Prominent Comfort Foods are shown on a platter

What are Comfort Foods? Know exactly what they are

Food is one of the basic needs and a topic for spirited discussion among us. Our food gives us the energy to power through the day and keep our body functional. But food just doesn’t have to be a necessity. A very big part of food is providing enjoyment, giving fulfilment of the mind, and fulfilling the taste buds. That is where the term comfort foods come in. Because of the enjoyment portion, comfort foods have become a huge part of our regular food habits. But, more often than not, most people don’t really know of the term itself! So, here we are breaking down the question: “What are comfort foods?”

What is a Comfort Food?

We mentioned how we need food for our nutritional benefits. But, We also need food for our minds as well. Do you ever get a craving for a certain food? You might not have felt hungry in particular, but you just wanted to have something? On a summer day, you might have felt like having an ice cream cone or may have just wanted to get your favorite soft drink. This is what it means as a comfort food. Snacks, fast foods, ice cream etc. can be called comfort foods. So if you ever thought “Is ice cream a comfort food?”, then you were right. 

If we were talking about specific ingredients, then we would see that these foods have a lot of Carbohydrates or Sugar. But healthy comfort foods are also being made all over. So, there are healthy options that also give you comfort.  

So, any food can be a comfort food if it gives you enjoyment. Sometimes, if you have nostalgic value attached to a food item, then that’s also a comfort food. 

The Most popular Comfort foods in Bangladesh

Biriyani, one of the most popular  comfort food in Bangladesh
Biriyani, The most popular local comfort food in Bangladesh.

There are quite a lot of foods that we eat as comfort foods. As Bangladeshis, there are quite a few popular comfort foods. The most popular comfort food of local origin is the Biryani. It is one of the foods that Bengalis have to celebrate and feel good about an event or anything really. We even make biryani at home when we want to experiment. Jhalmuri is one of the more popular street foods which has a lot of nostalgic value attached to it. We can count on the fact that there are a lot of friends who are experts in gobbling down plates of Fuchka and Chotpoti! Puri, Piyaju, and Shingara are three small local restaurant foods that are also popular. These street foods along with Alur Dum, Bhelpuri, Chanachur mix, Gola Ice creams, Chori bhaja etc. are some of the most popular Deshi Comfort Foods you will encounter. 

But, in recent times foreign foods such as Pizzas, Chicken Fries burgers, pasta, spaghetti, chinese cuisines, and international fast food items are quite popular among Bangladeshi foodies as comfort foods. Continued success of international franchises such as KFC, Pizza Hut and recently Domino’s has only made international comfort foods much more appealing to Bangladeshi audiences.

Be Careful

While it is certainly enjoyable to be chowing down on your favorite comfort food dishes, you really have to make sure you don’t go overboard. Because comfort foods concentrate on the taste, many food items may not agree with your health goals. Be responsible and pace yourself when you are consuming comfort foods. So, mix it up with healthier options as well as tasty food items. You won’t be putting on extra weight and check your health goals at the same time.

Whatever may be your favorite comfort food, Hungrynaki has access to the highest quality of restaurants in Bangladesh. Check out the restaurants and have your favorite comfort food delivered to your doorstep. 

Omelette Recipe image shows a ready omelette on a plate.

Omelette Recipe for a Jumpstart to your morning

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Doctors and Nutrition specialists always put emphasis on the many benefits of a complete breakfast. An iconic ingredient of any breakfast is the egg. Eggs have also been one of the favorite items of breakfasts in Bangladesh as well. We have heard about classic egg items. But the omelette remains the quintessential egg item in breakfast. If you have a flavorful masala tea with your omelette, you’ll have a wonderful breakfast. If you want to be fancy, then there are quite a lot of vibrant egg omelette recipes that you can easily whip up at your home. So, today we will be bringing a simple yet tasty omelette recipe for you to try your hand at.

Omelette Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 eggs (large is good)
  • Kosher salt (according to taste)
  • Black Salt (Ground up)
  • 1 pinch of red chilly powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • A quarter cup of shredded cheese

Preparation

First, take the eggs and beat the eggs into a bowl. Keep beating until there are no whites left. Start seasoning the eggs with the kosher salt, black salt and chilly powder. Take a non-stick pan (for best results), and melt the butter over medium heat. Put in the seasoned eggs and make sure the egg covers the whole pan. As the egg starts to set in, drag the cooked portions into the centre using a ladle or spatula. Let the uncooked portions go to the edge of the pan. If the bottom is set with the top a little wet, pour in the cheese. Now fold the sides on to each other. You can add chives in this as well. Take the egg into the plate and enjoy your homemade omelette with top notch tea and bread for your breakfast.

You can order your favorite gourmet breakfast from your favorite restaurants from Hungrynaki!

Masala Tea Recipe image with a tea cup and spices

A Masala Tea Recipe for Tea Lovers

The time is always right for a steaming, soothing cup of tea. There are very few people in our family, society, or even the country who don’t like tea. Some people are downright obsessed with tea! So, it is time to honor the inner tea lover in you. Masala tea or Cha (some people call it Chai), is a delicacy in tea that most tea lovers don’t want to miss. Especially in this monsoon season, it’s almost a necessity. Most people who have blocked sinuses or have cold related problems, consider this an all-round -the-year drink. With continuous rain on the horizon, let’s talk about a simple Masala Tea Recipe that you can whip up at your home easily. A steaming hot tea, after a healthy breakfast with a tasty omelette and juice can get your morning started in a jiffy.

Let’s differentiate Masala tea from the normal one first. When we use a certain type of whole spice or a number of whole spices with regular tea, then we get Masala Tea. But there is a certain method or measure of what you should add, or how much you shouldn’t. So let’s break down a simple recipe for you to follow at home. 

Masala Tea Recipe: Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tea powder or leaves
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 3 cloves
  • Half or one piece of Cinnamon
  • 4 pieces of Green Cardamom
  • Milk (According to Preference)

Preparation

First, we have to take the spices and ground them up, preferably in a small mortar or use a knife’s sides. You can crush them into fine powder or leave a few bits. In consequent preps you will know your preferred flavor. 

Then, pour the water in a teapot and add the tea leaves. You can also use tea bags (3-4 bags). Make sure you let the black tea simmer first. Keep the flame on the low side, that will ensure the best taste. Boil for a few minutes until the tea turns light dark. Add the ground spice along with ground ginger if you want. 

Add sugar to the concoction next, 3-4 tablespoons should be enough. But that depends on your preference. Next, Pour milk according to your preference into the simmering milk. Keep the mix on boil for a few minutes until the tea turns dark. If you want a thicker texture, let it simmer for a bit. Add tulsi leaves for a more spicy flavor variation. Take a taste test, if you see the milk taste isn’t there, then let it simmer for a bit. Next, Filter out the leaves and enjoy your healthy and steaming Masala Chai!

If you still have some craving for bubble tea or hot mocha after your masala tea session, search your favorite coffee and tea places on Hungrynaki. Enjoy the monsoon with a cup in your hand!