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, fluffychapattis right off the tava, crispy pakodas, or a sumptuous paratha with tongue-tickling stuffing, 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.
The markets are loaded with the best and brightest of the seasonal fruits and vegetables.Pick up your shopping bags and get some fresh vegetables home. Flawlessly green surtipapadi, juicy carrots, bright and fresh sarson and of course, the season’s very special kand.
Below is a collection of some of our favorite winter recipes, do try them in your home kitchen and let us know how you enjoyed them!