With sun killing us with its red-hot heat, we look ahead to the rains to cool us down. We all love monsoon for different reasons – cool air, breezy days, gloomy skies, green surroundings, and the muddy aroma. With such a pleasant climate, the showers end up with enormous food cravings for some hot delicacies along with a hot cup of tea. Being such a diverse country, every Indian state has its own monsoon delicacies to satisfy your cravings with lip-smacking flavours and fragrances. We have a number of options like hot pakoras, cutlets, vadas, and the list goes on. Let’s lighten up this monsoon with these special nibbles from different parts of the country that are perfectly suited for the weather.
Pakoras with Chai
There is something tempting about fried food, especially when it's raining outside and you just can't resist picking up pakoras. On that typical rainy day, all you want is a hot plate of pakoras along with the piping hot ginger tea. Pakoras are all-time favourite snack made with mix vegetables and chickpea flour.
Bun Makkhan Samosas
How about steaming hot samosas along with bun makkhan on a rainy evening? Stuffed with mashed potatoes, peas and a whole melange of aromatic flavours, Samosa is country’s one of the most popular snacks. One can find this unique combination of samosa and bun makkhan along with a kulhad chai in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. Freshly fried samosas and its aroma will surely give hunger pangs to anyone.
Egg Chicken Roll
One of the easiest options to grab and eat on a rainy day, Egg Chicken Roll is full of flavours which will make your rainy day all the more better. Easily available in the cultural capital of India – Kolkata, the rolls are generally relished with tomato ketchup and a dash of chilli sauce.
Steamed momos is a street food found mostly in Darjeeling or Sikkim. Momos are steamed dumplings with a mild but slight spicy filling of cabbage, onions, and carrots. One should never miss out on a plate of steamed momos with hot garlic sauce.
Aloo chop, tea, friends with fun conversation and lightning, thunder, showers – makes a perfect moment. One of the best monsoons treats for taste buds in Kolkata, Aloo Chop is made in the same way a batata vada is prepared but with a Bengali touch of spices and ingredients. Popular deep-fried street food in Kolkata, it is prepared with mashed potatoes and besan coating and goes best with tamarind chutney.
A typical Mangalorean bonda, Goli Baje is prepared with all purpose flour, sour curd and topped with ginger and grated coconut. Originated from Mangalore with a look like bhajjis, people started identifying it as Mangalorean bhajjis. Goli baje is smooth, fluffy and tangy and is enjoyed during the rainy evening.
Methi Na Gota
Enjoy your rainy days with these crispy Gujarati tea time snack with fried chillies and a cup of ginger tea. Made with fenugreek leaves and gram flour (besan), Methi na Gota also has hing (asafoetida) and carom seeds (Ajwain) to add distinct flavours to the snack. Also known as Dakor na Gota, you can easily find this snack in any of the Gujarati households during monsoons.
Idli with Hot Rasam
Steaming hot Idlis are meant to be eaten during the monsoons! And nothing is better than the relishing them with hot rasam, right? One can easily protect themselves from the sneezes by sipping a cup of your favourite hot rasam.
Bhutte ka Kees
Monsoons are incomplete without getting drenched in rains and relishing the charcoal-roasted bhutta with lemon and chilli. If you don’t want to eat them off the cob, the next best thing you make is the ‘Bhutte ka Kees’. Luscious street food from Indore, the literal translation of ‘Bhutte ka Kees’ is ‘grated corn’. A paste is made out of corn and is cooked with ginger, green chillies, and basic masalas. Generally, it is served hot with a drizzle of lemon juice on top.
What goes best with monsoons? Ofcourse, Bhajis. Everyone loves deep-fried snacks when the rain is pouring outside. Moong Bhaji is a typical Maharashtrian snack enjoyed during the rainy season. These mildly spiced fritters are made from moong dal (yellow mung lentils), rice flour, onions, green chillies, and cumin seeds. Dip in freshly made chutney and satiate your taste buds.
Why should be monsoon enjoyed only with snacks? There’s a lot out there to satisfy your sweet tooth as well. Go get some piping hot and crisp jalebis fried in ghee. One can also top them with rabri for an unforgettable taste. Try making jalebis at home, especially during the monsoon.
Moong Dal ka Halwa
A sweet symphony of moong (yellow mung lentils) and ghee, Moong Dal ka Halwa is a sensational dessert that always pleases your taste buds. Made using yellow lentils, milk, sugar and, nuts, it is a perfect dish to end your dinner if it's raining outside. This makes a heavenly dessert!
Enjoy the wonderful weather along with a cup of tea and any of these food items. So, the next time you want to eat something in the rainy season, you know what are your options.