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Top 10 Indian Hot Drinks for Winter, Cold Weather
Last Updated : Apr 27,2017
Top 10 Indian Hot Drinks for Winter, Cold Weather
Warm your insides in the cold season with a selection of hot beverages from across the country
Just as summer brings with it a host of cool drinks, winter is the time to indulge in warm beverages that help dispel the chills. People in different regions across the country have their own special winter drinks, recipes for which have been handed down over the generations. Ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and peppercorns help generate heat in the body and are added generously to hot drinks in this season. These concoctions not only help to warm the body, they also help combat winter conditions like cold, coughs and stuffy noses. The most famous is the Masala Chai and Black Tea drunk all over the country.
If fruit juice makes you think of a long cool summer drink, think again. Fresh fruit juices like apple of pomegranate boiled with a few cloves and sticks of cinnamon make wonderful winter potions. Check your supermarket shelves for hot Turkish fruit teas like apple, pomegranate, and kiwi, or make your own versions with a little imagination.
Look at other states for inspiration if you would like to experiment. Kashmir is famous for its Kashmiri Kahwa, a delectable blend of green tea with saffron, almonds, and cardamoms. In Gujarat hot Kesari Masala Doodh and steaming hot Masala Chai are the choices for the season. Rajasthan favours a bajra-buttermilk mix called Bajra Raab.
Whether you drink these beverages for their medicinal benefits or just to enjoy their warmth-giving properties, these recipes from across the country will help you face this winter with considerable more comfort!
Top 10 Indian Hot Drinks For Winter, Cold Weather
Kashmiri Kahwa, a classic drink from the Himalayan valley, is a soul-warming drink that resonates with the power of Indian spices.
Here, green tea is infused with a range of spices including cinnamon and cardamom, and served with a touch of saffron and a garnish of chopped almonds.
Indeed, this is one exciting cuppa that you will love to smell, sip and bite too! You will find that the Kashmiri Kahwa will instantly perk you up with its amazing aroma and flavour.
You can also try other unique drinks like the Orange Green Tea
and Phudina Green Tea
Lemon Honey Water is a soothing herbal concoction that has amazing effects when had in the morning. Millions of people across the world start the day with it, and enjoy its health benefits. It is also excellent to soothe the throat.
While making Lemon Honey Water, you must note that the water must only be warm and not hot. Also, this should not be strongly flavoured like lemon juice or lemon tea. It is just 2 tsp of lemon juice for 2 cups of water.
You can also have a go at other herbal drinks like the Herbal Caffeine- Free Tea
or the Phudina Green Tea
Curling your fingers around a steaming hot cup of Masala Chai, slowly sipping the invigoratingly flavoured and aromatic beverage, is like spending quality time with a friend! It can soothe you when you are unwell, rejuvenate you when you are tired, and revive your spirits when you are bored. Turn to this recipe, to learn the perfect way of brewing this magic potion, with the right proportions of chai masala, ginger and other peppy ingredients. Savour the Masala Tea hot and fresh, and avoid reheating it, because that makes tea slightly bitter.
This soothing and aromatic tea is great for relieving stress and also a good remedy for a cold and cough. Also ginger acts as an anti inflammatory agent to the body and all of us have unseen and seen inflammation of the body. So this is an ideal Tea to have in the morning when you get up.
Try other Indian drinks like Masala Chai
or healthy Whey Soup
and Nourishing Barley Soup
Being completely caffeine free, this Tulsi-based herbal tea is a guilt-free cuppa that you can have any time you are feeling down. Tulsi, also known as Indian basil or holy basil, has many medicinal properties. It is a great stress reliever and an effective remedy for cold and cough too. Also note that iron-rich jaggery is used instead of white sugar. You may also add honey to your Herbal Caffeine-free Tea if you like it that way.
Whether you call it a nutritious clear soup, or a refreshing cuppa of tea, this Hot Mushroom Tea is a perfect choice to soothe and rejuvenate yourself for the endless challenges you need to meet every day.
Flavoured mildly with pepper, this soup can be prepared quite quickly if you have cleaned and chopped mushrooms on hand. Just remember to cook the mushrooms well in butter till the raw smell vanishes and it turns a tempting brown in colour.
Summer, winter or monsoon, this is one tea that is sure to pep you up even on the most trying days! The whiffs of lemongrass and mint that escape the kettle promise your taste buds an exciting time ahead, and you will surely not be let down by this spicy, milky tea, which is full of intense flavours and aromas. Make sure you have this refreshing Lemon Grass and Mint Tea fresh and hot, as reheating it will lead to a loss of flavour and sometimes even a little bitterness. The herby accents are best enjoyed fresh!
Comforting and refreshing at the same time, this Tulsi Tea, with its unmistakable herbal accents is a wonderful cure for sore throat.
While the anti-viral and soothing properties of tulsi are well-known, what makes this remedy all the more effective is the addition of lemon juice, which helps cut through the mucus, increases salivation to lubricate the throat, and improves your immunity with its anti-oxidant powers.
Of course, the blend of herbal and lemony flavours is also a hit with the palate!
A cup of Lemon Tea is just what you need to shoo away the gloom! With a refreshingly tangy taste tinged by the exotic sweetness of honey, this tea is sure to rejuvenate your senses and make you feel fresh as a daisy.
Enjoy it in the company of friends, and watch the effect double. You can also try other recipes like the Tulsi Tea
and Fresh Herbal Tea
Jaggery Tea is a soul-warming drink that is ideal to have during the monsoon. It is made by boiling palm jaggery with hand-ground spices like pepper and coriander seeds.
Traces of cumin and a strong flavour of dried ginger add to the refreshing flavour of this drink, making it the perfect cuppa to sip on, when you are tired or down with cold
Black Tea is one of the simplest and most refreshing drinks, forged with the cultures of most world communities. When you visit some places, ‘tea trails’ are part of the heritage and cultural tours. You will realize in such occasions that every tea has a character of its own.
Having your tea black helps you experience the characteristics of different types of tea – its colour, strength, flavour, etc. Here is how to make the perfect Black Tea, sweetened with sugar. It is important to dissolve the sugar completely in the boiling water first before adding the tea, to get the correct strength and consistency.
Serve Black Tea with Jar Snacks
like Baked Puris
, Cheese Chilli Frisbees
, Herbed Sticks
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