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 Winter Foods in India

  Last Updated : Jul 28,2018






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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. 

Winter is the season when fresh fruits are the sweetest and juiciest like lemons, oranges, kiwis, strawberries. Strawberries, of course, are just right for dessert – make them into a mouth-watering Strawberry Mousse or Strawberry Praline Cake, or simply relish them as Strawberries in Custard Sauce.

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 helps to generate heat and keeps your body warm.

Relish on green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek leaves, colocasia leaves that helps you build the immunity. 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. 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. 

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. 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. 

Indulge in a range of delicacies made using Bajra, Jowar which are few of the foods that make us feel warm, supported and secured. “Eat wisely to stay healthy” is the only health slogan for cold winter days. Cook this Bajra Khichdi which is extremely healthy and sumptuous. Another ideal meal is a combination of crumbly bhakri with baigan bharta. 

Apart from this, sesame seeds are widely used to make heavenly food like til ki chikki and til gur ki roti. Gaund is another 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.

Gujarati's really look forward to winters because of one reason "Undhiyu", 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.

winter recipes in india

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 by Tarla Dalal
bajra khichdi recipe | Rajasthani bajra khichdi | healthy black millet Indian khichdi | with amazing images. When one thinks of homely food, khichdi is the first option that comes to mind. A wholesome khichdi can warm your heart and make you comfortable after a long and busy day, and this sumptuous Bajra Khichdi is sure to live up to your expectations. Rajasthanis use more of millets like bajra than rice, and therefore recipes like khichdi that are typically made with rice in other parts of the country are made differently in Rajasthan. In winters, Rajasthani bajra khichdi is ideal to combat the cold weather. The procedure of making bajra khichdi is very very easy, so simple that even a amatuer cant go wrong with it. To make bajra khichdi, rinse and soak bajra for 8 hours. Bajra keeps the body warm and are good to consume during winters as they help in absorbing the nutrients and build muscle tissue. Further, combine the bajra, moong dal, salt and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds. Add the cooked bajra-moong dal mixture and little salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Serve the healthy black millet Indian khichdi immediately. Though, the recipe uses basic ingredients the outcome and taste is luscious. Bajra Khichdi, with its creamy consistency and mild flavours, is both comforting and satiating and makes a lovely meal when served with a cup of curd or raita. If you are looking for something more elaborate in Rajasthani bajra khichdi, feel free to add some spices to the tempering, or maybe even throw in some chopped veggies into the cooker along with the bajra and moong dal. healthy black millet Indian khichdi is good for you as bajra is high in protein and is a complete protein for vegetarians when combined with dal. So as a Vegetarian, include bajra in your diet. Bajra is a great option for those on a gluten-free diet. Enjoy bajra khichdi recipe | Rajasthani bajra khichdi | healthy black millet Indian khichdi with detailed step by step photos below.
Punjabi sarson ka saag recipe | sarson ka saag recipe | healthy sarson da saag | with amazing 29 images. Sarson ka saag recipe is a traditional Punjabi sabzi made with mustard leaves and spinach. Sarson ka saag is also popularly known as sarson da saag in Northern India and is served with makki ki roti. Here, we have used palak leaves but you can also use bathua or radish leaves. sarson ka saag is a spicy bright green Punjabi curry. Punjabi sarson ka saag is mostly made and relished in winters as mustard leaves are easily available during winters. Sarson ka saag is best enjoyed in winters as quality of the ingredients is better when in season. When not in season, make use of canned mustard greens. Sarson da saag is lightly flavored and the greens are what shine and add to the taste. To get the perfect authentic taste, you need to be patient as this recipe to be on the mark needs perfection. Yet the cooking part is quick and easy only the preparation time is time consuming. All