5 Indian Recipes to Spice up Your Winter
Posted on 23rd November 2015
Notting Hill is magical in the winter. The bright cold mornings are perfect for strolling through Kensington Garden, frost crunching under your feet, birds noisily squabbling on the water. Duck into the Natural History Museum in the day to wonder at ancient fossils and escape the icy winds outside; and in the evenings, nothing beats an authentic Indian meal at Chakra to warm you up. As the weather gets colder, we’re busy creating hot Indian dishes to keep Londoners and visitors going – so here are a few of our favourite Indian recipes to spice up your winter.
1. Indian Winter Soup
There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to fuel your day, and Indian winter soup is an exotic change to your usual tin of Heinz. High in fibre and low in fat, Indian winter soup is a fragrant vegan recipe that traditionally combines lentils, tomatoes, butternut squash, onion and garlic with mustard seeds, chillies and cinnamon.
2. Lotus Root Salad
It might not sound like a winter warmer, but Chakra’s lotus root salad is the perfect pick-me-up, containing everything you need to fight off a seasonal cold. Lotus root is traditionally used in Chinese medicine, as it is believed to restore balance to the body. Snow peas, red onion and coriander are high in vitamin C – essential for recovering from a cold – and there’s a good reason why pomegranate is called a ‘superfood’: it’s packed with multivitamins and antioxidants.
3. Adrakhi Gosht
The hit of fresh ginger is especially welcome on a chilly evening, heating up your palette. At Chakra, our Adrakhi Gosht is made with English lamb and a ginger infusion. Enjoy with a warming glass of rouge for true winter indulgence.
4. Masala Chai
There’s nothing like an aromatic cup of spiced Indian tea to start your morning. Believed to strengthen the immune system, masala chai can fight colds and flu and keep infections at bay.
5. Spiced Sweet Potato
Available in abundance at winter, sweet potato is a popular Asian street food over the colder months. Try making spicy sweet potato wedges for a healthy snack, or try Chakra’s Sweet Potato and Okra to enjoy this traditional delicacy.