With the sun finally out of our faces and the monsoons well into the season, we can finally think of indulging a bit in some of our favourite snacks!
The petrichor makes our tummy yearn for some yummies! A nice hot snack with a piping cup of tea or coffee and the sound of the rain outside, life could not get more perfect.
Even though we may loathe this season for the water logging and the jams, the dirty puddles and the allergies, you can’t take away the fact that food makes all the blues go away.
Every part of India has their own version of comfort rainy day food. There are so many options that one is surely spoilt for choice!
Here are some of the most favourites that we all love indulging in during the rains:
To begin with! The perfect companion to everything that follows. Masala Chai or cutting chai a blend of spices, tea, milk and sugar to warm you up from the inside completely. You can choose to opt for ginger tea or cardamom tea even. What chai can do for you, no other beverage will be able to.
Well you cannot have chai in the monsoons without pakoras! Batter fried onions are the favorite of the lot, known as onion bhajiyas or pyajis, the crunchiness of the batter against the softness and sweetness of the onion along with the tang of spices is delicious. This is a pan india favourite. Other great options are potatoes, spinach and even cauliflower.
Kachoris are another favourite. This one filled with onions and spices tastes best with pudina chutney and sweet tamarind chutney. Beloved all over the North, not only a monsoon favourite these are evening snacks that can be indulged in at any time!
A Bengali staple snack. Boneless fish which is marinated in ginger and garlic and crumb coated and deep fried. Some versions have it as batter fried and some versions envelope it in egg and then fry it. It is definitely on the top for all non veg lovers!
With the monsoons, craving for street snacks increase by leaps and folds. Even though it isn’t the most hygienic option, you still find yourself secretly getting out for some pani puri, bhel or sev puri. The street vendors of Mumbai make such mean snacks that it is hard to resist. Sev Puri is usually the most indulged in since despite the humid weather the base of the snack remains crispy, piled high with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt, sauces and sev, you cannot and do not want to share your plate with anyone else!
Use this water resistant bag pack incase you make a pit stop by the side of the road for some snacks!
Moong ki Dal Ki Pakodi
This one comes in from U.P and Delhi. Soaked and battered moong dal is mixed with chopped spices and herbs and deep fried into little balls. These tiny crunchy golden nuggets are so indulgent that you find yourself reaching for more and more.
The south contribute with their vadas and a variety of them. From the usual yummy medu vada to potato vada to even chana dal vada. Spicy and hot, these deep fried snacks are a go to choice all over the country.