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Hot Indian Beverages for Colder Climes

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
02 December 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Guzzling healthy, warming, comforting drinks is exactly what your body needs in winter! Composed of only great-for-you ingredients, these beverages provide protein, healthy fats and a stack of potent antioxidants. While you can sip on hot chai or coffee, let’s take things to the next level, experiment and make it a point to try out these cozy drinks that are crafted for the cold months.

Warming winter drinks

We've rounded up delicious, warming and immune-enhancing hot drinks for winter, for you to sip on and enjoy!

• Kesar elaichi doodh: This one’s definitely a childhood favourite that always makes its way into the kitchen when the temperatures drop. Naturally flavouring your milk with saffron and cardamom is an excellent way of livening up and brightening a beverage without any synthetic additives. The goodness of the luxurious spice – kesar (saffron) infused in milk is absolutely heavenly. Saffron has been touted to have some natural anti-depressant properties. This flavorful, golden drink is the most idyllic way to begin or end your winter day driving those blues away! Chockfull with vital nutrients, this drink keeps you energized.

• Noon chai: A Kashmiri specialty, the noon chai or gulabi chai, is a pretty pink-hued beverage that keeps you warm and snug during the winters. A very festive drink, it’s an awesome way to ring in the winters! The tea is made with not many ingredients and is extremely straightforward to throw together. Comprising of milk, tea leaves, sea salt, and nuts, the noon chai has a gorgeous silky-smooth texture and a nutty taste that’s a real delight for your taste buds! The nuts are the stars of the show - and for good reason! They are laden with protein, vitamin E and fibre and give you all the energy you require. The sea salt is a huge game changer and takes your noon chai to the next level.

• Bajra ni raab: You will feel full because of the complex carbs, satisfying protein and healthy fats in this drink. Although fairly rarely made, there’s absolutely nothing like curling up on the couch with a hot mug of raab on a cold wintry evening. This beverage is super healthy, and without sacrificing on flavor. Bajra, sadly does not get as much recognition as it ought to, given that it is a powerhouse grain. It has a somewhat sweet taste with a mere suggestion of nuttiness. Cook the bajra well in ghee and add jaggery and water. Throw in additional ingredients, like a dash of cardamom, freshly pounded nutmeg, and powdered pepper.

• Tulsi tea:How to Increase Immune System Fight the winter flu with this amazing immune-boosting drink! If you're a health freak, you've most definitely heard of this powerhouse giant – a gorgeous green colour, the tulsi tea is one of the best drinks around for your health. The herb boasts of powerful anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant compounds that shore up your immune mechanism. You could also mix things up and add some grated ginger, powdered dalchini and honey; it greatly enhances the taste and adds to the health quotient! The ginger soothes your tummy and keeps sniffles at bay; while the cinnamon makes sure that you won't be compromising on flavour and getting a ton of benefits!

• Kahwa: Another brilliant Kashmiri specialty, this tea is a fantastic amalgamation of taste and nutrition. A heart-warming winter drink, it unites Kashmiri green tea leaves, crunchy nuts, dried fruits, and fabulous spices. These ingredients can decrease the risk of congestion in the body, bolster your immune mechanism and also help ward off cardiac diseases. This brew is anything but your regular cup of chai! The nuts, dry fruits and spices proffer immense health benefits; additionally, you get a burst of energizing kick from ginger and black pepper. So, you are assured of an explosion of caffeine, along with vital nutrients that your body requires.

• Bâdam doodh:How to Increase Immune System Milk infused with finely chopped almonds is an out-and-out classic winter drink to cozy up with on a cold day. Combine almonds, milk, and a little sugar; and keep it low in calories and high in nutrients. Crank it up a notch by adding a few strands of saffron and a pinch of powdered cardamom. In case you wish to cut back on sugar, dates will naturally sweeten up the beverage as well as take the nutrition quotient sky-high! Bâdam milk is absolutely sublime and you'll be eager to wake up to it!

• Ginger lemongrass spice tea: Ginger and lemongrass are truly a match made in heaven! This antioxidant-packed brew loads up on a host of goodness and proffers a mountain of health benefits. Lemongrass is a metabolism-boosting super herb which combines beautifully with adrak and does more than just wake you up! Lemongrass can help you with weight loss and also pledges to detox your system. Alongside, the gingerols from ginger are formidable anti-inflammatory agents which are good for the body. Add a dollop of honey for some sweetness and you have yourself a wonderful drink. Jazz up this kadha by adding a pinch of powdered pepper. This tea has all the right flavours that get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! The spices taste incredible, pep up digestion and rev up metabolism.

• Haldi Doodh: The benefits of this classic drink are well-known throughout the world. While you may reach out for the concoction throughout the year whenever you have a cold or cough, having it in winter will help you keep warm and healthy. The health benefits of turmeric are noteworthy- curcumin in turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help battle free radical damage. Adding other spices such as pepper, cardamom etc. will add to the taste and benefits of this drink. Jump-start your day or wind down with this beverage. It an effortless way of integrating warmth and nutrients in your diet! Try Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder when you make your haldi doodh as it contains natural oils and has 3% guarantee of curcumin.

With the temperatures dropping low, you are bound to crave hot drinks for winter. So, deviate from the mundane and experiment with innovative, yummy and nutritious drinks!

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