5 Comforting Lunch Recipes for a Rainy Day – Recommended by NDTV Food

5 Comforting Lunch Recipes for a Rainy Day - Recommended by NDTV Food

It’s Monday again and we’re all back to work. But this morning was a little different for different states across India. After experiencing sky-high temperatures and scorching heat, several parts of the country heaved a sigh of relief with heavy rainfall early in the morning. It is reported that West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand are likely to experience isolated rainfall; on the other hand, states like Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram are expected to face heavy rainfall in the coming days. In such a scenario, we can think of good food. The cool weather outside makes us long for a comforting meal and an afternoon nap. While we understand that an afternoon nap is a distant dream on a working Monday, how about marking the day with a happy meal?! That’s right. We’ve put together a list of delicious lunch options that you can prepare in no time and enjoy on a rainy day. Let’s see.

Here are 5 quick and easy lunch options on a rainy day:

1. Khichuri Started Bhaja:

A classic rainy day meal for any Bengali, khichuri with started bhaja makes for a divine combination. All you have to do is prepare a Bengali khichdi with rice, dal, sabzi and some spices and combine it with fried aubergines. You can also have maach bhaja (fried fish) and kosha mangsho on the side. Click here for khichuri (Bengali style khichdi) recipe.

2. A Pot of Chicken Biryani:

Let’s agree that we literally don’t need an opportunity to enjoy biryani. Aromatic rice mixed with spices and juicy meat – biryani stands for indulgence. While our love for biryani knows no bounds, we often avoid making the dish on a weekday. Why do you ask that? It is because of the many hours it takes to make biryani. What if we say we found a quick recipe that can cook biryani in just 30 minutes?! You heard us. Here is a one-pot chicken biryani dish that you can prepare and enjoy any time of the week. Click here for the recipe.

3. Allahabadi Tehri:

For the inexperienced, Allahabadi tehri is a North Indian style mixed pulao with rice, vegetables and a pile of spices to add flavors and aroma to the dish. It’s delicious, comforting and will help you put together a meal in no time. Combine tehri with some spicy achar and enjoy. Click here for the recipe.

4. Tamarind Rice:

If you are someone who likes that taste in your palate then this dish is a must try. South Indian style tamarind rice is a delicious blend of rice, chana and urad dal, peanuts, hing, curry leaves, mustard seeds and more. Traditionally referred to as pulihora (puli means something sour), this dish will help you put together a quick and tasty meal in just 30 minutes. Click here for the recipe.

5. Masala Bhaat:

A classic Maharashtrian meal, masala bhaat is rice mixed with an array of rustic masalas and vegetables. What makes this dish stand out is the use of Maharashtrian ‘goda masala’ – a hot spice blend with cumin, sesame, dry coconut powder, black pepper powder and more. We recommend to prepare masala bhaat at home and combine it with a bowl of raita and enjoy a delicious meal. Click here for the recipe.

Now that you have these delicious recipes at hand, prepare one (from the list) today and enjoy it while watching the rain outside. And yes, don’t forget to take all precautions for the upcoming monsoon.

Good day!