Seeking comfort

Do you crave for any food when you are down in the dumps, emotionally or physically?

I am a big advocate of chocolate ice creams and sundaes when one is low. This is my standard response in the rare moments when I am asked to play, ahem, an agony aunt.

There are times when my stomach goes under, not the best of things if you are in the world of food. Unfortunately this happens too often and I have the routine by heart by now. Call Shiv Sagar, ask for a curd rice without onions, chill it a bit and eat.

I think it is slightly tougher when you have got a fever or cold or body ache. I often feel like having a juice but that's apparently a no go. I also like to have something sweet while I still have some taste... or a salty snack. But when it comes to sustenance it is the food which grew up on which one turns to. For me this is usually a Bengali styled hot daal, steamed rice, some potato dish and the odd fish fry.

Do to be fair food is not the first thing which comes to my mind when the thermometer rules my life.

What is your favourite soul food?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Kadhi and moong dal khichdi!!!

Feel Better soon!!!
Sharmila said…
For me it is a cripsy porota & alu bhaja! :-)

My ma used to make this alu morich (boiled aloo & black pepper tossed in a little butter/ghee) ... when we were ill .. great for that lost taste in the mouth. Have it with bread & some hot tea on the side.

Hope you feel better soon. :-)
The knife said…
thanks anon. Yes khichudi had slipped my mind. I requested out cook to make that today. Sharmila, thinking of alu paratha and crispy alu bhaja made me sit up and feel better! i missed mentioning continetal stuff yesterday. I had a piece of roast chicken, a small bit of macaroni salad and a brownie for dinner. These were from candies
Kirti said…
Great to read this blog but unfortunately, I am a little different when under the weather. I become a ravening wolf who craves for spicy food ... and lots of it.

When I had my wisdom tooth extracted, I was supposed to be off solid food for the first three days and then soft semi-solid for a few days. Within 6 hours I had munched 150 gms of salted cashews. If I have a cold or the flu, I order for tons of spicy Chindian food.

If my wife or mother suggest "healthy" food, I bear a pained, wounded expression (which I have cultivated over the years) which changes the menu immediately.

The only problem is Delhi Belly - every time I get that, the fridge seems to be stocked with goodies!
Rhea said…
Gooey fudge brownies. And mushuri'r daal and bhaat (Not necessarily together, though).
The knife said…
kirti you must have been such a naughty kid. I must learn the expression from you. I want salted cashews
The knife said…
rhea, the first thing that we did after we found out about the fever was order the mushiest brownies in the world from Candies
The knife said…
Sharmila, we tried ur mom's recipe. Looks, smells and tastes lovely. Will take some for work tomorrow. Garnished it with coriander. Bread was a good idea. I had a cheese sw in the evening. Found it far easier to down than the khichudi i had in the afternoon
Moonshine said…
Daal rice.. or khicdi!!!! Rasam is also great.. or the rice broth if one is too ill!!
Abhishek said…
The food that I go for is some goan fish curry and fried fish with rice and sol kadhi

Chocolates help too :)
The knife said…
Moonshine, Abhishek thanks for writing in. Rasam and fish curry clearly prove that food we have grown up on works best when we are down. Probably that's why noone spoke of the Wester chicken soup. I have a nice stew recipe which is easy to make and have if you are feeling off colour. Here's the link http://finelychopped-k.blogspot.com/2008/02/when-wife-got-stewed.html
Sharmila said…
You actually tried it! wow! Thanks for liking it and letting me know. :-) Gotta make some tonight ... long time since I had it last ... can't wait now till I fall ill :-)
The knife said…
@Sharmila...aare baap re, don't fall ill. K and I took a nibble yesterday and loved it. I am home today and look forward to having it for lunch
When I'm sick, I go for noodle soups like pho or wonton noodle soup, or beef noodle soup. I like Fish Head casserole too, anything soupy I guess, but I lean towards Asian style soups when I'm sick.

When I'm just feeling down emotionally, anything delicious picks me right back up.
The knife said…
Jessica a good noodle soup seems to be just what the doctor ordered - yummy and energising
Biryani and momos...i can eat them all the time.
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Anonymous said…
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