A stew your mother made. A sandwich you never get sick of. A spicy pasta that calms you when its aroma wafts from the kitchen. We asked Chatelaine staff for their comfort foods. The results are as varied as they are delicious—and we think they’ll warm you up, too.
Vegetarian Bengali KhichuriBy Chatelaine
My mom would whip up a batch of this sticky yellow rice on grey, rainy days. Served in my home with thick chunks of curry beef, this meal is perfect when you’re in a rush but craving something satisfying. — Radiyah Chowdhury, Assistant Editor.
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1/2 cup red lentils
- 1 large onion , thinly sliced
- 200 g cauliflower florets , about 2 cups
- 1 large yellow potato , peeled, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
- 1 small carrot , peeled, cut into 1/4-in. cubes
- 1/4 cup ghee or canola oil
- 1 clove of garlic , minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 4 cardamom pods , lightly crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup frozen peas , thawed
- Wash and rinse rice and lentils in a pot until water runs clear. Add 4 cups water. Let stand for 15 min. Meanwhile, prep vegetables and measure out spices.
- Add remaining ingredients (except peas) to pot and stir. Set over medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, 20 min.
- Turn off heat, then stir in peas. Let stand, covered, 15 min. Divide between bowls. Serve with egg omelette, curry or salad, if desired.
Nutrition (per serving)
- 13 g,
- 70 g,
- 15 g,
- 8 g,
- 893 mg.