All of us have our reasons to love monsoon. For some, it is the pleasant weather, for some, the season’s sale, for others, the mouth-watering food to go with tea or coffee. Be it the desi bhutte-ka-kees or moong bhajjiyas or even the savoury aaloo kachori, youngsters just love baarish wale snacks. With the steady pitter-patter of raindrops, that gradually turns into a glorious downpour, we end up craving a nice hot cuppa and some of these savouries…
It is raining corn delights
Streets are buzzing with vendors selling varieties of corn delights. Dishes like – corn manchurian, corn pizza, corn spring roll, corn chat, bhutte ka kees, and the regular corn on the cob sprinkled with tangy masalas and lime are among the favourites with the college-goers. “I love how some shops have experimented with corn and added new flavours to the boring corn. For example— corn chaat is my personal favourite,” shares Akansha Shrivastava, a student of BBA.
One can spot bhutte walas, slow roasting the corn on the cob. “Bhutta walas are experimenting with so many masalas like peri-peri, jeerawan and the regular chaat masala and lime. The new American corn cob that has come up is also a hot favourite in our group,” says yet another collegian Shashank Tiwari law student. Irrespective of what season highlights are, there is the staple bhutte ka kees that every foodie swears by. “Though it is available all year round, it the seasonal desi bhutte ka kees that we wait for throughout the year. The mild flavours mingling with grated corn appeals to all your senses. Best enjoyed with an extra shot of jeerawan and squeezed lime juice,” shares Shivam Thakur, who is a frequenter.
Monsoon and pakoras are an endless love affairA plate of hot pakoras served right out of the wok along with a garma garam chai is a popular combo. From kanda bhajiyas to aalo pakoras, college goers line up to grab their favourite snacks. Akansha Ahuja, says “Moong bhajiya, aaloo pakodas, pyaaz pakoda, paneer pakoda and mirchi pakodas are my favourites. However, it the kind of green chutney they serve is what serves them apart, because that is what adds character to the fritters.” Besides the humble pakora, aaloo kachori is yet another dish that has been doing rounds. It
Street chow is a fav!
“Baarish aaye aur noodles na bane? Impossible!” quips Yash Matai, a young entrepreneur who adds, “I love cheese noodles, Punjabi tadka noodles, peri peri flavoured and egg chow. I prefer having egg noodles, and sometimes the peri peri one too.”
From tandoori chai to filter coffee
The chai-coffee lovers are the happiest in this season as they indulge in season’s favourite tandoori chai and filter coffee. 25-year-old Mrigisha Chaudhary expresses, “I feel monsoon is incomplete without chai. And these days the craze for tandoori chai has engulfed us all. I often go on long drives with friends looking for that tiny little shack serving the perfectly brewed desi chai in the cold windy weather. Even the smallest of kiosks have started adding more flavours to tea to make it more appealing, and we are more than happy about it.”