Winters are about snuggling in bed, wrapping your hands around a warm cup of tea, losing yourself in fluffy winter jacket and getting those unexpected long hugs from families and friends during the holidays or even as you walk down the road playing the winter air
While we take ample and more care to warm up on the outside, we need to also look out for warming up our insides. During winter our body goes into a bit of hibernating stage and we need to get the digestive fire and blood circulations going with foods that have a warming effect on in our gut
Step 1 – Say hello to Spices this winter. Dig them out of your kitchen racks or order some fresh whole ones online! Spices on the must list for this winter season are – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Green Cardamom, Blck cardamom, Cloves, Ginger, (Safron and Turmeric – not used in the recipe below)
Step 2 – Dream up your memories of winter destinations and the classic winter fruits and vegetables. I cant help but start thinking of the beautiful Apple and peach orchards of Kashmir in India. Trees laden with fruits set in the backdrop of snowy mountains…
Step 3 – Get into the kitchen to cook up something easy, fun and soul warming. Our recipe for today is Spiced apples!
Prep Time: 2min | Cooking time: 10min |Makes for 2 bowls
- 2 apples, sliced into 8 pieces each
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated cinnamon
- 3 pods of green cardamom
- 1 pod of black cardamom
- 3 cloves
- 1/2 inch ginger grated
- In a pot, add water and all the spices . Simmer on slow heat till it comes to a gentle rolling boil ( about 2min)
- Add apple slices, cover the lid and cook on slow heat for about another 8-10 mins.
- Remove apples from the heat and serve hot in bowls. The apples should be softened with still a slight crunch and flavorful Feel free to also add the liquid to the bowls, so that the apples keep absorbing the flavors
- You are going to absolutely fall in love with the aroma of the spices when you take off the lid at the end. Take a deep breath and take it all in!
- Use only whole spices and ground them fresh as needed (ginger, nutmeg). Grounded spices kept for long loose their aroma and benefits
- Do not cook on high heat. The Vitamin C in Apples can take small amounts of heat but will lose its nutritive value in long high heat cooking styles
- Enjoy for breakfast everyday as a main or a side 🙂
(While I was researching, it was just crazy to find the health benefits of these spices- anti inflammatory, anti oxidant and anti bacterial. Though, I am still left confused with what specifically all of that means. If you guys have any recommendations on books / blogs that demistify spices, what exactly they do when the enter in the body, less preachy and more explanatory – definitely let me know)