By Haneen Raihana
With heavy thunderstorms to light showers, this year, Monsoon surprises us in every possible way. From getting drenched in rain to night walks in chilled breeze, every subtle thing thrills us.
It's time to fulfill our cravings and munch on our favourite monsoon dishes.
And the most exciting thing is to 'sit beside a window with a bowl of hot, crispy snacks accompanied with a cup of tea/coffee during a rainy day'.
Here is a top list of tasty and spicy snack recipes, which are not to be missed this season!
1. Pav Bhaji
Rainy days call for spicy Indian food and our favourite pick is Pav Bhaji. It is an absolute magic of toasted buns (pav) with delicious bhaji masala made with hot, desi spices.
This Maharashtrian special snack is a must-dry during this rainy season.
2. Potato (Aloo) Tikki
Potato Tikki is the most loved snack for all potato lovers. It is a tasty combinaton of mashed potatoes with authentic spices. The mix of channa dal, ginger, garlic, green chillies and cumin seeds makes an awesome filling for the tikki.
Crispy tikkis served along with a hot cup of tea/coffee sounds heavenly!
3. 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 these garma-garam (hot) kachoris with any chutney of your choice.
Other Kachori Recipes that you can try:
4. Chicken Pakora
Who doesn't love crispy pakoras on a chilled evening? Chicken Pakora is a super spicy treat that brightens your gloomy day.
The rich batter made with besan flour, rice powder, ginger-garlic paste and fiery masalas is marinated well with the juicy chicken pieces. Deep fry the pakoras carefully to get the perfect crispiness.
Grab a plate of these mouth-watering pakoras to lift up your mood instantly.
Other Lip-Smacking Pakoras:
5. Sweet Corn Masala
'Corn' is a commonly available monsoon food and we all go crazy over - sweet corn cup, fried corn, corn masala chaat and other innovative forms of this cereal.
Sweet Corn Masala tastes divine on a cold day with a delectable combo of sweet corn, tomato, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste, sabzi masala, cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
A dash of lemon juice adds an extra kick.
6. Bread Dahi Vada
This traditional dahi vada is a life-saver to beat the rainy blues.
The soft bread balls stuffed with tasty vegetables and topped with thick, creamy yoghurt is so good that will leave you craving for more.
7. Thool Pakoda - Onion Pakoda
Crispy Onion Pakoda is an ideal snack companion for anyone at anytime, especially during this damp weather.
This all-time favourite snack can be quickly made with these simple recipe steps. Small portions of the batter mix are deep-fried until golden brown.
Stay indoors happily with a bowl of onion pakodas and enjoy your favourite movie.
8. Puff with Chole and Paneer Stuffing
You can't get over this finger-licking puff, that can be made in a very few minutes. The tasty stuffing is prepared with crumbled chickpeas (chole), paneer, ginger-garlic paste, channa masala and lemon juice.
This crispy puff imparts a flavourful twist to your taste buds. Puff with Chole and Paneer Stuffing is aunique monsoon snack to attempt, besides the usual pakoras and vadas.
9. Instant Mini Samosa
Are you finding ways to impress your fussy kids? Treat them with these super tasty mini samosas. This classic monsoon snack goes well with spicy green chutney.
Delight your kids with these attractive samosas on a cool, rainy evening.
10. Molaga Bajji (Mirchi Bajji)
How can we forget this epic monsoon snack that makes us celebrate even heavy rainfall ? These piping hot bajjis during an intense downpour is 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 makes a great stuffing for the bajjis.
Squeeze in some lime for an additional tangy flavour.
You can check out few other Monsoon Snacks: