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  • 10 Dishes You Can 'Travel to' Without Leaving Singapore

    Food is definitely an essential part of the traveling experience. In fact, we love to plan our itineraries around the food which we could taste at the intended destinations. Teasing our palates is a must for every journey. With the current situation, traveling overseas might still not be an option for us but that's not stopping us from "traveling" to these countries with our palates. We’ve identified 10 countries with a range of delicacies from the street to the fine dining experience for you to feast upon without even leaving Singapore.  via GIPHY 1. Hoeddeok in South Korea South Korea is definitely in most people’s bucket list. Apart from KPop, South Korea is also well-known for its food. One such interesting food that is a must-try is Hoeddeok. Hoeddeok can also be spelled as Hotteok. Hoeddeok is a pancake that is sweet with flavors like cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, and peanut. Hoeddeok is a popular Korean street food that is best eaten during the winter season. It is essentially flat, circular dough with fillings and is cooked on a griddle. This delicacy has a crunchy exterior and soft interior with an irresistible flavor.  Image Source: Mareena's Recipe Collection   2. Ramen in Japan A trip to Japan is definitely incomplete without Ramen. The oriental flavor of Ramen, a wheat noodles bowl served in a soy sauce or miso soup mixed with many kinds of ingredients would leave you feelings of warmth even hours after your meal. Typically, a Ramen has toppings such as green onion, slices of meat, egg, and seaweed; but the most important part of this dish is the soup. The rich and flavorful soup will leave you feeling very satisfied and maybe even crave for more of it. Check out our past videos and blogs on the different halal ramen shops here in Singapore. Goshin Ramen Ichikokudo   3. Roasted Duck Rice in Hong Kong  Apart from Disneyland, Hong Kong is a city that has a myriad of things to offer. One of them is their wonderful and delicious food paradise. One of the tastiest food in Hong Kong that we feel is worth mentioning is definitely the Roasted Duck Rice. The marinated crispy duck skin is enough to make you salivate! I highly recommend you to order side dishes with your duck rice that would be a great combination that would leave you tingling. Image Source: Banana Kayu on Instagram   4. Chilaquiles in Mexico Mexico is world-renowned for its exotic and mouthwatering cuisine. Food plays an important cultural role in the country as it is closely tied to symbolism and its festivals. Chilaquiles is an important dish to try in Mexico. It is a traditional breakfast meal consisting of lightly fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green or red salsa (the red salsa is slightly spicier). There are usually scrambled or fried eggs and pulled chicken on top. Additionally, a decadent amount of cheese and cream and a healthy dose of beans would make the essentials of Chilaquiles.  Image Source: BBC goodfood   5. Sour Fish Curry in Sri Lanka  Beautiful Sri Lanka not only has one of the most amazing train rides in the world, but it also has an array of tasty food that could entice you to settle down in that amazing country. Sour Fish Curry is a famous dish in Sri Lanka that is found in almost any restaurant along the street. Sour Fish Curry is not the usual spicy curry that is usually eaten in South East Asia. It is a creamy dish that is yellowish in color. The fish in the curry is cut into cubes, then sauteed in a blend of spices including black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, pandan leaves, and curry leaves. Perhaps the most important ingredient is dried goraka, a small fruit responsible for giving the fish a sour flavor. This mouth-watering dish is best eaten with rice.  Image Source: Island Smile   6. Chole Bhature in Delhi, India India is a country very rich with culture and warmth. You could head from northern to the southern part of India and discover plentiful and colorful cultures accompanied by amazing food to top it off. One incredible dish to eat in Delhi is Chole Bhature. At its core, chole bhature is a combination of two dishes: chole - a spicy chickpea curry, and bhature - a type of fried bread made with maida flour. Popular throughout North India, the dish was invented in Delhi in the 1940s. Image Source: Times Food   7. Lefse in Norway When you think of Norway, fjords, mountains, and a proud Viking heritage come to mind. Apart from Norway’s sheer beauty, it also has interesting delicacies. One unique delicacy to try in Norway is Lefse. Norwegians love this sweetened variety of the traditional soft flatbread with a cup of coffee. The flatbread is slathered with a blend of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then meticulously folded or rolled and cut into portions that are easy to carry.  