6 Indian recipes to keep you warm this winter

I come from a traditional Marwadi family and I grew up under my grandma’s watchful eyes! Be it stomach ache, cough, tiredness, heavy head or acidity… I remember my grandma going to the kitchen for a cure and not to the drawer that stored our supply of pills. As I look back, I now realize the importance of these essential ingredients in our daily diets and how even nutrition science backs up their efficiency.

Members of the older generations in an Indian household heavily relied on the power of traditional herbs, spices or kitchen ingredients as a traditional system of medicine. These remedies are not just quick fixes, but are natural and have stood the test of time and science.

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We never really take out the time to reflect upon the seasonal shifts and the produce that nature avails at that particular time.

Did you know…

  • Sesame seeds are an immunity booster, regulates body heat and provides conditioning to your skin and hair during winters
  • Jaggery is loaded with anti-oxidants and thus fights with various infections in our body.
  • Ajwain fights gaseousness, aids in digestion and fights the common cold.
  • The superfood ghee is a natural moisturizer, improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and also gives you the much-needed warmth to fight the winters.
  • Millets like bajra, rajgeera and jowar provide us with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre to kick-start our metabolism.

And a lot more!

Wholesome Indian recipes use these traditional herbs, spices, local vegetation etc. to strengthen our body’s immune response and mechanism. There are ingredients that help you prep for a seasonal shift, ingredients that instantly cure indigestion, a runny nose, aching feet and even an unwanted pimple! These recipes include ingredients or combinations in which they are made to take care of anything and everything!

If you are enthusiastic to fight ailments the healthy way or prevent them all together, this can be your guide to a happy and healthy winter. Find some of our traditional, wholesome recipes below to warm you up this winter.

  • Bajra khichidi with home-made makkhan

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The name ‘khichidi’ makes us go all warm and fuzzy inside. This creamy Rajasthani bajra khichidi with home-made makkhan is a winter-favourite in many households. Bajra, known to be one of the healthiest millets in the world, is a great combination of insoluble fibre, essential amino acids, minerals, and is a high energy-low glycemic index food. When paired with rich butter, this recipe provides you nutrients and increases your metabolism and body temperature.

  • Handwa

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Handwa is a Gujarati dish that is very versatile for the use of its ingredients.  Because it uses a batter of mixed dals, rice, some veggies and a generous tadka of mustard seeds, sesame seeds, hing (asafoetida) and curry leaves. This is steamed and served so makes for a perfectly warm and fluffy dinner. Thus, with the use of all these ingredients, we bag up on protein and carbs in a great ratio with the goodness of veggies and the tadka takes care of our digestion, vitamins and minerals.

  • Sarso ka saag

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Sarso ka saag is a famous north-Indian delicacy made from a combination of green leafy veggies. Traditionally it uses spinach, mustard and bathua leaves that leave a slight bitterness in your mouth. However, this combination is a great source of anti-oxidants that build up your immunity, is anti-inflammatory and keeps you protected from lung disorders. When paired with a makke ki roti, this turns into a delicious meal.

  • Undhiyu

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If there is one dish that does justice to the winter produce around you, it has to be the lip-smacking Undhiyu. Traditionally slow cooked (or steamed in an earthen pot) with groundnut oil, undhiyu uses a variety of vegetables with spices that are cooked to perfection. Therefore, this gives the body all the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and makes up for a nutritious bite. Also, it makes use of green garlic that is found in abundance during this season. These tiny garlic bulbs with dark green stalks have an amazing flavour. They are a natural antibiotic, so can fight digestive infections, boost immunity and are great for the heart. So, sprinkle generously on your chaats, tikkas and starters.

  • Gur ka paratha

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It has been a winter tradition in my house to finish our meal with a piece of gur roti. This natural sweetener, prepared fresh in the winters, is rich in vitamins & minerals. Therefore it boosts immunity, regulates body temperature, wards off cold and cough and prevents anaemia. And moreover, it is a delight to finish your meal with this!

  • Kaadha

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Every family has their own recipe for a ‘kaadha’. However, it is essentially a concoction of turmeric powder, ajwain, black peppercorns with a dash of honey. This concoction fights cold and cough It has anti-inflammatory properties which relieve sore throat and boosts immunity. Sip on this kaadha the next time you want to get rid of your cold instead of popping pills.

