The rains are here and so are our favorite monsoon snacks!

From steaming cups of chai to crispy bhajiyas, discover the staples that make rainy days in India cozy and delicious

The rains are here and so are our favorite monsoon snacks!

As the monsoon clouds gather and the pitter-patter of raindrops fills the air, there's no better time to indulge in some of India's favourite rainy day recipes. From piping hot cups of masala chai to crispy bhajiyas dipped in tangy chutney, these snacks not only warm the body but also nourish the soul.

Join us as we explore five quintessential comfort foods that hold a special place in the hearts of every Indian during the rainy season.

1. Bhutta
Bhutta, a cherished symbol of monsoon nostalgia, is sure to bring back memories of rainy days spent by the roadside, surrounded by the aroma of roasted corn. The classic combination of butter, lemon, salt and red chilli powder tantalises the taste buds with a hint of sweet, tangy, and spicy notes, perfectly complementing the earthy sweetness of the corn. Take a look at the video below to try some unique versions of corn at home.

2. Rasam Rice
Rasam, a quintessential South Indian delight, epitomises the fusion of quick preparation and bold flavours. This tangy and spicy concoction is a hallmark of South Indian cuisine, renowned for its ability to invigorate the senses and comfort the soul on a rainy day. Traditionally enjoyed with a bowl of steaming hot rice or as is, the dish is enriched with a dollop of ghee, offering a soothing respite on rainy days. Check out this recipe video on how to make rasam powder.

3. Maggi Noodles
The quick and effortless preparation that comes with opening a packet of Maggi makes it a go-to option for busy days or rainy evenings when comfort food is in demand. From adding an assortment of colourful vegetables to indulging in the gooey richness of melted cheese, or simply sprinkling in some chilli flakes or oregano lends a personal touch, elevating the flavour profile to suit individual preferences. Whether enjoyed as a hearty bowl of soupy goodness or a steaming plate of noodles, Maggi Noodles continue to reign supreme as a timeless classic rainy day comfort food. Here is a quick video on how you can add variations to your Maggi!

4. Vada Pav and Bhajji Pav
Vada Pav and Bhaji Pav, the reigning champions of Indian, particularly Mumbai street food, hold a special place in the hearts of millions. These humble yet delectable treats are not only easy on the pocket but also serve as a quick and satisfying pick-me-up during bustling days. Served piping hot and accompanied by a fiery garlic chutney, each bite is perfectly crunchy, spicy, and savoury. After all, there's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a hot and spicy vada pav or bhajji pav, rain or no rain. Below is a video on how to make the best garlic chutney to add in your Vada Pav, or well, Bhajji Pav!

5. Kothimbir Vadi
Kothimbir Vadi is a Maharashtrian snack featuring fresh cilantro and besan (gram flour), steamed, sliced, and fried to crispy perfection. During the monsoon, its savoury crunch and aromatic spices make it a perfect comfort food. Whether enjoyed with chai or as a side dish, its warmth and simplicity evoke nostalgia, making it an overall favorite.

So the next time the rain comes knocking at your door, don't forget to stock up on these rainy day essentials.

Gaurie Salvi

Gaurie Salvi

Gaurie is a dynamic content producer with a knack for writing about topics that spark her curiosity. When she's not buried in a book or binge-watching shows, she's out on her bike hunting down tasty eats. On weekends, you'll find her glued to F1 races. And let's be real, if she had to pick one meal forever, it'd be Chicken Poutine, no questions asked!

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