Image Source: Emma Christensen on Kitchn   8. Apricot Blatjang in South Africa South Africa is a country that is a must-visit for the adventurous soul. The beautiful outdoors would capture any adventurous person’s heart. On top of that, you could enjoy delicious meals while taking in beautiful sceneries in the outdoors. One such delicious food is Apricot Blatjang.  Apricot blatjang is a South African chutney made with dried apricots. It is the perfect condiment that goes well with cheese. Blatjang is the pride of Cape Malay-cuisine. Before changes were made for blatjang such as putting in apricots, dates, quinces, and raisins, blatjang was imported from Java. It was made from sun-dried prawns and shrimps, which were pounded with a wooden pestle and mortar and shaped into masses. In Malay, blatjang is spelled as belacan. Thus, for a rich cultural immersion, apricot blatjang is the dish to try.  Image Source: Diana Chistruga on The Spruce   9.Seafood paella in Spain  A trip to gorgeous Spain is incomplete without a seafood dish. One amazing seafood dish that is a must-try is Spain is the Seafood paella. The rich flavors would complete your visit to the Spanish beaches as the freshness in the seafood is not masked by the colorful and flavorful spices included in the dish. The seafood’s natural sweetness is complemented perfectly by the spices in the dish. The beautiful colors would also entice you to eat this tasty seafood dish.  Image Source: epicurious   10. Chocolate Souffle in France  Who does not love a decadent amount of chocolate? Well, one of the best chocolate desserts in the world has got to be the Chocolate Souffle that is found in France. French food relies on simple combinations of rich, natural flavors that come together to create unforgettable, internationally-renowned dishes.  Soufflé came from the French word “souffler” which means “to blow” or “to breathe” and it is a good description of this dish as it puffs up during the cooking process. The simplicity in its ingredients highlights the French’s simple and elegant characteristics. This delicious dessert is soft and fluffy, thus making you float as you explore gorgeous France.  Image Source: Expatica We hope that with this article, you were able to 'travel' to some destinations by looking at the incredible dishes each country has to offer. Happy eating! via GIPHY...

  • Your Trip To Delhi Will Not Be Complete Until You Try These 8 Delicious Halal Restaurants!

    Visiting a new country is always exciting. You get to discover new things, learn about the culture, the people and their different daily routines. However, the one thing that will always intrigue people when they're travelling abroad is the FOOD! The different spices, cooking techniques and settings of a restaurant is something that we will always remember about the trip. It will take some time before we forget about the flavors we have tasted or even the way the dishes were presented to us. If you're in Delhi at this very moment or you're planning to go on a trip to this wonderful destination soon, be sure to stop by these 8 Must-Visit Halal Restaurants! Check out our guide to New Delhi 1. Karim's Hotel Picture: Sushil Gupta With their motto "The royal food to the common man", Karim's Hotel is far from being just a typical local restaurant that you might stop at for your lunch or dinner. Having a history which dates back from 1913, Karim's Hotel made its debut in the hands of Haji Karimuddin who wishes to make their food a royal treat. Its heavily loaded menu will make you want to try all of them and discover the true taste of Indian cuisine. You will get to choose between a delectable choice of curries, tandoori and biryani. Address: Karim's Hotel Pvt Ltd, 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi 110006Operating Hours: 9.30AM - 11.30PMWebsite: KarimHotels 2. Al-Nawaz Restaurant Picture: AlNawazFoods Specializing in Mughal and Indian cuisines, the Al-Nawaz restaurant offers a plethora of flavors prepared and cooked minutely by its great chef who has more than 5 years of experience in 5-star hotels. The Al-Nawaz restaurant has a very diversified menu with delicious spicy meals that will definitely seduce you. Try their recommended dishes