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Top 6 winter specialties

Ah! The nip in the air at last! Winter! The time when one wants to and should feast is here! Winters are rehabilitation time for the body, with enhanced appetite and the abundance of seasonal winter delicacy ingredients! Here’s our top 6:

Undhiyo The ultimate winter food or call it a winter ritual, not just amongst Gujaratis is undhiyo. This dish is a delicious medley of beans, seeds, fresh fenugreek and coriander greens and other nutritious and tasty vegetables like purple yam, raw bananas and eggplants. All these tossed with muthiya (Gujarati fritters made with gram flour and fenugreek or grated bottlegourd) in a spicy green masala in a pot. Bring in the cool climate with a warm dish – undhiyo and cash in on all the health benefits!

Gajak - With the onset of winters, gajak (sesame brittle) floods the markets of north India. Cook toasted white or black sesame seeds in thick sugar or jaggery syrup and set in layers, this can be enjoyed throughout winter. Store gajak in air-tight containers and bite into it whenever you need to beat the winter chill!  

Gond (dink) ke Laddoo - Extracted from the bark of boswellia tree, gond or edible gum crystals is said to be good for your bones. Combine deep-fried gond with roasted wheat flour, powdered sugar and cardamom powder and shape them into laddoos. A laddoo a day is the perfect energy-giving breakfast during winters, it can be accompanied by a warm glass of milk. Or you can have it just dry roasted or deep-fried in ghee, gond is ideal to make your winters warm! Besides, you can make various types of laddoos ranging from methi-wheat flour laddoos to multi-flour laddoos. For recipes, you can browse through our website.

Sarson ka Saag - My childhood memories dwell on the piping hot bowls of sarson da saag with its pat of butter struggling hard not to melt. The fragrance still lingers! Fresh mustard greens tossed well with different spices. Accompanied with makki di roti glistening with a dash of ghee and a salad of ivory-white crunchy radish, this meal is hearty to the core!  

Gajrela - The ruby red carrots, overflowing with vitamin A are hot favourites for their exciting transformation into a delectable heart-warming halwa called gajrela or gajar ka halwa! This sweet is now an acceptable addition to wedding menus! If it’s a winter wedding, there is bound to be suddenly you are calling it gajar ka halwa, sitting pretty with slivers of almonds waiting to be relished by guests. Rich in looks, texture and taste, this sweet is a strength giving end to a meal. Substitute carrots with black dates or beetroots and it is still a wholesome winter dish!

Kanji and Masala Chai - Hails from Punjab, kanji is satiating during the chilly days. Blend together carrots, red chilli powder, mustard powder and black salt alongwith water.  A glass of this helps keep your body warm and healthy. Or make your traditional masala chai by adding basic spices like cardamom, ginger, clove and black pepper! Say cheers to keep cold related ailments at bay!

For more such winter comfort foods, browse our website and watch sanjeevkapoorkhazana on YouTube.

Happy Winters!


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