Road bites

Food Issue 148 Mar, 2014
Text by Lizbeth Lucksom

For many of us, the excitement of traveling is directly proportional to our need for a continuous supply of snacks. To make sure you don’t fall ill during the journey, it’s best to determine what is safe to consume before venturing out. Here are a few favorites from our food list.


Dalmoth is a traditional namkeen, or savory dry snack, made from fried lentils, nuts, spices, and oil. Crispy, spicy, and a little greasy, it’s the kind of treat best enjoyed with a cold drink or a beer (or maybe not!). While it may not be the ultimate recommendation, its mix of spices will keep you awake throughout the journey and make you appreciate the long bumpy ride.

Peanuts and dried fruits: Munching on peanuts is an activity that can keep you engaged for the duration of the journey. Peanut fat is monosaturated and provides an excellent source of protein, vitamin E, and fibre. Dried fruits are the ideal healthy option, so if you’re a health freak, a packet full of pistachio, almonds, raisins and even dried prunes or apricots will work out very well. Because of their obvious benefits, dried fruits are more expensive than other snacks but are well worth the buy because they taste so good. These products are available at any supermarket (Bhatbhateni/Saleways) or convenience store.

Titaura is one unhealthy food we can’t do without. Be it the dried varieties to juicy mango or lapsi and more, life in its absence would not be the same. If you’re on a long nausea-inducing drive, dried lime titauras can really give you that much needed kick. But use your self-control button often or you’ll find yourself having to stop at every local latrine, and no one wants that.

Wai Wai: Why do we love munching on Wai Wai? It’s a question that seems to have no clear cut answer. These noodles are available everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re waiting for your next ride or walking in the summer sun, Wai Wai can rescue you from your boredom and hunger. It always fits in somehow.

Cucumber : A healthy and refreshing bite is the safest bet. A fresh slice of cucumber with a little bit of achaar (chutney) can make your journey worth the while.
Also toss in packets of local chips, cookies or biscuits, an apple or a banana, fruit juice and some sweets or a chocolate bar for the after meal.

Word up!
Elita Joshi, Nutritionist- Nirvana Wellness Centre, Jawalakhel

  • Water keeps you hydrated throughout the journey and prevents fluid retention and dehydration.
  • Herbal tea bags, lemon and ginger act as cleansers and immunity boosters. Ginger also aids in digestion.
  • Healthy snacks such as raw nuts and seeds, homemade granola and trail mix are good sources of fibre and heart healthy fat.
  • Dry roasted peas, chickpeas, soybeans and popcorn are good protein sources.
  • Essential supplements to carry would be vitamin B complex - which helps in regaining energy, stamina, recovery and stress management - and zinc, to keep your immune system strong.