Come monsoon, it gets extremely difficult to keep away from constantly gazing outside the window at the pouring rain and dreaming about how we could curl up with a hot cup of tea. The chill evenings also make us crave for some crispy, crunchy snacks to munch on. And when it comes to the latter, there are just so many options to pick from! So, we’ve gone ahead and picked out a bunch of hole-in-the-walls for you. Pick your favourite or try them all! And settle down with some hot Kattan chai!
One of the best blessings to mankind according to every foodie is chaats! And for Pavitra Kumar her biggest craving is only chaats. She says, “Be it a stormy day or just simple droplets of rain, I drive down to this chaat stall in Kalyanangar called Maa Janki Chaats. Their crunchy and steamy hot masala puri with perfectly cook chana and a spicy curry base, is one of the best chaats. You can also try the potato stuffed cutlet with a crispy crust that is garnished with sev and onions that will leave your hunger demons craving for more. While you are here you must try sev puri, gol gappa, bhel puri, aloo chaat and almost everything on the menu. A minimum ` 200 will fill two people, this is my cost effective indulgence every week this season.”
For Nandini Gopal a resident of Tippasandra, rain is her connect to her home in Kerala. She shares her monsoon pleasures and says, “Rain reminds me of home and this joint called Thattukada in HAL 3rd stage takes me to my childhood. They serve the authentic Kerala snacks like pazhampori – an easy breakfast dish fried with ripened banana and maida flour, sukhiyan or commonly called modak, banana roast, ela- ada – consists of rice packs encased in a dough made of rice flour, with sweet fillings, steamed in banana leaf, unni-appams and a lot more. These quick bites go hand in hand with their tea which is consistent and is definitely a must-try. You will not stop at one snack thanks to its pocket-friendly options starting from Rs 10.”
Speak about monsoon and the first thing that pops in Darshan Raj’s head is an assorted basket of all the fried and stuffed Indian patties. He shares, “This bajji kiosk on Malleswaram 11th cross is a landmark for the past three decades. The hot and fresh bajjis of various kinds including chilli, raw banana and potato will give you that satisfaction you deserve on a rainy day. The hot dal vadas perfectly shaped like savoury doughnuts is everyone’s guilty pleasure. The oozing and palette quenching patties are all priced within Rs 2 only.”