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.