Bask in the glory of ‘monsoon cuisine’ at these Delhi joints

Bask in the glory of ‘monsoon cuisine’ at these Delhi joints

By BHUMIKA POPLI | | 15 July, 2017
Delhi joints, Monsoon, Sous Chef, Pankaj Jha, Sangam courtyard, Ankit Ahuluwalia, GoBuzzinga
The inspiration for the cutting chai promotion at The Suryaa comes from an intense love of Mumbai’s monsoon culture which is enjoyed throughout India.
It is impossible to imagine monsoon rains without the cuisine they have inspired. For those wondering where to sample the food and drinks that go well with the season, Guardian 20 has curated this list of monsoon specials, best savoured on a typically overcast day.
It is impossible to imagine monsoon rains without the cuisine they have inspired. For those wondering where to sample the food and drinks that go well with the season, Guardian 20 has curated this list of monsoon specials, best savoured on a typically overcast day.

Monsoon and chai share a special bond. Without a cup or two of this uplifting steamy beverage staple, the season loses most of its charm. That’s precisely whyFrench Crust at The Suryaa serves appetising chai and pakoras in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties. An assortment comprising vegetable pakoras, mumbaiya vadapao, chicken  tikka pakoras, kheema samosas, are all served with cutting chai. Served between 3-7p.m., these tasty snacks are available at the restaurant till 31 July. 

Pankaj Jha, Sr. Executive Sous Chef, at The Suryaa says, “The inspiration for the cutting chai promotion at The Suryaa comes from an intense love of Mumbai’s monsoon culture which is enjoyed throughout India. Many would agree that the best way to enjoy monsoon is with chai. This Indian drink, when paired with pakoras and samosas, amplifies the feel of monsoon to another level. Cutting chai makes for a perfect celebration.”

A fine dine Thai restaurant located at Sangam courtyard, R.K. Puram Sector-9, has cooked up a new menu specifically for the season. With servings of sumptuously delicious corn salad in chilli lime dressing, wok-sauteed lamb in panang curry, phuket style hakka noodles, green curry infused lamb, chicken with tender bamboo shoots in sesame garlic, crispy fish dusted in cornflakes with green curry dip, one is spoiled for choice here.

Chicken Khurchan Malabari Tacos from The Flying Saucer.

The founder, Ankit Ahuluwalia, speaks to us on the concept of the monsoon menu: “As per our tagline, ‘innovative Thai kitchen’, we bring fresh asian seasonal vegetables together, discuss and create dishes and dressing based on it. After numerous food trials we have refined and finalised our dishes. Even the garnishes used are home grown. Dishes that we create depend on the demand and choices of our guests especially when the diners are regular however it should go well with the restaurant cuisine.”

Hot and steamy momos preferred by most during the rains, it is a treat when these momos are available in many variants. GoBuzzinga Momo Festival is back with its third edition in the city. Die-hard momo lovers should make a quick beeline to the DLF Mall of India, Noida as the festival is on only till July 16. 

“We Indians love our fast food and munchies, fatty or not! That is why at The Flying Saucer Café we decided to take up regular Indian snacks that we love to munch on in monsoons and gave them a tangy twist. For instance, we curated the Corn Sevpuri and Chilli Chicken Samosa as new age forms of our age old popular munchies.”

GoBuzzinga has brought together 25 of the best Momo vendors of the Delhi-NCR offering more than 100 variants of these temptingly lovely little dumplings under one roof. Their previous edition saw a humungous footfall of 40,000 people, so one can imagine its popularity. Enjoy new flavours and pick your new favourite from a choice of chocolate momos, vodka momos, changezi chicken momos, authentic darjeeling momos, veg spicy lemon momos, pan momos, shrimp momos, achaari momos and a lot more. The festival promises a good balance of steamed, fried, tandoori, gravy, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. But this is not all. The organisers have also planned some cool games and a host of other activities for the visitors. All you need to do is to visit the place. Many renowned bands and artists like Tarkash, Bismil, Saby, Parabtoj Singh, Chizai, Bhavya Raj Trioto will be performing at the festival. One can plan a group meet-up and enjoy the Delhi monsoon with Delhi’s very own beloved hot and steamy road-side snack.
 
The Connaught Place branch of The Flying Saucer Café have also churned out an array of monsoon special food. Corn Sevpuri, Jalapeno and cheese stuffed chicken sausages, chilli chicken samosa, chicken khurchan Malabari tacos are the new items on the menu. Chef Prashant Tappa says, “ We Indians love our fast food and munchies, fatty or not! That is why at The Flying Saucer Café we decided to take up regular Indian snacks that we love to munch on in monsoons and gave them a tangy twist. For instance, we curated the Corn Sevpuri and Chilli Chicken Samosa as new age forms of our age old popular munchies. Also, monsoons make all the colours around us brighter and clearer and that is what we have tried to do with the presentation and garnishing of these dishes. And that›s how the monsoon munchies came about.”

So, step out and queue up to savour the varied mouth-watering delicacies at these foodie spots and try scrumptious monsoon-inspired street food to double the joyful glee of the pattering rains.

 

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