Winter is a wonderful time of the year when loved ones come together to celebrate the holiday season. During this time people prepare delicious hot beverages such as tea, coffee, apple cider, hot mocktails and more to keep warm. Even the food we eat becomes warmer and more filling.
Are you looking for some quick yet warm winter recipes to prepare this season? Ready to eat foods and frozen foods can be of great help during this time. As frozen foods make even seasonal fruits and vegetables available in the winter and ready to eat items reduce cooking time. Hence, having these in your kitchen pantry during the colder months will help you easily make warm and delicious food items.
Here are 5 heart-warming quick winter dishes to beat the cold at home:
Sarson Da Saag and Makke Di Roti
Sarson da Saag is a classic winter dish that is made with mustard seeds and spinach. Palak Paneer is a popular Indian savoury dish made with pureed spinach cooked in a blend of spices and fresh cottage cheese cubes and is a variation of Sarson da Saag. Rich in taste and soulful for the stomach, you can make this delicious savoury gravy and feast on it with either Makke di roti or Naan. While this might be time-consuming to prepare from scratch you can choose Kitchens Of India’s Ready to Eat Palak Paneer and Aashirvaad Garlic Coriander Naan. Both items require only heat, and you will have a wholesome winter meal within a matter of a few minutes!
Healthy veggie-filled soup
A warm and nutritious soup is simply unbeatable during the winter season. All you need are the vegetables in your refrigerator, vegetable stock powder and some cornflour along with a hint of salt and pepper. Choose from a variety of vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, peas, cabbage, capsicum and others. If you are too tired to shop, clean and chop veggies, you can always opt for frozen vegetables such as frozen peas, frozen mixed veggies etc to make things easier.
Tasty fried snacks
Fried snacks such as frozen french fries, tikki, fritters, nuggets, falafel etc are some extremely popular items that are well-liked by all and particularly savoured in the cooler months. Stocking up on such is a great idea for a happy and warm winter. Choose frozen snacks that can be deep-fried, pan-fried and air-fried such as ITC Master Chef Frozen Snacks for a range of wholesome and exciting snack times.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa or carrot halwa is a delicious halwa made from fresh pink carrots and tons of ghee. Having this sweet and warm halwa will warm your heart like no other! Generally prepared at home in large quantities, this halwa contains the use of dry fruits and milk for its excellent taste. This halwa is a winter special dish as the carrots used in this dish are also available during the winter season.
Found in shops and homes all over North India, Chikki is a sweet bar made with peanuts and jaggery. A bit hard to bite into but exceptional in taste, Chikki helps keep warm and is a great snack to have during winter. The best part? You can make chikki in about 30 minutes! Once you have mastered the chikki recipe, you can easily prepare this for important festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Sankranti etc too!
Til Ka Laddoo
Til ka ladoo or ladoos made with sesame seeds, jaggery and cardamom powder. They are made in huge batches in the winter season in northern states of India such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh etc. These laddoos are simple to make and generate heat in the body, hence keeping you warm during the cold seasons. Follow any simple til ka ladoo recipe to make these laddoos within 20 minutes!
We hope you find inspiration with these winter foods and prepare warm and delightful snacks and meals this winter season.