There’s really nothing wilder and thrilling than monsoon season. The thunder and lightning, rain and winds bring people face to face with nature and its most interesting temper. Just as the weather is powerful yet relaxing, so is the food. Monsoon season – like any other season – has its own set of amazing cuisine associated with it. While the list of main meals that you can cook and store in an insulated casserole is endless, the list of snacks or mini meals that you can quickly rustle up to enjoy while it rains is interesting too! Pav bhaji, chole masala, samosa and the many varieties of pakoras, all these snack dishes are all you need along with a tumbler of hot tea, and you are all set to enjoy the rainy day! There is nothing as fun as indulging in a steaming hot cup of chai and a snack when it’s pouring outside.
Keep on reading to learn about the best foods to eat to complement the quite interesting and varied weather of monsoon season.
Foods to eat during monsoon season
- Pav Bhaji
Long rainy days and nights are the perfect setting for chowing down on something spicy like Pav Bhaji. It really is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold rainy day or to help you feel truly cozy when you’re sitting by the window watching the weather do its thing. Pav drenched in butter and the bhaji all soaked up in desi masala is what you need on a monsoon day, to make you better enjoy the romantic weather outside. Rustle up the bhaji when you have time in hand, store it in an insulated hot case and you can quickly toast the pav when you and everyone else is ready to eat!
- Potato (Aloo) Tikki
Potatoes always have been and always will be associated with comfort food. It fills up your stomach (potatoes stick to your ribs) and warms you up from the inside, which is exactly what you want on a cold rainy day. A tikki made out of mashed potatoes with authentic Indian spices such as, ginger, channa dal, green chilies, cumin seeds, and garlic, is perfect to address your mid-day craving. If you are that person who loves potatoes in all forms, fries, bhaji or tikki, then monsoon is the best time for you to indulge in your potato cravings!
- Gujarati Masala Kachori
This is a very popular vegetarian snack that is perfect for eating on the street between the downpours. There are a lot of variations and options to choose from when it comes to kachori. You can find a kachori to fit your taste no matter what. If you are making kachori at home, make sure to serve them with a side of your favorite chutney or sauce. Also, kachoris taste the best when served warm. Store them all in an insulated casserole, so you can eat or serve them warm and fresh when it is time to eat!
Pakoras are fun, crispy snacks that you can make as spicy as you want them to be. A crunchy outer layer, a soft center and loaded with spices pakoras taste best when served warm! Make a batch of pakoras, serve them along with hot tea or coffee to make a rainy-day evening more interesting than it already is.
- Sweet Corn Masala
Corn is another great monsoon snack option, one that is very easy to make as well. You can have this meal ready to go in a matter of minutes. All you really need is corn and some spices, and you will be able to sit back and watch the rains pour down. The best part is how you can make this sweet corn masala and store it in an insulated hot box to have it later, it stores well and tastes just as good as freshly prepared!
It’s just not kids who love snacking in between their meals, and when it is raining, it is simply difficult to not indulge in hot and spicy snacks that lift up your spirits. When you have snacks like chicken pakora or pav bhaji, you won’t even mind missing a meal later, that’s how delicious and filling these snacks could be! Go on, indulge in the country’s top favorite snacks this monsoon, and make the most out of it!