you need to do is clean the leaves, chop and blanch them. Make sure you immediately drain and transfer them to ice-cold water so that we do not lose out on the color of the vegetables and the color is retained. To make Punjabi sarson ka saag recipe blend mustard leaves and spinach to a course mixture with green chillies. Further, heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan. You can use makhan or butter If you wish to. Add garlic ginger and onions to it. Sarson ka saag is mild in flavor and no complicated ingredients are added to the Punjabi sabzi. Next, add the course palak sarsaon mixture and add Indian spices turmeric, red chili powder and coriander powder, cook for few minutes and the super delicious Punjabi sarson ka saag is ready to be relished! Do not pressure cook the leaves as you may lose the color of the leaves and they may turn black. See why we think this is a healthy sarson da saag recipe? Mustard leaves are the storehouse of many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. Mustards are very low in calories and fats. However, its dark-green leaves contain a very good amount of fiber that helps control cholesterol level by interfering with its absorption in the gut. Mustard leaves in Punjabi sarson ka saag have a unique flavour that is mildly bitter but quite pleasing to the palate. In order to decrease the bitterness, the mustard leaves are first cooked in boiling water with the spinach before being blended and sautéed with flavourful ingredients like garlic and onions. A dash of spice powders add more zing to this delicious Punjabi sarson ka saag, making it a treat to the taste buds. Serve this delicious Sarson ka Saag with Makki ki Roti and a dallop of butter or makhan topped over it, to make a satiating North Indian meal. One can also have Sarson ka Saag with butter garlic naan. Enjoy Punjabi sarson ka saag recipe | sarson ka saag recipe | healthy sarson da saag | with detailed step by step recipe photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Taste bhi, health bhi! Really! This sumptuous Ragi Roti is rich in calcium and protein, which are required to support our bones and maintain the cells in our body respectively. With the mild tanginess of curds, spicy notes of green chillies and the exciting crunch of grated carrot and spring onions, these rotis are also very delicious. You should be able to roll these rotis comfortably with a little flour for dusting. But, if you find it difficult, you can place the dough portions between two plastic sheets dusted with ragi flour and roll, so it will be easier. Also, take care to use flat tongs as these rotis are soft and brittle, with a tendency to tear easily. Serve hot off the flame for a satiating and earthy meal!
stuffed nachni roti | stuffed nachni roti with cauliflower, karela, methi | healthy ragi paratha | with 25 amazing images These scrumptious stuffed nachni rotis are made out of nachni and whole wheat flour, and stuffed with a flavourful vegetable filling. The succulent filling adds softness to the stuffed nachni roti making them more enjoyable. The combination of karela and cauliflower gives a well-balanced flavour and texture to the stuffing mixture, which is resplendent with the perky aroma and flavour of fenugreek leaves. You will be surprised to see that the bitterness of ingredients like karela and fenugreek, which are excellent foods for diabetics, are beautifully offset by the cauliflower in healthy ragi paratha. We love Ragi flour as it is high in protein and great source for vegetarians. In addition its gluten-free, fibre rich food which in turn is good for diabetics and a healthy heart. One thing you need to remember about the stuffed nachni roti is that the vegetable stuffing has to be made just before making the rotis, because it will get watery after sometime, making it difficult to roll them. Also, make sure you serve the stuffed nachni roti with cauliflower, karela, methi hot and fresh off the tava. Enjoy this and many more diabetic-friendly snacks like Mini Oats Bhakri Pizza , Mint and Masoor Tikkis , Buckwheat Dhoklas and Karela Muthias . Enjoy how to make stuffed nachni roti | stuffed nachni roti with cauliflower, karela, methi | healthy ragi paratha with detailed step by step photos below.
