It is really cold tonight, I turned on the heater to the highest setting I could, but there is still a chill in the air which just doesn’t seem right. I just couldn’t seem to find the energy to get up and cover the short distance from the couch to the kitchen to cook anything. As I lay down on the couch day dreaming, I wondered what it is about winters that bring on this air of despair and melancholy in its wake?
Why do winters make us so desperate? The need to touch something warm heightens your senses every time you watch your cold breath escape your lips. It is not just the need for the hour, but it is also the constant thought on your mind. You crave for some relief; it could just be snuggling up in a blanket, being engulfed in a warm hug, or cozying up with a hot cup of Tea in your bed.
And on a cold wintry night when I finally did muster up the vigor to make dinner, the temptation of warm Dal topped up generously with Ghee seemed too alluring. So I made this "Swiss Chard Dal,” which was yellow dal cooked with the goodness of Swiss chard instead of Spinach and then tempered it with homemade Ghee and some red chili powder to spice things up.
I skipped the rice and rotis because I couldn’t be bothered and took my place on the couch with my socks covered feet hiding under a quilt and just held the bowl of hot dal in my cold, cold hands. The nourishing dal, the warmth of the Ghee and the heat of the chili just seemed to satisfy all the cravings that the winter seems to evoke in old souls like me.
Sigh, I guess it is time to call it a night.
Recipes to keep your old soul warm on cold winter nights on the blog.