When the skies turn dark and there is an incessant downpour, few things can work more magic than food. Indeed, food uplifts the mood instantly and is the best antidote to monsoon blues. Piping hot and steaming food is synonymous with this weather and the options can be endless. Bhajiyas, khichdi, corn on the cob, momos, are typical choices. Go ahead and have these by all means, but give them a twist this monsoon and be adventurous enough to try out some other innovative dishes too. My top 5 picks to set my palate tingling during the Mumbai monsoons.
Pakodas or Bhajiyas at The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Normal is boring. 'Chef Thomas Zacharias' at The Bombay Canteen surely believes that. Expect to enjoy 5 fun Pakodas and 4 new Hennessey-infused Toddies that are sure to lift your spirits. Blooming Onion Pakoda served with fiery, red, chilli chutney and the crunchy channa dal and Poi Saag Vada, to be eaten with the creamy rajma hummus, are a rare treat.
Chingri Bharta Vada Pao
The Bengal inspired mustard oil laced Chingri Bharta Vada Pao, served with Tamarind Chutney and Besan Chura, will render you speechless.
Dim Sums at Yauatcha, BKC
A plate of dim sums can be comforting in any season and more so in the monsoons. The newly introduced range of dim sums at Yauatcha can be a treat for your taste buds. Steamed Sticky Rice with Water Chestnuts, Shimeji Mushroom and Black Fungus in lotus leaf, Steamed Sticky Rice with Chicken in lotus leaf – prove to be a melange of flavours and textures. There are options galore for vegetarians too.
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Esquite at Xico, Lower Parel
Corn never tasted so good ever before. Drop the usual corn on the cob for a change and try the Charred Corn Kernels with Chipotle Mayonnaise and Cortijo Cheese. This medley of flavours in a bowl, created by 'Chef Jason', simply melts in the mouth and perks up the taste buds. Well-spiced, it teases your palate and rejuvenates you instantly. Trust me this one is addictive.
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Ramen bowls at The Fatty Bao, Andheri West
Nothing can be more comforting than a bowl of soupy noodles in this weather. 'Chef Prasanth' from The Fatty Bao, brings from across Asia - an array of ramen bowls to choose from. Mee Bakso - meatballs with broth, vegetables and rice vermicelli, from Indonesia will set your taste buds tingling.
Chinese Chicken Mixian
And, if seafood is your calling, relish the hearty, Taipei Oyster Noodles - seafood stock, poached oyster meat and somen noodles from Korea. The simple, Northern Thai Khao Soi Noodles, are equally comforting.
Khichdi at Soam, Babulnath
The Masala Fada Khichdi with Kadhi is the ultimate meal this season. Spicy and deeply satisfying, the well-balanced flavours, set it apart. The variety of textures and flavours ensures a roller-coaster ride for the palate. Relish this as you watch the rain lashing on the window-panes.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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