undhiyu recipe | Surti undhiyu | Oondhiya | authentic Gujarati undhiyu | with 60 amazing images. Oondhiya is a classic Gujarati vegetable from the city of Surat and hence also called Surti undhiyu. Oondhiya is a preparation of vegetables and fenugreek muthias cooked in an aromatic blend of spices. A traditional undhiyu recipe requires hours on end to make. Here, we have presented a faster version using a pressure cooker that also uses less oil. Undhiyu is a one pot vegetable dish that is the hallmark of Gujarati vegetarian cuisine. Generally preparing undhiyu takes a lot of time and needs patience. Traditionally the veggies are cooked or fried in batches. There are usually three versions of Undhiyu, matla undhiyu, Kathiyawadi undhiyu and the version we have made which is surti undhiyu. As this undhiyu is cooked in pressure cooker, this recipe doesn’t take much time. The name “Undhiyu” is derived from the Gujarati word “undhu” which means upside down. Tradionally undhiyu is cooked in an earthen pot called matti nu matlu in gujju. The pots are sealed and placed upside down in a fire pit dug in the ground. the slow cooking in the earthen pot gives the dish a rustic flavor and taste. This method of making undhiyu is still used in my village, the flavor and aroma is distinctive. Undhiyu is specially made in winter as some veggies used for making are only available in winter. My mother would make undhiyu for special occasions and also family get-togethers along with poori’s and aamras. Being a Gujarati I grew up with Undhiyu as special dish for which we has to wait all year long until the winters started and we would still just get to enjoy this vegetable for 2-3 months, but now-a-days everything is easily available. Every Gujarati household makes Undhiyu for Sunday lunch or festival like Uttarayan when the vegetables are in season. The dish is a seasonal one, comprising the vegetables that are available during the winter, including green beans or new peas, small eggplants, muthia (dumplings/fritters made with fenugreek leaves, potatoes, and purple yam, yam. You can also add green peas if you wish to. Ingredients of undhiyu are now available all year but are very expensive in the off season and the quality of the vegetables are not very good. To save on time further, you can buy readymade dry muthias. However, ensure you add them along with the vegetables so that they turn soft on cooking. Ummmmm… I am reminded of Jalabi, Puri and oondhiya… trust me, that is the perfect combination to win a Gujarati's heart! Enjoy undhiyu recipe | Surti undhiyu | Oondhiya | authentic Gujarati undhiyu | with detailed step by step recipe photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes the contrast between the simplicity of a dish and its complex flavour is striking! Til Gur ki Roti is a perfect example of this phenomenon. With minimal ingredients and an extremely simple procedure, you get a delectable roti that surprises you with its exciting crispness and lingering flavour. Cook these wheat flour, jaggery and sesame rotis over a slow flame, to ensure that the insides are well cooked too.
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 by Tarla Dalal
til chikki recipe | til gur ki chikki | 3 ingredient til ki chikki | how to make til chikki at home | with 15 amazing images. Til chikki is a traditional recipe of India made during the festival of Makar Sankranti (kite flying festival). Making this til gur ki chikki is definitely an art which needs precision. Learn how to make til chikki at home in a step-by-step manner. To make 3 ingredient til ki chikki, you need to dry roast the sesame seeds and then melt ghee and jaggery well. To this melted ghee-jaggery mixture, add the roasted til and mix well. Spread the mixture on a greased thali and with the help of a greased rolling pin roll it thinly or thickly as you like. Cut into pieces and allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, remove the pieces and serve. This til chikki is a nutritious treat for to-be moms, as the winning combo of sesame seeds and jaggery gives a good boost of iron, which is required to maintain healthy haemoglobin levels. A good amount of iron in the body ensures a proper supply of oxygen and nutrients to the baby. Pop a Til Chikki into your mouth whenever you feel nauseous, and you are sure to feel better instantly. It’s a tradition to make thistil gur ki chikki during Sankrant festival. When making this chikki, follow the procedure exactly, as it is important to cook the jaggery to the right stage for a perfect outcome. Often til laddus are also made during this festival. Alo try other chikkis like Cashew Chikki, Mixed Til Chikki, Oats and Walnut Chikki and Kurmura Chikki. Enjoy til chikki recipe | til gur ki chikki | 3 ingredient til ki chikki | how to make til chikki at home | with step by step photos.
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 by Tarla Dalal
