monsoon recipes

Monsoon Edit: Recipes & Recommendations

There’s something so marvellously magical about the monsoons. Life takes on a wistful hint of nostalgia, peppered with petrichor – that fresh smell of the earth after it rains. Truth be told, I could spend hours ensconced by the window, gazing out as the clouds pour down to the point where one can’t tell the sea from the sky. It’s the simple pleasures which rain supreme this season, from our favourite rainy-day dishes to consoling cups of kadak chai or midnight cocoa, soundtracked by rumbling thunder and wind. In fact there are silver linings a-plenty this season and here’s a curated guide to prove it, from rainy day reads through to soul-stirring monsoon recipes cosier than your bed!


Home & Living

how to bring the outdoors in

In our latest edition of Home & Living, Sarah Sham – founder of independent design practice, Essajees Atelier – reveals her five simple tips for bringing the outdoors into your home! Whether you’re conscious about sustainability and “living green” or are simply looking to brighten up your home on a grey and monsoony day, these thoughtful insights will certainly enliven your interiors with a vibrant refresh!


Culture

rainy day reads

Curated by my bibliophilic husband R.R.M., the latest edit of the Bookclub Series gathers together a bucket list of some of the best books published in the first half of 2021. From philosophical reads to the new novella by Pulitzer-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri, this gripping selection of books is just the reason you needed to stay in bed today!


Rainy Day Recipes Cosier Than Your Bed

Of course, if you’re looking for some good old fashioned comfort – you’ll find it in soul-stirring spades across a colourful melange of monsoon-friendly recipes, from ever-so-trending K-food recipes (spicy Korean tofu anyone?) through to tea cakes to accompany that hot pot of coffee!

Asian recipes

Vegan Tom Yum Boat Noodles
An elevated vegan take on a classic Tom Yum soup, paired with rice noodles and finished with a gallimaufry of garnishes for a deliciously-satisfying one-pot meal!
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vegan tom yum soup

Creamy Vegan Peanut Ramen Bowl
A vegan take on ramen with a Thai twist. This recipe is as impressive as it is craveable on the days when you want to add colour and cathartic comfort to your table! Gussy it up with your favourite veggies, tofu and chewy ramen noodles for a well-balanced one-bowl meal.
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easy Asian recipes

Spicy Korean Tofu
Elevate your next tofu fix with a "Korean Ketchup" that is part sweet and part tangy, with a spicy slant and fiery shades of heat!
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spicy Korean tofu

Vegan Malaysian Laksa Curry
If you love Asian curries, you’ll love this Malaysian laksa recipe, shared by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Guntas.
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vegan curry recipe

Crispy Corn Curd
A classic restaurant-style Indo-Chinese dish, recreated at home! We love the crisp and golden-edged texture, foiled by the soft and creamy corn curd filling.
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Carbs on carbs on cheese

Three Cheese Mac and Cheese
This is the easiest Mac and Cheese you'll ever make with three different types of cheeses melting into a sauce that is creamy with just that right touch of stringiness! Add a crisp layer of panko breadcrumbs on top to elevate it by a few crunchy notches!
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three cheese mac and cheese

Vegan-Friendly Miso Pasta
This one-pot miso pasta is brimming with an unique depth of flavours, chief among them savoury shades of umami! The recipe is vegan-friendly – simply swap out the parmesan for vegan parm or more nutritional yeast for a completely plant-based option.
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miso pasta

Classic Cheddar Scones
These pillowy cheddar scones are best enjoyed still warm from-the-oven, as an accompaniment to your pot of afternoon tea or dunked into a hearty soup for supper!
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classic cheddar scones

Yet more comfort food

Mudadara
Also known as mujadara or moudardara, mudadara is a humble Lebanese dish made with lentils and rice, and garnished with caramelised-golden onions!
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vegetarian mudadara recipe

Spinach And Mozzarella Arancini
Masterchef Finalist & Head Chef of the Italian Embassy in London, Danilo Cortellini shares an easy vegetarian recipe for classic Italian arancini – crunchy, flavoursome rice balls stuffed with spinach and mozzarella.
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Paprika-Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Roasted pumpkin lends a cosy touch of warmth to this nourishing soup spiced with paprika. Serve it alongside rustic bread or a grilled cheese toastie for a wholesome dinner.
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Bakes for a duvet day

Dark Chocolate Roasted Pecan Babka
An eggless recipe for a soft and pillow babka stuffed with a dark chocolate ganache and toasted pecans!
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dark chocolate toasted pecan babka

This Glazed Ginger Cake Is All Kinds Of Comforting
This Glazed Ginger Cake is the epitome of comfort in the guise of a golden-brown loaf cake. Baked with jaggery – it's soft, marvellously-moist and crowned with a sticky treacle glaze for just that right dash of decadence!
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glazed ginger cake

Coffee & Chocolate Tea Cake
Spiked with a splash of coffee, this eggless cake is held up by a chocolatey crust which adds a delicate crunch to balance the sumptuously-soft texture of this quintessential tea-time treat!
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coffee & chocolate tea cake

Eggless Self Saucing Hot Chocolate Pudding
 A rich pudding with a warm molten centre, moist cakey texture and a liquid pool of chocolate floating underneath!
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eggless self saucing chocolate pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe
A quintessentially English dessert starring a marvellously-moist sponge cake fashioned from finely-chopped dates. This pud is best served hot, drenched in a naughtily-indulgent toffee sauce (homemade of course), with a swoop of vanilla ice cream or a vanilla.
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sticky toffee pudding

The Easiest Snickerdoodles Recipe
This easy recipe will have you baking snickerdoodles beyond Christmas for an edible rush of comfort enveloped by cinnamon and sugar!
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Salted Caramel Apple Crumble
This cosy Apple Crumble is rustled up with just five ingredients, chief among them Salted Caramel which adds a sweet-and-salty edge to the proceedings! We recommend baking this dessert in small ramekins and serving with scoop (or two!) of ice cream.
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Easy Mexican Churros
Is there anything as decadent as dough pastry, devilishly deep-fried until flaky and warm? This recipe for traditional Mexican churros is coated with cinnamon-sugar and best served with a chocolate dipping sauce on the side.
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