Warm and Sweet Foods To Eat In Winters

Stacey C. Slagle

As the temperatures dip, our heart starts craving for those warm and sweet delicacies. The air smells of those sweet aromas that make us forget about our waistlines and binge eat all the delicious delicacies. The local sweet shops and the kitchens in your home are brimming with the winter delicacies like halwa, gajaks, and hot chocolate. Before it becomes impossible for you to stop drooling, let’s take a look at the unmissable winter delicacies that you should have to make this season blissful. 

1. Moong Dal Ka Halwa: The traditional Indian winter delicacy. It’s the favourite of every Indian because it is made with lots of pure ghee and provides the much-needed warmth in winters. The garnishing of nuts like almonds and Pistachios on the halwa make it even more delicious because nuts and winters go hand-in-hand. Then, it is also favoured because it has a long shelf life. Once made with efforts, it will go for a couple of days.   

Sharing a quick recipe, because making it home is another level of happiness: 

  • Ingredients: ½ cup Moong Dal, ½ tbsp cardamom, 2 tbsp almonds, and ½ cup pure ghee, ½ cup milk, 1 cup water, ½ cup sugar with milk and water
  • Recipe: Wash the moong dal and grind it in a mixer.
  • Heat the milk mixture to dissolve the sugar and keep hot till needed
  • Take a kadhai, add ghee and dal. Stir fry over low heat
  • Add milk mixture to the fried dal and stir well to mix together
  • Cook over low heat till the liquid is absorbed and once again stir fry till the fat separates
  • Mix in the cardamom powder
  • Garnish with almonds 

2. Gajar ka Halwa: Another Indian dish without which the winters would be absolutely incomplete of the Indians. Gajar Ka Halwa is a famous winter delicacy. It’s nutritious because of the red carrots, nuts, milk and tasty because of the sugar, cardamom, mawa. The gajar ka halwa is garnished with chopped cashews. You can easily make this at home or order it online from any of the local sweet shops. Here is the easy recipe to make Gajar ka Halwa at home: 

  • Ingredients:  1 kg carrot, 1 ½ ltr milk, 8 cardamoms, 5-7 tbsp ghee, 5-7 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp raisins, ½ tbsp cashews
  • Recipe: Grate the carrots
  • Simmer in the milk with cardamom 
  • Heat ghee in a kadhai and add carrots 
  • Add milk and cook for 15-20 minutes
  • Stir in the sugar and continue to cook until the halwa turns reddish
  • Serve the halwa with cashews

3. Gajak or Chikkis: 

Winter nights are all about family timing in cosy blankets and eating gajak or chikkis. Gajak are winter favourites of all because of the warm ingredients like sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts making it the oh-so-popular and healthy winter snack. People prefer to eat gajak or chikkis after their meals as a sweet dish. Some also savour it as a midday snack. 

4. Hot Chocolate: Winters are the season of hot chocolate. Those hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows in a cup of hot milk are just irresistible. While you read this, we know you are drooling, so how can you not fall for it when it’s in front of your eyes. Either you can go for ready-to-drink hot chocolate powder from the reputed Cadbury or order hot chocolate from coffee shops. Many of the cakris or people in the handmade chocolate business are also giving hot chocolate bomb gift packs. 

5. Cakes and Plum Cakes: Chocolate Cakes in winters taste differently delicious. 

You can even heat your chocolate cake or brownies in the microwave and your winter evenings are sorted. If you love your cakes with a touch of nuts, go with traditional plum cakes baked with soaked raisins, rum, and walnuts. You can easily avail online cake delivery in Jamshedpur of cakes and plum cakes.

6. Gulab Jamun: Gulab Jamun is an all-time favourite Indian delicacy. But, in winters the hot Gulab Jamuns are a blessing. Gulab Jamuns are fried doughs coated in sugar syrup. Soft and gooey to eat. It’s the perfect winter sweet dish or midnight sweet craving snack. 

Enjoy your winters warmly and sweetly! 

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