Must-try Indian Recipes During Winters

Published on 04th Dec 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Why is winter everyone’s favourite season? Because it is one of the best seasons to enjoy some delicious food! The season has a huge variety of exceptional and beneficial veggies and fruits to offer. Grains like makki, bajra and nachni are stocked in every Indian household during the winter season.
With the harsh cold weather outside, here are some of the best winter foods that you can enjoy. These dishes are not only delicious but also beneficial for your body.
 

Bajre Ki Roti & Chutney

Bajra, also known as Pearl Millet is a staple diet across Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Bajre Ki Roti is packed with nutrients that are essential during winters and it is one of the most healthy winter recipes to be enjoyed during the season.
Ingredients
For Roti:
250 gms Pearl Millet Flour
1 Potato, boiled & mashed
 1 Onion, chopped
Salt as required
 ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tsp Dried Mango Powder or Amchur
 Coriander
For Chutney:
3 Green Chillies
Roasted Cumin Powder
1/2 Raw Mangoes
15-20 Mint Leaves
Salt as required
Instructions
In a bowl add pearl millet flour and boiled mashed potatoes. Add chopped onions, salt, red chilli powder, dried mango powder, chopped coriander leaves, green chillies and prepare a dough. Leave it to rest.
On a grindstone, add green chillies, chopped raw mango, mint leaves, garlic cloves and crush it to prepare chutney. Add salt as required, dried mango powder, roasted cumin powder mix it well and add the chutney in a small bowl.
Roll out the dough using your hands. On a heated pan, cook the roti on a slow flame.
When the roti becomes crispy, cook it on the gas stove from both the sides.
For garnishing, add ghee on the roti. Serve hot rotis with chutney.

Bajre Ki Roti & Chutney
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Archanas Kitchen

Raab

Warm health drinks for cold winters. Raab is a traditional Gujarati drink that is one of the popular and healthy winter recipes in Indian households.
Ingredients
2 tbsp Pearl Millet Flour
1 tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
¼ tsp Dry Ginger Powder or Freshly Ground Ginger
¼ cup Jaggery, grated
½ tsp Ajwain or Carom Seeds
1 tsp Whole Black Peppercorns, powdered
Instructions
Combine pearl millet, wheat flour and 3 cups of water in a saucepan and place it on medium heat. Stir to make sure there are no lumps.
Add in the jaggery, ginger powder and allow the mixture to come to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until the mixture begins to thicken slightly. This usually takes about 5 to 8 minutes.
In another small pan, heat ghee, add the ajwain (or cumin), black pepper and allow it to roast for a few seconds.
Pour the ghee into the hot Raab mixture. Add more jaggery or ginger to suit your taste. You can adjust the consistency by adding water if required.

Raab
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Kitchendoctor.in

Suran Tikki

Taste and health combined, Suran Tikki is a must-try winter food recipe.
Ingredients
500 gms Yam or Suran, boiled & mashed
15 Cashew Nuts, chopped
2 tbsp Chironji
¼ cup Coconut, scraped
½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Jaggery, grated
Salt to taste
1 tsp Coriander Leaves
1 cup Cornflour
Oil to fry
Instructions
Mix mashed yam, chironji, cashew nuts, coconut, cumin powder, coriander powder, jaggery and salt in a bowl. Knead it all and later mix in the coriander leaves. Rest for ten minutes.
Divide the mixture into twelve portions. Grease your palms with a little oil and roll all the portions into balls. Flatten these rolls to make a tikki.
Roll the tikkis in cornflour and keep aside.
Heat a non-stick pan and place them on it and dribble a little oil all around. Shallow fry till both sides are crispy and golden brown.
Serve hot with tamarind and mint chutney.

Suran Tikki
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Vegrecipesofindia.com

Badam Ka Halwa

Utterly delicious is what describes Badam Halwa the best! One of the tastiest desserts, it is a must-cook winter comfort food recipe.
Ingredients
250 gms Almonds
13 tbsp Desi Ghee
10 tbsp Sugar
Instructions
In hot water, blanch the almonds and later peel off the skin.
Put the peeled almonds in a blender to make a paste and mix till it becomes coarse.
In a thick bottomed pan, heat desi ghee and add the almond paste.
Add sugar and keep cooking on a slow flame till light golden brown in colour.
Serve it hot with pieces of almonds as garnishing.

Badam Ka Halwa
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ArchanasKitchen.com

Hare Lehsun Ki Sabzi

Garlic is a very beneficial ingredient to consume during cold winters. Here is the recipe for Hare Lehsun Ki Sabzi that is one of the simplest Indian recipes for winter.
Ingredients
1 cup Fresh Green Garlic, finely chopped
½ tbsp Ghee
A pinch of Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Chilli Powder
Salt as required
Instructions
In a non-stick pan, heat ghee.
Add all the ingredients, mix well and cook on a slow flame for a few seconds.
Serve hot with hot rotis

Hare Lehsun Ki Sabzi
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Global.com

Shakarkandi Ki Chaat

Sweet and tangy street food to be enjoyed during winters, Shakarkandi Ki Chaat will warm you up from inside! Have a look at this easily made Indian recipe for winters.
Ingredients
½ kg Sweet Potatoes or Sakarkandi, boiled, peeled & cubed
1 tbsp Chaat Masala
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds, roasted & powdered
1 tbsp Rock Salt or Sendha Namak
Lemon Juice to taste
2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
Cucumber and Apples, cubed
Coriander
Instructions
Boil Sweet potatoes for about 3 to 4 whistles. Peel and cut them into cubes.
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Shakarkandi Ki Chaat
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Honeywhatscooking.com

Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi

Popular in Rajasthan & Haryana during winters, Bajra Khichdi is a must-try winter recipe for vegetarians.
Ingredients
1/2 cup Pearl Millet/ or Bajra
 
1/4 cup Yellow Lentil with Husk or Chilka Moong Daal
 
2 tbsp Rice
 
4 tbsp Clarified butter or Ghee
 
Salt to taste
 
1 tsp Ginger
 
Instructions
 
Sprinkle a little water on the whole bajra and set it aside for an hour. Then pulse it in a mixer a few times to loosen out the husk. Then take out the bajra on a plate and gently crush it with your hands. Later, the bajra husk is to be removed by winnowing. Pulse it to make a coarse powder.
 
Wash the chilka moong daal and rice and keep aside.
 
In a pressure cooker, add bajra, chilka moong dal and rice with 4 cups of water. Cook for 5 whistles on medium flame.
 
When the cooker cools down completely,  open it and mash the khichdi slightly.
 
Add chopped ginger, salt, 2 tbsp ghee and some more hot water if needed to adjust the consistency. Simmer for 10 minutes.
 
Serve hot with lots of ghee. You can also serve Bajra Khichdi with jaggery and ghee or khatti kadhi.

Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi
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Zaykakatadka.com

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