Top 5 Healthy Soups to keep you warm in Winter

A Soup has the power to do what a medicine or a therapy never can – soothe and relax you in an inexplicable way when you’re down with cold, cough and fever. It’s by far the most comforting and delicious food, not to mention, healthy too.

Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of hearty soup on a chilly day, especially when it’s ready in 20 minutes or less. In this early winter season, we bring you five different kinds of Indian soups that will keep you warm in this weather. In this list all the soups benefits you differently and each one is unique in flavor.

  1. Pepper Rasam:


    Winters are synonymous with common cold and cough. Besides right medication, it is necessary to consume comforting and effective foods. The spices in Pepper Rasam and the ingridients in this soup help in digestion and soothe your senses, and therefore is a perfect recipe for incessant sneezes and running nose.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Soak the tamarind in a cup having warm water in it, extract its juice and throw away the pulp. Grind small amount of cumin seeds, pepper and garlic for a few seconds in a mixer.
    2. Take tamarind extract, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, crushed pepper, cumin, garlic, salt and curry leaves. Boil them together.
    3. Once it is starting boiling, keep the flame low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the raw smell of the tamarind goes off.
    4. Heat a table spoon of ghee and add mustard seeds in it.
  2. Lemon Coriander Soup:


    Lemon is a very rich source of vitamin C, which in turn to helping in build immunity from cold and cough during winters. Take this soup hot in the evening for a comforting experience.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Cut all the vegetables into triangles (optional) , blanch and refresh.
    2. Prepare coriander stock with fresh coriander and water.
    3. Add cleaned prawns cut in to dices.
    4. Add salt, lemon juice and white pepper according to taste.
  3. Miso Soup:


    The nutrients in mushrooms are different and having high number of protein and other nutritions from those of other vegetables and provide the vitamin B, folate, pantothenic acid and also biotin. Mushrooms also contains D group of Vitamins that helps keep bones strong and fights several disease. Mushroom Nimbu Ka Ras is a brilliant comibination of health and flavour!

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil (ghee) in a pan, add mushroom and cook till it gets dry.
    2. Remove mushroom, and add garlic, onion in the same oil, and sauté.
    3. Add water and bring it to a boil.
    4. Adjust Heat, add spring onions, cream.
  4. Murgh Makkai Shorba:


    This soup contains Corn that is an excellent source of fibre, potassium and baby corn kernels are source of folate. When combine with chicken, Murgh Makkai Shorba makes for a soup rich in health as well as taste.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat some oil(ghee) in a pan, add garlic, cumin seeds.
    2. Add garlic and saute, corn paste and cook.
    3. Add chicken and cook, adjust heat.
    4. Yoy may garnish with chopped coriander, and chicken dices.
  5. Carrot and Beetroot Soup:


    This soup contains beetroot that is rich calcium, potassium, iron, folic acid, fiber and also anti-oxidants and in the other hand carrots are an excellent source of A group of vitamins. Beetroot also helps in cleaning the kidneys and gall bladder. The darker the orange carrot, the higher is the beta carotene. Carrot and Beetroot also very beneficial for children as it benefits their vision, skin and immune system.

    How to prepare : Method

    1. Heat small amount of oil (ghee).
    2. Add bay leaf, cumin and ginger to it.
    3. Add chopped carrot, beetroot and green chillies. Cook the stuff for 5 minutes.
    4. Add water. Once its starting getting boil, strain and make a puree. Adjust the heat.
    5. Strain the puree. You may garnish it with diced beetroot and carrots.

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Shradh (Pitru Paksha) Special Satvik Recipes 2018

Special Satvik Food is prepared and offered to the ‘Brahmins’ during Shradh/Pitru Paksha period; it is believed that whatever is given to them reaches to our grandparents. Shradh, also known as Kanagat in North India, begins on the last full moon day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapad’. This year Shradh/Pitru Paksha will end on October 8th, 2018.

Pitru Paksha 2018 started on September 24th, 2018. Hindus across India are observing this 15-day Shradh in order to pay homage to the grandparents, especially through offering special food to them. This period is referred to as mourning period. In this 15 days Shradh period, Hindus avoid eating non-vegetarian, smoking and drinking alcohol food as it is considered inauspicious. It is generally advised to follow a simple diet and avoid preparing lavish feasts. Some people avoid onion and garlic in their food as well, however, there are many who don’t follow this ritual any more.

We list down some simple satvik dishes that you can consume during this entire period.

