We Indians love Chai (or tea, just for the sake of it!)! In fact, we love chai so much that we consume it like a second substitute for water. Be it just after waking up, before emptying the bowels (gross!), with breakfast, after breakfast, during noon and I am sure you get the gist, we want tea for every crucial step of the day. Though a few people have now shifted to coffee, still the tea consuming part is just too huge.
We Indians are almost literally addicted to tea! And don’t think that we can only drink the ‘kulhar chai’ sold on the densely populated streets of our country, we consume every type Chai there is and can be.
So, for us Indians, Chai is love!
Now, obviously, being such an integral part of our day, Chai is a definite conversation starter, like cigarettes. And when in the luxury of place, affordability, time and availability, we like to garnish the moment with snacks, sometimes anything and sometimes lip-smackingly mouth-watering.
So, to enlighten those who haven’t yet tried these delicious snacks which can turn chai-time to heaven-time, this article brings 5 mind-bogglingly amazing Indian dishes! For those who have tried except for these dishes, feel free to learn that you’ve been doing it wrong all this while (!)!
1) Pakora: We Indians know our fried stuff! Be it onions, cauliflower, potato, brinjal (eggplant) etc., we can make fries out of almost anything, and the best part is that all of them taste excellent. Though, to be a little biased, onion fries (‘pyaaz ke pakore’) taste the best with chai!
P.S.: Don’t forget to sprinkle some black salt over the pakoras. Enhances the taste like anything!
2) Bhujia (chaat): Oh my God! One of the most easily available chai time snacks is bhujia, but what is so mouth-watering about it? Well, though even plain and simple bhujia is appetizing enough with chai, you can easily blend it into a chaat in just 5 minutes! Chop some onions and tomatoes (and sausage, if you want) finely and add some salt and red chilli powder and cumin powder to it. Add lemon according to your taste. Mix. Add bhujia. Mix again. THE perfect snack for chai time!
P.S.: There is a whole list of appetizing chai snacks with bhujia, try them all! Especially, puffed rice-bhujia and poha-bhujia combo!
3) Vada Pav-mirchi-crispies: The Maharashtrians know what I am talking about! That sensation of chilli and the combination of chai with it is just unique! First of all, Vada pav in itself in delicious, then comes the fried and salted green chilli which creates that sensation which superbly complements the succeeding sip of tea which should finally be followed by some crispies and another sip of tea! Makes my mouth water, just talking and thinking about it!
4) Samosa and Kachori: When talking about snacks for chai time, it is almost a crime not to mention samosa and kachori. Though samosa is usually univariate, kachori is multivariate almost everywhere in India. Have it in form of a chaat, simply with chutney or with aloo ki sabzi, this desi namkeen rocks your chai time in every way with the kickass part being the crunch of the first bite! Call me a romantic.
5) Bread dhokla: Well, most of you might not have even heard the name of this gem! Bread dhokla is a spicy (literally, not Indian ‘spicy’) combination of quarter pieces of bread and onions and tomatoes! Excellent in taste, its flavours perfectly blend with the tea and are a delightful combination especially when you want to have a long conversation or gossip! For those who like soft snacks, can have it a little overcooked and as it is, and for those who like their snacks crisp, they can pan fry the bread pieces a bit, and again for those who like a combo of both, simply add some bhujia or other crispies!
To be honest, to say that these are better than the rest would be completely wrong. Chai time snacks is a rather private affair for us Indians!!