The monsoons bring in a lot of rain, gloom, and a whole lot of staying indoors. But it is also the perfect season to indulge in some hot, crisp pakodas, freshly made soup, crunchy bhel and more. Not only are they delicious, they also make a great and convenient snack anytime you can’t go out due to the rains.
Here are some of the best monsoon recipes you need to try out:
1. Veg Manchow Soup
If anything makes a rainy day better, it is a freshly made bowl of Veg Manchow Soup. Filled with the goodness of multiple vegetables, this recipe makes for an ideal snack, or even a pre-meal filler. All you need to do is take a large kadhai and heat 2 tablespoons oil, and sauté ginger, garlic, and chilli. Add chopped onions and sauté till it softens. Then add carrot, cabbage, capsicum, beans, and chopped coriander leaves. Stir fry for a minute before adding 4 cups of water and ¾ teaspoon of salt. Mix well, then add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, ½ teaspoon of pepper powder, and 1 teaspoon chilli sauce. Add cornflour and more water if necessary and continue to stir until it becomes thick and glossy. Serve hot in a bowl, topped with some noodles.
2. Kanda Bhaji
This is a must have during any rainy day. All you need to do is slice onions and dip it in a mixture of gram flour, water, chilli powder, and crushed coriander seeds with a little oil. Mix it well until the onion slices are coated well with the gram flour mixture. Deep fry the bhajis in hot oil. Serve with chilli or with ketchup and with a cup of hot tea for the best flavour.
3. Sabudana Vada
If you are looking for a non-deep fried monsoon snack recipe, then this is the perfect one for you. Soak the sabudana overnight and keep aside. Take boiled potatoes and crumble them. Roast some peanuts, and mix everything together. Add chopped chilies, ginger, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and lime to taste. Make patties out of the mixture and air fry them. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.
4. Corn Bhel
If anything is easily available during the monsoons, it is corn. If you’re not eating them off the cob, the next best thing you can do is to make corn bhel. Boil corn and keep it aside. Chop onions, tomatoes, boiled sprouts and add a dash of lemon, pepper and salt to the mixture. Add the corn to the bhel and top it up with some fresh coriander leaves for a healthy snack.