Food is all you can think of when the rain starts pelting on your windows and you smell the earthy smells drifting into your house. The monsoons have a tendency to fill you with a yearning for a quiet evening with books or music and, of course, food! Your stomach will have demands of its own, and it’s unfair to even refuse.
Instead of supplying yourself with the same old snacks like pakoras and samosas, these monsoons, you can try some novel food combos that will have your taste buds in a spin. You can prepare them easily and have everyone at your house try them too! Adventure in food is something you shouldn’t miss out on! Also, this is the best season to invest in insulated serveware – a few sets of casserole, flask and food jars. Here are a few classic food combinations you can try this monsoon.
1. Masala Chai and Biscuits
You can categorize Indians into two categories, people who drink tea and the people who drink coffee. Tea drinkers have to have biscuits along with it. The taste of the biscuit immersed in the mesmerizing smell of chai is just other-worldly. Oh, and it gets a lot better if it’s raining outside. Any semi-sweet biscuit will do, although Marie biscuits have a different charm.
2. Gulab Jamun and Ice Cream
This is an Indian version of brownie and ice cream. Individually, everyone absolutely loves Gulab Jamun and vanilla ice cream, but when they come together, it is a match made in heaven. Can anyone even contest that? Gulab jamuns are easily prepared, and you can easily get vanilla ice cream from outside and enjoy! Of course, nobody should stop you from having anything cold during monsoons!
3. Samosa + Maggi = Maggi Samosa
A new one? Well, it is an excellent idea to combine them both. Think of it, maggi plus samosa! Your age-old samosas have just gotten a twist, and you need to try it out! Rather than potato masala coming out, you will have Maggi oozing out of your samosas. So, give your monsoons a new twist and enjoy the rains in a new way!
4. Idli Sambar
This unbeatable combination is popular not only in India but also worldwide. Traditionally South Indian, these soft idlis and tangy sambar make a fantastic pair. Have them hot, and the bland taste of idli combined with spicy hot sambhar is going to make your tummy and taste buds very happy, especially during monsoons!
5. Butter Chicken Samosa
Again, a novelty where novelties are few and far. Butter chicken is undeniably the most loved chicken dish in India, and samosa is the most loved snack. Combining them can just be what you need! Although preparing them might take some time, the effort will be worth it. Serve them hot, and your family is going to look at you stunned with this new but yummy combo! You can count on this combination to be a regular in your house.
6. Pizza and iced tea
Just like an Italian would, Italians in India have come up with our own ingenious twist on this sacred dish by combining the glorious flavors of pizza and the delectable taste of tea into one delicious meal. And since we’re talking about tea, you might be wondering how exactly that lemon iced tea that the experts recommend goes well with a slice of pizza. And well, we’re glad you asked because not only will we show you but you can try it too and see it for yourself! The key here involves finding the right kind of citrus drink or flavor and combining it with your favorite slice so as to create flavor perfection!
7. Biryani and Masala Drinks
There ain’t no one who doesn’t love biryani! It can easily be called the most loved dish from South India. Biryani can be prepared at home or ordered online; but, the million-dollar question is, what goes perfectly with this dish? Since desi problems usually require desi solutions, an overly-sweetened soda drink might not be the right beverage to go with biryani. A masala-based drink is highly recommended for biryani. It adds to the flavor and does not nullify them that are present in the biryani. You can try Jeera soda or an apple juice-based fizzy masala drink that is bound to satisfy desi taste buds. Now, imagine this combo on a rainy day. Mouthwatering, isn’t it?
8. Lassi and Aloo Ka Paratha
This is a no-brainer. If there is anything besides chole bhature and lassi, it is lassi and aloo ka paratha. This north-Indian food combo is tried, tested, and loved for a reason. It can be ideal for a rainy afternoon lunch. To add some twist to your regular lassi, you can opt for flavored or masala lassi to go with your paratha. You can try the lassi packs that come in different flavors in the market or prepare your own. This combination is excellent for all those rainy days.
9. Dosa and Filter Coffee
When you think of dosa and chutney, you really cannot think of anything but a classic cup of hot filter coffee to go with it. A dosa meal is considered to be healthy and nutritious. Usually eaten for breakfast, a plate of dosa along with some sambhar/chutney is perfect with filter coffee. This match is indeed heavenly! Serve it hot on breezy, rainy evenings when everyone is looking forward to some munching and binging.
10. Burger and Fries
A big juicy burger can be lonely without some crispy, salty fries on the side! Although this combo comes from Mc Donald’s, it is a match whose yumminess cannot be denied. No matter what time it is, this combination can never disappoint you. You can order burgers home, or you can prepare a desi burger right in your kitchen. French fries are easy to prepare and will take almost no time.
Is your mouth already watering? No surprise there because these food combinations are everything you have been looking for! They are here to bring some spice into the dreary monsoons. Get them on your plate and enjoy them sitting on your balcony or beside the window while the thunder and lightning take over the skies. Happy monsoons, people!