ISLAMABAD: The recent rain spell has increased the sale of traditional local winter foods in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The people have started enjoying the traditional local winter foods like chicken corn soup, doodh jalebi, rasmalai, gajar ka halwa, Kashmiri tea, Samosa, Pakora, fried fish and coffee etc.
Several markets including Melody market, Karachi Company, Jinnah Super Market, Super Market, Aabpara Market, F-10, Commercial Market, Saddar, Raja Bazaar and other places having stalls of winter delights are doing good business, due to high demand for winter foods.
At Sittara market a shopkeeper told APP that Doodh Jalebi is high in demand these days, adding that he prepares two large utensils of Doodh Jalebi on daily basis and it all sells like hot cakes.
He said that the rain spell has boost their business.
Shakila, a resident of Shamsabad said that she prepare fried food items at home specially on rainy day and her whole family enjoy fried food items like Samosa, Pakoray and other delights including Gajar ka Halwa.
During visit to various markets, it was observed that a number of people were enjoying the weather with traditional food items.
Gajar ka Halwa also, is considered to be one of irresistible food items of the winter.
Prepared with carrots, condensed milk and dry fruits, the delicious dessert is not only a source of energy, but also adds colour and taste to the meal.
Besides, fried food like pakoras, samosas and vegetable rolls are also high in demand now these days.
Chicken Corn Soup is the most favorite and widely liked soup for the customers especially in twin cities.
Chicken corn soup calls for very simple ingredients like chicken, corn and egg.
Chicken is cooked to make stock and pieces of chicken are added to the stock along with boiled corn.
Soup is thickened by adding corn flour and egg is added to give it a rich flavor.
A vendor said that fish consumption multiplied in winter, which was evident from a dramatic surge in their sale during the cold weather.
In addition to regular fish shops in the twin cities, mobile fish vendors roaming around with their ware on bicycles and hand- pushed carts are a common sight these days, and usually they offer a good price margin.
Kashmiri tea is another most favorite winter hot drink and it looks more delicious, serve with crushed almonds and pistachio.