golpapdi recipe | Gujarati gol papdi | gur papdi | sukhdi | with amazing 16 images. golpapdi recipe is a traditional Gujarati sweet dish prepared with whole-wheat flour and jaggery. Gujarati gol papdi is one of the quickest sweet to prepare and also this wheat flour based sweet is easier to prepare than any of the other traditional Gujarati sweets. The texture of golpapdi is not like kaju katli or a barfi, it is quite crumbly yet melt in your mouth texture. The texture is derived by addition of ghee. Gujarati gol papdi is made with the most basic Indian sweet ingredients and I am also sure that each ingredient used in the recipe is definitely available in every Indian household pantry. The recipe is hassel-free and quite easy to prepare yet you need to be a little patient while preparing gol papdi. Also, before adding the jaggery to the golpapdi make sure to turn the flame off as you do not want to boil the jaggery and reach one string consistency. That will make the sukhdi hard and chewy. Add more or less jaggery as per your taste. Make sure to chop the jaggery or grate it as it will melt faster. Store sukhdi in an air-tight container. Traditionally sukhdi is eaten during the winters as it provides your body with warmth. I usually have gol papdi made and stored which helps kill the craving of sweets. Since golpapdi does not have too much ghee and is trouble-free to prepare, you can even make it often as an evening snack. In the winters, you can also add edible gum (gaund) to this golpapdi recipe as done in many states of Gujarat. Learn to make golpapdi recipe | Gujarati gol papdi | gur papdi | sukhdi | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
There’s nothing better than a piping hot bowl of soup to help you get past harsh winters. Add an assortment of vegetables to the soup, and you have a meal that is nutritious and delicious. Tomato gives this soup a slight tanginess while celery and bayleaves add a pleasant flavour. Include any vegetable that is in season and serve bubbling hot with parsley and grated cheese. Toasted croutons or caraway seed toast make a nice accompaniment.
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 by Tarla Dalal
gajar ka halwa with khoya | carrot halwa | authentic gajar ka halwa | with 14 amazing images. Our gajar ka halwa with khoya is a Punjabi carrot halwa recipe. Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of authentic gajar ka halwa proves that! gajar ka halwa with khoya is made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world. Tips for gajar ka halwa with khoya. 1. Make use of tender, juicy, firm red carrots to get that naturally sweet gajar ka halwa. 2. You can add more or less sugar as per the sweetness you prefer. 3. Add the mava. It adds a rich, creamy texture to carrot halwa. 4. Garnish gajar halwa with almond slivers. Other dried fruits like raisins, cashew nuts, pistachios can also be added. This famous Punjabi carrot halwa is prepared in households all over India for offering to God on puja days as well as to celebrate festivals and weddings. gajar ka halwa with khoya on it's own, but to make it more exciting have it with Rabri or Vanilla Ice-cream. Learn to make gajar ka halwa with khoya | carrot halwa | authentic gajar ka halwa | with step by step photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
hare lehsun ki sabzi recipe | fresh green garlic sabzi | with amazing 9 images. Fresh green garlic is one of spring’s gifts to us, and here is a wonderful hare lehsun ki sabzi recipe to make good use of it! So we have got you a super quick recipe which can be made in blink of an eye which is hare lehsun ki sabzi recipe. The best part is that once you keep all the ingredients ready, it takes just a minute to prepare this hare lehsun ki sabzi recipe. Hare lehsun ki sabzi is the super easy and quick to make. Having a long and tiring day? This sabzi is an ideal recipe for you. All you need to preare this sabzi is 4 ingredients. To make fresh green garlic sabzi all you need to do is heat ghee in a pan, add chopped hara lehsun followed by turmeric powder and chili powder, along some salt and mix well. Your hara lehsun ka sabzi is ready!! Make sure to heat the ghee really well, because the rest of the procedure just involves mixing in the remaining ingredients, which get automatically cooked in the heat of the ghee. Add a little less salt while making the Hare Lehsun ki Sabzi, when compared to other vegetable preparations. This mouth-watering delight, which uses the green and white portions of fresh green garlic, is a perfect accompaniment for roti and can also be served as a side dish with the main course. Enjoy fresh green garlic sabzi immediately on preparation, before it dries up. Enjoy hare lehsun ki sabzi recipe | fresh green garlic sabzi | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
