As monsoon begins, it brings a breath of fresh air and a sigh of relief after a sweltering heat wave. Being my favourite season, I am a little biased. But hello! Can you ignore how the leaves look bright emerald green or how the earth exhales petrichor after a drizzle? No, right?
Didn’t think so!
Along with the brightest hues and spellbinding aromas everywhere, this season also comes bundled with enormous food cravings. So, worry not! We have the perfect solution for a dark, gloomy day–hot, steamy food delicacies! So instead of looking at the cold rain droplets on the window and imagining yourself to be in some sad music video, fill that lonely heart of yours with some lip-smacking food items! Hehehe.
I mean, really? What rainy season will be complete without a plate of sizzling hot Pakoras? Now, mind you, I haven’t mentioned any specific kind of Pakoras because let’s be honest, we love ALL KINDS of them! These fried pockets of heaven come along with the chutneys that make the perfect combination for monsoon!
We Indians take our Tea seriously. It isn’t just water, tea leaves, milk… it’s an elixir that’s made with different ingredients (according to the region) but always with love and care! It makes a rainy day even more magical with its strong aroma and spicy cardamom flavour or ginger.
This South Asian dumpling is a favourite for all! Am I right or Am I right? Since it’s available in both categories veg and non-veg, it is a delight to every food lover’s life. Usually eaten with chilli sauce, a plate of hot steamed (or fried) momos is the just the thing you need to wash those blues away!
This undisputed king of Mumbai Street Food cannot be missed for monsoon delicacies! Try the Vada Pao from your nearest Vada Pao stall and you’ll be blessed with out-of-the-frying-pan fresh, steaming hot soft pavs along with spicy chutneys. Don’t miss out the green chillies that give you an all-round spicy feeling.
Monsoon would be incomplete without relishing the traditional charcoal roasted-bhutta. Enjoying the burnt flavour of the roasted corn with some tangy masala made from black pepper, salt, red chilli powder, and lemon juice—is the combo that cannot go wrong! Especially while getting caught the rain!
Aloo Tikki Chaat
While we love all kinds of Chatpata chaat, we know hot and crisp aloo tikkis and their spicy chaat holds a special place in our heart. Known to be one of the most popular street food items in Delhi, enjoy this fried aloo patty chaat right off the tava and make your taste buds sing this monsoon!
Lift your mood with hot paranthas stuffed with aloo (or paneer, basically whatever you prefer) with cool curd and some sour pickle—giving you the perfect comfort meal on a rainy day! The contrast of cold curd with hot stuffed paranthas is nothing short of delightful.
So, we have another hot crispy and crunchy food item which is a must during the rainy season! I mean, we are just reminding you of those freshly fried samosas. Mouthwatering deep fried samosas and their aroma isn’t something that can be missed during the monsoon season. Enjoy them with tamarind chutney or mint chutney, however, you prefer!
Another popular Street food from Mumbai, this dish is made up of hot and spicy bhaji is served with tava fried pavs. Savour the combination of spicy bhaji, soft and buttery pavs with chopped onions, chillies and lemon while getting enjoying the view of rains.
If you are looking to eat healthy during monsoon, soups ARE the DEAL! Adding to that if you’ve been soaking in the rain way too often, hot soups are perfect protection from the cold. Nothing beats the feeling of hot soup flowing down your throat when it is raining outside. Add veggies or simple tomato soup makes for a healthy, tasty, and nutritious option during the rainy season.
We hope we have all of your favourite monsoon delicacies, if not; do let us know in the comments below!