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January is an enjoyable time of the year as the country celebrates winter, in varying degrees. Mumbai may not get too cold, but the slight drop in temperature and the nip in the air is enough to make you hungry and crave some seasonal dishes. Mumbai restaurants thus celebrate this weather with some special dishes. Enjoy these while the winter lasts. My top 5 recommendations:
Gajar Ka Halwa at Mini Punjab's Lake Side, Powai, Central Mumbai
You can’t possibly go through winter without savouring this delectable dessert. Creamy and replete with nuts, this carrot and mawa-based dessert, is a treat you must enjoy here a la Punjabi style, post a hearty meal.
Nolen Gurer Payesh at Oh! Calcutta, Andheri West, Western Suburbs
Bengali food at its best is available at Oh! Calcutta and one must sample this milk-based dessert on this occasion. This lip-smacking sweet- Payesh, made of rice, milk and jaggery, here is a treat for sweet lovers and the dash of Nolen Gur or new jaggery enhances the flavours.
Spicy Red Chicken Ramen at The Fatty Bao, Linking Road, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
Rich and meaty, these ribbon-like strands of noodles in a bowl of soup with a plethora of ingredients as toppings apart from chicken, are hearty and comforting and apt for this weather.
Sarson Ka Saag at Delhi Highway, Chakala, Andheri East, Western Suburbs
Known for its North Indian and Mughlai food, this place makes Sarson Ka Saag, just the way North Indians relish at home. Robust, spicy, with its distinct flavours, pair this with Makki Ki Roti and you have a winning winter combination at hand.
Last but not the least, this winter delicacy from Gujarat is a must-have this season and especially here, as part of the sumptuous thali. A medley of unique, seasonal veggies, the masala is typical and sets it apart. Relish this with puris.
Gorge on these winter foods and give your body the requisite warmth that it needs.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.