Hot foods with intense flavours and rich textures tend to give us a sense of well-being on cold winter days. We can feel the effect of good food cruise through our cells, warming the body and putting a content glow on the face! Just the thought of taking a break during work, curling our fingers around a piping hot cup of Masala Chai with a plate of crispies to munch on and a couple of good friends to chat with, is simply heart-warming.
With the harsh winter weather, you are surely prone to the seasonal flu. Suffering from running nose? Sip on some pepper garlic rasam to soothe your throat. Rasam means “juice” in Tamil and Telegu. It can be made in different flavours using various ingredients.
Pick up your shopping bags and head to the market. Load it with the best and brightest of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. Flawlessly green surti papadi, carrots, bright and fresh sarson and of course, the season’s very special gooseberries (amla) are found abundantly during winter. Make a tongue tickling Amla Pickle which is a perfect accompaniment for your meal.
Deep fry some rice samosa packed with an Oriental flavor or make this delightful Calcutta chaat with tangy chutneys, topped with different spices. Roll together mashed potatoes with green peas and cheese together in whole wheat maida roti and make this roti roll. Toss in some leftover idli with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes and peppy spice powders to make this amazing Tava idli.
For dinner, Stir fry Noodles in Schezuan sauce, the colorful, crunchy vegetables in tangy sauce offers sheer excitement to the taste buds. Also, this fusion recipe Dalia Vegetable Risotto is not only colorful but, also a storehouse of nutrients like protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron as well as fibre.
Here are some recipes that are guaranteed to give you this magical experience! These spicy, hot, crispy recipes are perfect for the winter:-
- Rice Samosa:
Does rice always have to be in the main course? No, it is such a versatile ingredient, it can be used to make anything from crunchy and savoury starters to sweet and luscious dessert. Here is one such delectable starter, Rice Samosa, made of a plain flour dough packed with an Oriental flavoured rice filling. You will enjoy the crispy outer covering as much as you enjoy the soft and spicy filling. You can also try other recipes with rice like Rice and Cheese Balls and Rice Kheer.
- Potato and Roti Roll:
Let’s take the best of all our favourite recipes like katti rolls, burgers and frankies, and make our own delightful creation now! Everything about this recipe is perfect, right from the crispness and perky flavour of the potato rolls, to the soft and pliable rotis. A combination of refined and whole wheat flours are used to give the rotis their special texture, while a mix of mashed potatoes, green peas and cheese together with a blend of spices gives the potato rolls their dashing flavour. Sprinkling some tangy masala water on the rotis before rolling them improves the flavour and also retains their moistness, while an onion masala mixture adds to the crunch. Enjoy the Potato and Roti Roll fresh, to relish the best texture and check out for more Wraps / Rolls recipes that you can snack on or enjoy as a One Meal Dinner.
- Chana Masala:
Rich in zinc, calcium and protein, this lip-smacking Red Chana Subzi along with roti and curds will make a sumptuous and complete meal. This recipe makes use of the popular pav bhaji masala along with tomatoes, onions and other spice powders, to produce a rich flavour that tickles the taste buds.
Creamy Tomato Soup:
A tangy soup that is aromatic and spicy. Tomatoes introduce tartness to the soup, while blended carrots add thickness, making it a filling meal. Milk is added to balance the tanginess of the tomatoes and lemon juice. Plenty of pepper, chillies and garlic enhance the spice quotient. It is perfect if you want something light and tickles your taste buds- the creamy tomato soup is thoroughly enjoyable! Serve with Cheese Croutons , Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette and Vegetable Cutlets.
Dalia Vegetable Risotto:
The Italian make risotto with a special variety of rice that is called arborio. I have used bulgur wheat as a substitute for rice in this recipe to enrich this delicacy with fibre to help control blood sugar levels after a hearty and satisfying meal. The colourful veggies in this dish makes them extremely appealing and also irresistible due to their aromatic flavours while being cooked. This Dalia Vegetable Risotto is a storehouse of nutrients like protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron as well as fibre. Cook this dish as close to the serving time as possible, as it is best enjoyed as a one dish meal when freshly prepared.
Stir Fry Noodles:
Think of any veggie that appears in Chinese cuisine and you will find it in this spicy stir fry! Made of a colourful and crunchy combination of veggies along with noodles and tangy sauces, this Stir Fry noodles features a medley of flavours and textures. With a crisp garnish of fried garlic and coarsely crushed peanuts, this dish offers sheer excitement to the taste buds. Serve this immediately to enjoy the crisp and juicy textures of the vegetables and the topping.
Watch your leftover idlis transform into a scrumptious delight as you toss them with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes and peppy spice powders. The master stroke in this Tava Idli recipe is the use of pav bhaji masala, a very popular flavour that is loved by young and old alike! Try to serve this as soon as possible, while the flavours and textures are in tact.
Spicy Corn Sabzi:
An interesting preparation of fresh sweet corn, cut and cooked with the cob, later added to an onion and tomato flavoured gravy. The pounded peanut added to the gravy is another highlight of this recipe—the flavour is indeed unique, as you will realise as soon as you take the first spoonful of spicy corn!
- Calcutta Style Chaat:
A delightful chaat that will thrill you to the core – hold it in your hand, capture a whiff of the namkeens dipped in sweet and tangy chutneys and topped with choice spices, dip your fingers and lick the chutney, take a mouthful and lose yourself in this Calcutta style chaat.
- Masala Chai:
Curling your fingers around a steaming hot cup of Masala Chai, slowly sipping the invigoratingly flavoured and aromatic beverage, is like spending quality time with a friend! It can soothe you when you are unwell, rejuvenate you when you are tired, and revive your spirits when you are bored. Turn to this recipe, to learn the perfect way of brewing this magic potion, with the right proportions of chai masala, ginger and other peppy ingredients. Savour the Masala Tea hot and fresh, and avoid reheating it, because that makes tea slightly bitter.