Try these wholesome and healthy recipes this winter to ensure a healthy body and happy taste buds!

 

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7 types of khichdi recipes you must try now

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During childhood, I remember eagerly waiting for an episode of the much-loved family show, Khichdi. This sitcom brings back some wonderful memories when the entire family would enjoy the antics of the oddball Parekh family.

Well, my love for ‘khichdi’ dates back to childhood (pun intended ) And in fact, everyone in India shares a unique bond with khichdi because it is one of the first solid foods served to an infant. A mix of rice, lentils, and veggies cooked with tempered spices, khichdi traces its origin to the Indian subcontinent, to as early as 1350. In colloquial lingo, khichdi is much like its preparation – a mishmash of ingredients.

Every region in India has a unique variant of this dish. Bengal’s khichuri; Haryanvi kichri with bajra and moong dal served with lassi; bisi bele bhat in Karnataka; Hyderabad’s popular breakfast khichdi kheema khatta are some of the popular khichdi varieties.

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As a nutritionist, khichdi is one of my most favorite dishes. Be it sabudana khichdi, moong dal khichdi or bajra khichdi with dollops of ghee – yes, you read it right, ghee! – I am a big khichdi fan. It’s a wholesome meal that appeals to my taste buds and health. While you may agree with me on the health quotient, I can see you frown with my statement – khichdi tastes good.

For most, khichdi is the kind of food you eat when you are unwell. It is quite a bland dish. Yes, moong khichdi is an easy-to-digest meal with an upset tummy or fever but hey, that’s not what khichdi is all about.

Don’t believe me?

Then, go and eat the baked masala khichdi served at Swati Snacks, Tardeo (Mumbai) or Law Garden, Ahmedabad. I am confident your definition of khichdi will change forever. It’s one of those scrumptious dishes that can force me to travel a 2-hour distance from my house in the suburbs to town or make me wait for an hour for my turn!

The mere mention of this has got me hungry… Damn!

And if you are not a Mumbaikar or an Amdavadi, you can try this amazing dish at home.

Anyway, let’s move on to some of the popular variants of this hassle-free and nutritious dish:

With khichdi being traditionally a mix of rice and lentils, we often forget that the delicious sabudana khichdi is also a form of khichdi. Sabudana khichdi and fasting are synonymous. You should dig into this yummy dish whenever you are fasting. The goodness of peanuts balances the glycaemic index of sago and potatoes as well as makes it a wholesome meal.

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But yeah, don’t go overboard with them. Check out how you can make this amazing meal.

 

Vari rice/ bhagar / samak with a bowl of cucumber raita is another super healthy khichdi you can eat when you fast

 

Moong khichdi may not fit in your definition of tasty food, but in Surat, this is a much-loved meal. You’ll love their khichdi served with piping hot kadhi and add-ons like undhia and ringan na ravaiya.

Don’t you feel like savoring a hot piping meal of khichdi with kachumber, curd, and pickle when you come back from a long vacation? Yes, that’s because khichdi is the ultimate comfort or soul food, however humble it may be.

 

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Moong Dal khichdi is a wholesome meal, especially when paired with papad, curd and cucumber

Nutritionally speaking, khichdi and veggies make a balanced meal that reboots your digestive system after eating packaged and restaurant foods. And if you want to add some color to your khichdi, try a palak khichdi. It’s one of the healthiest one-dish meals you’ll eat.

 

So, let’s cook some khichdi at home, what say?

 

Bajra ka khichdi is a popular dish in Rajasthan eaten during winter. Bajra along with ghee keeps your body warm and your skin soft and supple during the sweater weather. You can whip up a lip-smacking bajra khichdi at home.

And if you’re in the mood for some royal food, try the Shahajani khichdi

Now, khichdi created quite a stir recently being declared India’s ‘national dish’. While the Food Ministry refuted the rumors, Twitterati was quick to throw in their views, especially regarding dal, which is a key ingredient of khichdi. They pointed out that labeling a dish made with this expensive ingredient as a ‘national dish’ is sheer absurdity.

That said, we don’t want any more khichdi cooking.

We, at bon happetee, only want you to realize the goodness of khichdi and include it in your diet.

 

 

content writer - bon happetee diet plan appVishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning have become her passions over the past few years.

Love food, love life — is her mantra.