Winter brings to mind slurping on hot soups and broths, steaks and sizzlers, and garam chai and coffee. Gear up to grapple the chill in the air with a pick of perfect foods lined up for the season. Make way for the warmth of food:
Sweet on sweet potatoes
The mushy deliciousness of the gnarled pink potato leaves you lusting for more. Grill on the flame directly and sprinkle limy chaat masala to tuck in as a fabulous tea-time snack. Says nutritionist Prateek Kumar, founder, FitCru, “It is also lower on the glycemic index scale than white potatoes. Sweet potato leads to fewer carb cravings later on in the day and reins sugar levels well unlike the potatoes. Being a root vegetable, sweet potato keeps your body warm through its high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamin A and C, and minerals including iron and potassium.
Mount up on Millet
“Ragi or nachni makes you stay warm in winters,” says Ritu Gupta, founder and head nutritionist, NutriquebyRitu. “This millet will keep you warm in winter. Just like bajra, which is gluten free, rich in potassium, fibre, Omega-3 and iron, is a metabolism booster and produces warmth.” She suggests using ragi for making porridge, dosa, idli, laddoo, khichri, upma, or using it as flour for rotis and chillas.
Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald