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Posts Tagged ‘Delhi Winters’

A Maharashtrian Winter Food Workshop

In Workshops on January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

poster-maharashtra-winter-menuThe next one is here! Let’s enjoy a Maharashtrian repast before this rather warm winter of 2017 turns to Spring. Join me in the kitchen to cook this warming, and immensely happiness-inducing winter menu with recipes I learned from my Mother-in-law.

Note the change in the date, it’s January 28, 2017! See you there!

Apple Soup

In Fruit, Low Fat, Soup, Under 30 min!, Vegetarian on January 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

applesoup 01

It got nippy and there it stayed, just nippy. Kashmiri people divide winter into three sub-seasons associated with the intensity of the cold. Right now, we are in the middle of the 40-day period of Chillai Kalan, the harshest part of winter that starts on the night of the winter solstice. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai Khurd, and then it peters out into a brief 10-day Chillai Baccha, before the herald of Spring in March. Many of our festivals and rituals, as seen in our winter celebrations, are closely tied to a shared history with Persian Zoroastrian traditions.

In Punjab Lohri celebrations, with the ceremonial communal bonfire, mark the coldest night of Winter. Lohri, which was two days ago, on the 13th, came and went with nary a shiver. We were still walking around in the lightest of sweaters here in Delhi. It was far from the coldest night of the winter it is expected to be.

But, the morning after, the clouds rolled in. It hasn’t rained but the Western Disturbances, as they are called, have brought in some chill and the resultant cheer, to Delhi-winters. There should be snow in the mountains too!

Chilli

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