The monsoon is finally here with its refreshing atmosphere and the gentle dripping rains all around. So for this season, we thought of sharing some fantastic delicacies you must try out. Also, our country has rich culture and diversity, which is also reflected in the food people eat in different regions. You can enjoy these delicacies throughout the year, but having them in the monsoon offers a completely next-level experience. So, let’s see some of these rejuvenating seasonal delicacy delights that will surely make you go crazy.
Vada Pav and Cutting Chai
The spicy and desi Vada Pav and cutting chai make for a perfect monsoon breakfast, especially in Mumbai. For Mumbaikers, Vada Pav is comfort food that brings joy to their face, along with a hot sip of desi cutting chai. Also, it is one of the simplest dishes to make, where you just need to make aloo bonda (pakora) and stuff it inside a ladi pav with some spicy garlic chutney and chilli. You must taste this delicious breakfast if you haven’t yet, on the streets of Mumbai.
When mentioning about rain, Bhajiya or Pakodas instantly come to mind. The monsoon season feels incomplete without the hot crispy pakoras on the side with a hot cup of tea while enjoying the rain. Apart from the home-made ones, you can find some delicious Bhajiyas on the food-joints or streets in Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra.
Dabeli is similar to the western burger and is prominently sold on the streets of Gujarat. It’s full name is Kutchi Dabeli, and the “Kutchi” word is attached to it, because the dish has originated from the Kutch in Gujarat. It is really simple to make and tastes delicious. The Pav are stuffed with a potato mixture and some sweet and spicy chutneys with toppings of onion, pomegranate, fresh garlic chutneys, and sev. While the best place to try Dabeli is Gujarat, but it is also widely cherished across Maharashtra and some parts of Rajasthan.
Momos and Dimsums
People of almost all the states in India love momos. A plate of hot momos, especially during the rainy season, with garlic sauce can fulfil any foodies’ cravings. Apart from its fantastic and delightful taste, it also serves as a healthy non-fried treat while filling up your hungry stomach!
Some of the places to find the best momos in India include McLeod Ganj, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Dehradun, Shillong, Spti, and Nainital.
Jalebis are a favourite across all age groups and all regions in India. Occasion or no occasion, season or no season, Jalebi doesn’t need a reason. It is the best experience for anyone to have piping hot jalebis on a rainy day. Generally people like to club them a savioury snack such as fafra, samosa, dhokla, or kachori. The dish is relished as a breakfast in Uttarakhand, UP, Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP. While jalebi are more or less the same across the nation, one special type of Jalebi that one must have is gohana jalebi. Gohana is a small town in Sonepath, Haryana and is known for its Jambo jalebis which are crisp and juicy.
Litti Chokha is a prominent dish of Bihar and UP and now widespread in various parts of the state. Litti is wheat-flour balls which are salted and baked with sattu (roasted gramflour) and some special herbs and spices. Litti is similar to bati in appearance and tasted best when served with Ghee. Chokha is a brinjal bharta or mashed potato and is eaten with the litti. Not only nationally, but litti-chokha is making its presence internationally because of its unique taste.
People from Delhi need no description of this delicacy as it is famous across the region. They are crispy and crunchy fritters or pakoras and are made up of moong daal. They are generally served with a tangy and spicy chutney and topped with shredded radish. It also has a healthy side to it as it is vegan, has low GI, and is gluten-free. It is thus widely accepted as a go-to snack and is a monsoon-special.
This traditional sweet dish of Rajasthan is famous among localities, especially on occasion for the daughter’s new family. It looks disc-like, is honeycomb-shaped, and is prepared using ghee, flour, and sugar. This dish provides optimal calories to give heat to the body that one requires during monsoons and also aids in digestion.
Today, there are multiple varieties of the same dish available across India. Some of them include – Malai ghewar, chocolate ghewar, and rabdi ghewar, to name a few.
There can be an endless list of phenomenal delicacies that you can try out. But the idea is to taste them while experiencing the monsoons in different parts of India. There are many flights for the same places, and you can also check out different flight booking offers on various online portals for the best deal on your flight ticket.
Till then, happy monsoon delicacy delights!!