Spicy Winter Indian Recipes
Come winter and the palate yearns for hot and spicy Indian foods. All the better if it is crunchy! Whether it is a bowl of steaming rice with rasam, fluffy chapattis right off the tava, crispy pakodas, or a sumptuous paratha with tongue-tickling fillings, we tend to enjoy hot and pungent foods more in the winter than in the summer, perhaps in answer the taste buds’ craving! It could also be because the time spent in the kitchen is more pleasurable in the winters, without the sweat and grime that is so much a part of our hot Indian summer.
Hot foods with intense flavours and rich textures tend to give us a sense of well-being on cold winter days. We can feel the effect of good food cruise through our cells, warming the body and putting a content glow on the face! Just the thought of taking a break during work, curling our fingers around a piping hot cup of Masala Chai with a plate of crispies to munch on and a couple of good friends to chat with, is simply heart-warming.
With the harsh winter weather, you are surely prone to the seasonal flu. Suffering from running nose and congestion? Sip on some garlic rasam to sooth your throat. Rasam means "juice" in Tamil and Telegu. It can be made in different flavours using various ingredients.
Pick up your shopping bags and head to the market. Load it with the best and brightest of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. Flawlessly green surti papadi, juicy carrots; bright and fresh sarson and of course, the season’s very special kand. Ditch your regular parathas and relish these Spicy Chawli Leaves and Spinach Stuffed Parathas for breakfast. Indian gooseberries (amla) are found abundantly during winter. Make a tongue tickling Spicy Amla Pickle which is a perfect accompaniment for your meal.
Deep fry some spicy rice samosa packed with an Oriental flavor or make this delightful Calcutta chaat with tangy chutneys, topped with different spices. Roll together mashed potatoes with green peas and cheese together in whole wheat-maida roti and make this spicy roti roll. Toss in some leftover idli with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes and peppy spice powders to make this amazing Tava idli. Indulge in these unique snacks and delight your taste buds.
For dinner, Stir fry Noodles in Schezuan sauce, the colorful, crunchy vegetables in tangy sauce offers sheer excitement to the taste buds. Also, this fusion recipe Dalia Vegetable Risotto is not only colorful but, also a storehouse of nutrients like protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron as well as fibre.
Here are some recipes that are guaranteed to give you this magical experience! These recipes are perfect for the winter – spicy, hot, crispy, and all that you could ask for.