Winter season is just around the corner, and it’s time to take special care of your health. What you eat is a huge part of your health. Our ancestors know this very well, which is why a traditionally seasonal change brought about a dietary change in India.
If you visited your grandmother during winter, you would be treated to special treats like Gond ke laddoo, til pitha, or gajar ka halwa. If you live far away from home and miss these special winter treats, we’ve got some good news. You can order healthy and nutritious winter special foods with Mealawe, Pune’s best homemade food delivery service.
Here are ten classic winter special recipes that you can order from your nearby home kitchens –
1. Sarson ka saag
Sarson ka saag is a traditional Punjabi dish prepared with mustard greens, ginger, and garlic. It is traditionally served with makki ki roti. The green mustard leaves are a good source of iron and dietary fibre. Add a dollop of white butter to this saag and enjoy this winter treat.
2. Bajra khichdi
Bajra khichdi is a traditional Rajasthani dish that is made during the winter season. This nutritious dish has a slightly chewy texture and is easy to prepare. It is rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and fibre. Bajra khichdi also contains iron, which helps prevent and control anemia.
3. Moong dal halwa
Mong dal halwa is a delicious dessert eaten during the winter season. It is supposed to keep the body warm and protect it from winter. It is made with yellow moong dal, milk, and ghee. It is packed with protein and zinc. It also contains potassium and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure.
Nihari is a stew in which the shank meat of goat or lamb is cooked with bone marrow. This famous dish dates back to the Mughal era. It is traditionally eaten during chilly winter mornings for breakfast. You can eat it with a khameeri or tandoori roti. Since Nihari contains a lot of proteins and fats, eating it can keep you warm during winter.
Panjiri is a winter delicacy made with wheat flour, ghee, sugar, cardamom, spices, and a generous amount of dry fruits. It contains heat-generating ingredients like sonth(dry ginger powder), goond( edible gum), and kamarkas (gum of the Palash tree). Although roasting all the elements can take some time, Panjiri is easy to make. Besides keeping the body warm in winter, Panjiri is also an excellent postpartum food as it speeds up recovery after delivery.
6. Gond ke laddoo
Gond ke laddoo is a popular winter sweet from North India. It is made from gond, an edible gum extracted from tree bark. Its special nutritional powers are believed to beat the winter chills. Once prepared, you can store it for months. It also helps prevent constipation and keeps your digestive system healthy.
7. Kharode soup
Kharode ka soup, also known as paya ka shorba, is clear bone broth made with goat or lamb trotters. It traces its origin back to the Mughal era. It is slow-cooked on low heat for hours to release the nutrients and minerals from the meat. This broth has a rich flavor, are is highly nourishing during sickness or injury. It is a popular non-vegetarian soup taken during the winter season.
8. Til pitha
Til pitha is a traditional Assamese dish. It is a rice flour pancake stuffed with a filling of ground black sesame seeds and jaggery. These crunchy snacks are made during Bihu, the main harvest festival of Assam. Black sesame seeds are prized in Ayurveda for their ability to generate and heat and energy in the body.
9. Gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa or Gajrela is the perfect winter dessert since carrots are available in plenty during the winter. Made by simmering grated carrots in full-fat milk, it is a popular sweet dish during this season. Carrots contain vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which helps strengthen the immune system.
Rasam is the best during chilly winters when you are suffering from a cough or cold. This south Indian soup, made with toor dal, gets its unique flavour and goodness from tomatoes, tamarind, and lemon. Some recipes of rasam also include ginger, pepper, and drumsticks.
These winter dishes are healthy and tasty. They will help you stay warm and provide you with the nutrients that are necessary for winter.
Order these classic homemade winter specials from Mealawe and ensure that you remain fit and energetic during the winter season. Let us know which one you liked the best!