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 Winter Foods in India

  Last Updated : Jul 12,2018






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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
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. 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 curds or raita. If you are looking for something more elaborate, 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.
This famous recipe from north India is made with a combination of greens, namely spinach and mustard leaves. Mustard leaves 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 tomatoes and onions. A dash of spice powders add more zing to this delicious subzi, making it a treat to the taste buds. Serve this delicious Sarson ka Saag with Makai ki Roti, to make a satiating north Indian meal.
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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!
These scrumptious rotis are made out of nachni and whole wheat flour, and stuffed with a flavourful vegetable filling. The succulent filling adds softness to the nachni rotis, 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. 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 rotis hot and fresh off the tava.
Oondhiya is a classic Gujarati preparation of vegetables and fenugreek dumplings cooked in an aromatic blend of spices. A traditional recipe that is very popular in surat, the original version requires hours on end! Here, we have presented a faster version using a pressure cooker that also uses less oil. 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!
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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
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. Pop a Til Chikki into your mouth whenever you feel nauseous, and you are sure to feel better instantly. When making this chikki, follow the procedure exactly, as it is important to cook the jaggery to the right stage for a perfect outcome. In the early stages of pregnancy, when til is avoided, you can other options like Peanut Chikki or almond chikki. Alo try other chikkis like Cashew Chikki , Mixed Til Chikki , Oats and Walnut Chikki and Kurmura Chikki .
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 by Tarla Dalal
This wheat flour based sweet is easier to prepare than any of the other traditional Gujarati sweets . Since it does not have too much ghee and is trouble-free to prepare, you can even make it often as an evening snack.Remember to grate the jaggery thinly to avoid lumps. In the winters, you can also add edible gum (gaund) to this recipe as done in many states of Gujarat.
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
Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of Gajar Halwa proves that! Made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world. This famous sweet 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 is great on it's own, but to make it more exciting have it with Rabri or Vanilla Ice-cream .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Fresh green garlic is one of spring’s gifts to us, and here is a wonderful recipe to make good use of it! The best part is that once you keep all the ingredients ready, it takes just a minute to prepare this Hare Lehsun ki Subzi. Take care 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 Subzi, 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 it immediately on preparation, before it dries up.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Bhakhri is typically biscuit-like bread flavoured with ghee and cumin seeds. Generally, there are two types of bhakhris—one is cooked like a biscuit while the other is puffed up and served with ghee. If you plan to take bhakhris along when travelling, make them smaller and crispier. In any case, apply pressure when cooking so that the insides get cooked evenly.
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 creation. While selecting the brinjal for this recipe 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 dish is worth all the time and mess it may create! The bharta teams up well with rotis like Missi Roti , Bajra Roti , Chawal ki Roti , Tandoori Roti and Moghlai Roti .
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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 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