Winter is the time when the air is crisp, the sun is mellow and appetites are robust. The markets are a riot of colors, with fresh vegetables and fruit of a hundred shades. What better way to enjoy Nature’s bounty than by relishing it in the form of exquisite winter dishes.
India being such a diverse country, we have a truly eclectic spread of mouthwatering and flavorful dishes from different regions. Pune’s top homechefs have put together a curated winter menu especially for you!
Warning: The list is high on the drool quotient!
1. Maharashtrian seasonal Green Amti
Ask any Maharashtrian what his or her comfort food is and the answer most probably would be ‘Amti’. With fresh green peas, tur dal and chana dal flooding the market this season, this is one truly scrumptious amti to savour this winter- fresh, comforting and nourishing.
What is Amti you ask? Amti is a dal typically cooked with imli or kokum. Homechef Leena presents a lip smacking and soul soothing seasonal Amti.
2. Gajar ka Halva
Winter would indeed be incomplete without this most loved and delectable pudding or halva made with succulent carrots and milk and garnished with nuts. But better than the restaurant fare, is Homechef Namrata’s and Homechef Leena’s freshly prepared, rich Gajar Halwa.
3. Mutton Kheema with Methi
With fresh fenugreek leaves abundantly available in winter, this is an exotic signature winter dish in many homes. Made with minced mutton and fenugreek leaves this delightful dish is a must-try for mutton lovers.
4. Sarson ka Saag
Travel to North India in winter and sarson ka saag would be a staple in any home or eatery. Here, in Pune we bring you the taste of North India by presenting sarson ka saag, an exotic and mouthwatering dish made with fresh, succulent mustard leaves and spinach cooked in butter. This will be accompanied by the equally delicious makai ki roti or flatbreads made with corn flour.
5. Winter Green Thali
Homechef Leena presents a scrumptious complete Maharashtrian thali comprising seasonal green Amti, delicious Palak – methi khuda (raw salad), a flavorful ‘thecha’ which is a chutney made with green tomatoes and chillies, fragrant pulav with green peas and Chapatis.
Undhiyo is to Gujarat what sarson ka saag is to Punjab. Undhiyo is a delectable medley of winter vegetables and muthia (fenugreek leaf dumplings) in a rich and flavourful gravy. It takes hours of preparation and orchestration of vegetables, spices, dumplings, saltiness, sweetness and is sure to make your heart sing with its delightful taste!
7. Matar Kachori with Sabji and Raita
Right here in Pune, you can savour a much loved Delhi snack specially made in the winter. Delicious fried puffed pastries stuffed with spiced green peas served with raita and potato subji.
8. Tabak Maaz
Originally a Kashmiri dish, this dish comes as exquisite starter made from juicy mutton pieces, marinated in warm masalas with milk and saffron. This dish is roasted in pure ghee. We have saved you the trouble of travelling all the way to Kashmir by bringing you this dish right here in Pune, at your doorstep at the click of a button!
9. Beetroot Parathas
Giving a unique twist to the parathas, Homechef Leena presents parathas stuffed with fresh, nutritious, rich and flavorful beets. Wholesome, colourful, delicious- what more can one ask for!
10. Sattu ke Kachori and Sabji
Hearty and scrumptious fried puffed pastry (kachori) stuffed with roasted gram flour (sattu) and served with delicious potato and brinjal bharta. Immerse yourself in the culinary flavours of Bihar with this dish, sitting right here in Pune!
11. Lauki Parathas
The humble lauki or bottle gourd acquires a delectable ‘avatar’ in this paratha form. Made with grated bottle gourd and spices, this is sure to pack a punch and leave you content.
12. Palak Paneer
Tender cottage cheese cooked in mildly spiced spinach gravy evokes comforting memories for most of us. Enjoy this popular and mouthwatering dish in winter for there can never be a better time than this to relish it.
13. Moon Dal ka Halva
The humble moong-dal just got glamorous with this rich and tasty halva, cooked in ghee and garnished with nuts. This classic winter recipe from Rajasthan assures to make your mind and belly extremely happy.
14. Palak Parathas
With green leafy vegetables plentiful this season, making delicious parathas out of succulent spinach is a good idea and relishing it would be an even better idea! Can be relished for lunch or dinner and even breakfast for that dose of iron from spinach.
15. Aloo Kachori
This dish will transport to you wintry, cold mornings in North India where people savour these delectable fried puffed pastry stuffed with potatoes for breakfast. Of course it would make a perfect evening snack along with a cup of hot tea or coffee on a winter day.
16. Matar Nimona
This is a lip smacking, mild and flavourful winter dish commonly made in Uttar Pradesh is prepared with fresh green peas and spices and is served with rice. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample scrumptious dishes from other parts of the country..
17. Chicken Biryani
Although chicken biryani can be had round the year, winter is the best time to savor it. Tender chicken cooked in long grained rice and spices, this delicious biryani can be touted as the most popular rice dish.
18. Baingan ka Bharta and Bajre ki Roti
A rustic and delectable combination of smoked brinjal cooked with spices and super nutritious and delicious flatbreads made with pearl millet (Bajra) flour is sure to happily fire your taste buds and leave you wanting for more.
19. Suran ki Sabji with either Rice or Roti- Bihari style
Experience the flavours of Bihar with this lip-smacking seasonal yam curry, rich in protein. Served with either rice or rotis this exotic dish makes a hearty and wholesome meal.
20. Kombdi Rasa
This rustic and delectable Maharashtrian dish is a staple during winter. Made with chicken in a spicy gravy, this is sure to make your taste buds come alive.
We are sure these winter dishes by Pune’s top homechefs will help you do justice to the diverse and rich culinary spread that winter brings.
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