Delicious winter rainy day treats to tempt your taste buds and warm your belly.
When it’s cold and raining outside, there are two things on everyone’s mind: warm blanket and hot cup of tea. Winter rainy season can be gloomy for some but it is indeed the best time to enjoy the beauty of chilly weather.
Rainy days can be a lot more fun as we can enjoy drinking a cup of warm tea or coffee, enjoy the rain in warmer coats, read books in cozy blanket near fire or hang out with friends. But, above all, rainy weather is the perfect time to enjoy crispy and spicy food items.
In Pakistan, rainy season is generally associated with lip smacking snacks. As soon the rain starts pouring, every Pakistani literally starts craving for crunchy, savory and sweet meals like pakoras, samosas, halwa, aaloo ka paratha and of course chai!
These snacks are available at almost every street corner in Pakistan. However, many people like to cook at homes to enjoy the rainy season along with food with loved ones.
Below is our pick of the 10 mouthwatering food items that people crave for during rainy season:
Your tummy definitely starts to growl and rumble when you see the tempting triangle shaped samosas with green mint chatney on a lovely rainy day. Whether you make it at home or buy it from the vendors, samosas are the best rainy day snacks. There are different types of samosas like qeema samosa, aaloo samosa, vegetable samaosa but before eating samosas make sure you enjoy it with your favourite chatney.
There’s something about pakoras and rainy season that goes perfectly well together. These deep fried oily snacks are a favourite of Pakistanis. The taste and aroma of the pakoras with chatney make perfect combination on a beautiful rainy day. Some people prepare pakoras at home accompanied with tea and some go out to different stalls to buy for friends and family.
Chai and the rainy season is a fabulous combination and milk tea is a most favorite beverage on a rainy day because it keeps everyone toasty and warm. So on a chilly rainy day doesn’t forget to treat you in the form of Kadak Chai.
French fries are a great food to enjoy on a rainy day. Crispy french fries are a favourite of children. They are served hot as a snack and almost salted. Fries can be topped with garlic mayo, tomato ketchup, chili garlic sauce, chaat masala, cheese and much more. Either fry some at home or buy to make your day super with crispy fries when it is raining.
Gajar ka Halwa
Gajar ka halwa is one of the favourite food items to enjoy in a rainy season. It is a light dessert and it is a combination of sugar, milk, ghee and carrots. Many people cook it at home and invite their friends and family to enjoy the rain and a plate full of red halwa full of nuts and khoya.
Aaloo ka Paratha
The best lunch to have in a rainy day is a hot and crispy aaloo ka paratha. It is mostly served with plain yogurt and pickle. Many men, women and children come to the different stalls to enjoy garma garam variety of different parathas to enjoy rain. While our moms usually prefer to treat us with homemade parathas which is the best.
Winter season is nothing without different varieties of soups like chicken corn soup, hot and sour soup, Thai soup, and vegetable soup. But the taste of the warm corn soup brings soup lovers to different hotels to hit the cold and give the warmth blast to the taste buds. Corn soup is the perfect partner on a rainy day in the evening.
Demand for the different types of fish like Simon, Raho, Pamphlet, Mahsher increase in the winters as people love to eat fish to prevent themselves from cold. Fish can be seen selling on hand carts, bicycle, and stalls in every nook and corner so people can buy easily and enjoy with loved ones on a chill rainy day.
In winters, we can’t simply resist munching on dry fruits like pistachio, pine nuts, almond, walnuts, raisins, peanuts, apricot and figs. Eating dry fruit satisfies our food craving while also provide the much needed nutrients, vitamins and warmth. These nutritious and energetic food items are a must in rainy season.
Fresh hot jalebis taste ever so delicious in winter rainy season. These pretzel-shaped Pakistani sweet dipped in sugary syrup are just perfect with samosas and chai.
What food do you crave when it’s raining? Tell us in the comments section. If you have a special recipe, we would love to feature it.