14 Feb Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special
There is no sincerer love, than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw
Travelling to any corner of India, we find people who are in love with their food. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we have food stories which have been told to us by our grannies, and grandfathers all through our childhood. Indians love their food more than anything else.
The way to an Indian’s heart goes through his stomach.
If you want to win over somebody, cook him/her good food 🙂
Every celebration calls for food for sure, but there are those gloomy days which call for good, homely and comfort food too. Some dishes are our love at first sight and some develop taste slowly as we eat them frequently on different occasions. Here are some love at first sight combos which I am sure you would like too
Dal – Chawal
What is life without Dal (lentil) and Chawal (Rice)?. In good times and bad, this combination stands by our side for sure.
Dal chawal with ghee is the most loved dish for all age groups.
Yellow dal is most famously known as Varan in Maharashtra. The yellow colour of turmeric and tampering of asafoetida along with mustard seeds gives it the necessary zing. Dal Tadka or tampered dal with red chillies, jeera and asafoetida also is the best combination for those who do not like the simple yellow dal. One can trace the origins of Dal Chawal from the era of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhim, one of the five Pandavas created Pancharatna (Five Gems) dal while cooking for King Virat’s Royal Kitchen.
We love dal made by someone with loads of love and we also love relishing it come what may :p
What can’t be fixed with Chat..
items like Pav Bhaji, Dahi Poori, Bhel Poori,Dahi Papdi Chat, Pani Puri, Dahi Samosa,Raj Kachori and the likes. Chat scene in India is amazing. In every city you have fantastic chat joints which serve those amazing delicacies made in a jiffy. Puri with Sweet dahi and the khatti meethi tamarind chutney, topped with sev (oma podi), sprinkled with coriander and finely chopped onions. Life can not get better than this. This is where love happens. Love for food I am saying 😉
Bad day, good day, gloomy day, stressed day, horrible day, tensed day all have only one answer….an amazing hot cuppa of green tea.And if you can carry it along with you in a sleek and wonderful bottle or flask or infuser, thats cherry on the cake.
My favorite product for carrying green tea/black tea is Instacuppa InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser
I have never seen such a versatile beverage in the whole world which is a match to all the mood swings and cravings.
Love my green tea cuppa and everything comes little later.
A true blue comfort food for those who eat and for those who make it :). Easy to make and packed with nutrition, Khichadi is the way to go when you don’t feel like moving from the couch. Perfect for your Netflix binge, Khichadi, Papad, Pickle is the best bet on lazy Sunday.
If you want to express self love, the best way to go about it is not to order anything from the food delivery services but to cook India’s famous one pot meal in your slow cooker. 🙂
Say bye to acidity, bloating, mouth ulcers and many other ailments through curd rice.
A very versatile dish from South India which can be even eaten with the toppings of fruits like pomegranate seeds and grapes. Get cooler version of Curd Rice by keeping it in refrigerator for an hour topped with all the fruits. You can also get the savoury version by tempering it with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal and chana dal. Comfort food at its best, curd rice is a new way of loving your stomach. 🙂 If you are having a hangover from previous night party, curd rice is the go-to option to detox.
The colour combination, the aroma of chawal combined with those nicely cooked grains of Rajma and mom’s love is all that you need on any day. Rajma Chawal is more of an emotion when it comes to comfort food. May be because it takes a little thought to soak in the grains and then cook it in the right way to get the right taste.
This recipe is mostly passed on through generations and that brings in a lot of warmth in it.
Food is not just something to eat, it is something which brings all our five senses together. You just don’t taste food through your tongue, but you smell, feel it with your fingertips, hear the making process from the kitchen, see it’s vibrant colours when it is served in front of you. Food is all about stories too, thanks to our ancestors who have laid such great traditions before us. Food is a love affair which was there and will be there for generations to come.
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