bhakri recipe | Gujarati Style Biscuit Bhakri | Kathiyawadi Bhakri | with 16 amazing images bhakri recipe is typically biscuit-like bread flavoured with ghee and cumin seeds. The Kathiyawadi Bhakri is popular in Maharastra and Gujarat cuisine. Generally, there are two types of bhakhris—one is Gujarati Style Biscuit Bhakri while the other is puffed up whole wheat bhakri recipe served with ghee. I would like to share 4 important tips to make the perfect bhakri recipe. 1. Gradually add water to knead into a stiff dough. If the dough becomes soft then the bhakris will not become crispy like biscuit. My grandmother makes use of milk to knead the Gujarati bhakri dough. 2. With the help of a rolling pin rollGujarati Style Biscuit Bhakri into a 100 mm. (4”) diameter thick circle. It should be thicker than paratha. If the edges crack too much when you roll the bhakri then you may need to add some water or milk additionally to make the dough little smooth. 3. Once rolled, make small groves evenly over the rolled Gujarati bhakri using the edge of the rolling pin, as shown here. By doing so the bhakri will cook uniformly. 4. Keep flipping theGujarati bhakri every 30 seconds to 1 minute and pressing it with the khakhra press till golden brown spots appear on both the sides and it turns crispy. It would take around 8-9 minutes for a Gujarati bhakri (Kathiyawadi Bhakri Recipe | Gujarati Style Biscuit Bhakri recipe) to be cooked completely. If you cook the bhakris on a high flame you will notice that brown spots will appear very quickly, but it will be under cooked from inside. If you plan to take Kathiyawadi Bhakri along when travelling, make them smaller and crispier. In any case, apply pressure when cooking so that the insides get cooked evenly. Serve the bhakri immediately off the tava with Trevti Dal. Enjoy how to make bhakri recipe | Gujarati Style Biscuit Bhakri | Kathiyawadi Bhakri with detailed step by step photos below.
punjabi baingan bharta | baingan bharta | punjabi eggplant | roasted eggplant mash | with 19 amazing images Punjabi food incorporates very innovative cooking methods, be it the use of the tandoor or the concept of cooking vegetables directly over the flame thus endowing the vegetable with a great smoky flavour. The Punjabi Baingan Bharta has many fans all over the world. Baingan or brinjal cooked directly over the flame till the skin is charred and can be peeled off combined with a fine blend of spices and some ghee makes up this brilliant Baingan Bharta creation. While selecting the brinjal for this Baingan Bharta be sure to choose one's that are large with a shiny smooth surface as these are likely to have a lower number of seeds. All in all this scrumptious Punjabi Baingan Bharta dish is worth all the time and mess it may create! The Baingan Bharta teams up well with rotis like Missi Roti, Bajra Roti, Chawal ki Roti, Tandoori Roti and Moghlai Roti. Enjoy how to make Baingan Bharta recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Gaund is an edible gum, extracted from the bark of a tree. Pale, brownish yellow coloured crystals of gaund are easily available in shops. You first need to deep-fry the crystals till they fluff up and then powder them before use in recipes. Gaund is a heat-giving food that is heartily devoured in Rajasthan 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. This traditional winter delicacy is often had with a glass of warm milk for breakfast, while some prefer to enjoy it as a dessert after a nice meal!
Makai ki roti has a crisp feel that makes it quite unique. This is an energy-giving food that adds a lot of value to your menu whether for breakfast or for lunch. What is more, you don’t even have to sweat over elaborate accompaniments. You can simply serve this with curds and pickles, to make a sumptuous meal.
 
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Winter Foods in India
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 on 01 Dec 18 03:23 PM


Winter Foods in India
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 on 07 Feb 18 08:00 AM


I cooked Baingan Bharta. For Baingan Bharta I also made small amount of Punjabi Masala. Dish resulted into 100% perfection. Thank you very much Tarla didi for such wonderful recipes.....easy, convenient and delicious.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words...do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them..happy cooking !!
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07 Feb 18 08:42 AM
Winter Foods in India
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 on 04 Mar 17 01:37 PM


During winter we really need good healthy food to keep our body warm and healthy. Good recipe informations provided here like recipe on chikkis, ondiyya, sweet etc.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Jasmine for the feedback.
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30 Nov 17 09:27 AM