Here’s a quick disclaimer before we start:
- If you do not like being drained in the rain, this article is not for you.
- If you think ‘monsoon magic’ is limited to all the sales announced at this time of year, this article is definitely not for you.
- In the end, if you think rain is disgusting, makes you and your room more attractive to creepy crawlies and make your general surroundings messier – then you better do something else right now!
So now that we have the attention of all monsoon lovers, let’s make a few things clear. We’re looking at ‘sinful’ snacks here.
Not healthy, cheap, quick to manufacture or anything else. Here we go:
1. Pav-Pav / Bun-Bun No, this is not the name of ONE snack alone. The number of delicious delicacies available from Pav or Bun are countless! Vada-pav, Bun-mask, Dabeli, Missal-Pav, Omelet Bun etc.
A warm bowl, toasted with a little extra ‘mask, filled with your favorite stuffing is just what the rain doctors ordered.
Pav Bhaji Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Dabeli recipe by chef Niru Gupta
Missal-Pav User Recipe by Amarendra Mulye
2. Aloo Bonda
Oh how you diet! If you were allowed to break your diet and eat something sinful at this time of year, it would need to be fresh from the pan Aloo-Bonda. The traditional ones made with potatoes, onions and chilli work magically for drip-dry, swollen souls.
Aloo Bonda recipe by chef Niru Gupta
Aloo, Aloo-Matar, Paneer or mutton. No matter what fills the inside of this three-sided basket of goodness, the reaction is always the same – “SO GOOD!” Pair it with a hot cup masala chai and you are almost in heaven.
Aloo Samosa Recipe by Chef Kishore D Reddy
Okay, so this one is a perfect partner for all those hard core nights for parties. But it’s just as good on a monsoon night when it’s been raining all day and getting out of the office is still a couple of hours away.
5. HOT HOT Jalebi
We couldn’t have made this list without a sweet dish! And with a quick measuring stick at work – the one dish that won hands down was Jalebi. Warm from the wok, dripping goodness! Others who ran – Gulab Jamuns, Mishtidoi and of course Malpua!
Kesari Jalebi recipe by chef Niru Gupta
Mishti Doi recipe by chef Kishore D Reddy
6. Chowmein / Noodles
You didn’t think this list would be complete without what is a hit snack anytime of the year. Age no beam. Time no bar. Clouds or sun.
Vegetable Chowmein Recipe by Niru Gupta
7. Meat roll
Nothing soothes a rainy day of hunger like a well made roll. Warm and spicy with a little chutney on the side. Make mine with a single egg / double mutton.
Mutton Kathi Roll Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
That’s our list of a few sinful snacks to indulge in this season. If you haven’t had more than 3 on this list this season – our ‘foodie’ meter will rate you BAD. Suggest that you fix it before the next set of showers!