Winter Foods to Keep you Warm in India, Winter Recipes in India
The season of chapped lips and cracked feet is here. Cover yourself in warm woolens and drape a shawl around it! A fantastic season for that extra hour curled up under your razai; this is the time when you feel comfortable staying indoors as these months are often associated with flu-like symptoms and dreaded cold. Nature has its own way of keeping your body warm. The market is filled with fresh produce, enjoy the bounty that's available in this season.
Why do we feel hungrier in winter? Have you ever wondered? Cold weather brings a drop in your body temperature, which stimulates your appetite. Eating certain Indian winter foods like garlic, jowar, bajra, til etc. helps to generate heat and keeps your body warm.
Indian Khichdi Recipes for Winter
Nothing can be more soothing than a hot bowl of khichdi in winter. It’s a perfect combination of dals, rice and loads of mixed vegetables which makes the khichdi nutritious and filling. A melange of flavours and textures that in the khichdi are truly irresistible.
While you can make a plain Moong Dal Khichdi, what’s hot favourite in winters is Bajra Khichdi. Yes, bajra is a winter food and in the form of this simple khichdi, all you need is a bowl of hot kadhi to please yourself.
Moong Dal Khichdi
Looking for a khichdi with veggies? Then try Nourishing Oats Moong Dal and Vegetable Khichdi. Cook this Indian Khichdi Recipes for Winter which is extremely healthy and sumptuous.
Nourishing Khichdi, Oats Moong Dal and Vegetable Khichdi, Low Salt Recipe
Also read 13 Satiating and Comforting Khichdi Recipes.
Indian Roti Recipes for Winter
Rotla ( Gujarati Recipe), Bajra Na Rotla Recipe
Again bajra importance in our kitchen. An ideal meal is a combination of Bajra Rotla with Baigan Bharta. Enjoy how to make Baingan Bharta recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.\
For dinner, you can also try Bajra Kand Rotis. Kand, also called as purple yam, is also another winter food enjoyed by people, especially Gujaratis and Maharashtrians. These can be served with a bowl of curd and green chutney.
Bajra Kand Rotis
Nachni, also known as ragi, is considered a warm food and preferred for winter season. Try Nachni Onion Roti. It has a very balanced set of nutrients, and if prepared well it is very tasty too!
Stuffed Nachni Roti, Healthy Ragi Roti
Jowar is also considered a healthy choice for winters. We have paired it with Bajra and Garlic and presented a winter fare – Jowar Bajra Garlic Roti. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Jowar Bajra Garlic Roti
As a sweet note, Til Gur ki Roti is very famous in western states of India. A dough made with wheat flour, ghee, grated jiggery and sesame seeds – all ingredients which are perfectly winter-friendly.
Til Gur ki Roti
Indian Sabzis for Winter
Gujarati's really look forward to winters because of one reason "Onndhiyu", it's a traditional recipe in which they stuff vegetables with spices and ideally cook upside down underground in earthen pots. But, you can even make it using pressure cooker.
Walor Muthia nu Shaak is another Winter Recipe of India from Gujarati.
Relish on green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek leaves, colocasia leaves that helps you build the immunity.
Sarson ka Saag
The infamous Sarsoon Da Saag from Punjab made using mustard leaves and spinach is a must have treat with warm Makai ki roti in winters.
Makai ki Roti
Switch to seasonal vegetable and cook this Hare Lehsun ki Subzi. Green garlic is a nature's bounty and extremely flavorsome, it hardly needs any extra spices to turn into a mouth-watering delicacy.
Indian Snacks Recipes for Winter
Hot Kand Tikkis off the kadhai are trulu enticing during the cold months of winter. These mini tikkis fried till golden brown are like a finger food for kids. They will surely like this unique recipe.
Hara chana also known as choliya, harbhara are available in Indian winter only. You should definitely try this Hara Chana Chaat during winters, it is hassle-free to make and does not require much efforts!
Surti Ponkh is quite famous in Gujarat in winter season. In Gujarat, farmers who grow jowar or white millet keep watching their crops in the winter to spot that special stage where the seeds are juicy and tender!
Basic Surti Ponkh Recipe
A twist to this traditional recipe is Ponkh Chila. Try it out!
Ponkh Chila Recipe
Indian Drinks Recipes for Winter
Piping hot drinks like soups and kadhas top the list in winter. Boil together an assortment of vegetables along with some seasoning cube and sip on this piping hot bowl of Winter vegetable soup to help past the harsh climate.
Winter Vegetable Soup ( Soups and Salads Recipe )
Red carrots are also apparent during winter. Make the most out of them to make a how bowl of soup like Healthy Broccoli and Carrot Soup. It is a pleasing healthy soup to fight cold and cough.
Clear Broccoli and Carrot Soup
Don't forget our age old grandmother's nuskha to fight the weather. A cup of hot kadha (concoction) made using anti-inflammatory ingredients like Ginger, turmeric, honey and tulsi will not only boost your energy but also, increase your immunity levels. Try Honey Ginger Tea to fight Cold and Cough during Winters.
Honey Ginger Tea for Cold and Cough
A pleasing cup of hot Tulsi Tea is equally soothing during winters. With the blend of herbal and lemony flavours in Tulsi Tea is a hit with the palate!
Indian Mithais for Winter Season
Gaund is a heat-giving food that is heartily devoured during the merciless winter months. One of the most popular ways of consuming this helpful ingredient is in the form of delicious Gaund ke Ladoos.
Gaund Ke Ladoo
We cannot miss out on The famous and most-loved Gajar ka Halwa in winter. This is because the bright red carrots are in the market only in winter months. Every household in Indian makes this halwa recipe at least once in winter season.
Gajar ka Halwa
Badam ka Halwa is also a winter recipe of India. Many housewives make a batch of this halwa and refrigerate it for a week. Every day they heat up a small quantity and enjoy it during winters. Try this quick recipe made in less than 10 minutes.
Quick Badam ka Halwa
Apart from this, sesame seeds are widely used to make heavenly food like Til ki Chikki is also famous. Til (sesame seeds) is also a winter food to keep you warm. It is usually made in the month of December, the coldest month and it continues till mid of January till the festival of Makar Sankranti.
Indulge in a range of these Indian Winter that make us feel warm, supported and secured. “Eat wisely to stay healthy” is the only health slogan for cold winter days.