Comfort food from 5 different cultures

Comfort foods are little indulgences that evoke something deep and relaxing. They're filling but not heavy, tasty but not exactly gourmet. Here are a few takes on comfort food from around the world:

Comfort food from 5 different cultures

1. Indian toastie sandwich

This Indian take on a Western classic, the grilled cheese sandwich, takes some specialized hardware to make properly.

  • Toastie makers are hard to find outside of India, but they make delicious sandwiches. An Indian toastie uses Amul cheese, sweet tomato, sprouted mung beans and coriander chutney.
  • The result is a crispy exterior with a gooey, sweet and spicy centre.

2. Greek tzatziki and cucumbers

The versatility and nutrition of thick Greek yogurt makes it an ideal base for a lot of delicious treats.

  • Tzatziki is a yogurt sauce that blends olive oil, finely minced garlic, fresh dill, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Mix it with chunky chopped cucumber for a cool, refreshing taste of the Mediterranean, great on pita bread or on its own.

3. British bangers and mash

Nothing says classic British cuisine like bangers, which are pork sausages that are boiled, then lightly fried to crispy perfection.

  • Bangers are traditionally served atop buttery mashed potatoes (mash) with sauteed onions and a thin beef gravy. It's a hearty meal that can't be beat on a rainy day.

4. Korean kimchi fried rice

The unique, zesty flavour of spicy fermented cabbage (kimchi) shows up in a lot of Korean dishes, but this one is a star of comfort foods.

  • Kimchi fried rice combines chopped pork belly with kimchi, onions, peppers, and sesame seeds for a lunch like no other. Crack an egg into a hot bowl of the fried rice and stir it in for a gooey binder, and you have authentic Korean cuisine.

5. South African malva pudding

As simple as it is delicious, malva pudding is a rich dessert that mixes apricot jam with a basic baked pudding and is served hot with a butter cream sauce.

  • Of course, to make it extra indulgent and authentically South African, sometimes malva pudding is served with an amarula sauce instead.
  • Amarula is a sweet, creamy liqueur made from the marula fruit native to South Africa. Either way, malva tastes like home.

Every culture has its own take on comfort food. Whether sweet or savoury, simple or special, they all have one thing in common: they're delicious.

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