By Nmami Agarwal
Tired of your daily schedule? Looking for a new environment? Well, picking the desired destination is a stupendous decision! We got you covered, this winter season with the two most tremendously amazing vacation spots across the world. The first is Singapore- ranking second in economic and one of the most desirable place to be at especially during New Year! Located in South-East Asia, Singapore has so much to offer in terms of cuisine, world-class attractions. And the second is Lonavla- a popular hill station close to Mumbai and Pune with lots of waterfall, lakes and hills around.
So, let’s get started with the vagabonding to Singapore and Lonavla!!!
Singapore’s Melting Pot Of Food Culture
Good food makes our travel more memorable and also the most important question in our travel diaries. Wherever we travel it’s the food that makes us connect with our destination. Therefore, we are here with some Singapore’s melting pot of food culture and cuisines with a rich heritage of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences.
A Food Guide That You Can’t Miss!
- Kaya Toast & Soft-Boiled Eggs: This dish is touted as one of the healthiest breakfast in Singapore. Choose your bread as per your preference and ask for organic kaya (coconut jam). This Recipe combines two simple Ingredients- perfectly cooked soft eggs and toast spread with kaya (coconut jam). When in Singapore you simply cannot miss this.
Nutrition Inside: Contains egg that will provide protein and will keep you full for the day. Eggs have vitamin A and essential nutrients.
- Fish Head Bee Hoon: Considered to be one of the healthy foods of Singapore. This soup based fish dish is served hot along with noodle of your choice.
Nutrition Inside: An Important source of omega 3. This dish will make your travel guilt-free.
- Baked Popiah: It’s tasty and with lots of vegetables, baked Popiah is a dish that you can savor any time. It’s undoubtedly healthy and usually filled with vegetables!
Nutrition Inside: Has no cholesterol and are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and C.
- Soon Kueh: This dumpling is filled with a fragrant mixture of shredded bamboo, turnip and dried shrimps wrapped in a smooth tapioca flour skin.
Nutrition Inside: Hold back the sweet sauce and this dish gives you the best of turnip and shrimp that provides vitamin K, selenium and vitamin B 12.
One-time indulgence is allowing oneself to enjoy the pleasure of food which is considered to be not so good in health book. As we say one-time indulgence won’t make or break your healthy menu.
So here is a list of food that you can savor for one time!!!
- Bak Chor Mee: This is a noodle dish with minced meat, a signature vinegary braised sauce that adds some wetness. Comes in two version dry and soup.
- Satay: A dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served along with a spicy peanut sauce dip, or peanut gravy, served with slices of lontong or ketupat.
- Nasi Lemak: Once a breakfast dish is now served in lunch and dinner, comes in many variations is a dish of fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf.
Food Culture of Lonavala
Best time to visit Lonavala is the months of October till March the official peak season, where the winter is equipped with a chilly breeze and pleasant sunshine. The temperature in this season varies between eleven to twenty five degrees Celsius and is decent for sightseeing.
In Lonavala, you can enjoy mouth-watering and enjoyable South-Indian, Chinese, North-Indian, Continental and even tastier local cuisine. There are numerous eating places in Lonavala to satisfy your stomach and spirit. Besides the restaurants, you can also give try to road-side shops and dhabas. The foods are prepared here with perfect preparation method to completely satisfy their consumers.
Lonavala’s Must Try Dishes
- Puran Poli: The delectable puran poli is a sweet version of our loving paranthas. The stuffing of this parantha is prepared from jaggery (gur), yellow gram (chana dal), plain flour, cardamom powder, and clarified butter (ghee). This excellent cereal pulse combination provides good quality proteins and iron from jaggery.
Nutrition Inside: This dish is a good source of carbs, fiber, protein, iron and magnesium found in channa dal and gur.
- Ragda Patties: It’s yet another lip-smacking street food in Lonavala which is prepared by using curried dried peas and patties. A balanced snack made of Potatoes and dried peas and tomato-onion salad and then topped with chaat chutneys, crispy sev and cilantro.
Nutrition Inside: Again, offering must needed bodily nutrients like carbs, protein, fiber and vitamins.
- Sreekhand: Is a type of sweet yoghurt dish, which is flavored with cardamom powder and saffron. It is usually served with hot puris and is another Maharashtra recipe that is well-known all over the country.
Nutrition Inside: Provides many health benefits and important nutrients to the body like calcium, phosphorus, Vitamins B1, B2 and B12.
- Poha: This chai-time snack is made out of flattened rice which is a favorite breakfast food and a good source of instant energy as it is rice based and it will stave off hunger cravings. This versatile dish can be prepared in numerous ways and the most common variant is kanda poha which is made with onions.
Nutrition Inside: Along with having the great taste it also offers vitamin B1 and hence, aids in stabilizing blood sugar. Peanuts are usually added in poha preparation which is a good source of antioxidants and protein.
- Bhelpuri: Bhelpuri is a savory snack common in Lonavala region and is found in abundance on local streets. It is prepared from puffed rice, vegetables and a tamarind sauce for a tangy taste. This healthy snack will tickle your taste buds and is a healthy option if you are watching your waistline on the go.
Nutrition Inside: A good assortment of carbs, protein, B vitamins, thiamine, riboflavin along with dietary fibers and mineral found the veggies used in it.
- Pav Bhaji: Your trip to any amchi Maharashtra state is incomplete without this dish! In which fresh and thick slices of bread, cooked in butter is served with a delicious mix of spiced vegetables which provide a source of source of nutrients and additional benefits making it a super food. The lip-smacking pav bhaji has won the heart of every Indian!
Nutrition Inside: Veggies used to prepare bhaji have significant amount of nutrients such as antioxidant, beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin and much more.
- Chikki: The famous sweet of Lonavala is Chikki which is available in different varieties. The most common type of chikki that is available in the market is Peanut chikki which is known to have anti-inflammatory effects thus, preventing the diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
Nutrition Inside: Peanuts are abundant in the vitamins like niacin, folate, pantothenic riboflavin, thiamin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper and selenium.
Over to you
As Henry Miller said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”. Try new things out, when on vacation. Indulge in local activities and plan everything in advance to save your time and money while keeping your health goals in mind and indulging in healthiest foods available there.