10 Dishes To Try During The Monsoons In India

OT Staff

Bombil Bhujna

Bombay duck, a pride of Maharashtra, is versatile and features in many dishes. One popular recipe is bombil bhujna, a coriander and green chilli curry. This flavorful fish dish celebrates the monsoons and is a must-try for seafood enthusiasts.

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Parippu Vada

The rains and fried snacks share a timeless bond, especially in Southern states where parippu vadas are popular. These wholesome fritters, made from lentils like chana and toor daal mixed with onions, ginger, and spices, offer a delicious golden brown treat that perfectly complements rainy weather.



Aamat, a warm bowl of comfort is a staple in Chhattisgarh, where traditional recipes feature gondi and kareel (bamboo shoots). Modern versions incorporate chillies, curry leaves, cloves, and spice powders for a richer flavour.


Singhade Ki Sabzi

Monsoons bring relief, and the risk of colds, so nutritious foods are essential. Delhi's singhade ki sabzi is a perfect example, made with water chestnuts, mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, aamchur, and besan. This healthy dish helps bolster the body's defences against the weather.

Muya Awandru

Tripura elevates its cuisine with a rice flour-based gravy that can include snails. The dish features bamboo shoots, fermented fish (berma), and chilli peppers, garnished with parsley leaves. Fermented fish is a staple in Tripuri dishes, prized for its health benefits and oil-free preparation.



Roasted corn on the cob is a monsoon delight. Standing on a rain-soaked street, waiting for the vendor to roast the corn, evokes an old-world charm. The aroma, butter dribbling down the yellow kernels, and a dash of lime make the monsoons feel magical.



Chaat and rain share a special significance. This flavourful mix of fried puris, paapads, zesty tamarind sauce, and spicy mint water perfectly complements the rain. The contrast between the spicy chaat and the soothing rain creates an experience to be savoured and enjoyed.



Samosas are the perfect snack with crispy triangular shells filled with spiced potatoes and peas. Best savoured piping hot, these pockets of deliciousness offer a delightful treat.



During the monsoon season, pakode are a staple, made from vegetables like onion, cauliflower, potato, and brinjal. These vegetables are dipped in gram flour batter and fried to perfection, creating a delightful and crispy treat.


Sol Kadhi

Sol kadhi is a monsoon staple in Goan households. This bright pink drink is an ideal palate cleanser, soothing the stomach and offering relief from the humid weather. Key ingredients include kokum, coconut milk, and a tempering of cumin seeds and garlic.


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