The party season may be over but we are slowly progressing towards harvest festivals like Makar Sankranti, Lohri and Pongal across the country. These festivals are a celebration of seasonal food products and the way different cultures incorporate them into their diet. In this context, nutritionist Rugota Dewikar reminded us of the most delicious winter delicacy – pickles. In an Instagram post, she wrote, “The hardworking farming folk of North India harvest their winter vegetables and turn them into winter pickles to enhance their lifespan and nutritional value.” She went on to add, “Winter pickles are underrated, underrated, and underutilized delicacies.”
However, these delicacies are great for fixing skin and gut problems and can also heal joint pain. It contains mounds of hand-ground mustard, which acts as a traditional remedy against respiratory disorders during the winter season.
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Rujuta Dewikar added in her article, “Sun cooking and fermentation of scallop, gargar, and gobi bean is what the modern nutritional world values (and may be appropriate later) as pre, pro and post prebiotics.”
Winter pickles are not just a side dish for meals. Instead, they are an important part of the winter diet. Rugota Dewikar writes, “This food is an essential on your plate.” The best part about pickles is that this delicacy can be enjoyed with Indian bread such as chapati, paratha, rice and khichdi.
This is Rogota Dewikar’s post:
Recently, a nutritionist also shared information about birch, or Indian jujube. This winter fruit boosts immunity. Rujuta Dewikar writes of the benefits of ber, “It’s rich in vitamin C (richer than an orange), a dandruff killer and the secret behind glowing skin. It’s also great for kids who get sick a lot.” Click here to read more about the benefits of ber.
Rujuta Dewikar also once published an infographic about the winter menu. I have identified the most nutritious ways to include seasonal vegetables and food products. She wrote, “This is a suggested guide for planning your meals this winter. Feel free to adjust the dates and food specialties as per your convenience and region.” Read about it here.
Satisfy your winter cravings with these delicious seasonal treats.