Crunch your way with these 8 local snacks
Written by: Akriti Koirala
Road trips can be an astounding experience for anyone who is interested in exploring themselves. And, on top of that, a bike trip is more exciting—full of adventure and thrills. Getting away from the city lights and leaving behind all the hustle and bustle can really make a huge difference from your day to day monotony. Bike rides have always been my favorite, as they allow you to explore different places and their beauty. Also, being a foodie, I always have a hard time finding hygienic food during bike rides. Food poisoning and various other illnesses can make such trips miserable. But, lately, I have found a solution; carry along some delicious and mouthwatering homemade Nepali food, such as:
Bara: Known as the king of Newari dishes, bara is also known as wo. It is made with black lentils blended properly with salt and a good amount of garlic and ginger. It is a vegetarian dish, but can also be packed with meat and/or egg. Bara is a delight for your taste buds, it is simple and healthy. It’s an absolute treat when you are starving on your long road trip.
Nimki: Growing up in Nepali society, nimki has been one of my absolute favorites. No matter how full you get, saying “no” to nimki is impossible. Its crispy, salty, and slightly sweet taste makes it different from other Nepali dishes. Roads trips can be more fun if you take it as a snack with you. It’s handy, light, healthy, and tasty.
Furandana: This most loved snack has beaten rice as its heart ingredient. It is a pure vegetarian snack that can be mixed with various other ingredients like ginger and nuts. The salty and spicy taste of furandana will be perfect for your trip. It’s not oily and very healthy. However, this delicious dish is quite addictive.
Malpua: The only thing that comes in my mind when I think about the famous Nepali dish malpua is, “Yes, so yummy!” Let it be early morning tea, or lunch on a lousy day, malpua goes well all the time. Among Newari dishes, malpua is also one of the important sweet dishes especially made during Krishna Astami. This traditional, sweet-tasting dish can also be said to be Nepali pancake. Malpuas are soft, fluffy, and coated with sugar syrup. This sweet dish can be a delight to eat on the bumpy road of your trip.
Khapse: A Tibetan food that is basically crunchy and sweet. khapse is made of various sizes and beautiful patterns. If you have a sweet tooth like me, than this is a must dish for you, even on your road trips. It brings a certain feeling of pleasure as we crunch and munch on it. It is made with a mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and egg. This sweet treat is just right for your road trip.
Sandeko soybean: We Nepalis have always been fond of spices, and this dish fulfills your craving for spicy food on your road trips. It is a gluten-free vegan dish. Talking more about this dish, soybean has a great nutrient profile. It is healthy, and does not cause any difficulties to your health while you are on your trip, and on top of everything, it tastes marvelous. A modest amount of sandeko soybean is what I recommend, as you know too much of everything is harmful.
Paratha: It is a flatbread stuffed with various ingredients. You are not a pure Nepali if you don’t know the actual taste of paratha. Perhaps the most common stuffing for paratha is mashed potatoes. The simple taste and texture of paratha is very juicy and appealing. It’s just right for your bike rides, as a small amount of paratha makes you full when you are starving.
Fresh fruits: One apple a day keeps the doctor away. We have been hearing this statement since a long time. Fruits are very important for us in our day-to-day lives. Fruits are fresh and healthy. During long bike rides, fruits restore all your excitement and make you rejuvenated for your further long exciting bike trips.