The familiar chill in the air and raindrops splashing against your window panes is the perfect recipe for a monsoon food fest. Like for every season in India, even the monsoon commands some mouth-watering delicacies that could make your rainy day experience that extra bit special. The season is often welcomed with a plethora of dishes to gorge on. Read on to find out what tickles the tastebuds of tricity residents on a rainy day.
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Pakodas and ‘chai garam chai’: Whether you are indoors or outdoors you can binge on a variety of these deep-fried snacks. Whether it be on a drive on the famed ‘gehri’ route or just a casual ‘chai pe charcha’ with friends, you will definitely stop at stalls offering pakodas with the ubiquitous green chutney.
It would be next to a cardinal sin to munch on your favourite pakodas without a cup of steaming ‘chai’. Be it ‘elaichi vaali chai’ (cardamom-flavoured tea) or ‘adrak vaali’ (tea infused with ginger), you can never go wrong with a piping hot cup of tea on a rainy day.
Ansh Grover, 23, a Chandigarh resident says, “My favorite combination is potato and onion pakodas with tamarind mint ki chutney along with ‘garam chai’ (hot tea).”
The sweetest thing
Confectioneries: ‘Malpuas’ are pancakes soaked in saffron-flavoured syrup and served warm topped with almonds and pistachios. No rainy day is complete without a malpua treat!
“If you have a raving sweet tooth, you could also turn to kheer (rice pudding),” says Ziart Priya Kaur, 22, a PU student. Another delicacy is hot gulab jamuns which have a universal appeal.
Sweet ‘n’ savoury
Samosa and jalebis: Another die-hard combination is this one! Fresh ‘garma garam’ samosas with cool mint chutney – a one-way ticket to food heaven. What would make this a complete gastronomical experience would beincluding a succulent platter of jalebis dripping with ‘chashni’ (sugar syrup).
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While most would want to hold a warm cup of tea in their hands, there are others who would go the polar opposite by eating ice creams in the chilly weather. Palak Mehra, 23, says she loves ice creams. “All my friends have tea during the monsoon but I run to the nearest street vendor to have ice cream. I love cold lick lollies of cola and orange!”