We have curated a list of comforting Indian foods to eat when Mercury is in retrograde. In other words, find our what hearty foods you should eat when your life is upside down or when you want to feel good.
Have you ever heard the term, “mercury is in retrograde,” and wondered what it means? Well, let us break it down for you – in food terms, of course. It means you might feel hungrier than usual and also have more cravings for comfort foods. And right now, as you read this, we are at the beginning of this period: Mercury retrograde began on February 18 and will last through March 10.
But what does Mercury in retrograde really mean?
As the name suggests, it means the planet appears to move backward (east to west instead of west to east) when viewed from the Earth.
According to astrology, Mercury retrograde can adversely affect specific areas of your life. This is because it is believed that Mercury affects communication, travel, and technology.
So when Mercury is in retrograde, things can go askew. This can slow down productivity and affect relationships, and hence have an empowering effect on your moods, which in turn, can affect appetite and cravings.
According to the food delivery service Doordash, there is a spike in orders of certain types of foods – all of which are comfort foods, during this time.
These Doordash findings made us look into our delivery and POS data at Mint Indian Bistro from the past few years, and we saw similar trends. While most Indian food is in the “comfort foods” category, we did see a trend toward more orders of curry, carbs, and desserts. (By next year, we will have some data for Divine Dosa & Biryani as well).
Whether or not you believe in this phenomenon, we have curated a list of the most popular Indian comfort foods you’ll want to eat when Mercury is in retrograde, or really, anytime you’re craving comforting dishes. Although our entire menu is pretty much comfort Indian food, here are some popular dishes.
Comfort Indian Foods You’ll Want to Eat When Mercury is in Retrograde (Or any time of the year) at Divine Dosa & Biryani:
This phenomenon might just be an excuse to indulge a bit more, because let’s face it – we live busy lives and comfort foods keep us grounded and happy.
- Masala Dosas
- Chicken Chettinad
- Butter Chicken
- Paneer Dosas
- Lamb Dosas
- Garlic Butter Naan
- Chicken 65
- Black Dal
- Our 4-foot Dosa, although we think you’ll need someone to help you finish this one.
Comfort Foods in the Homestyle Indian Meals Category
When it comes to homestyle North Indian food, rajma chaawal (red kidney beans and rice) is the ultimate comfort food. In South Indian homestyle foods, sambhar is one of the more popular comfort foods. In most places in India, a perfectly put together homestyle Indian thali is the perfect stress buster.
What is homestyle Indian Food? Learn more here.
So why is it that most Indian food is comfort food?
Indian cuisine is both powerful yet satisfying, robust, and fulfilling. It is the balance of complex flavors and the strategic use of very different spices all mixed together that make Indian cuisine the ultimate comfort food.
Have you been feeling a bit wonky lately? Next time, you have a ruthless craving for icecream, or even Butter Naan, blame it on this astrological phenomenon.
Our Tip: Back up your files and stock up your pantry. And if you want to learn more about what foods you should eat during this time according to your zodiac sign, read this article.
As always, we’d love to know what your favorite comfort foods are?