We all have our own definitions of comfort food…and I am often driven to believe that most of us derive the most comfort from dishes which are very simple to make, filling and at the same time soothing to the senses, and which also evokes fond memories…well, at least for me that is how comfort food is defined.
During my college days, my eating schedule was quite erratic…due to the hectic routine, I ended up eating at odd hours, and this did cause a few heartburns. At that stage, ma decided that enough was enough, and made sure that I never left the house with a half full tummy and that I had enough of a decent meal inside me to last the major part of the day… in other words, something simple, and at the same time filling as well.
- Boil the rice and lentils ( in the ratio of 1:3) together along with chopped potatoes and other vegetables (in this case, I added peas, finely chopped carrots and sweetcorn) in enough water along with a couple of pods of chopped garlic and a little chopped ginger.
- They were allowed to simmer till the rice and lentils were mushy and the vegetables were cooked. More water was added if necessary… it had to be of a thick pouring consistency, like a sort of porridge.
- A little turmeric powder was then added, seasoned with salt, and just before removing from heat, a generous helping of butter was added.
That’s it! My comfort food was ready and a steaming bowl would be placed in front of me. And my word…I never thought…and I still wonder to this day, how something so simple can give one so much of pleasure and gratification…not to forget the comfort ( no more empty bellies and heartburn!!:D) I have always complained at eating fully in the morning…but with this dish, I hardly knew how much I devoured.
That has always been and still is my number one comfort food…and I have passed on that feeling to my later life dear ones as well…the kids love it too and since Dinesh and me share the same taste buds ( thank heavens for that !!:D), he too deeply relishes it…the fact that this humble dish has comforted so many of us, goes to show how great comfort can be derived from the simplest of things.
Now, when I place bowls of this khisiri to my family and see them relish it, and ask for more, it gives me a sense of satisfaction …and of course, comforts me to see them enjoying their meal, and evokes fond memories…probably my worrying ma must have felt that same comfort when she saw me digging my spoon into my bowl filled with this goodness, with glee…I never remember saying ‘no’ to it. Aren’t mother’s wonderful?!!! This one is really for you ma…god bless all mothers!