It is that time of the year! After a relentless cycle of heat and rain, winter is finally here. It is time to break free and book your winter getaway with Club Mahindra resorts. The only thing in winter that’s better than a holiday, is a piping hot meal. Among the vast treasure trove of Indian food recipes that we have, there are some traditional Indian recipes that are specifically meant for winters. These also include some popular Indian dishes that we enjoy all year round. Here are eight classic winter dishes that will satisfy you and warm your soul.

1. Undhiyu

Undhiyu is one of the most popular Indian dishes that are enjoyed during winter. This Gujarat native is a labour of love. Made with mixed vegetables, ghee, and loads of spices, it is a healthy and satisfying dish that will warm your soul during cold winter days. Like other Indian food recipes, there are astounding variations of this dish. While its taste may change, its soul remains unchanged. Enjoy this hearty creation at most Club Mahindra resorts around the country.

2. Gushtaba

Originating from Kashmir, Gushtaba is not among the most well-known Indian food recipes. You won’t find it in any of the resorts in India. It is one of those Indian dishes that are delicious yet obscure. The minced mutton meat balls are bathed in a curd-based curry that is delicately seasoned with spices such as cardamom and asafoetida. Each bite warms you as it makes the journey from your mouth to your stomach. It is best enjoyed with rice.

3. Chi Al Meh

There aren’t many traditional Indian recipes for soups. But Chi Al Meh is one among the few. This Manipuri soup stew is a flavour-packed rendition of vegetable soup. Ingredients like onions, spinach, mushrooms, and capsicum give it body while ginger, chillies, and other seasonings give it the heat to warm the body on cold days. If you’re looking for obscure Indian cuisine recipes, this is a good one to begin with. Pair it with noodles to make it more filling.

4. Thukpa

If you’re craving a spice bomb to banish the winter cold, a bowl of steaming hot Thukpa will sate your craving. It is one of the quintessential north Indian cuisine recipes that have been created to combat biting cold of the mountains. Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup that is a staple in the mountainous regions. Add this to your repertoire of Indian food recipes for those cold winter evenings. Chase the Thukpa with steaming hot momos for ultimate satisfaction.

5. Sarson da Saag with Makke di Roti

This unabashedly Punjabi creation is a well-known duo, thanks to countless Bollywood films that have featured them as the supreme mark of a mother’s love. The rustic preparation of mustard-leaves and spinach stew, along with corn roti makes for a hearty meal that will leave you with a warm afterglow of satisfaction. Enjoy it with a dollop of unsalted butter that adds to the nutritional and thermal value of the meal. Just make sure to enjoy them while they’re hot.

6. Gajak

Gajak belongs to that group of Indian dishes that make an appearance around winter festivals. It is a long-lost cousin of chikki that found a loving home in the northern parts of the country. Made with jaggery and sesame seeds, it makes fighting cold an enjoyable task. If you’re on the lookout for relatively unknown Indian food recipes, you’ll find Gajak fascinating. While the traditional avatar uses only two ingredients, you can add dry fruits to boost its nutritional quotient.

7. Bajra Rotla with Baingan Bharta

Bajra is a hardy member of the millet family that has acquired the status of super food in the past few years. Smoky, spicy Baingan Bharta is the perfect companion for a hot Bajra Rotla on cold winter days. Baingan Bharta is one of the quintessential Indian food recipes that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Both are easy to make at home and do not require any special ingredients. Try this meal at least once during the coming winter.

8. Cinnamon Rolls

The mere thought of a hot, fluffy Cinnamon Roll with a steaming hot cup of coffee is enough to raise goosebumps, especially on a cold winter evening. Though it cannot be included with the usual Indian food recipes, a cinnamon roll is an indulgent dish that banishes cold with every bite. It’s not even a winter food. You can find this indulgence at almost all resorts in India to sweeten up your holiday. Do you feel like having one now?

We have chosen these eight from thousands of Indian food recipes to warm your soul this winter. Share your favourites with us!


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Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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