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?