1.Nothing can be more comforting than Adrak ki Chai. So head to Vishnu Tea Emporium, Varanasi
One of the most popular and natural healing drinks in India, this actually helps in boosting immunity. Ginger Tea has several health benefits and must be consumed in winter season. It tastes a bit spicy and is very easy to prepare. You should definitely try this if at all you haven’t tried yet. For the best one though, just head straight to Varanasi. No arguments!
2. Mulled wine from Kerala
Mulled wine is a lovely way to greet guests on a cold winter day or to share with the family around an open fire on New Year’s Eve. It’s a great drink to have after a trip out in the cold. It also makes the house smell wonderfully festive, due to the presence of spices that form an integral part of the recipe. For that extra zing, add a shot of liqueur. This is common in Goa and Kerala.
3. Gur Chai all the way from Kanpur
Kanpur is flooded with the thelas of tea-sellers, who sell jaggery tea. The tea is nutritious, tasty and consists of all the familiar enhancers of tea-taste, laung, ilachi, adrak, kali-mirch and others.
4. Tibeten yak butter tea from Ladakh
Tea is an important beverage in the Himalayan region. Here, you won’t find bags of Lipton steeping in steaming mugs. Loose black tea leaves are combined with other ingredients to enhance the warming potential of the drink. Butter and salt are often used in the Buddhist communities of Northeast India. It is the morning drink of choice, and a bowl is poured for guests whenever they visit. The tea itself has quite a kick. The leaves and water are often simmered for 12 hours before being combined with the yak butter.
5. Dudh na Puff in Udvada, Gujarat
Doodh na Puff is traditionally made in the winter. Fresh milk is used and to cool the milk, put out on an open terrace or flat roof overnight. This is common preparation in Parsi houses in Udvada. For the Parsis, it is the triumvirate of vasanu, doodh na puff and eeda paak.
6. Kesar Malai Dhoodh in Mathura
Kesar Malai Doodh is a winter delicacy. The milk is boiled in a heavy bottom pan and the cream that comes on top due to boiling is collected separately. In this process of separating the cream, the milk thickens gradually. The steaming hot thickened milk is then poured from a height into the steel tumblers to make the foam and it is then topped with the collected cream. The rich creamy milk, topped with the cream and flavored with saffron is absolutely delicious when served during the cold winters.
7. Kanji from Punjab
Purple as well as red carrots are seasonal in Delhi and Punjab, available only in the winter months which makes kanji an unusual drink for the season. Gajar ki kanji is a sour fermented drink which is specially popular in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This is specially made on the festival of Holi and during winters.Though it is called Gajar ki kanji but few more vegetables can also be added in the kanji as per individual choice, commonly used vegetables are carrots, turnip, boiled potatoes, blanched cauliflower and beetroots.The kanji is used to drink and the vegetables added are used as pickle or side dish
8. Raab from Gujarat
This wonderful winter warmer drink is made from wheat flour, ghee, jaggery, and spiced with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and clove. It is traditionally used to soothe sour throat, boost immunity and treat appetite loss. Its an ideal drink in Gujarat to beat the winter chill.
9. Kahwa from Kashmir
The Kashmiri Kahwa, since many years, is known as magic tea in India. A single cup and you’re ready to get your spirits uplifted. Kashmiri Kahwa tea is a fragrant tea infused with delicate flavors of whole spices. For the Kashmiris living across the globe, this tea carries the reminder of their motherland. While for others, who occasionally come across the actual taste of it, this aromatic tea is an embodiment of solace. Kahwa, also known as ‘mogil chay’, vino-colour tea topped with the almond parings, has aided Kashmiris fight the winter’s chill for ages.
10. Shorba from Hyderabad
Nothing beats the winter chill like a steaming bowl of soup or shorba. It offers plenty of health benefits since almost any vegetable can go in a shorba.