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Desi winter delights

Published : Jan 11, 2017, 12:28 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2017, 6:51 am IST

As the temperatures dip, savour some of these traditional winter delicacies, at home.

Sarson Ka Saag with Makai Rotla
 Sarson Ka Saag with Makai Rotla

Sarson Ka Saag with Makai Rotla

  • 1 kg Washed and chopped mustard leaves
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ tbsp Roughly chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • ½ cup Finely chopped onions
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp Makai atta
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee for garnish


  • Boil enough water in a deep, non-stick pan
  • Add mustard leaves and cook on high flame for four to five minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  • Strain using a strainer and drain well.
  • Refresh the leaves in cold water immediately and drain well again.
  • Set aside for two or three minutes to cool slightly.
  • Blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture, using ½ cup of water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai and add cumin seeds.
  • When seeds crackle, add garlic paste, ginger paste and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped onions, and green chillies. Sauté.
  • Add the makai atta and stir continuously.
  • Add mustard leaves, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well and cook on medium flame for a few minutes.
  • Drizzle ghee and serve hot.

Til Aur Gur Ke Laddoo

Til Aur Gur Ke Laddoo

  • 2 cups lightly roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cup grated jaggery
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder
  • Pure ghee


  • Take grated jaggery and mix it with pure ghee.
  • Heat it on a low flame so that it melts and reaches a fine, semi liquid.
  • Let the mixture cool down to room temperature, and then mix it with the roasted sesame seeds.
  • Add the green cardamom powder to the mix.
  • Roll the mix into lemon size laddoos and serve.

Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa

  • 1 kg Carrots
  • 2 1/1 cup Boiled milk
  • Sugar to taste
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 10 Almonds
  • 10 Pistachios
  • 10 Cashews
  • You can add other nuts like walnuts too


  • Wash, peel and grate the carrots.
  • Heat a pan with butter and put the grated carrot and cook on low flame till the raw smell disappears.
  • Add milk and boil on low flame till thick.
  • Once it starts thickening, add sugar and stir continuously.
  • Cook on low flame for further thickness.
  • Add cardamom powder and nuts.
  • Stir continuously till ghee separates from the mixture.
  • Finally, garnish with nuts and serve hot.

Recipe courtesy: Maharaj Jodharam Choudhary, corporate chef, Khandani Rajdhani.

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