ISLAMABAD – Winter delicacies are in great demand nowadays as heavy rush is always witnessed at the stalls and restaurants in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi providing such foodstuff and drinks in view of the mercury hovering at around freezing point.

The people are seen enjoying traditional winter foods like Doodh Jalebi, Rasmalai, Gajar ka Halwa and fried fish and hot drinks including chicken corn soup, Kashmiri tea, coffee etc. There is mushroom growth of stalls dealing in winter delicacies in several markets including Melody Market, Karachi Company, Jinnah Super Market, Super Market, Aabpara Marke and F-10 Markaz in Islamabad and Commercial Market, Saddar, Raja Bazaar and other places in Rawalpindi, which are doing good business. A restaurant manager at Melody Market told APP that the Kashmiri tea was high in demand these days.

He managed to sell two large utensils of the tea on daily basis. The Kashmiri tea, when served with crushed almonds and pistachio, has a very delicious taste. Gajar ka Halwa is considered to be one of irresistible food items in the winter. Prepared with carrots, condensed milk and dry fruits, the delicious dessert is not only a source of energy, but also a tasty dish. Besides, fried food like pakoras, samosas and vegetable rolls are also high in demand.

Chicken corn soup is another most favourite drink of the people. Stalls selling soup can be found in great number.

The soup is prepared from simple ingredients of chicken, corn flour and eggs. A vendor said that the fish consumption is multiplied in winter, which is evident from a dramatic surge in their sale during the cold season.

In addition to regular fish shops in the twin cities, mobile fish vendors roaming around with their ware on bicycles are a common sight these days.