Take a rain check!

Well, it seems Mumbai has got the monsoons right on time! It’s good as the city has been facing a water problem. So as the monsoon progresses let’s be alert and take a check on our ‘rain care’. I would suggest wear cool clothing. Choose cool light weight materials that dry fast. Wear good, supportive rainy wear shoes as the roads are slippery, sometimes waterlogged and full of potholes. Keep an eye on potholes, open drains or manholes when you are out on the street. If you are working, it is wise to leave an extra set of clothes and shoes in your office in case you are drenched in the rain. Keep some wet tissues in your purse and use them to wipe away grime and sweat. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself well hydrated. You could have plenty of boiled/filtered water. Lemonade, khus sherbet, and rose sherbet are all excellent cooling agents that reduce heat stress and are refreshing as well.

Monsoons usually see slack business for roadside vendors of foods like cut fruits, juices, snacks, fried foods, chaat, gol guppas, and water/milk based drinks. If you really must eat out — choose a place known for its good hygiene and quality food, but try to steer clear of curd and curd-based preparations, salads, fermented and raw preparations. Bacterial growth increases rapidly during a hot and humid weather. Ask for branded, sealed bottled water in case you are not carrying your own supply.

A special check list before you leave home:

• Always carry enough cash and don’t forget your umbrella or raincoat.
• Always keep your vehicle’s fuel tank reasonably full or use a local cab which is reliable.
• Keep your mobile phone charged at all times and carry your phone charger along.
• Carry a bottle of water and a snack with you.
• Always keep your family informed in case you are stuck anywhere in the rain.

Recently Chef Sokhi conducted a couple of Wonderchef demonstrations and one recipe of Biryani with Khazana Chatak Chilli Pickle became an instant star! In fact using the masala of a pickle to cook theplas is something that my mother in law does frequently. She takes about half a teaspoonful of a spicy pickle (like garlic) and kneads it into the dough. Yes, you might have to add a bit more masalas and oil but the taste of the theplas is superb. I have some more ideas here that have the pickle flavour! Also as school reopens in some states, how about some cupcakes for your little ones?

Fish tikka achari
Achari Aloo
Chocolate Banana Cupcake

Happy Cooking
Sanjeev Kapoor.

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