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8 Of The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season

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I love the rains. I love how it makes the sky dull and grey and for once, you can actually look up at the clouds and admire the work of nature without being blinded by the harsh sunlight. I mean no offence to the sun, it's nice when it needs to be. But, there's something about the monsoons that really gets me upbeat; whether it's the sound that the raindrops make when they're raining over everything—no bias, whatsoever; or whether it's the smell of the muddy wet earth right after the rain has done its job; or whether it's just the sense of calm and cool that the weather brings with it during this time of the year—it's what does it for me. And then, add to this, a cup of piping hot tea and the yummiest snacks to enjoy as the rain falls outside your window. Congratulations, you are now officially in a state of bliss.

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© InsightWalk

I know you're imagining a cup of tea with the classic Indian pakoras made with besan flour and onions, cauliflowers, potatoes, or a combination of the lot of vegetables. That's what I thought, too. Until I sat down with the brilliant people at Chaayos for a cuppa and some snacks. And it was like opening pandoras box of tea-time snacks. Needless to say, I'm never tea and snacks the regular way again. But, with a lot of inspiration and recommendations taken from Chaayos, I urge you to move beyond the obvious this monsoon and try the following 8 snacks with your favourite cuppa tea, just the way you like it; and take that monsoon lovin' to a whole other level. 

1. Kulhad Chai & Pakore 

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

Yes, it seems regular; but, it really isn't. Instead of going for a regular cuppa joe, opt for some hot tea in an earthen glass and team it up with these perfectly cooked pakore that are prepared especially to compliment your monsoon fever. You're probably never having tea in your fancy china cups ever again. 

2. Cutting Chai & Bun Maska

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

So, bun maska is a Mumbai classic. You'll find it at every nook and corner and it's served with a cutting chai—the most hard-hitting cup of tea, served in a glass tumbler. It's the stuff that street food snack dreams are made of (if that's even a legit thing… I'm sure it is). And with the little blob of butter in the middle of your hot bun, just melting away to perfection and soaking into the sponge-like texture, as you sip on your cutting chai... just waiting to dig your teeth into that moreish buttery delight—heaven, is a delicacy on your plate. 

3. Desi Chai & Bun Samosa

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

If you've never tried a bun samosa, you probably don't even know what you're missing out on and I don't which is sadder—that you've never tried a bun samosa; or that you don't know what you're missing. And if you have, then well, I'm proud of your palate. A Desi chai is quintessentially is one with a good blend of Indian herbs and spices that simmer to create the most perfect cup of tea that can literally cure all illnesses in a jiffy! Now, pair that with a bun samosa, and I dare you not to feel like you can run the world! 

4. Ice Tea & A Sandwich 

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

And not just any sandwich; no. Pick out the freshest vegetables from your garden (or from the farmer's market) to create the crunchiest, juiciest sandwich that pairs so well with a glass of the most refreshing ice tea there is. This is for those of you who prefer to stay away from most hot lactose beverages and tend to wire more towards cooler smoothies and ice teas—you're healthy like that. This combination calls out to the heart in your stomach (trust me, there is one in every foodie). 

5. Honey Ginger Tea & Kaala Chana Chaat 

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

Again, to those who stay away from lactose beverages and prefer a healthier, more holistic form of tea, you should try a cup of honey ginger tea with a bowl of black sprouts, mixed with some tomatoes, onions, coriander, lime and some chaat masala sprinkled over it. You will never stop devouring this, I kid you not. 

6. Modinagar Shikanji & Matar Kulcha 

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

A special kind of shikanji, better known as lemonade in English, that is famed to be from Modinagar, in Ghaziabad; add some tea leaves to it for a smoother blend that also calms your nerves. And with this, you should try a good plate of matar kulcha. It's just about the way the flavours just blend together. You're never getting enough of it. 

7. Lemon Iced Tea & Napoli Sandwich 

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

A Napoli sandwich is an Italian style sandwich, or sub, if you want to call it (because it looks like one). And teamed with a tall glass of lemon-flavoured iced tea, you could lose yourself, quite literally. This is the most delish combination when it comes to choosing a tea that's not hot and not lactose. With the juicy and chunky sandwich that your teeth can just sink into, and the iced tea that just adds to the flavour, you're sorted, mate! 

8.  Paneer Paratha & Iced Tea (Or Cutting Chai)

The Best Food And Tea Combinations For Every Chai Lover To Try This Monsoon Season© Chaayos

Honestly, who doesn't love paneer parathas? I don't think I love paneer that much in any other form. . And it goes equally well with a glass of iced tea, or even a cup of cutting chai for those of us who simply can't get  over our love for piping hot tea in the monsoon. 

At the end of it all, you're free to mix and try different foods with different kinds of teas. And maybe if you some killer combinations of your own, you can share those with me, too! I can't wait to hear about it and try it for myself.

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