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7 Best Food in Train Options

7 Best Food in Train Options

There was something special about those childhood rail journeys when the windows of the train compartment were not blocked by double glass and the passengers sitting in the sleeper coach looked like a big family. How excitedly we looked forward to those visits when mom packed us special food to keep us covered! We still eat those foods on the train, but they lack the warmth and flavour that they had when mother served them on the train on paper plates and sometimes on newspapers.

Eating delicious homemade food on train is no longer a dream. While travelling, you can still have your favourite dishes with the help of e-catering food delivery in trains.

Just download railway food apps to order food in train journeys like Food on Track, RailMitra, RelFood, Domino’s and order food on trains.

Enjoy healthy and delicious food while looking at the beautiful landscape passing by through the windows, thanks to technology which has made it possible to order food in trains online.

7 Food in Trains You Can Order Online
Here are the 7 best food options in trains that make your journeys so special.

1.    Idli and Sambhar
If you love fermented foods and understand the immense benefits it brings to your health, then you must order Idli in trains.

It is a five-ingredient dish that originated in South India and spread to the rest of India. Idli is a soft and puffed steamed cake made from fermented rice and a lentil solution. They are one of the healthiest packed breakfasts of South Indian cuisine. Idli is easily digested, as rice and lentils (dal), are ground fermented, and then prepared by steaming the batter. These are served with chutney and sambar.

Idli is considered the healthiest food due to its unique method of preparation which increases the bioavailability of nutrients in urad dal and rice. By soaking the lentils, dipping in the slurry and fermentation, the nutrients value gets increased and they are still preserved as the idli is cooked for a short time with steam. This is why it is suitable for everyone, from children and people on diet and the elderly, who have generally poor digestion.

2.    Paratha and Curd
Parathas are one of the most popular flatbreads in the Indian subcontinent that you can order in trains. They are made by cooking or baking whole wheat flour on a griddle and finishing with shallow frying. Parathas are thicker and tastier than Chapatis/Rotis.

Paratha can be eaten as a breakfast dish or as a tea-time snack. Perhaps the most common stuffing for parathas is mashed, spiced potato (aloo ka paratha), Sattu Paratha followed by dal (lentils).

A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten with a spread of butter or chutney, pickle, ketchup, curd or raita, or vegetable. Some roll the parathas into a tube and eat with tea.

You can also order this delicious breakfast food on trains from RailMitra.

3.    Dhokla and Chutney
Dhokla is a traditional Gujarati cuisine. It is mainly made of rice and gram grains. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a staple meal, separately or as a light meal. Khaman Dhokla is a famous version of it and coconut chutney is used with it. There are different types of dhoklas prepared with different ingredients and ratios of chickpeas such as Khatta Dhokla, Rava Dhokla, Khandvi Dhokla, Chickpeas Dhokla, Besan Dhokla etc.

4.    Tamarind Rice and Sambar or Chutney
Tamarind Rice is a common rice preparation in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. Tamarind rice is cooked in oil with tamarind and jaggery and then mixed with spices and curry leaves. Tamarind Rice has a slightly sour-sweet taste. It remains fresh for two days. Therefore, many South Indian travellers carry home-made tamarind rice during long journeys.

You can make this instant ready dish and eat it at lunch. You can also serve tamarind rice with sambar or coconut chutney.

5.     Namak Para
Namak para, eaten in the Indian subcontinent, is also known as Nimki or Nimkin (or Namkeen). It is sometimes called Mathri in some parts of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Namak para is ribbon-like pastry (made of refined flour, oil and water). It is prepared in pure ghee (clarified butter) or any oil with ajwain and cumin (jeera). It requires about 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Appearance, taste and texture can be compared to samosa pastry. Namak para is one of the favourite snacks to order in trains by most Indians.

6.    Green Chutney Sandwich
You can carry this delicious chutney sandwich with you during your journey, which is better than the street food you get. This sandwich can be prepared easily and it will not take you much time. All you need are some braided bread slices - add some green chutney in between to enjoy spicy flavour during your trip. You can store it in an airtight container and it will stay fresh for about 3-4 hours.

7.    Paneer Bhurji
Paneer Bhurji is another very popular dish that you can carry with you on the train. It is made from paneer and a mixture of spices. You can pack them with some rotis, bread, pav, poori or parathas. You can also use it as stuffing for your saddle rolls, bread rolls, or sandwiches. It is very easy to make before your trip. To make it even healthier, you can add some vegetables like peas, carrots and capsicum. Leafy greens will also work.

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