We all enjoy a hot cup of any elixir that instantly lifts our spirits and soothes our nerves in the bitter biting cold. This season is all about staying warm and indulging in foods and beverages that make us feel cosy and toasty. While most of us are eating well during the winter, we frequently run low on the liquids we need to stay warm.
Here's a list that will make you want to drink your favourite winter beverages right away!
Black carrots make this a healthy probiotic drink, a traditional fermented beverage but with several health advantages. Kanji is a probiotic drink popular in North Indian states. It is highly beneficial for the gut and improves digestion because it is a probiotic drink. Kanji is traditionally made with black carrots is dark purple in colour.
1. Rinse, peel and chop the carrot into batons or sticks 1.5 to 2 inches in length, as shown in the photo below. Peel and chop the beets into 1.5 to 2 inches wedges or sticks.
2. In a dry grinder, grind 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard to a fine powder. If you are including black or brown mustard, use 1 tablespoon.
3. Boil water first. Let it cool at room temperature. Add the carrots, beets, ground yellow mustard powder, black salt or regular salt, and red chilli powder in a clean and dry ceramic or glass jar with a wide mouth.
Pour this boiled, cooled water in the jars. If you prefer, you can filter the water using a fine-mesh strainer while pouring it into the pot.
4. Stir this mixture well with a clean, dry spoon.
5. Cover loosely with a lid or secure and tie a muslin/cheesecloth on the mouth of the jars or bottles. Keep the pots or bottles in sunlight. Allow fermenting for 2 to 3 days until the drink becomes sour. Take care
so not to over ferment the drink.
6. When the drink starts tasting sour, the carrot kanji is ready. Keep the kanji drink in the refrigerator or serve straightway.
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The Noon chai is another beverage unique to Kashmiri cuisine. It is a pink-coloured beverage that is known to keep the body warm. It is also known as Gulab chai. It's made with sea salt, milk, and nuts and has a
nutty flavour with a velvety texture that's a treat for your taste buds. The tea leaves used in Noon chai are grown in Kashmiri tea plantations, making it a Kashmiri speciality!
Mulled wine is a wine infused with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, raisins, and nutmeg that is an essential part of holiday traditions and the cold season. It's the ideal cocktail for a get-together. Mulled wine
comes in various variations, most of which are region-specific. It can be served hot or cold. It's alcoholic, simple to make, and oh-so-cosy!
Hot Mushroom Tea
Mushroom tea is a little-known beverage that is a popular winter drink. Start your day with it, and you'll be surprised at how much more energy you have. It's energising, revitalising, and has a buttery texture. This
unusual winter drink tastes like a mushroom stew with a lot of pepper!
Shorba is a Mughalai dish that is not traditionally a beverage but instead a soup or stew to drink. North Indians and Hyderabadis create their variations. It's made by simmering meat in water with aromatic
spices and herbs, making it zesty and spicy to add some heat! This middle eastern delicacy serves as an excellent prelude to your winter meals.
Looking for a warm drink with a hint of whiskey? To the rescue comes a hot toddy! It's an alcoholic drink made with whiskey, spices, honey, and sugar. A combination of all of these ingredients is pure decadence. It's ideal for keeping you warm during the harsh winters.
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