Winter is the best season to binge on seasonal delicacies that are not only scrumptious, but also possess several benefits that aid you to stay warm, retain body heat thereby strengthening your immunity. Body chills in winter could lead to mineral deficiencies in the body that need to be supplemented through a right diet. Here is a list of best delicacies that shall entertain your taste buds throughout winter. Caution – This list may cause instant salivation.
- Gajar Ka Halwa
One of the most famed winter specials, gajar ka halwa is an all-time favourite delicacy. And surely, the chilly winters add to its taste as well as demand. This sweet and sumptuous dish cooked with ghee and sprinkled generously with dry fruits, gets tastier during winter due to the availability of fresh, sweet carrots.
Tubers like carrots are rich in dietary fiber and helps to regulate the body’s blood sugar levels which tends to fluctuate during the winter season. Clarified butter is renowned for enhancing physical and mental health and gives the body much required warmth, along with dry fruits which helps combat colds.
- Sarson Da Saag
Sarson or mustard leaves is one ingredient that’s full of iron and protein. Sarson da saag is a traditional Punjabi dish which made in the winters which is also the harvest season. Paired best with makki di roti ( a match made in heaven ), homemade butter, sarson da saag is packed with several nutritional benefits.. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties thereby making it a beneficial vegetable which is easily available in winters.
- Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are available in plenty in this season. Different people eat this vegetable in several different ways. Some roast it, some boil and then spice it up but the most popular way of consumption of this vegetable is cooked with spices eaten along with naan or indian roti. They are rich in vitamins and have a high fiber content that is helpful for our body. Roasting it with herbs also makes up for a great afternoon snack.
- Rogan Gosht
This Kashmiri winter delicacy is a beautiful culinary experience which stuffed with nuts and dry fruits along with some really pungent spices that lends warmth to the body. Mutton is a hearty ingredient that when cooked to perfection in traditional spices to make a hot and delicious dish protects your body from winter chills.
- Paya Shorba
Famous for generating heat in the body, Paya shorba is a soup that is made with hoof of a cow, goat or lamb. This meaty broth is cooked with spices and makes for a scrumptious soup. Jam packed with nutritional benefits, this shorba made with paya is highly recommended in the winters and makes for a great meal in itself.
A Gujarati winter specialty, Undhiyo is made with a vegetable called papdi. It grows on creepers in this season. Papdi and other vegetables such as brinjals, sweet potatoes, peas etc are tossed together with traditional heat-generating spices to make a pungent veg dry stew. It is served with puris, indian breads like rotis or traditionally ( Gujarathi way ) with methi muthiyas. Methi or fenugreek too is a heat generating condiment that provides warmth to the body.
Happy Holidays and Happy Munching Everyone!