Home Alone & Sick? Here’s What Will Feel Like A Mother’s Love

by Neha Verma | Wed Sep 13 2017

We all look forward to that one comfort food when sick. This specific dish is what our palate craves for every time our body temperature hits a high and our throat starts to feel like we have gobbled up a volcano. We have another dish on our minds when we can’t control the number of times we hit the commode. While we already have our favourites in place, it’s never a bad idea to explore options, right? Here’s a list of foods that we prefer to order when on our sick days:

When You Have A Cold

Falling sick is a nightmarish experience for everyone. All you want to do is get something steamy and hot to soothe your cold on the sick days that squeeze all the energy out of you.

1. Thai Green Curry From Berco’s

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When you are sniffing and coughing all day long, all you want is something warm to soothe that discomfort. Thai Green Curry is what people would opt for if they are not into spicy food. The aromatic curry, best served with rice brings relief to your cough-stricken throat.

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2. Rasam From Carnatic Cafe

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Out of all things tomatoes, Rasam happens to be the king! The peppery broth is a traditional South Indian remedy for cold and for those who have tasted the authentic flavours, it’s the ultimate soup option when they fall sick. Rasam is a perfect blend of spicy, peppery and tangy.  

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3. Burmese Khao Suey From Chinese Garage

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When you have a cold with fever, your palate simply refuses to accept any flavor as welcoming. That’s when you actually lose all appetite. Burmese Khao Suey with its thick peanut broth is the best option for your sulking palate. The taste is divine with a blast of zest in your mouth!

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4. Hawker Fried Garlic Noodles From Asian Haus

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This is an all-time favourite for all spice lovers. The combination of garlic and chillies, leaves a yummy aftertaste that is so very soothing when you have a cold. If well prepared the noodles just always help your palate forget that you are sick. It’s a happy snack for sick days.

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5. Momo Au Gratin From Wow! Momos

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When you are just hungry for chicken or veggies, with a steamy feel to it, Momos become the ideal choice. You can dip it in the spicy chutney according to how much chilli you want in your life at that moment. But to get it covered in cheese and noodles is ideal. Plus, momos are love. Always!

6. Cafe Coffee Day’s Cocoa Fantasy

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When nothing else seems appetizing to your swollen tonsils, you take refuge in the yummy coffee easily available in the CCD next door. I know they don’t usually deliver, but you can order it through Swiggy! The popular choice is Cocoa Fantasy, but I am sure people opt for dark coffees too. Nothing beats the cold like coffee does.

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But then there is also…

7. Chaayos’ Masala Chai

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Ever since the little place has expanded their outlets across Delhi, they have become a breakfast and sick day’s relief to all. Masala Chai form Chaayos is for all those who want proper ‘adrak aur elaichi wali chai’ but don’t know how to make one. It’s the best option for people with cold who are also homesick.

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8. Soups From Nathu Sweets

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Well, this is the obvious option for all who fall sick. Soups are the best thing to soothe an itchy throat and a puffy nose. When you just absolutely don’t want to take a risk in terms of flavours, you love to order your favourite soup from your favourite restaurant!

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When it’s Diarrhea

While there are so many options to choose from when you have cold, there is next to nothing that you can eat and feel good when you get diarrhea. But for all those who have found a way to beat the motions, here are a few things:

9. Curd Rice From Shree Rathnam

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Curd is a binding agent during your Diarhea days and pretty much the only thing you can eat (and bananas). So another South Indian recipe to your rescue. Curd rice happens to be the best thing you can eat when you are running to the washrooms way more than you like.

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10. Raj Kachori

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We can’t always settle with bland flavours though. Sometimes after eating spice less food for days, you can take a break and get some ‘chatpata’ in your routine. Raj Kachoris are safer and a yummy option for your recovery days from an upset stomach. Especially because of the benefits of Pomegranate!

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11. Lassi from Nathu Sweets

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In the end, what actually works best is the ‘lassi’that helps cool down the flames in your stomach and also hydrates your palate. If you can find good lassi on a hot summer day, your day is made!

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I know there is a longer list of personal favourites, but these options are worth exploring! These recipes also work on days you are pretending to be sick so that you can skip office and chill at home.

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Neha Verma

Nosey, persistent and perceptive with a will to bring about positive change, Neha at her best is a hardcore foodie. From aspirations of entering International Polity to hopes of becoming a novelist someday, Neha keeps herself wrapped in a spectrum of colours.