5 ways to indulge and keep warm this winter with Indian food & drink.
Winter is a time for pure indulgence.
Think heart-warming roasts and soul-comforting stews, followed by the perfect melt-in-your-mouth cake to top it off, all washed down by your favourite drink.
It seems like the cold weather makes us eat big.
Indian Winter Wonderland
India is no stranger to cold weather.
More so before technology became widespread. With no heating system in homes, the days and nights were often spent in extreme temperatures. In fact, most of the buildings were designed for warm weather, not for cold weather.
The warmth had to come from someplace else. No radiators or heaters to give heat, just the traditional gathering round wood-fires to keep warm. But people noticed certain foods had a warming effect on their bodies that helped combat the biting cold.
After generations of trying different combinations, mouth-watering winter dishes were developed to keep the soul warm and comfortable.
So what’s better than warming your heart with Indian winter food? With a wide variety of dishes. From sweetmeats to curries. You’re spoilt for choice. We’ve chosen 2 drinks, 2 sweet dishes, and 1 super curry for you to get inspiration from.
Here is a list of our favourite winter warmers.
- Masala Tea
A traditional Indian beverage. Masala tea is simple tea brewed with aromatic spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Each fragrant spice brings its own unique health benefits.
No two houses make masala tea the same way. Each house will have a unique taste. Whichever version of tea you sip. It’s a great way to brighten up your morning, give you a boost to tackle the rest of the day, or offer solace and comfort at the end of a long day.
2. Turmeric latte
Traditionally known as Haldi Doodh. This immune-boosting drink is super popular when the cold season hits and the sniffles and coughs start.
Turmeric is known for its antioxidant effects. So it’s a perfect alternative way to stave off illness. Other fragrant spices like cinnamon and ginger are also added to add to the earthly taste of turmeric.
A delicious drink as well as a fabulous healthy drink
3. Gajar ka halwa
A popular sweet dish made with carrots. This winter dessert originates in Punjab and is extremely popular in North India.
Winter is the season for carrots, making this a true winter dessert. Your body will warm up whether you have this dish warm or cold.
Made with carrots, ghee/butter, milk, and aromatic spices. You’ll easily find the ingredients to make this winter must.
Lapsi is a traditional sweet dish popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan. This warming dish is usually made on special occasions. Made with Dalia (broken wheat). It’s sweet and easy to make.
The broken wheat is roasted with ghee/butter to bring a lovely golden colour, giving off an intense aroma, and satisfying taste.
Often described as a humble dish due to its simplicity and ease.
An ideal stew for winter. Nihari is mostly eaten at the beginning of the day.
Yes, that’s right, for breakfast.
Traditionally, Nihari is slow-cooked for a few hours before being ready to enjoy. So if you’re planning on making this dish get ready for an early morning.
The ingredients give warmth and energy to a labourer until the next meal. And it is said to be a home remedy for the common cold and fever. The perfect dish for winter.
I hope today’s post inspired you to explore Indian winter foods. So I want to turn it over to you:
Which of these will you try first?
Gajar ka Halwa?
Or even something different?
Whichever you choose, share your photos with us on our social media.