Brrrring on the Winter Foods!

Wintertime and I think of visits to my paternal grandmother’s house in Kolkata and the various date palm jaggery sweets (known as Nalen or Nolen Gur) we ate from morning to night. Starting with homemade ‘moah’ made with puffed rice and gur eaten pre-breakfast with mandatory silver bowl of milk..

I’ve always begged Gujarati friends to share their homemade Undhiyo with me every winter and now having a Punjabi husband, I associate winter with the most delicious sarson ka saag and have to think of where I can pile on to get as much of this delicacy as possible while the season lasts.

Winter is our harvest season and many of these dishes are warming and have immense nutritional benefits.

With Sankrant, Lohri and Pongal coming up, here’s a shortlist of places in Mumbai where you get the best of the season’s traditional fare and 21st century versions.

Sarson Da Saag

Sarson ka SaagSarson ka saag is a popular traditional Punjabi dish made in the winters which is also the harvest season. Paired best with makki ki roti, homemade butter and jaggery.




B Bhagat Tarachand, Marine Lines and Majiwadi, Thane West

Lashkara by Punjab Sweet House, Bandra

Papa Pancho Da Dhaba, Bandra

Chenab, Vashi

Arth, Khar

Sher-e-Punjab, Fort

Pratap da Dhaba, Oshiwara



UndhiyoUndhiyo is a Gujarati winter speciality that’s made with papdi along with other vegetables such as yam, brinjals, sweet potatoes, etc together with traditional heat-generating spices to make a sweetish and fiery preparation. It is eaten with puris, roti or with methi muthiyas. Or even pav!



Shree Thaker Bhojanalay, Kalbadevi

Soam, Chowpatty

Panchavati Gaurav, Marine Lines

Swati Snacks, Tardeo

Chheda Stores, Matunga

Society Stores, Santa Cruz West & Lokhandwala Andheri



PonkhPonkh is a regional and seasonal Gujarati delicacy – it’s the tender jowar or white millet grain. Had with pepper sev and green-garlic chutney.




Soam, Chowpatty

Thackers, Chowpatty

Golden Star, Charni Road

Himson’s, Vile Parle (West)


Green Channa

Green Channa

Get ‘Charred Hara Chana Salad’ and ‘Hara Chana Hummus’ regional delicacy



Where: Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel



PongalA rice dish made to celebrate the harvest festival. There are two versions, sweet and savoury.




Hotel Ram Ashraya, Matunga

Ayyaappan Idli Stall, Matunga Central

Café Madras, Matunga

Mani’s Lunch Home, Matunga and Chembur

Gughan Supreme South Indian, Marine Lines

Banana Leaf, Seven Bungalows


Gajar ka Halwa

Gajar ka HalwaOne of the most famous winter specials, Gajar ka Halwa is an all-time favourite and is served as dessert at all-winter weddings. This sweet dish cooked with white butter or ghee, laden with dry fruits, gets yummier during winter due to the availability of the red, desi, sweet carrots.



Guru Kripa, Sion

Arth, Khar

Farzi Café, Kamla Mills, Lower Parel

Amber Sweets, Mira Rd

Village 12-20, Kharghar


Nolen Gur

Nolen Gur

Yes, Nolen Gur is available in Mumbai and across the city in the form of Sandesh. But try the ice cream too.





Rossogulla and Sandesh: Sweet Bengal, all 22 outlets

Ice cream: Bhojohaari Manna (various outlets), Pabrai (Seven Bungalows)


Rewari and Til Gud are best homemade, but are sold widely. Good Gajak is hard to find, we always get ours from up north!


Tara Bose Kapur

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