Monsoons in India are christened by the vastness of the morning cerulean sky, the earthiness of the land, and spell-binding showers that fill our hearts with warmth. Monsoons in India mean endless chai time with snacks to relish with family and friends. From Pakodas to samosas, the kitchen is always buzzing with flame, flavours and fragrances.
Our hunger and craving for snacks keep increasing, especially during the monsoon. During this lockdown, if you have been stressing over the dishes that you could make for yourself and your family, then don’t worry!
We have curated a list of flavoursome dishes that you can try at home to enjoy this rainy season.
1. Kothimbir Vadi
One of the top Maharashtrian tea time snack recipes can be easily made at home and in a much healthier way too. Cilantro leaves or Coriander leaves are called ‘Kothimbir’ in the Marathi language. made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves, peanut, sesame seeds and spices. They are a popular tea time snack loaded with coriander leaves (cilantro). It is savoury cilantro fritters that are steamed first, sliced and then fired into oil till crisp and spices that some simply steam and others take a step further, into the frying pan.
2. Pyaz Pakode with Green Chutney
This is just perfect for the rainy season. This recipe is easy to make and requires minimal ingredients like salt, flour, and onions. From fussy kids to unexpected guests, this snack has the power to please every family member. To add some zing, serve the dish with Red/Green Chilli Garlic Chutney.
The very name brings fun-filled memories, does it now? Now, you can try this iconic street food from the comfort of home. What makes this recipe special with its tangy, spicy, and sweet taste; it blends well with the overall mixture. So, roll up your sleeves, and start mixing!
4. Moong Dal Samosa
Did you saw this coming, didn't you? Fried puffed pastry with delectable potato filling; samosas would always have a soft spot in every Indian's heart. While you do not need a reason to dig into this popular snack, but isn't this weather just calling for it? Again, don't forget to pair it with the right chutney.
5. Gujarati Masala Kachori
This popular vegetarian snack is the best to relish when it is pouring outside. Kachoris have lot many variations and this specific recipe is easy to make. The stuffing is prepared using roasted gram flour, coconut, clove powder, cinnamon powder, peanut, cumin and cardamom. It is then
deep-fried to make fluffy and crispy kachoris. Serve this garma-garam (hot) kachoris with any chutney of your choice.
6. Molaga Bhajji (Mirchi Bhajji)
These piping hot bhajjis during an intense downpour are more than enough to complete our day.
Gram flour is combined well with chilli powder, soda and ajwain to form a thick batter. Chopped onions, red chilli powder, cumin powder, jeera powder and amchur powder make a great stuffing for the bhajjis. Squeeze in some lime for an additional tangy flavour.
7. Fried Onion Rings
Make homemade crispy onion rings that are easy-to-prepare and require very few ingredients from your kitchen shelf. These golden rings are perfectly served with mint chutney.
How can we forget this epic monsoon snack that makes us celebrate rain? This piping-hot Vegetable Masala Maggi is the absolute magic of hot, desi spices. This dish is a must-try during this rainy season.
Monsoon not only brings cheer and joy after hot summer days but also, elevates our cravings for our all-time favourite fried food. So, rather than ordering unhealthy fried snacks from outside, try making them in your own kitchen.