We eat to live and sometimes (most of the times, in my case) we live to eat. In the hustle and bustle of our world, occasionally, we need food as therapy. We need comfort food. The kind that makes you all warm, fuzzy and relaxed. Worrying about the impending presentation or the assignment takes a back seat. While each one has their own preference on this, we brought together some fan favorite Indian comfort foods to make your bellies rumble and your heart melt.
Dunno about you guys, but Ma ke haath ka Rajma-Chawal is much more of a comfort food due to its memories of home, family, and warmth. You may have its equivalent in daal-chawal or the likes. The love and the concept remain the same.
- Curd Rice
Curd rice or Dahi Chawal, while being close in the same category of the above, deserves its own identity. I’ve had this food as a cure for hangover pangs, simple laziness to cook or as a great way to re-utilize rice. Try it with a tadka of rye and thank me later.
If you don’t consider this one a comfort food, you’re probably forgetting chicken wings, fried chicken, and chicken popcorn. While not our traditional idea of comfort food, the sheer variety, and tasty possibilities make it a worthy contender. It also enables you to make lame “why did the chicken cross the road?” jokes. Win-Win.
- Chai- Pakode
Rainy day, evening hunger pangs, sitting on your balcony and a light breeze. Now imagine yourself getting a plate of hot pakoras and steaming hot chai. If you aren’t feeling all relaxed and comfortable, get help.
This is the king of street food (yes, gol-gappa lovers, I can hear your protests) simply for its scope of variation and personalization. It is linked in our memories with friends and street food adventures. Also, a better combination of sweet, sour, salty and absolutely anything else that comes to your mind (I’ve seen fruits in this FFS) is yet to be discovered.
While many associate this with all the times they’ve been sick and were being cared for; the real value of the humble Khichdi is known to you only when you start living by yourself. In a short time, it has become my go-to lazy but healthy kind of dish. As a bonus, you can try out different masala combinations to bring out the Master Chef in you.
I can go all scientific and say that dark chocolate has polyphenols and antioxidants and stuff. But it’s just easier to lure you into agreeing with me with a bar of chocolate.
- Ice Cream
I don’t know why there exists a stereotype of girls gorging on ice creams. I believe all of the humanity has an equally compelling love for their favorite flavor. It’s a great comfort food to turn to unless you’re the soulless Satan incarnate, maybe.
It’s ‘The’ life saver of college students around the country and for good reason. A quintessential comfort food, you can guess its popularity by the fact that a majority of the country knows noodles only by the name of Maggi. With having a personal favorite recipe and absolutely minimum cooking skill required, this one’s a 3 am friend like no other.
- Suji ka Halwa
Ok, this one’s a bit of a bias. Suji ka halwa has always meant for me the yummiest Prasad and the magic of my grandma’s cooking wrapped in one. But seriously, it’s sweet, it’s easy to eat, you can try it out with milk and it’s filled. Just what more could you ask for?
When all else fails, we have that one friend whose literal catch phrase seems to be “Chod, Daaru Peete Hai.” While advocating drinking responsibly, your choice of wine, beer, or whiskey can indeed be comforting.
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