Desi Winter Foods
Warm treats for the cold months
What comes to your mind when you hear the word winter? Chapped lips, cracked heels, woollen clothes, and lazy mornings? But winter is all of that and more. Did you know that our digestive system works best during the colder months? Therefore, nutritious food is considered the best way to combat winter and boost immunity.
Winter foods of India
India is a land of diversity – different languages, cultures, and traditions. Add to that the varied experiences during the same season in different parts of the country. Each region of the sub-continent has its own version of winter. The chilly breeze of the north contrasts with the soothing temperature of the south, thus also creating a wide range of region-specific treats.
If you are planning to tour a certain part of India, you are probably looking for articles that suggest places to see, things to avoid, and what to buy. Add proper hotels, rental-car services, and local festivals to the list and you may feel the required home work is done. But haven’t you forgotten something? Every state in India has unique delicacies and you must include them on your list of things to try. When travelling in winter, you get a taste of food that is specifically churned out for this season.
Try only authentic dishes
Once you have identified local cuisine, the next step is to spot the place that offers the most authentic fare. Many hotels tend to change the original recipe to suit the taste of tourists. However, if you are not willing to try the original stuff, it is better not to try any version of it at all. Getting your hands on the traditional eromba of Manipur, kuzhambhu of Tamil Nadu, dubuk of Uttarakhand, and endure pitha of Odisha is an experience you will never forget.
Next time you visit any Indian state or Union Territory between November and February, remember to indulge in the authentic local winter dishes.
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