  1. Cocktail Kheer:

    Kheer is a sweet recipe prepared with carrots and milk. The combination of these ingredients make this dish yummy. The tasty fruits will also add to the flavor and texture of the kheer and add some dry fruits for some crunch.
  2. Pudina Rice:

    Pudina rice is a peppery flavored mint dish that is easy and quick to prepare. Refreshing taste of the rice will not need any accompaniment unless you want to add some yogurt in it. This healthy and simple dish does not require garlic or onion, so you can prepare it any time of the day during pitru paksha.
  3. Kaddu ki Sabzi:

    The combination of kaddu ki sabzi and poori is awesome. An easy and light recipe cooked thoroughly in a variety of masalas, you wouldn’t have to necessarily cook it with onions and garlic. Kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin) and poori is the best during this period.
  4. Dal Palak:

    Dal Palak is just the right dish because spinach comes in this season. It is thinner in consistency, simple yet tasty. A warm and delicious dish with the goodness of lentils, spinach and mild spices, you can easily skip the ginger-garlic addition in the recipe.​
  5. Guar ki Phali:

    Guar is available now and is very easy to make. It is cooked with spices and yogurt. You wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time to prepare it. Combine moong dal or toor dal with it to make your meal wholesome.
  6. Bajre ki Khichdi:

    Khichdi made with bajra and moong dal can be a wholesome lunch for you. This recipe does not need any garlic or onion and can be made quickly. A small amount of ghee (a drop) on top will make it taste even better.
    A warm and comforting khichdi can be a complete lunch for you.
  7. Thapi Vadi:

    This traditional and tasty recipe is known by many names in different parts of Maharashtra. It is known as Masvadi , Patavadi, Besan Vadi, Pithlyachi Vadi. This snack, when combined with curry can also be served as a main dish.
  8. Shradh Special Thali:

    Last but not least, Brahmin food is very important on the day of Shraddha in the Father’s side. According to the scriptures, on the day of Shraddh, the fathers themselves present themselves as Brahmins and take food. Therefore, every devotee should make a Brahmin feast in the house on the day of Shraddha of his ancestors.

    These simple dishes are not only seasonally delightful but will also keep the essence of Shradh or Pitru Paksha intact; that is to keep it satvik and vegetarian.

Top 5 Dessert Recipes for Raksha Bandhan | India Canteen

Raksha Bandhan is a traditional festival which celebrates the healthy bond of love and care among siblings. It is an ancient festival of strengthening the sibling’s relationship in a beautiful style. Sister perform Pooja and tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother. They also pray for the well being and good health of each other.

Raksha Bandhan festival is also famous for the sweets and various desserts. All the Hindus prepare some delicious food items to celebrate this memorable day at home. Raksha bandhan celebration is considered incomplete without having some mouthwatering desserts. The sweets are best to spread the joy and happiness to the siblings. Sisters also cook their favorite recipes to impress brothers on the Rakhi.

Here we have few special desserts prepared for the raksha bandhan festival. Select the ones that your brother or sister likes and enjoy these desserts with them:

  1. Semiya Kesari:


    Semiya Kesari is a delicious kesari recipe made with vermicelli and the best part is, it is very quick to make and needs very little ghee unlike other kesari recipes that are oily in nature. This semiya kesari is perfect to serve for guests and family members. You can keep it in fridge for 3 days and serve hot as well as cold.

  2. Kaju Katli:


    These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and last long. Blend cashews and milk in a blender until it becomes a fine paste. Mix paste and sugar and cook over low heat stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, and becomes a dough like paste.

  3. Malai Rabri Ghevar:


    Ghevar comes under the special category of dessert that can only be found during the festival Rakhsha Bandhan. You can easily make it at home and surprise your family members. It requires a special pan with good density, should be approximately 12 inch deep and 7-8 inch broad.

  4. White Sponge Rasgulla:


    White Sponge Rasgulla is one of the famous Indian desserts made by curdling milk then separating the chenna. The drained chenna is kneaded and then rolled to balls. These are cooked in sugar syrup till they turn light and sponge.

  5. Rashbhari Rasmalai:


    The all-time favourite Bengali delight soft, spongy chenna cakes floating in sweet milky syrup. These spongy chenna are cooked in sugar syrup first to make them fluffy. No matter which way you are going to prepare, the taste of this Bengali dessert is so much pleasurable. Rasmalai is a melt in the mouth sweet with juice and cream in every bite.

