Cold, cozy nights; warm blankets, frosty mornings. Yeah! This is what winter feels like, right? Why not indulge yourself just more and enjoy the chills this season with some popular winter drinks in India?
No matter how cold is the winter in the Kashmir Valley, there is nothing like a warm cup of kahwah to keep you warm. This Kashmiri variant of the herbal tea is not just healthy but also soothing for your palate!
A recipe that the Mughals brought to India owing to their taste for the Persian cuisine, shorba is the traditional Indian take on the more common soup. Though you will find it in the food culture all over the country, the city like Hyderabad and many north Indian states are known for their own signature version of the soup or stew.
This tangy south Indian soup made with tamarind and tomatoes, though consumed throughout the year, is a warm, soothing drink when taken in the winters. Whether you decide to travel to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka or any other south Indian state, the taste of this one dish is bound to be divine in all these places! Regular soup is replaced by Rasam as the appetizer, served on the New Delhi to Bangalore trains.
Garam Garam Chai
From the plain tea to the masala tea that has heaps of ginger and cinnamon to the flavour, you are sure to find an array of tea varieties all over the country. But nothing beats a steaming cup of the Bambaiya cutting chai in the city of Mumbai.
Filter coffee isn’t just an after-meal drink but also the ultimate comfort drink in the winters. In fact, it is one of the most popular winter drinks in India, originating in the southern states. The best versions can be sampled in small wayside eateries of Bangalore and Chennai.
Bearing its origins in the West, mulled wine is a winter delicacy often enjoyed on a trip to Goa or Pondicherry. Prepared by mulling spices and raisins in local wine, it is served hot or warm.
Saffron and Apricot Milk
Do you like nut milk? If yes, then Saffron and Apricot Milk is what you should gulp down this winter. The yummy flavour of apricot with a hint of saffron will surely chase away all your winter blahs!
Another hot drink from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Noon Chai is salty in flavour. It is a herbal tea that is pink in colour and contains milk and a pinch of salt. If you’re planning to visit the city of Jammu or Srinagar, be sure to look for a cup of this drink.
A local Sikkimese drink, Chang is made by the locals of Sikkim. It is a relative of beer, made of barley, rice grains, or millet. Enjoy the warm, soothing flavors with each sip.
Now that you are aware of some of the most popular winter drinks in India, decide which one you want to try first. Happy winters!