Two things are certain when one falls sick. The energy to get up from bed and the motivation to cook a meal is considerably low. This is a time which makes one desire of dishes that are nourishing, soothing and simple to prepare.
Keeping that in mind, here is a compilation of some easy to cook yet delicious and soothing recipes that will be light on your body and help you recover quickly from any ailment.
Curd rice, yogurt rice or dahi chawal is a popular South Indian dish made using yogurt and rice with some spices or herbs. It can be made within minutes and is a very soothing recipe for the stomach.
To prepare, take some overcooked rice and add yogurt (curd) and a bit of salt to it. Now mix the ingredients well. For more flavours, you can give a spice tempering or a tadka of ghee, mustard seeds and curry leaves. If you wish, garnish the dish with coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
This super comforting and sumptuous meal is made up of rice, lentils (dal) and some spices. Khichdi in India is generally considered a food for the babies since it is very mild. But it is also consumed regularly by people of all ages because of its flavours and nutrients.
Cook dal (toor, moong etc) and rice together in a pot. Also add some salt, turmeric and asafoetida for taste. Now let the ingredients cook. Serve it hot with some ghee and pickles for an enhanced taste.
Hot soups are an all time favourite and a comfort food in times of sickness. Not only are they luscious but also a powerhouse of nutrients and energy. A soup is easy to prepare and extremely light on the stomach, and it can be of several varieties.
Hot chicken soup is a classic feel good soup which is the first dish that comes into mind when one gets the flu. Another common soup is the vegetable soup, which is made up of a number of veggies. Some other soothing recipes of soup are tomato basil soup, coconut curry soup, mushroom soup, etc.
There is no need to compromise with taste, even if you are ill. Idli is a mouth-watering dish that will definitely cheer you up when you feel low. It is considered as one of the healthiest dish due to the procedures used into preparing it like fermentation, steaming etc.
Prepare a batter with sooji (rawa), curd, salt and water. 20 minutes later, add 1 tbsp oil and baking soda into the batter. Now pour the batter into idli moulds and steam for 12-15 minutes. Serve with sambar and chutney.
The best thing about oatmeal is that it is uncomplicated and can be prepared very quickly. It is healthy and keeps your stomach full for a long time. Thus, on days when you feel a bit low physically, oatmeal can be one soothing recipe for you. You can cook it on the stove or even in the microwave.
In a saucepan, add some milk and bring it to a boil. Now add equal amount of oats to the milk (if you take half a cup of milk, add half a cup of oats). Allow them to thicken while stirring continuously. After cooking for 5 minutes, pour the oats in a bowl and enjoy it with your favourite toppings.
This bright and colourful blend is eaten both as a side dish and a main course. Preparing it is very simple and quick. It is packed with healthy nutrients as it includes a lot of fiber and is light on the gut.
All you have do is to take your favourite fruits like banana, mango, pomegranate, papaya, strawberries, etc and chop them into small pieces. Now chop some dry fruits like cashews, almonds, pistachios etc. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. If you wish, add some sea salt, honey or maple syrup on top to enhance the flavour of the mix.
Sago, commonly called as sabudana in the Indian subcontinent is used to make a number of dishes, specially when one has a fast to keep. It can be used to prepare all kinds of meals, be it snacks, main course or desserts. A very healing and soothing recipe of sago is the sago porridge, which is a sweet and creamy dessert.
Cook sago pearls in water until they start to float on top. Next add around 2 cups of milk, some cardamom powder and sugar and stir well. Simmer till the porridge is thick and creamy. Garnish with cashews and almonds.
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