After a hard day, we automatically start looking forward to dinner. We know that however rough our day was, whatever test we failed, boss we clashed with, family member we disappointed, there’s something we look forward to. We seek out these comfort foods. These 9 comforting eats got your back.

1. Yogurt Pasta

Yogurt pasta is innately satisfying and enriching. This is a ‘one pot’ pasta dish (well, sometimes two pot. Hmm). But I do think this is as easy as a pasta dish can get. Yogurt pasta has the perfect blend of soup and pasta, and is my personal comfort food of choice! The final pasta can be left with a little gravy and can be enjoyed as soupy pasta.

2. Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken is a classic Portuguese dish, introduced by Nando’s in late 1987 in South Africa. Peri peri, aka African Bird’s Eye Chili, is derived from the Swahili word ‘pili pili’, which literally means pepper or spicy chili. The classic peri peri sauces are a blend of bird’s eye chili, garlic, herbs, and lemon – a combination that if done properly simply melts into your mouth. Try out our version!

3. Mutton Stew

A traditional mutton stew is a combination of mutton with vegetables. We used carrots, peas and potatoes and slowly cooked them with the meat, allowing the flavors to mingle and form a smooth gravy. It turned out to be a real treat, with simple flavors. Try out our recipe.

4. Pan fried noodles

The noodles are pan-fried, resulting in a crispy texture. No deep frying or boiling is required. This is the key to making this recipe so unique. The other key to this recipe is the sauce, which is used for binding the flavor. A thick sauce with a good consistency (like gravy) is added on top of the stir-fried chicken and vegetables. It clings to the crispy noodles, thus enhancing the flavors of the dish. Here’s our simple recipe.

5. Crispy Chicken Wraps with Cheese Baked Potatoes

Chicken wraps are a full meal-on-the-go perfect as the comfort eat. The good things about wraps are that they taste equally good when cold making your experience tasty and unique.

6. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower and a pizza just got personal.  Enjoy this delicious twist to the classic pizza dough. Yes, the crust was made of fresh cauliflower alone. It was firm to hold like a regular slice of pizza with regular toppings and the taste is just perfect and is a must try. Here is the recipe.

7. Mashed Potato Balls

Nothing says comfort like potatoes. When you need to fill the growling stomachs and provide comfort to the losing hope, Mashed Potato Balls will serve you well. It tastes even better as long as you are not counting.

8. Fried Thai Spring Rolls

It’s not traditional, but it sure is delicious and comforting. Inspired by Vietnamese cuisine and their huge variety of spring rolls, Thai spring rolls brings a Thai taste to comfort you. These rolls have a zesty-coriander flavor escorted by minced chicken. Click here to see the recipe.

9. Lauki ka Raita

Lauki ka raita is a refreshing yogurt-based dish made with spiced lauki and yogurt. Lauki raita is healthy and tastes delicious, served perfectly well as a side dish or with simple garam roti (hot flatbread).

You’ll find most of them in the list above, plus a few of our personal favorite comfort foods. Did we forget about your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

Part time foodie and an engineer to be!