedly our favourite from the list!
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