World On A Plate: Global Comfort Foods You Can Make At Home This Winter

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘comfort food?’ For some, it would be a ghee-loaded bowl of warm khichdi while for others it might be steamed momos with schezwan chatni. While for others it could just be a tub of chocolate ice cream.

While we’ve been brought up with most of these, how about we use this time to experiment with comfort food across the globe? While we know pizza is comfort food for most in the States, here are some others which you might have tasted, heard or read about – but probably not thought of cooking. 

To all the budding chefs, tighten your aprons this winters. You’re about to enter cooking heaven! 

Pierogi From Poland

Yep. You might not be able to pronounce it. But here’s how it goes 'PEE-eh-ROH-gee'. Think of these as the European version of dumplings which have either a sweet or savory filling. The dumpling dough is a mix of flour, egg and salt. For filling you can opt for mashed potatoes, onions, meat or mushrooms even. The choice is yours. 

If you’re not looking for savory, this goes as desserts too. So, in that case, you can use strawberries, cherries, apricot etc. 

Time: 2 Hours.

Here's the recipe.

Irish Stew From Ireland

Also the national dish of Ireland, this one’s a hearty bowl of comfort filled with meat and veggies. The stew is mainly prepared with mutton, potatoes, onions, carrots and cabbage. However, you can opt for different veggies if you’d like. It's delicious and will be devoured in a few minutes. 

Time: Approximate 2 hours.

Here's the recipe.

Poutine From Canada

Messy, loaded and simply comfort, say hello to Poutine – one of the most popular Canadian dishes. So, this one includes an amazing mix of fries, cheese curds and gravy. The latter two are poured over the fries right at the time they’re served. For those unaware, cheese curds is nothing but the solid pieces of curdled milk. The gravy is made from both chicken and beef broth.

Yep. It’s not as simple as just those cheese loaded fries you’ve been used to eating. 

Time: 1 hour.

Here's the recipe.

Ramen Noodles From Japan

This one probably doesn’t require any introduction. This Japanese comfort dish consists of thin wheat noodles served with a concoction of broth, multiple seasonings including egg, meat, soy and veggies. While it might be time-consuming, the final bowl of comfort is worth all the hard work.   

We made ramen from Maggi. Here's an easy recipe.

Time: Approximate 1 hour. 

Here's the recipe.

Shakshuka From Morocco

Shakshuka, which literally means ‘a mixture’, is a popular breakfast dish in the Middle East, however, can be cherished at any point of the day. To put it simply, this is a tomato heavy dish with onions, garlic, spices and poached eggs. 

PS: This one is surprisingly not that difficult as it sounds.    

Time: 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe.

Congee From China

Think of Congee as rice porridge (or a lot like Khichdi in India). Although a classic Chinese dish, the word Congee is derived from a Tamil word called Kanji. Congee is pretty healthy and easy to make. Boiled rice is garnished with seasoning and topping of you choice including egg, chicken, minced garlic, etc. It’s usually eaten with fried dough.   

Time: Approximate 1 hour.

Here's the recipe.

Malva Pudding From South Africa

This African-based dessert, Malva Pudding, is a sweet pudding which can be cherished with ice-cream or custard. The hero of this dish is apricot jam, while the other ingredients are more or less the same as they’d go in a cake. And we hear when served it’s soaked in butter sauce. Yum!

Time: Approximate 45 minutes.

Here's the recipe.

Koshari From Egypt

A national dish of Egypt, Koshari is one of the most popular dishes in at every restaurant and home in the country. In fact, it’s a famous street food even. It’s an amazing combination of lentils, macaroni, rice and spicy and flavourful tomato sauce, and an array of veggies.

Time: Approximate 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe.


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