Winter has here, and it’s perfectly acceptable to give in to your desires to add a little warmth to your everyday routine. From Gur masala to gur revri, you can make a mouth full of sweetness and warmness.
These foods and snacks from various parts of India are just great to munch on when paired with hot chai or even as a stand-alone treat!
So, forget about the calorie counter and tuck into these treats instead:
Daulat ki Chaat
This meal, also known as malai makhan, is popular in Delhi throughout the winter months of October to February.
If you’ve ever visited Chandni Chowk’s narrow streets, you owe it to yourself to try this light and frothy concoction prepared from churning milk and cream.
Every person who has a sweet tooth, and even those who don’t, loves this delightful treat. In Delhi and Punjab, jalebis are often served with milk, while in locations like Indore and Udaipur, jalebis with poha are a popular combo.
Even when we’re alone, however, hot jalebis that are extremely thin and crunchy to bite onto make us salivate.
Nolen Gurer Sandesh
This Bengali sweet delicacy is made using date palm jaggery, which is only available during the winter months. This dish heralds the arrival of the winter season and is the sweetest bite you’ll ever have!
Nihari is a beef-based broth dish that can also be prepared with chicken or mutton. This meal is commonly served with soft puris and is cooked overnight and eaten as a morning dish in various parts of Lucknow. Because the meal is cooked overnight, the beef is soft and delicious, making it ideal for cold winter mornings.
Moong Daal ke Ladoo or Ram Ladoo
Although they are known as ladoos, this popular roadside snack available on all Delhi streets is anything from sweet. You’ll find it difficult to stop at just one or even two plates of this traditional green gramme (moong daal) dish topped with radishes and spicy mint and coriander chutney.
In the winter, choliya or hara chana is readily available, and when combined with plain rice, it provides for a refreshing twist on the classic pulao. It’s a simple meal that’s perfect for quick preparation, especially when you’re craving light dinners.
Beetroot thoran, a classic Kerala meal made with turmeric and chillies, is usually served with rice. This recipe is simple to make, and stir-frying the beetroot gives it a deep flavour that is a delicious treat for your taste buds.
Shakarkandi ki Chaat
Shakarkandi ki chaat, a street side snack that should be on every food lover’s list, comes with the arrival of the winter chill. Sweet potatoes are a delicious combination of sweet and salty, and they can be eaten boiled or fried. What’s not to appreciate about that?
At the conclusion of a long day, this finely crushed wheat mixture loaded with sugar, ghee, and almonds will be anxiously waiting for you. Just be careful not to consume the entire collection in one sitting while binge-watching your favourite show.
Gajar ka halwa is a winter classic that’s packed with taste and homemade affection. Winters in India are incomplete without gajar ka halwa, from searching for hidden cashew nuts to scraping the dish for the last crumbs.
Gond Ka Ladoos
What comfort food is all about is a box full of delectable ladoos made with love by grandmothers. Winter brings out a wide range of flavours, including the Rajasthani specialty of gond ka ladoo. This meal, which is made with edible gum resins and huge amounts of ghee, can be quite heavy to eat, but every bite appears to be worth the extra mile on the treadmill! Here