Winter season is the time when we love to munch upon snacks. Surprisingly, there are numerous snacks that are available only during the winter season in India. So, what are these wintery delights? Here’s a list of 8 things that are traditionally winter and people love to gorge on them, not only in Chandigarh but all across North India.
A dry sweet made of sesame seeds and/or groundnut and jaggery. Til gajak is made by cooking til in sugar syrup and then spread in thin layers. People of the city beautiful love to have something sweet at the end of their meal, and gachak is the best option as ‘gur’ helps in easy digestion of food.
A Peg of Rum / Coffee
The classic old monk is the perfect drink to keep you warm on a wintery evening. Those who drink, say that rum is a favourite drink for them in winters as it helps them keep warm. People say that if you have some rum, chill will not trouble you.
And if you are a non-alcholic, coffe is the best bevarage. Sale of coffee beans increases during winters and even cafes acheive more sales of hot coffee during winters.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Carrots are a delight in winters and this seet dish that is made from carrots is a favourite to many. North India especially Punjabis love gajar ka halwa like anything. Gajar da halwa is available at almost every sweet shop in Chandigarh but alas it is only for winters.
If we talk about cooking gajar ka halwa, then almost all Punjabi households cook this dessert multiple number of times during winters. Moong dal ka halwa is another winter delicacy.
You might be thinking that we did not include groundnuts. Well, the most bought thing in the winter snacks category is groundnuts. Vendors selling groundnuts by the roadside becomes a common sight as soon as winter season arrives.
Gulab Jamuns are sweet little dumplings dipped in sugar syrup. Gulab jamun is an all time favourite and is extremely delicious when it’s hot. Again a favourite of many, it is served as a dessert at the end of a meal. Even hi-end restaurants keep hot gulab jamun as dessert for their buffet.
A steaming bowl of hot soup in the evening is the best thing to have. Hold on! We are not talking about a cafe or restaurant, but we are talking about the street-food and stalls that offer tomato and other flavours at various markets in Chandigarh.
Corn on the Cob
Roasted Corn on the Cob with lime, salt and chilli masala is yet another winter-time favourite snack for people in Chandigarh. You can see vendors sitting in the markets and roasting delicious corns as per your liking. This cheap snack is quite filling and not too heavy on the stomach. And yes, we forgot to tell you that it is called challi.
Commonly known as shakarkandi, Sweet Potato is full of starch and a perfect winter snack to keep you full for a long time. Boiled and flavored with yummy masala, sweet potato is a powerful nutritional punch for people who love to snack on healthy food. Again, it is a street food and you can find sellers across different markets in Chandigarh.
How many of snacks did you tasted these winters? Missed upon something. There’s still time! Try it before winters end.