Monday, July 27, 2015

Healthy Monsoon Comfort food



It is the season of garam chai and pakoras, the season of khichdi and papad, the perfect weather to curl up on your bed and enjoy a book along with a cup of adrak chai. Well I hope I did not have to step out in this season and could spend all rainy days my way! ;)

Though we all love pakoras with our cup of steaming hot cup of tea/ coffee, health conscious youngsters and weight watchers are increasingly looking out for healthier versions of comfort food. 

Well, one of my most favourite monsoon food has gone off the shelves *sob sob*. It is off course the most dependable and easy to make Maggi. Hope it makes a comeback super soon. I can't wait to lay my hands on a pack of Maggi. I was so crazy about it that the aroma of it used to make me hungry. I am sure everyone who has ever stayed in hostels understand the importance of having a pack of Maggi in their kitchen stock. It has so many memories attached to it. Pure nostalgia. 

Before I get carried away with Maggi, here is a list of healthy comfort food that I swear by:


1. Chicken Soup : Nothing is more inviting than coming back home to a bowl of hot chicken soup after getting wet in the rains. Not only is it tasty, it also has a host of health benefits ! It keeps all the sneezing and coughing at bay. I love a bowl of chicken clear soup with just onions, garlic and chicken thrown in, seasoned with pepper, vinegar and chilies. 


Chicken Soup
2. Chicken Stew: This can make a perfect rainy day dinner as well. This is the healthier and more filling version of chicken soup. With loads of veggies, ginger, garlic, onions, this is my favourite dinner option. I also cook the chicken and vegetables with a little bit of daal to increase the protein quotient. Have it with garlic bread and you will be good to go.

Chicken Stew (Source: www.taste.com.au)

3. Khichdi: I am sure this one is everyone's favourites. A generous one pot meal of rice, daal and veggies, this one is extremely healthy.Just make sure its hot and I am sure you will enjoy the meal.

Khichdi


4. Vegetable Tikkis : If you are craving for something fried, try these healthy soya tikkis. Just make sure you use a non stick tawa and use minimum oil for making the tikkis. Non stick tawa will avoid sticking of the tikkis and will minimize oil usage. I had posted the recipe on the blog sometime back, you can take a look at it here

Vegetable tikkis ( Source: http://foodviva.com/)
Well, do savour pakoras once in a while ;) Moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Happy Eating. Do share your idea of a healthy comfort meal.

4 comments:

  1. The perfect recipes for the monsoon season.. nice article/post Antara ...

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  2. As a vegetarian first two dont come in handy for me. I want to try that soya tikkis though :)

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    1. Yes @Harini, they are extremely deliciously and healthy :)
      For soups, Tomato soup is another of my favourites :)

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  3. Thank you @Gurunath :) Glad you liked it :)

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