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These 10 Food Items are Popular with Indians and not to be missed this Monsoon!

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-by Surbhi Dhawan

June 26, 2017:  Monsoon season is around the corner and some areas are already experiencing showers in India. The scorching heat does not let people enjoy out in the bright sun. Rain brings relief to the nature lovers. Rain makes people forgo the comfort of their four walls. They sit in their balcony and open their windows to enjoy the cool breeze, sound of rain drops and the sweet fragrance of wet soil.

This pleasure is accompanied by some enticing and mouth watering food. Every chunk of  India has their own delicacies to gratify their taste buds. NewsGram brings you the most favorite and popular food items of Monsoon.

  • The word ‘Pakoda’ can’t be separated from the rainy season. Potato, mix vegetable, chilly, cheese, spinach and onion mixed with different kinds of flour like chickpea, corn flour and all purpose flour. Bread pakora and crunchy onion pakoda are more preferred by certain people. Adding spice and chilly to sizzling hot pakodas enhance its flavor. They are best served with chutney and tea.

 

  • Call it Corn, Bhutta or Chaali, it’s a must have in rainy season. The hot smoked corn in a contrasting cool and pleasant weather is such a relaxation. Some prefer char grilled corn while some other likes it as cooked by the hot sand. Sometimes small pieces of corns are separated from root and served individually. Corn is usually purchased from the street vendors during the monsoons.

    Corns being roasted
  • Sabudana vada / Sabudana tikki/ Sago vada is an authentic dish of Maharashtrian cuisine. It’s a deep fried snack served with spicy green chutney and hot tea. Sabudana vada are also consumed by people during fasts. Arrival of monsoons calls for some crispy sabudana tikki, which satisfies you fully instead of being a light snack.

    Sabudana Snack

 

  • Indian children and youngsters are a fan of Noodles. Nothing can satisfy them more than homemade noodles. People add different vegetables and spices according to their taste and enjoy every bit of it.

  •  ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a prominent name in Guajarati cuisine. The different kind of combination of salty fafda with sweet jalebi makes a mouth watering snack in monsoon. Fafda consisting of gram flour, spices and water are deep fried in oil. Jalebi is a deep fried snack made of all purpose floor, dipped in sweet sugar syrup. This dish should be not missed this monsoon.
    ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a Gujarati delicacy

     

  • Hot soup is a very healthy option during monsoons. The chill you experience after getting wet in rain is comforted by these soups. The soups range from very basic tomato to various multi-ingredient soup. It also includes mix vegetable, fish, chicken, and south Indian rasam.
  • Dhokla is another dish for Gujarat. Dhokla is a light snack which can be enjoyed in morning and evening as a breakfast. It is prepared by rice and chickpea flour and served with green chilies at the top. This dish can also be consumed by health conscious people as it is a steamed dish.

    Dhokla
  • Pyaaz Kachori is one of the favorite’s snacks of north Indians. These are deep fried, stuffed with onion and other vegetables, and served with sweet and sour mint and sweet date chutney. It is a very prominent food item in North India.

    North Indian Snack Pyaaz Kachori
  • Kheer is known to be a very royal dish of Indian cuisine. Its sweet rice pudding served on special occasions. Malpua is an Indian pancake which is used as an item of sweet and dessert in India. The platter consisting maalpua and kheer will leave you spellbound, the moment you will taste it.

    The Dessert of the season
    Kheer
  • Fruit Salad: Fruits are a very healthy source of nutrients. Monsoon also brings a lot of allergies, infections, and indigestion problems along with relaxing and pleasant weather. Litchi, plum, cherries, peach and pomegranate, pear, banana, papaya will keep your immune system strong which protects you from diseases.

    Super beneficial fruits
  • Don’t forget to include these food items in your monsoon diet which will keep you happy and healthy.

-by Surbhi Dhawan. Twitter @surbhi_dhawan

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Save Skin During Monsoon, Avoid Smokey Eyes

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower have listed a few tips:

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A good moisturising face mask just before going to bed helps in getting rid of dry skin. Pixabay

Waterproof cosmetics may be available in the market and probably even get the job done, but most of these products are chemical-based. Options like aromatherapy and other natural skin care solutions can save your skin better during the monsoon, say experts.

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower have listed a few tips:

* During monsoon, people with oily skin must use astringent. People with dry to normal skin can use a toner, which is ideal just after washing face with cold water. This works well to open the pores of skin and remove all pollutants from the face.

* A good moisturising face mask just before going to bed helps in getting rid of dry skin.

* Rain brings added moisture, and with it, skin issues. It is very important, therefore, to keep it clean. However, instead of using harsh soaps, try using natural oils to nourish it instead. A variety of oils have antimicrobial properties, like neem oil, which will benefit the skin in the long run.

* Avoid heavy make-up and dark eyes in monsoon. Smokey eyes are a strict no. Curl eyelashes and use waterproof mascara instead of a regular one to prevent smudging. Fresh colours of pink, red, orange, light brown and nude are great for the season.

* In the rainy season, added moisture brings out the oil from underneath the skin causing face to appear tired, and could also cause acne. To avoid this, do a special cleanse every day using essential oils meant for oily skin. These include jojoba, tea tree, and lavender, to name a few.

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Eyebrows and eyelashes need particular care when the skies are cloudy. Pixabay

First, wash your face with warm water then gently rub a few drops of oil into your skin. Wait a few minutes and clean using a warm microfiber cloth. This removes the excess oil and nourishes your skin from within.

* Waterproof make-up is great, but do remember that it may be induced with chemicals that often harm the skin. Instead of merely washing or wiping it off, use carrier oil like olive oil or almond oil to remove the make-up from your body. Do not use harsh soaps as the skin gets a double beating from both the soap and the make-up.

* Maintaining healthy lips in monsoon may become a little tricky even if waterproof or non-transferable types of lipsticks are used. Use a bit of jasmine or lavender oil on the lips before applying lipstick. This will act as a natural layer of lip balm.

Also Read: Tips to Deal with Frizzy Hair

It also acts as a foundation for the lipstick and avoids potential damage to lips.

* Eyebrows and eyelashes need particular care when the skies are cloudy. Go in for regular threading sessions and reduce or completely avoid eyebrow pencils.

For eyelashes, a few drops of castor oil applied to the roots of your eye lashes will make them grow thicker and longer, making them look more natural and beautiful. Rubbing some rosemary oil or lavender oil onto the eyebrows can also help promote their growth after the threading sessions. (Bollywood Country)