It is monsoon season in India right now. While I love the rain, I prefer to be a spectator rather than be outdoors getting soaked in the deluge. It is amazing how hot, muggy India is transformed by the rain! Temperatures drop dramatically and as the skies open up, everything looks washed clean, fresh and renewed.
My favorite thing to do when it's pouring outside, is settle down with a steaming cup of Masala Chai (spiced tea). Nothing goes as well with Masala Chai as a plate of piping hot Bhajias (fritters)! If you are looking to spice things up a bit, Mirchi Ka Pakoda (chilli Bhajias) - pictured above - is the way to go. While Bhajias are 'technically' snack food, Bread Pakoda Sandwich, a cross between a Bhajia and a sandwich, is so filling, it can easily be eaten as a meal!
It's actually raining right now where I live and all this talk of Chai and Bhajias has got me excited to go and make some. Why don't you give them a shot too? Enjoy.
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