In India, winter can get the nickname as ‘Parantha season’.  Here’s the reason!

In India, winter can get the nickname as ‘Parantha season’. Here’s the reason!

It's paranthas season!

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If you are a seasoned vegetable buyer, one thing that you definitely want in your conscience is that the winter season offers a wide variety of vegetables for food lovers in India. Compared to summer, when only a few seasonal vegetables meet the nutritional needs of Indian residents, winter wins the race with a fantastic selection of leafy vegetables, Cruciferae and alliums. Given the fact that there is a huge emotion too paranthas ran deep in the veins of citizens of this country for ‘millions of years’, the availability of these vegetables makes the winter season a ‘Paranthas season’.

Well! That’s actually good. Although we are not one to say whether you should stick to paranthas or not, as it all depends on your dietary needs or obligations, we believe the availability of this wide range of vegetables is transforming paranthas for healthy food. How? In this article, we have selected a few leafy vegetables, Cruciferae and alliums, from which you can reap healthy benefits in the form of sumptuous paranthas. Here you go … Just do not drool on your laptop or phone!

Gajar Ka Parantha

gajar ka parantha
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The delicious and fresh, red cruciferous flower makes its big entry into the Indian market when winter begins and remains quiet at last. It comes with a lot of health benefits as people say that a carrot is enriched with fiber, vitamins A and K and beta-carotene which is good for skin, eyes, bones and health. Although the most delicious way to enjoy carrots in the winter is over Gajar Halwa but a much healthier way is just to grate it, mix it with wheat dough and bake one parantha out of it. What does it say? You can enjoy it with any type of pickle and sabzi.

Mooli Ka Parantha

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If you visit anyone in North India in the winters, you will definitely be treated with a mooli ka parantha. Mooli or radish is rich in antioxidants and minerals like calcium and potassium, which according to science help keep your heart and body healthy. All you have to do is grate the radish, squeeze the juice out of it, add some lip spices and then fill it in a parantha. Enjoy it with white butter, fresh curd or refreshing pickles.

Gobhi Ka Parantha

Gobhi ka parantha
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Although people may claim that they can find cauliflower all year round, but really tasty and fresh are the ones that come in the winters. Not only that, a cauliflower, even though it is full of air in the stomach, is rich in vitamins C and K, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Now you know why gobhi ki sabzi or gobhi ka parantha is so easily accessible in dhabas, restaurants and households in the winter.

Methi Ka Parantha

Methi ka parantha
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Here comes a winter special! Methi or fenugreek leaves only come into the winter season and bring a lot of delicacy and health benefits. Enriched with vitamins A and C, antioxidants and beta-carotene, fenugreek leaves are known to help boost your immunity. Therefore consuming methi saw becomes an absolute necessity in the winter. You can either enjoy it fried or just knead it with wheat dough and bake delicious paranthas out of it. Enjoy it with a cup of steaming hot tea or delicious curd.

Bathua Ka Parantha

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Extensively grown and consumed in northern India, bathua or Chenopodium album is only available in winter. This green leaf is enriched with amino acids, iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium, making it a must-have healthy treat in the winter season. You can either ingest it by mixing it with curd to prepare bathua ka raita or bake one parantha with it.

Palak Ka Parantha

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Although palak ka saag or spinach is usually available almost all year round, there is no comparison with the taste of spinach available in the winter season. That is why palak ka parantha or palak ke pakode are so easily available at eateries or homes in the cold days. Spinach is a rich source of iron, vitamins A and C and zinc, which is good for the heart, eyes and body. There is also no comparison with the delicacy that a palak ka offers parantha when consumed with a chunk of butter, a bowl of curd or with a cup of ginger-cardamom tea.

Matar Parantha

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If you are someone who has an unconditional love for peas, you should try it kill the poor or matar parantha someday. Most people in Bengal have a deep connection with peas parantha or poor. So when the winter season begins, it’s time to celebrate delicacy as one matar parantha will leave you craving for more. In addition, peas are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, zinc and antioxidants that are very necessary to keep your body healthy. Bake a pea parantha and have it with you dum aloo to get the actual winter feeling.

Hara Lehsun Ka Parantha

hara lehsun parantha
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Last but not least is hara lehsun ka parantha. Although not everyone loves the strong taste of green garlic, you can try it, and if you achieve the taste, there would be no obstacle to consuming a good deal paranthas. Only available in winters, green garlic is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the body’s immunity. For a better way to consume green garlic parantha it is best to enjoy it with a cube of butter or a bowl of curd.

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