Ice-Cream Recipes That You Can Make At Home

Ice cream is something that you can never grow old eating. It is absolutely OK that you still love your childhood cravings. Whenever you dig into sweet, sugary and refreshing ice cream, it brings back memories of summer. This summer, indulge in this delightful pleasure and find out yourself.

The history of Ice Cream is debatable. Maybe Italy, where Gelato is famous. America, where Ice-Cream is famous and India, where Kulfi is famous. According to legend, ice-cream was introduced in Italy by Marco Polo. Many passages from Bible have their origin in iced drinks that King Solomon enjoyed. In ancient Greece, Alexander used to love frozen drinks that were flavoured with honey and wine. The Romans started preparing ice-cream when ice was stacked and collected in ‘ice houses’.

It was only in 17th century that there was a change in how desserts are eaten and served. That is exactly when sorbets were invented. It is only during this time that frozen desserts came to be known. The ice-cream in its present form is said to be a Chinese invention. This ice-cream was prepared with buffalo or cow milk and camphor was added to it for flavour.

There’s flavour around the world that can suit any taste bud. When we were kids, we used to jump with joy whenever we saw an ice cream vendor. But if you could make that ice cream at home, we are sure that you would love it.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is one flavour that is loved by all. You won’t believe how easy it is to prepare.

  • Masala Chai Ice Cream

     

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    This season, try this fusion ice cream. Try this delicious ice-cream that is filled with plain flavor of masala tea.

  • Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

     

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    This is a dairy free version of chocolate ice cream. The recipe uses banana and almonds to give you creamy texture.

  • Mango Ice Cream

     

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    This delicious ice-cream is prepared with yummy mango pulp and milk. It is a delightful seasonal recipe. It is prepared with cream and fresh mangoes.

  • Strawberry Ice Cream

     

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    Strawberry ice cream is perfect for summer. It is particularly good for summers. This is one of the best homemade strawberry ice cream.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

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    This vanilla ice cream will surely make you very nostalgic. You can add toppings of your choice and create a great dessert.

  • Apricot Ice Cream

     

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    These creamy scoops of apricot ice cream are very delicious. You can sprinkle pralines on top to enjoy the delicious taste.

Indian Recipes For Winter Season

Winter is a perfect time to indulge in delicious food. This season is full of markets filled with tubers, root vegetables and leafy greens that are filled with nutrients. Everyone waits for winters to prepare favourite seasonal dishes like gajar ka halwa or mooli ke parathas.

Each region has its own speciality like Gujarat’s Undhiyo, which is a slow-cooked vegetarian dish prepared with flat beans, yam, turnip, green garlic, raw banana and potatoes. If we talk about Punjab, we have dishes like Sarson ka saag, makke ki roti and kanji. Some other winter delicacies include rasam, avial, mooli kofte, beetroot kebab and matar pulao.

Although, all vegetables are available throughout the year, it is important to use them according to the season and availability. So, what you can bring home now are carrots, beets, turnips, cauliflowers, sweet potatoes, green peas, broad beans, spinach, mustard green, green garlic etc.

In this article, we have collected a list of 10 best recipes that you can cook in winters:-

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These are fried balls prepared with spices and radish. They are dipped in spicy gravy. When combined with hot rotis, it is really a great experience.

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This is a highly nutritive food as it is filled with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and minerals including calcium and magnesium. The milk in the dish is full of protein and saffron has a number of health benefits.

This is a very popular Indian dessert. It is really hard to resist and has its origins in Punjab. It is perfect for winter season. It is prepared with milk, grated carrots, nuts and sugar. The ingredients are stirred and cooked together.

  • Undhiyo

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    This is an authentic Gujarati recipe. It is prepared with chickpea dumplings and fried winter vegetables which are mixed in spices.

  • Shalgam Ki Sabzi

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This dish is prepared with pieces of turnip that are cooked in great flavours. It can be teamed up with roti and rice.

Methi Matar Malai

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This is a famous recipe of Punjab. It is best served with hot naan. Learn to prepare Methi Matar Malai with this recipe.

  • Aloo Capsicum

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    If you need to quickly make your lunch, then aloo capsicum fry is something you should prepare. This Punjabi dish is best served with hot rotis.

  • Vegetable Pulav

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    Vegetable Pulav is a very easy to prepare and delicious recipe. With a variety of vegetables that you can choose from, you can cook different versions of the dish.

  • Aloo Palak

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    Aloo Palak is prepared by cooking spinach, tomatoes and potatoes. It is a healthy and spicy curry that is very popular in North India. It is best served with rice and breads.