Mallika is a content writer and a foodie who loves her native Indian cuisine. She enjoys exploring the cuisine and sharing it with others.
Winter is the season during which food is one of the things to be enjoyed with the cold climate.
This article presents the info about the type of foods but not their recipes. Let's see the ten different Indian foods for winter.
Winter is incomplete without savoury and hot piping soups but not cold soups which are reserved for summer. Any soup, hot&sour, creamy, clear, thin and thick, homemade or instant mix etc. is required to dip our taste buds in the chill winter mornings or evenings. In the cold season, our body fats get burned up quickly to balance the body temperature and appetite increases. Soups are a quick fix solution for that. Enjoy your soup with a book in hand or beside a fireplace or on your porch or balcony. Do not miss yellow pumpkin soup as it is one of the iconic food of fall and winter.
Lentil soup, mixed vegetable soup, chicken/mutton bone soup, Mulligatawny Soup, spinach and tomato soup, Makai ka shorba/sweet corn soup, hot & sour soup, Kashmiri yakhni shorba etc.
2. One-pot dishes:
A One-pot dish is an easy and complete meal with packed vegetables/meat and Indian spices. These hot and sizzling dishes are suitable for winter to have a complete meal in less time at any time of a day or night. These take less time to prepare when compared to traditional meals and fewer ingredients to prepare. Enjoy your brunch or supper with a bowl of a one-pot meal and savour every spoonful morsel.
Indian one-pot dishes:
veg./non-veg pulaos, Pongal, khichidi, bisi belle bath/sambhar rice, tehri, biryanis, jeera rice, Schezwan Fried Rice etc.
3. Indian bread and curries:
In general, bread is a staple food prepared from a dough of flour and water, usually by baking but Indian bread has a different definition. They are flatbread prepared with wheat or all-purpose flour/maida, water/milk, salt and cooked with oil/butter/ghee. Indian bread like tandoori roti, naan, kulcha, parantha, puri, chapathi etc. when cooked with butter or ghee is suitable for dinner in the cold climate. Punjabi cuisine has many varieties of Indian bread combos. The aroma that fills the air when an Indian bread is cooked with melted butter or warm ghee is comforting and when eaten with spicy Indian curries and kormas is heavenly.
Popular Indian bread and curry combinations:
- Chapati & Aloo curry/ chicken curry
- Puri & Aloo korma or onion besan curry/Bombay chutney
- Bhatoora & chole
- Kulche & Amritsari chole
- Tandoori roti & Dal thadka/dal makhani
- Butter naan & Paneer Butter Masala(PBM), butter chicken, kadai paneer, Rogan josh, Kofta curry etc.
- Makki di roti & Sarson ka saag
- Garlic naan & aloo matar masala
- Paratha & Achar/pickles with raitha
- Rumali roti & Mughalai kormas/kebabs
- Daal Bhati & navratan korma
- Litti choka & sattu
- Parotta & egg masala
- Jowar roti & country chicken curry, mutton fry, dal
- Phulka & vegetable curry
- Luchi & dalna
- Kori rotti
4. Kebabs, Tikkas & fritters/bajji/pakodas:
Indian cuisine has a platter of veg and non-veg kebabs and tikkas whether they are grilled, barbequed in a tandoor/ oven/ stovetop/ traditional charcoal. They are one of the befitting evening foods in this climate. This season is not complete without a barbeque party, campfire, bonfires or a simple evening gathering of friends or family. Enjoy your evenings with hot sizzling and butter melting kebabs and tikkas.
Fritters/bajji/pakodas are more suitable for the rainy season with masala tea as a combination but they can also be enjoyed in winter as well.
5. Boiled food:
The definition of boiled food is that the ingredients are cooked by boiling in water with fewer spices and the water is drained or used for other purposes. The boiled ingredients are seasoned with salt, pepper or tempering spices and consumed. They are one of the healthy and proteinous snacks.
- Root vegetables like potato, sweet potato, beetroot, carrot, radish, turnip etc. Individual or mixed root vegetables can be taken.
- Whole lentils like red gram, Bengal gram, green gram, cowpea, black-eyed beans, green peas, adzuki beans, Rajma or kidney beans, groundnuts, Kabuli chana etc.
- Root vegetables/lentils/beans= 250 gm
- Water= as per needed, 2 to 3 cups
- Salt= as per taste
- Black pepper powder= 1/2 tsp.
- Turmeric powder= 1/4th tsp.
- Cumin seeds= 1/2 tsp.
- Black mustard seeds= 1/2 tsp.
- Split black gram= 1/2 tsp.
- Curry leaves= 2 sprigs
- Fresh coriander= 2 sprigs
- Note: 1. If root vegetables are taken, wash the root vegetables and place in a vessel or pressure cooker and pour the required amount of water, salt and turmeric powder and cook till they are soft. Drain the water and peel the skin and cut them into small cubes.
- 2. If the whole lentils or beans are taken, wash the lentils and soak overnight. Transfer them to a vessel or pressure cooker with salt and turmeric and cook until soft. Drain the water in a colander and keep the boiled lentils or beans aside.
- Take a pan and pour oil and let it heat on a low flame. Add the tempering ingredients and saute for a minute. Add the boiled vegetables/lentils/beans, salt and pepper and stir with a cooking spoon. Let the mixture fry for one or two minutes and switch off the stove and serve.
Hot and warm drinks are instant body warmers in winter. They are easy to make and are savoured by slow sipping.
List: Black coffee, filter coffee, masala chai, green tea, honey-lemon tea, turmeric&pepper milk, tulsi/Indian basil tea, ayurvedic decoction, ragi malt, hot cumin/jeera water etc.
7.Spices and nuts:
Consumption of foods like lemon, ginger, black pepper, cumin, coriander, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, soaked ground nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds/til, TraIndian gooseberry/amla, honey, jaggery and fennel seeds are very healthy in winter. These foods should be included in the daily diet in one way or the other to balance the vata, pitta and Kapha doshas according to Ayurveda.
Dishes made with noodles, pasta, vermicelli are also suitable for cold weather as they take less time and preparation to cook. These homemade dishes when cooked with vegetables, meat and spices can be enjoyed instantly.
- Vermicelli upma
- Instant noodles
- Mutton/Chicken Meatballs with noodles
- Vermicelli kheer
- Vermicelli pulao
- Tomato pasta
- Chinese noodles
Originated in Japan, this dish was introduced in India by a Parsi gentleman. It is a combo dish which has grilled or roasted meat(mutton, chicken etc.), french fries, roasted or boiled vegetables like shredded cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, peas, french beans, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, half boiled egg etc. The dish is served on a special plate called sizzler plate which has two plates, a wooden plate as a base and an iron plate upon it. The wooded plate is brushed with oil+water and the iron plate is brushed with oil and heated before serving the ingredients. When the hot iron plate is placed over the wooden base, the oil and water mixture splutter to make the sizzling sound. The cooked ingredients are placed on the iron plate while they are piping hot and served. Enjoy this unique dish with sizzling sounds and good aroma and taste. What will be a better combination in the cold winter air when it is filled with a sizzling sizzler.
10.Traditional Indian sweets:
Some Indian sweets are exclusively prepared and eaten in the winter season as they give warmth to the body. Traditional sweets made with homemade ghee are healthy.
- Gajar ka halwa
- Til ladoo
- Gond ke ladoo
- Chikki/Gajak/Til barfi
- Til ki Rewari/rewadi
- Nolengur Sandesh
- Sweet pongal
- Milk puris