Winter food in India has a lot of variety and most of us crave warm and spicy food. Somehow appetite increases as well. Hot food, rich flavours and warm delicacies are perfect to indulge during the cold season. So here are my top recipes and food that you can enjoy in winters in India.
I don’t know about you but all I want in cold Indian winters is curl up my fingers around hot masala tea and enjoy some crunchy hot pakora on the side. A hot bowl of soup in the evenings along with buttery toast is surely one of most loved winter delight.
I know winter food is rich but satisfying your cravings and adding a bit of warmth to our daily routine okay.
Here are a few Winter season dishes that are an absolute must on our Indian winter food list! Do try out these amazing Indian winter recipes at least once in2020.
Gajar ka halwa
The most loved winter recipe Gajar ka halwa is must make dessert in most homes. Piping hot halwa topped with nuts is totally irresistible. You can make it in any season but red carrots in winter are best for making this carrot halwa. We especially wait for winters to indulge our taste buds. Gajar Halwa Recipe.
Sarson ka saag winter special Punjabi recipe that is prepared with fresh mustard green and a mix of other greens. Served with makki ki roti topped with a big fat dollop of white butter and gud(jaggery) on the side this saag is a Punjabi delicacy and awaited the whole year.
Undhiyu is a Gujarati winter special dish. It takes time to make but the time and effort spent are totally worth it. A lot of winter vegetables, fresh fenugreek and spices go into making undhiyu and It tastes almost heavenly! With poori and shrikhand this makes one incredibly delicious winter meal. On its own, it tastes good and is one of the best healthy winter foods in India.
Gond ke laddu is a nutritionally dense dessert and potent ingredients to fight chilly winters. These ladoo have warming properties and these can be stored for longer periods. Usually, these are made and stored for months during winters.
Besan ke laddu is a popular sweet made throughout the year. But during winters these rich and indulgent laddus make a delicious energy-rich breakfast along with a glass of milk.
You can’t store them as much time as you can store Gond ke laddoo but every winter you must make a small batch and enjoy this Indian winter dish.
Just like Gond ke laddu, Panjiri is a rich and delicious winter dish that is prepared with a mix of ghee, wheat flour and a lot of nuts. Energy-dense foods like these were made and consumed in large amounts to keep warm in old times.
Even now portion control servings of delicious panjiri are great because it has ingredients with many health benefits and are nutrient-packed.
Winter is the best time for getting fresh greens in India. Make the best use of it with these crispy methi pakora with the best methi of winters. Serve these Air-fried Ragi Methi Pakora with masala chai and enjoy a blissful evening sipping tea and biting into crispy fenugreek pakora.
Matar Ka Nimona
Matar ka Nimona, a UP style Indian curry made with fresh green peas, potatoes and very minimal spices. Make this with fresh winter peas to enjoy this tasty soupy curry, this is perfect to pair with rice or chapati/paratha.
Matar Ki Ghugni
UP style Hare matar ki ghugni recipe. Ghugani is a tasty healthy and traditional tea time snack from Eastern India. You can serve it either as a Teatime snack/ Chai Nashta or breakfast. It is a Vegan, gluten-free and totally dairy-free snack recipe.
Matar ki tahri or gobi ki tahri are two absolute winter special dishes that are a must try when fresh peas and seasonal cauliflower is available in winters. Get the recipe of Mixed Veg Tahri.
Make use of best tasting winter vegetables like cauliflower, peas, red carrots and make this maharashtrian special spicy Masale bhaat. It tastes best with seasonal peas and cauliflower during winters. That is why this is must in my list of Indian winter foods.
Til Wali Bhuni Khichdi/Makar Sankranti Special
This Chana dal til wali khichdi is one of the best recipe for winters. With goodness of sesame seeds and ghee this is warming comforting and nourishing dish all at the same time. This is especially made and enjoyed on Makar sankranti and lohri.
Haldi doodh, Turmeric Milk, turmeric latte, golden milk, call it by any name but this one of the best warm drinks for winters. A healthy immunity boosting drink is a powerful combination of two ingredients: milk and turmeric. I have shared which ingredients to use, my tried and tested tips with the right method to make haldi wala doodh.
Kadha recipe, a traditional Indian drink that is Mom’s secret formula and home remedy for the common cold, flu. It helps in protecting from infections that are common during monsoons and winters. This Grandma’s Kadha is packed with herbs and spices to increase immunity.
Dry fruit milkshake recipes are quite simple and fairly easy to make. With richness and nutrition of dry fruits and nuts and the flavour of saffron (Kesar) and Cardamom (Elachi), this is a perfect drink to start your day. Dry fruit milk keeps you warm through the day in the winters.
There is nothing that tastes more delicious than a warm bowl Sheer Kurma of rich semiya dish from Hyderabad. Especially in winters we simply love love this quick and delicious dessert in winters.