It's time to pull out thicker blankets, say goodbye to the AC, and welcome hot chocolate... err no, seasonal vegetables into your life. From peppery mustard leaves and punchy green garlic to delicate snow peas and purple yams, the local markets are displaying winter produce in all their glory. Not only do they taste good, they're also beneficial for you during the cold months. We've curated a list of nourishing recipes that we love and hope you will make.
This Gujarati classic is winter in a bowl. Brimming with seasonal veggies and a rich masala made of fresh coconut, green garlic and groundnuts, undhiyu is warming, nourishing and delicious.
Gajar ka halwa
Sweet and juicy carrots are good enough to be eaten raw but when cooked down with milk, ghee and sugar in this halwa, they turn sweeter and more flavourful.
Sarson ka saag
This saag is packed with good-for-you mustard greens and lots of white butter. Watch our tips and tricks for how to build maximum flavour in this wholesome, healthy dish that is sure to keep you warm.
Makai ki roti
You definitely need something to scoop up all the saag goodness and our step-by-step makai ki roti recipe is perfect for that. Make this and you will be having it with not just saag, but also other delicious wintery sabzis.
Craving chaat during these cold months? Well, this one is healthy and chatpata. Green jowar and veggies come together to create a crunchy and nutritious snack, ideal for chai-time.
Treat that runny nose or a slight itch in the throat with our recipe for chicken soup that is also good for your immunity. Hot and nourishing, it's great for the whole family on chilly nights.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, parathas are a good low-effort, nutritious and filling option. Don't forget to eat this well-stuffed version with some tangy achar.
Desi shepherd's pie
Bake a pie for the family and dinner is sorted. But if Shepherd's pie is not to your taste, this desi kheema one, spiced with garam masala is good enough to keep you garam on cold days.
Is it just us or does palak look greener nowadays? Get all the benefits of this superfood by turning it into a creamy and garlicky soup.
Green garlic chicken
Use up all the green garlic this season in this wholesome, meaty dish. Vibrant to look at and delightful on the palate, it makes for the ideal Friday night family dinner.
After graduating from USC and making the most of LA's food scene, Samika is now back in India and ready to explore the food in her own country. A culinary enthusiast, she spends a lot of time brainstorming dinner ideas, looking up new restaurants, listening to podcasts and has a special knack for churning her own ice cream.