Yayy! It’s finally JUNE and my favourite season of the year – Monsoon, is here. I’m sure many of us love this season because it’s so refreshing and everything around us looks so green and beautiful. Not to overlook the chilled weather, which makes us want to envelop ourselves in a warm blanket, all day long. Moreover, there is not a lot we can do during the 2020 Monsoons due to the pandemic that has locked us down.
But there is a lot that you can do indoors, like watching a movie or perhaps just starring at the rain drops twirling down the leaves with a nice, hot cup of Chai (that’s what I usually do). Monsoon is incomplete without Chai and some other hot & crunchy bites which will surely make your boring-quarantined monsoon, cheerful. Well, I suggest you give a shot to at least 3 out of these 5 monsoon snacks – thank me later.
5 Monsoon Lockdown Snacks
1. Kanda Bhaji
This is like a traditional snack for the monsoons – yeh nahi toh kuch nahi! I’m sure that you have, at least once in your lifetime, made some nice & crispy Kanda Bhaji to enjoy this delightful season. The Kanda Bhaji recipe is simple and easy-to-make.
Imagine munching on some hot and crunchy Kanda Bhaji with a cup of tea (I would prefer ‘Adrak ki Chai’) while you sit by the door and watch the overwhelming showers. More than a snack, this is a ‘feeling’. Don’t you think?
Here’s the recipe if you haven’t prepared Kanda Bhaji before…
1 cup Besan (Chick pea flour)
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 Sliced Onions
Coriander leaves (Finely chopped)
Salt to taste
A pinch Baking soda
1. Slice 1 or 2 onions based on your requirement, finely.
2. Transfer these into a deep bowl and add besan, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, chilli powder and salt. (You can add finely chopped green chillies for a little spicy flavour)
3. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
4. Keep adding water gradually until the besan coats the onions thoroughly.
5. Heat oil in a pan and drop a pinch of the kanda bhaji mixture to check if the oil is sufficiently heated.
6. Now, keep adding a spoonful of the kanda bhaji mixture and let it fry (flip once turned light brown). Deep fry until golden brown in colour from all sides.
7. Take them out of the pan and place them on a napkin to absorb the oil.
8. Kanda Bhaji are ready to serve with a hot cup of Chai.
2. Cheese Balls
For all the cheese lovers – make it special with some yummy cheese balls (I’m drooling already). The burst of flavours with some lip-smacking molten cheese in your mouth is simply mesmerising.
Cheese balls are easy to make (basically made with potato and cheese) and you can enjoy this monsoon snack with your hot cup of tea on a rainy evening. I’ve been inspired to make this snack from Goa’s very famous Veg. Food Blogger, Veg Food Trails and here is the recipe that you can jot down to try out some yummy cheese balls while you’re locked at home this monsoon
3. Banana Fritters
Want to find the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth during the lockdown in monsoons? Nothing compared to a plate of hot & golden-fried Banana Fritters.
Prepared with the sweetest bananas and aromatic vanilla essence, this snack is a perfect match for your high tea while you dig into your irresistible plate of banana fritters all the way down to the last bite.
Banana fritters, yet again, are easy to prepare and you can find the recipe right here on my Instagram!
4. Corn Chaat
How about some mouth-watering corn chaat? Nothing can beat the taste of sweet corn during this season. ‘Gulping down some crispy corn kernels, with a tangy flavour’ – wow, I can already feel my taste buds wanting it! We definitely miss going by the seashore and munching on a coal-fried corn or corn chaat, but we are helpless right now, which calls for preparing homemade corn chaat.
Corn Chaat is the most simple and easy-to-make evening snack, perfect to accompany you during the monsoon-lockdown.
5. Jackfruit Chips
Homemade snacks are always health – at least during these days where it is difficult to get hygienic and healthy food. The pandemic has definitely awakened the little chefs in us, then why not try something exciting and crunchy like the Jackfruit Chips.
A summer fruit which lasts until the onset of monsoons (the Jackfruit), can be used for various purposes and one of them is this crunchy snacks that you can savour during the rainy evenings to go along with your cup of tea.
Again, this is a very straightforward recipe and our food blogger known as Kitchen Frame on Instagram, has shared this delightful recipe with us.
1 Raw (or half-ripe) Jackfruit
½ litre Oil
1 ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Salt
Water as required
1. Cut the jackfruit and remove the flesh. Deseed this.
2. Now, slice the flesh of the jackfruit longitudinally to get long slices
3. Add turmeric powder and mix well
5. Heat oil in a frying pan and add these jackfruit slices to it (deep fry)
5. Keep stirring from time to time to avoid the slices from sticking together
6. Once the slices are completely fried, remove with the help of a strainer, and transfer them to a paper napkin
7. Sprinkle some salt and serve with ketchup
Tip: You can add a pinch of red chilli powder to make then spicy. These can be stored in air-tight container for a long time.
So, what are you waiting for? The rains have started pouring heavily and the wind is wailing, calling for a perfect evening snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee to make your lockdown a little more exciting during this monsoon in Goa.