Indian Comfort Food That Everyone Loves

Every Indian loves food. Indians use food as a stress buster in difficult times. Whenever, a festive season comes, we are ready with lots of sweets, snacks and other items. Indians are fond of good food and each time we are depressed or low, we take solace in food.

There is a wide variety of foods available in India due to its diversity in culture. In this blog post, we have collected a list of Indian foods that are very popular.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

    This is one dish that is loved by all. This dish has a lot of variants available. This is a perfect mix of dal and chawal. This dish is very easy to prepare. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vOcrYA

  • Bread Pakodas 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipe Of India

    This is a great snack for the people of Delhi. This everyday snack is prepared with bread. It is usually filled with spiced potatoes. It is deep fried and dipped in batter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waa2CL

  • Idli Sambar 
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    Rice Idlis are immersed in hot sambhar, thus making you feel warm and protected. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wKbuxH

  • Pakoras and Chai 
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    Photo Courtesy: India Food Network

    Pakoras and Chai are perfect combination of chilli and spices. Here’s the recipe of pakoras: http://bit.ly/2gN1JLf

  • Samosas 
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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    These are potato stuffed, crispy and can easily fulfill one’s hunger pangs. Two or three samosas are enough to satiate your hunger. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2eNd3q1

  • Rajma Chawal 
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    Photo Courtesy: Sinamon Tales

    Rajma Chawal is a filling dish that is very comforting. It is a perfect food for the kitchen. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j5r7MR

  • Dhokla 
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    Photo Courtesy: Food NDTV

    This dish can be had any time of the day. May it be dinner, lunch or breakfast. The Gujaratis love this food. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waU3V6

  • Gulab Jamun 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

    This is a classic Indian sweet/dessert which is famous and is enjoyed in most celebration/festive meals. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gNKeKD

  • Jalebi 
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    If you need a dish that is quick, crisp and melts in the mouth, then Jalebi is perfect for you. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1NfNoAg

  • Tandoori Chicken 
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    Photo Courtesy: Ekta Indian Cuisine

    This Indian dish has its roots in Mughalai cuisine. This tandoori chicken recipe is prepared by marinating in yogurt, spices and grilling to perfection. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wLnVJA

Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs and Hindus throughout the world. Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors and streets. The festival is a symbol of triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food, variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks: Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as a main ingredient, these are gluten-free naturally.

Shakarparra: Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

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Chevdo: These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

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Pakoras: These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can be said to be Indian tempura.

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Mutthiya: These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

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Ghatiya: These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

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Main dishes: These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Vegetarian curries including Undhiyu

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Lentil curries

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Poori and aloo ki sabzi(deep fried bread with spice sauteed potatoes) with Shrikhand

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Paratha(Indian flatbread)

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Desserts/Sweets: These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

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Coconut Barfi: This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream and coconut.

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Gulab Jamun: These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into rosewater and saffron syrup.

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Ras malai: These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and creamy sauce.

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Halvah: Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

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Jalebi: These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to give a crispy taste.

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Kheer: Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

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So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

Guru Nanak Jayanti and Traditional Sweets

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparb is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Kartik(October-November). On this auspicious day, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism was born. The Sikh Guru’s birthday is also known by the name of Guruparb.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Sikh community makes merry and feasts on tasty food. Sikh community around the world including those of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this occasion with great fervor! The whole community immerses in the festive mood. A lot of dishes including sweets are prepared for this occasion. These sweets are shared with the near and dear ones.

Photo Courtesy: Thinkfeed

Photo Courtesy: Thinkfeed

On this day, special Langar(or Lunch) is organized by the Gurudwara volunteers. The Sikhs distribute free sweets and lunch while performing seva(service) or bhakti(devotion). People from any religion can participate in a Langar. Special Prasad(pious food) known as Kara Prasad is given to all present in the Gurudwara.

Here we give you some delicious recipes of sweets for Guru Nanak Jayanti:-

  • Atta Ka Seera: Atte Ka Seera or Atte Ka Halwa is a very popular sweet of North India. It is very easy to make and can be made on special occasions like Guruparb.

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Atte Ka Seera Recipe

 

  • Malai Ladoo: Malai Ladoo is also a very famous sweet. Their taste is very similar to that of Sandesh.
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Malai Ladoo Recipe

 

  • Jalebi: Jalebi is the “Queen of Sweets”. It is very popular for special occasions. It is a perfect sweet for Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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Jalebi Recipe

 

  • Kaju Barfi: Kaju Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special sweet that is made of Cashews. It is a perfect for exchanging with friends and family during Guruparb.

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Kaju Barfi Recipe

JALEBI: THE KING(or some would say THE QUEEN) OF SWEETS

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If we talk about sweets, Jalebi is surely “The king of sweets”.

Jalebi is a popular sweet of India that is also prepared in Middle East and Pakistan. It is popular throughout South Asia, Middle-East, North and East Africa. It is made traditionally during many important celebrations and festivals. Jalebi is also known by the name of Zulbia.

It is prepared by deep-frying of wheat flour (maida) batter in circular shape. After frying, it is soaked in syrup of sugar. They are a popular sweet during the festivals of Diwali and Ramadan.

Jalebi can be eaten warm or cold. They are chewable from outside, with an exterior which is sugary and crystallized. The syrup for the Jalebi sometimes contains citric acid, lime juice or rose water. In North India, Jalebi is served with curd or rabri and added flavors like kewra or scented water.

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Jalebi is very similar to a West Asian dish. The word Jalebi has been derived from Zulabiya or Zalibiya(in Persian) which is a similar dish. In West Asia, it is served by Christians during the feast of Theophany or Epiphany. In Iran, there was a custom of giving Zulabiya sweet to the poor during the festival of Ramadan. A cookbook of 10th century contains many recipes of zulubiya. Many 13th century recipes of Jalebi are present. The most prominent is the one mentioned by “Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi” in a cookbook.

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The dish was introduced to Indian continent by the Persian invaders in 15th century. At that time, Jalebi was known as Jalavallika or Kundalika. Jalebi is mentioned in the works of a Jain author Jinasura of around 1450 CE. The ingredients and recipe of Jalebi are mentioned in a Sanskrit work of 1600 CE named “Gunyagunabodhini”.

In Iran, Jalebi is known as zulabia(Persian) and it is sweetened with sugar and honey. It is also flavoured with rose water and saffron.

It is also known as “zalabia” in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is known as “zilebi” in Maldives.  In Nepal, it is known as “jeri”.

Try Jalebi at home with the following different recipes:-