Each season brings with it a list of delicacies that are innate to it. The monsoon season brings much needed relief in the form of pleasant rain after the scorching heat has taken its toll. Its subtle chills and cool winds make the temperature so much more bearable. With such lovely weather, you have a good excuse to prepare some snacks along with a hot cup of Chai tea. There’s a deep connection between hot food and wet rain. Well, nobody really knows the reason behind it, but perhaps it is thanks to the beautiful climate that it brings along. But what we know is that there is awesome food to have to satisfy your hunger during the rainy season.
While samosas and pakoras have their own appeal, everything pales in comparison to a hot cup of tea. Since there are so many varieties of tea, it would be unfair to list down any particular variety as the absolute best, but a cursory glance into the Indian culture will reveal that masala teas garnished with herbs are the best. Nothing beats the aroma of strong cardamom as it fills up the nostrils, reminding you of beautiful midsummer evenings with a warm cup of tea in one hand, and a delicious snack in the other. For many people, the smell of spices brewing for a cup of tea is like a warm, fuzzy memory of their mother asking them to wake up on a peaceful winter morning when the sun has not risen.
Aloor Chop Or Aloo Bonda
While talking about monsoon, aloor chop or aloo bonda will be missed, how can it be possible. Pitter patter sound of rain, breezy cool weather outside, a hot cup of masala chai will be paired with pipping hot aloor chop or aloo bonda and a bowl of puffed rice aka muri is the best combo so far. And if you have friends over, then a good adda is must on this season.
Mouth-watering pakoras and a cup of tea is a mind-boggling combination, during the monsoon. This one’s a no-brainer. As soon as it begins to rain, people in India begin to either cook pakoras or ask for them. You can alter your choice by choosing from wide range of onion pakora, potato pakora, cauliflower pakora, Fish pakora, Chicken pakora and paneer pakora. Homemade or buying those from street-side, pakoras are the best option, topped with mint sauce and imli chutney.
The Indian monsoon food culture is rich and varied. Every state and every city offers a different taste of Indian monsoon food. However, there is one dish that is loved by every state – MOMOS! The joy of enjoying this spicy decadence on a rainy day is something else! A plate of momos with hot garlic sauce can serve as a healthy non-fried treat for satisfying hunger cravings. Monsoon and momos go hand-in-hand. Momo is a type of steamed-filled dumpling and is often served with spicy red chutney. The origin of momos is Himalayan which is popular in Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and India. Momos became popular in recent decades and especially among the younger generation and kids. Nowadays, it is known as a hugely popular street food in our country.
Every slacker has learned the knack of preparing a Maggi plate. When the weather is this lovely, this dish tastes even better. Maggi tastes so much better when paired with a wet afternoon, and the rainy season screams for some Maggi time. In the monsoon, Maggie are one of the most comforting foods to consume. One of the most comforting food items to eat during monsoon is maggie, while laying in the bed enjoying the rains.
khichuri is absolute life savior one pot meal by my Mother. I'm a true lover of any kind of Khichuri( it's Bengali khichuri not khichdi). In my childhood when it's winter night or heavy raining outside, just asked me if I wish to have 'Dimer Khichuri' or not and my answer was always yes. Today it's also heavily raining outside and hubby is not at home, he went for a conference at early morning, it's me and my son only. So thought of making quick lunch with 'Dimer Khichuri' so we both can have this.
Bengal’s long-standing love affair with Khichuri is not a secret to the rest of the world. The vibrant Bengali culture allows its practitioners to have khichuri at all times of the year. But nothing beats the sentimental value of a bong enjoying a plateful of steaming khichuri on a rainy day. The feeling is so deeply ingrained into the hearts that scores of Bengali’s irrespective of their age associate the extensive monsoon season with this traditional preparation. Different grey moods of nature during the monsoon season, be it a copious downpour, a slight drizzle or the incessant stifling balminess may turn poetic when coupled with this perfect comfort food, from a Bengali’s perspective.
Ilish or Hilsa is not just a fish to a Bong, it’s an emotion. And having Ilish mach bhaja (fried Hilsa), steamed rice ladened with Ilish bhaja tel (oil from fried fish), flavoured with kancha lonka (green chili) is the ultimate goal of Bong-life on a monsoon afternoon. The ‘bhat-ghum’ afterwards is inevitable.