1. Gajar Ka Halwa
The famous Gajar ka Halwa is the go-to dessert during the winter in every household. Just the sight of the piping hot-halwa immersed in ghee makes you salivate. The added dry-fruits on top are just irresistible. Gajar ka Halwa is a winter preparation due to the availability of the best carrot produce in this season.
2. Sarson ka Saag
Sarson ka Saag is a preparation of green sarson leaves, best served with Makke ki roti is a much-awaited delicious Punjabi delicacy. This traditional winter dish in India is incomplete without a dollop of white butter on top. The saag is not just a flavoursome package but also is a whole bunch of nutrition.
Thukpa is an Indo-Tibetan noodle soup with a flavourful broth and this piping hot veggie bowl is perfect to keep you warm and cosy. It has certain variants- the Nepalese Thukpa is spicy whereas some preparations are subtle with a dash of garam masala. The noodle soup concept sits well on the palate and is a perfectly appetising bowl of comfort as food.
Gushtaba is king of the Kashmiri cuisine and this winter food in India needs several steps of preparation before being served. Refusing the Gushtaba would be an insult to the host. A dish of minced mutton balls cooked in royal spices and curd, the savoury generally takes the dessert’s place at a Kashmiri restaurant. Served at the end of the meal.
Undhiyu is a dish that takes hours to make but the effort that goes into the making of it definitely pays off at the end. Mixed vegetables, fenugreek, lots of ghee and spices are what comprises of this wintery-Gujrati delicacy. Winter foods are traditionally rich and indulgent.
6. Sakarkand Rabdi
Rabdi makes for an all-time favourite Indian dessert and Sakarkand or sweet potato rabdi is a winter speciality. It has significant nutritional contents given the generous amounts of milk, sweet potato, saffron and cardamom that go into it. Sweet potato is a perfect substitute for the health conscious as well so wrap around your blankets and gorge on this super sweet dish.
Nihari is a dish cooked with beef, mutton or chicken and is a soup curry usually consumed for breakfast. This spicy winter food is prepared overnight and had with puris, makes for a hearty indulgent breakfast. The dish takes all night to cook until the meat turns soft and tender. With hours of effort dedicated to the dish, the delicacy is simply irresistible.
8. Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is a perfect mouth-melting mutton preparation. The piping hot dish served with the richness of lip smacking Kashmiri spices is sure to warm up your insides and make you feel super cosy. Serve this with a good roti or jeera rice, and you will have a nice hearty meal.
Lapsi is a breakfast sweet consumed especially in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan. There are certain variants of lapsi available in different parts of the country. A generous amount of ghee, dry fruits, broken wheat, and raisins are put into the dish.
10. Til Pitha
Til pitha is an Assamese sweet dish. It’s a kind of pancake stuffed with sesame seeds and jaggery. Since the best of jaggery is found in winters, til pitha is best prepared and served as a winter food in India too. It’s a combination of soft and crunchy and is relished at any time of the day.