Food On The Go – A Vegetarian Travelers Dilemma
We are travelers of the vegetarian kind. But being vegetarians has in no way restricted our travels. Over the years, we have worked out our own game plan and survival secrets to traveling around the world without compromising on our vegetarianism.
Today, the World is becoming more and more Vegetarian-friendly and one can find vegetarian options almost anywhere, but of course, this may come at a price in many places and logistics may also not be practical. We remember traveling miles together to get that one vegetarian meal in Zurich, Switzerland.
Another aspect of our gastronomic preferences is that as Indians, spice and salt is a way of life for us. Sometimes we crave for that pinch of salt or spice in the midst of food which we usually find to be bland in some places.
One of the things that we always ensure to pack on longer travels out of India is a supply of Instant or Ready To Eat Food. Considering this, we are always on the lookout for new products in the Ready To Eat range to add to our vegetarian arsenal.
We recently came across a new brand of Ready To Eat Food called Freshway and had the opportunity to try a few of their offerings. Here is what we thought about Freshway Ready To Eat Food products based on the products that we tried out at our home.
Review of Freshway Ready To Eat Food
We tried out three of the Freshway ready to eat products at home, namely – Dal Makhani, Palak Paneer, and Veg Biriyani and here is what we felt about each of them.
Dal Makhani is a traditional and very popular dish that originates from the Punjab region of India. The main ingredients of this dish are black lentils ( Kali daal), red kidney beans known in India as Rajma cooked with dollops of butter and cream. Of course, a generous dose of spices that include cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and others are a mandatory addition. Onions and tomatoes too add their flavor to the tempting and hot Dal Makhani. The Dal Makhani is a gravy that is normally eaten with Rotis (Indian Bread) or with steamed white rice.
The normal cooking time of Dal Makhani is about 1 hour and the preparation time 8 hours which includes the overnight soaking of the kidney beans and the lentils.
We were really keen to see how the Dal Makhani from Freshway ready to eat would taste as it was “Ready to Eat”. It required no cooking, all we had to do was pour the contents of the packet into a bowl and pour boiled water over it. We were then required to mix the contents in the water by gentle stirring. The next step was to cover the bowl and keep it aside for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes when we uncovered the bowl, voila! hot and steaming Dal Makhani was ready. It looked good and in fact, had a restaurant kind quality about the aroma that emanated from it as well. But of course, the taste of the pudding is in it its eating and so too in the case of Dal Makhani.
We tasted the Dal Makhani along with rotis ( Indian flatbread) as well as with rice and were genuinely surprised at the fresh and authentic taste that we experienced. What really amazed us was the fact the completely natural taste as if the dish had been just cooked with fresh ingredients at home or at a restaurant. Our earlier experience with most Ready To Eat products was that they used to have a slightly chemical taste probably because of the preservatives used. But the Freshways Dal Makhani was devoid of this and tasted completely natural.
Palak Paneer is also an Indian curry that is made with pureed spinach and Paneer (Cheese). The curry is of coursed seasoned with the mandatory sprinkling of spices and garlic. Palak Paneer is normally eaten with Rotis (Indian flatbread) or with steamed white rice.
The process for heating and serving the Freshway ready to eat Palak Paneer was the same as that for the Freshway ready to eat Dal Makhani. So we replicated the same process and within 7 minutes (2 minutes for boiling water and 5 minutes for the mix to be ready), the Palak Paneer was ready to be served. The Palak Paneer looked tantalizingly tempting, with pieces of white paneer bobbing in the green sea of the pureed spinach. But yes, the taste of the Palak Paneer lies in its eating, so we ate the Palak Paneer along with steaming hot white rice and found the taste awesome. We found the taste and flavors extremely natural and the amount of spice and salt just right.
Veg Biryani is a rice dish which is popular throughout the Indian subcontinent. It consists of rice, vegetables and spiced cooked together. Veg Biryani is a dish rich in the exotic flavors and aromas of spice and fragrant rice cooked over a slow fire. The Freshway ready to eat Veg Biryani pack promised to unleash these flavors and aromas within 7 minutes. Our expectations ran high based on our experience with the Freshway ready to eat Dal Makhani and Freshway ready to eat Palak Paneer, as we got ready for the kill. However, in a sort of an anticlimax, the Freshway ready to eat Veg Biryani turned out to be not as great as the Freshway ready to eat Dal Makhani and Palak Paneer.
Observations of Freshway Ready To Eat based on our Experience
Convenience and Ease
We found Freshway Ready to Eat products extremely easy to use and convenient too. The fact that all you need is boiled water and the dish is ready within 5 minutes makes this a very attractive proposition.
The Freshway Ready to Eat products come in handy, sealed, and rugged packs with a quantity that can serve two people. This makes it very convenient to pack and carry on our travels. The fact that the products have a shelf life of 9 months is really helpful. Another feature that we found really helpful for travelers is that the Freshway ready to eat products do not need any refrigeration.
One of the features of the Freshway Ready to Eat products that really appealed to us was its natural and homely taste. There are no added preservatives, color, or flavor additives. The natural flavors and aroma are sealed in the packs using the unique freeze-dry technology. Freeze-dry technology has been accepted worldwide as the best process for food preservation process. It preserves the natural freshness, flavors, and aroma of the food without in any way affecting its nutritional value.
Extensive Choice of Dishes
Freshway Ready To Eat offers a wide range of options. These are from some of the best dishes from the wide range of Indian cuisine that spans the length and breadth of the country. Some of the dishes are Khichdi Kadhi Mix, Dal Bhaat (Gujarati), Pav Bhaji, Daal Chawal, Daal Fry, Kadhi Chawal, Paneer Bhurji and Moong Dal Sheera.
Freshway Ready To Eat food products can be bought online through their website www.freshwayfoods.in and these Ready To Eat food products also available on Amazon.
Overall, based on the products that we tried out, we found the Freshway Ready To Eat products extremely convenient to use, tasty, and above all full of naturalness. We would not hesitate in recommending the Freshway Ready to eat products to travelers like us looking for healthy, natural, and tasty vegetarian food options while traveling. The Freshway Ready To Eat food products are also ideal for the single men and women who are staying away from home. This is a great and convenient option for experiencing the flavors and aroma of home cooking away from home. The Freshway Ready to Eat products is also a great option for working men or women who need to whip up a meal in a jiffy for themselves or for an unexpected guest.
The Freshway Ready to Eat food products are manufactured in a state of the art facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Bhavin Sanghvi & Mona Sanghvi the couple from Vadodara, Gujarat, India are the brainchild behind Freshway Ready to Eat food products. The company was started in the year 2014.
A team of chefs experiments with the flavors, tastes, and aromas from across India to bring the taste of India into the Freshway Ready To Eat range of products. The products are manufactured using the globally accepted process of Freeze-drying for preservation and the products are 100% natural without any additives for preservation, color, or flavor. The products are covered by FSSAI, ISO 22000, HACCP certification, which are global standards.
We now have a new food companion on our travels. How about you? Do you carry ready to eat foods on your travels? Do share your experiences.
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