Indian food is a great way to keep your body warm and energy up on the cold and windy nights. Looking out of your window at gusty trees on a cold, dark night while you are nice and cosy huddling by the fire is a pleasing sight for most. Indian food is both popular and warming and great for this terrible British weather. If you can’t brave going out into the cold to your local Indian restaurant there are some simple recipes that are easy to make in your home. Here are a few quick ideas to make a great Indian meal from some of the most popular Indian cuisine that you can make and tailor to your taste palette.
Pepper Rasam: Soup is a great option for cold wintery nights. Hand in hand with winter is the common cold and Pepper Rasam can be very beneficial for those who have been struck with it. The spices that are in a Pepper Rasam soup can help to soothe the senses and of course comforting and warming foods are vital when you are feeling under the weather. The aromas that accompany the soup will appeal to your senses and can be a great comfort food. It is easy and quick to make and the ingredients are cheap to buy.
Chicken Tikka Masala: With its medium spice palette the curry will warm you up and is a very satisfying meal. Pack your curry with vegetables to build your immune systems, helping to prevent any illnesses associated with winter and keep your health at its peak. The chicken has to be marinated overnight and cooking time is between 10 to 30 minutes, therefore is simple but quite time consuming. Freezing the curry so you can simply heat it up when you want it is a great solution, making it easier for you after a long day at work. Serve with rice and naan bread for the perfect experience.
Kheer: Very popular in Pakistan this version of rice pudding has a delicate flavour of rose and is packed with nuts. Nuts are a great food all year round but can really help your health during the cold months, keeping your health high. Nuts, especially almonds and peanuts are rich in vitamins, fibre and minerals and are a great addition to any diet. Kheer is easy to make and can be eaten hot or cold. It is a milk-based dessert and therefore contains calcium. However, it is not recommended to eat Kheer in copious amounts due to the adverse health issues too much milk can have.