Winter is here and during this time, we surely feel lazy and lethargic. Even getting out of your bed seems to be a big task during this time of the year. However, this happens only when you don’t look after the rise in your appetite. This can put a toll on your health, therefore you need to look after yourself and your habits during this season.

Celebrity Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar suggests a few traditional winter food items that will make us feel energised and will help us to do our daily work with the same enthusiasm and will that we have during the hotter months of the year.

You must be wondering what these food items are. These are none other than your winter favourites, ladoo, chikki and gajak. Yes, you read it right. Well, we understand your surprise as it is often recommended to cut down on the sweet delights in order to stay healthy but here, Rujuta Diwekar is saying the opposite.

 
 
 
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This is because these food items are made using some ingredients that are considered to be super healthy since ancient times. Also, the winter season increases the appetite and not giving in to the needs of your body results in fatigue. Therefore, having these items as one of your mid meal will be beneficial as it will fuel your fat losses.

Read on to know how to make these three traditional winter food items.

Ladoo

ladoo rujuta winter traditional food

It is recommended to have panjiri ladoo during the cold months. If you ask your grandmothers or even your mother, then they will tell you about this special recipe and how they used to have it during the winters. Read on to know how to make these ladoos.

Ingredients

  • 500 gms wheat flour
  • 60 gms semolina
  • 10 gms makhana
  • 1 bowl dry coconut
  • 10 gms char magaz
  • 20-25 gms cashew nuts
  • 20-25 gms almonds
  • 150 gms sugar
  • 450 gms ghee

Instructions 

  • Heat some ghee in a pan.
  • Add some makhanas and fry them until golden brown.
  • Now, put these makhanas on a separate plate and crush them.
  • Now, roast semolina with ghee. After you roast it, add wheat flour.
  • Add crushed makhanas along with dry coconut, cashew nuts and almonds to this mixture.
  • Now, add sugar and mix well.
  • Your mixture is ready. Take small portions of this mixture and make ladoos.

Gajak

gajak rujuta winter traditional food

The next food item is gajak. You can find gajak in every market during the winter season but homemade gajak tastes just different. Read on to know how to make it at home.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 250 gm sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup halved cashews
  • 2 tablespoon ghee

Instructions

  • Start by greasing a rectangular tray with ghee and keep it aside.
  • Now, take a large kadai and dry roast sesame seeds on low heat until they turn brown.
  • Now, combine sugar, ghee and 2 tbsp. of water. Cook on medium heat until it turns thick and syrupy.
  • Switch off from the heat and fold in the roasted sesame seeds and cashews. Mix well.
  •  Now, transfer to the ghee coated tray and level it with a large flat spatula.
  • While it is still hot, cut it into small pieces.
  • Once it has cooled down, you can separate the pieces and enjoy the gajak.

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Chikki

chikki rujuta winter traditional food

Chikki is one of our favourite food items during the winter. So, here is the recipe to make it and enjoy every day but in moderation.

Ingredients

  • 150 gm roasted peanuts
  • 5 green cardamom
  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 100 gm powdered jaggery
  • water as required

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Instructions

  • Start by rubbing peanuts between your fingers to remove the husks easily. Now, put the husk-less peanuts on another plate.
  • Take a pan and put it on medium flame and add some water to it.
  • Add jaggery to this pan and stir it with a spoon or spatula until jaggery gets entirely dissolved. Let the jaggery syrup simmer on medium flame, while stirring it frequently.
  • Keep stirring till you see small bubbles forming. Now, reduce the flame.
  • Add peanuts and cardamom. Now, switch off the flame.
  • Now, grease a tray using oil.
  • Once the mixture is cool enough to be handled, put it on the tray and cut it into pieces.
  • You can enjoy it once it hardens. 
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