Traditional Indian Foods Made During Winter
Winters are marked by delicious fresh produce - leafy greens, fruits and starchy tubers. Make the most of this fabulous produce whilst the season lasts!
We’ve rounded up traditional Indian foods that are absolutely perfect for the winters. These regional delicacies are created keeping in mind the nutritional needs of our bodies in winter. They employ seasonal ingredients, winter produce, and robust flavors that are ideal for the cold and nippy winter weather.
Gur poha: An almost guilty pleasure, gur poha is crammed with quality nutrition and wonderful flavour. This delicious delight loads up on fat-torching poha, dates and figs and it takes only 20 minutes to prepare! The dry fruits give a tremendous nutritional boost and help you skimp on the sugar completely. This recipe uses jaggery, poha provides a ton of vital nutrients, whilst the dried fruits provide potent antioxidants and fibre. Dust with powdered nutmeg and cardamom. Give this sweet poha recipe a try this winter. A wholesome dessert never tasted so delicious! Try Tata Sampann Poha – it’s packaged and processed hygienically and delivers taste and nutrition in every bite.
Bajra roti: Bajra or pearl millet is an excellent grain which contains fibre and magnesium. Bajra steadies your blood sugar levels, keeps the blood glucose profile normal and is extremely beneficial for diabetics as well as perfect for the conscious weight watchers. This millet is also chockfull of antioxidants which stave off free radical damage. Bajra roti pairs well with any vegetable curry and puts a whole new spin on your menu!
Gaajar halwa: This halwa is warming, comforting and irresistible. What’s more, it is nutritious and promises you a mountain of wholesomeness! Carrots are packed with vitamin A, antioxidants and fibre - so you will most definitely be getting a ton of powerful nutrients in one comforting bowl! Almonds, cashews and pistachios lend some crunch to the recipe along with making the nutrition quotient sky-rocket. Sinful-yet-healthy, this one fits impeccably into any diet.
Sarson da saag: We definitely ought to be eating more greens! However, sometimes it can be a little difficult to figure out how to make it interesting. Sarson da saag will convert even the biggest disbeliever into a fan of the leafy greens! Sarson da saag or mustard greens have a peppery, spicy flavour and are a mammoth powerhouse of nutrition. Mustard greens are very low in calories, and are chockfull of vitamins A, C, and K and calcium and manganese. Sautéed sarson leaves shine out in this much nuanced side. Team it with makke ki roti topped with a generous amount of ghee for a truly hearty and satisfying meal.
Gond ladoo: 5 wholesome ingredients make these delightful energy bites. Whole wheat, gond (also known as dink or edible gum or antu), jaggery, cashew and ghee come together beautifully and seamlessly and proffer a host of remarkable health benefits. Integrating desiccated coconut in to the recipe can be a massive game-changer! These bite-sized sweets are super yummy, nutritionally dense and help battle the chilly winters.
Undhiyu: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, brinjals, bananas, yams, green peas, fresh beans, peanuts, ginger, garlic, coriander, ajwain and sesame seeds come together wonderfully in this vibrant green dish and they promise you plenty of delicious flavours! Slow simmer the veggies, and you will be rewarded with the ultimate winter comfort meal. Incredibly tasty, all the vegetables in this recipe have a truck-load of good-for-you nutrients! This recipe sure is a little complicated and time consuming; however, the effort put in is undeniably worth it.
Pinni: This one is a huge indulgence that will have your taste buds singing! When it comes to pinni, portion control is most definitely essential. This sweet sure is very calorie-dense, but is packed with a lot of goodness as well. Recipe uses whole wheat, semolina and nuts along with ghee and jaggery and you have a mouth-watering dessert that is designed to keep you healthy in winter.
So, load up on the winter dishes. Each one is teeming with wonderful nutrients which help you achieve your nutrition goals, whilst keeping it super yummy!
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