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Winter foods can be a guiltless pleasure, as one needs more calories to keep oneself warm. So, indulgence is allowed this season. Warmth is very well, but comforting foods are what the body and soul need. A bite of a warm pie with a thin crust, oodles of meat oozing out and gravy by the side or a piping hot makki di roti slathered with white butter and sarson da saag, can be soul-satisfying when the temperatures have dropped. Restaurants in Mumbai offer a plethora of winter dishes, even though this city does not really experience the real winter. But who is complaining when a bit of indulgence is permitted?
My top 5 favourite winter dishes:
Smoked Pork Sorpotel with Red Sannas at O Pedro, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
Who can resist the quintessential Goan pork delicacy in winter? Of course, one can have it all year through, but in winter, it is easy to relish and digest this pork preparation. O Pedro, the haven for Portuguese and Goan food, serves a delectable version paired with red rice sannas. A bite into the fluffy sanna dunked in sorpotel and you are transported to another world.
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Roasted pumpkin Soup at Indigo Delicatessen, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
Nothing can be more comforting in winter than a bowl of soup and if it is roasted pumpkin soup, even better. Low in calories, but high on flavours, Indigo Deli offers one of the best ones in the city. Enjoy this flavourful soup and give your body the warmth it needs.
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Undhiyu at The Bombay Havelli, Charni Road
Undhiyu is eaten in winter because the main ingredients like papadi, tuar dana, lilua, are available in this season. A melee of seasonal vegetables, Undhiyu with puris, is the ultimate taste of Surti cuisine. One cannot possibly go through winter and not savour this delicacy? The Bombay Haveli serves a delicious and authentic one.
Makki Di Roti and Sarson Ka Saag at Delhi Highway, Marol, Andheri East, Western Suburbs
The real taste of Punjab is reminiscent in this hearty dish. A piping hot makki di roti with a dollop of butter on the sarson da saag, is a match made in heaven. The one here is rustic, flavourful and hearty. Not-to-be-missed at any cost.
Gajar halwa Tart at Cream Centre, Chowpatty
Whoever said, sweets cannot be enjoyed in winter? Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is the typical choice this season and Cream Centre, gives it their own spin with an innovative gajar halwa tart. With the crunch of carrots, juxtaposed with the creaminess of khoya or mawa, in a crisp tart, this one is pure decadence.
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.