Why only chat when you can enjoy chatpata chatar-patar items during rains.
Monsoons, without a doubt, perk up the ever-tempted taste buds. When it starts to pour, we all crave for something tasty and spicy. Given the diversity of Indian cuisine, there is umpteen number of dishes that are linked with monsoon indulgence. Check it out!
I don’t think there would be any Indian who wouldn’t know what Bhajiyas are. These notorious tasty balls made of chillies, potatoes, and onions, tossed in gram flour batter and deep-fried are everyone’s favourite. The monsoon season is incomplete without a plate of Bhajiya and steamy hot ginger tea.
Most of our childhood has passed in relishing over street-side smoky hot corncob roasted over coal, seasoned with salt and chilli powder, and not to forget, a few drops of lemon juice to give it that tangy taste. For extra richness and creamy taste, smother it with a layer of melted butter, and I bet, you won’t ever find an alternate snack option.
- Vada Pav
Mumbai rains are synonymous with Vada Pav! This spicey ball of potato; when served with fried green chillies, garlic chutney, and finely chopped onions, filled in sponge-like Pav, is a perfect accompaniment to enjoy rains during a gloomy cozy evening. Do not forget to team it up with some chilled lemonade or warm cardamom tea!
Momos or dumplings, whatever one may call it, is all we need to embrace the chilly rainy showers. Whether it be simple vegetarian steamed momos or deeply fried chicken momos, when dipped with the hot garlic chutney along with creamy mayonnaise, the combination is certain to make you reach the point of nirvana. Not just North Easterners but the whole of India is slowly realizing that momos are a perfect monsoon snack.
- Chicken Lollipop
Isn’t chicken lollipop every meat eater’s delight? There’s nothing that could complement the beauty of monsoon rains other than spicy and crispy chicken lollipop, paired with fried noodles and garlic chutney. Team this up with a piping hot soup and you’re good to go for the rest of the evening.
There’s a reason Maggie is addressed as sabki favorite. Whether it is monsoon, winters, or summers, Maggie is a snack that stays constant for almost any meal – be it breakfast, evening snack, dinner, or a late-night saviour. Maggie is diverse so you can pair it up with any vegetables or meat of choice and garnish it with some cheese for the extra flavor. You need no chai or juice if Maggie is made in a soupy form!
- Papdi Chaat
If you don’t gobble up on some chaat during the rainy season, are you even an Indian? The four months of monsoon cannot be passed without savouring on some Papdi chaat. And what makes this dish better is the balance of flavours that are attained due to the sweet, spicy, and hot chutney, along with spices and finely chopped onions and tomatoes. Give your papdis a bath of chilled curd and enjoy your street-like snack!
Does the list end here? Well, not really! Though I may have skipped talking about crispy warm jalebis, spicy samosas, delicious missal pav, or our very humble variants of soups, you may still give it a try to satiate your monsoon-exclusive cravings.