and enjoy the goodness of Indian spices and the sophistication of Mughal cuisines all in one plate. Among many others, you can choose between Chicken Tikka Masala, Dum Pukht Biryani, Kalmi Kabab and Mutton Barra. There is no better way to end a Delhi dinner than with a sweet and savoury dish. Al-Nawaz proposes the delectable Kheer, an Indian delicacy made of rice, condensed milk, almonds and sweetly-flavored with cinnamon. Address: 50 A, Abul Fazal Enclave Rd, Abul Fazal Enclave, Block A                 Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110025Website: AlNawazFoods 3. Rule The Rolls Picture: DesignByMeta Started back in 1972 by Haji Banda Hasan, Rule The Rolls is more than just an ordinary food place. Apart from a broad selection of mouth-watering kebabs, ranging from Paneer Tikka Rolls, Chicken Tikka Rumali Rolls and Mutton Rolls, the restaurant also offers veggie options for those who prefer a healthier meal. For as little as little as $4, you'll get to choose from its special dishes menu which comprises of Mutton Haleem, Chicken Stew, Chicken & Mutton Kofta. Address: SG 74, Galleria Market, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon and 49 A, Khan Market, DelhiOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PMWebsite: RuleTheRollsIndia 4. Nizam's Kathi Kabab Picture: Swiggy If you hear people bargaining at a Kathi Kabab place, then it's Nizam's! Famous all over Delhi, Nizam's Kathi Kabab, has multiple outlets that offer a variety of tasty rolls which are stuffed with mutton, chicken or even paneer. For the more daring ones, you can get a triple combo Kathi Kabab or even a super duper combo roll. Aside from the rolls, there are different flavors of curries that you can try or you can have a taste of their Biryani.  If you want to go an inch further in discovering the many secrets of their Indian cuisines, you will have to try out the sweet dishes recommended by the restaurant. Address: Can be found at H-Five, Plaza Building, Connaught Place and many more!Operating Hours: 11AM - 11PMWebsite: Nizams 5. Namak Mandi Picture: HumansOfPakistan Looking for some quality time in a cozy restaurant? Search no more! Namak Mandi is the right place for you. Run by the chef Imtiaz Qureishi and his brother, Namak Mandi unites great cuisines and savory tastes under one roof. The Shuruat (starters) of the meal comes with seasonal drinks and cold press juices that portray the cultural diversity of India. As you proceed with the meals, be prepared to drool over their tender tandoori chicken, accompanied with sides such as Papad or Raita. If you're a seafood lover, the Dakhani Prawns might be the dream plate for you. This dish is prepared with medium prawns cooked with curry leaf and black pepper, topped with flavored rice. Of course, there are many other unique plates which you can choose from off their menu. Address: Shop Number 307, 3, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Delhi 110070Operating Hours: 11.30AM - 11.30PM 6. Afghan Darbar Picture: DeepNongkhlaw Small and cozy, it's just the right place for a quick lunch before strolling down the city of Delhi. The Afghan Darbar invites you to discover the amazing food that Afghan has to offer. Among the many à la carte dishes that you can choose from, you definitely have to taste their must-tries. From the seafood section, seafood lovers can choose between Fish Fry or even Fish Tikka. Chicken lovers get to relish over the Chicken Kadhai, which is a tandoori chicken cooked in onion, tomato, and capsicum. Ultimately, how can you get off the table without trying their Qabuli Uzbeki? This dish is prepared with lamb, brown rice, chopped carrots and raisins. Of course, your meal has to end with a sweet delicacy. You have to try one of their Afghani sweet dishes, the Sheer Yakh. It is an Afghani ice-cream prepared with finely chopped pistachio and a teaspoon of rosewater. Address: E-96, Lajpat Nagar 2, New DelhiOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PM 7. Khan Chacha Picture: JustDial Visited by locals, tourists and even celebrities, Khan Chacha has already built an empire over Delhi. With more than 50 years of culinary history, this food place offers a welcoming service as well as great food to its daily visitors. You'll get to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, as well as delicious sides to accompany your mains. For veggie lovers, they have a whole selection of Tikka, rolls and even vegetarian Biryani. As for chicken and mutton lovers, you'll get to choose between chicken rolls, peri-peri rolls, and even Chicken or Mutton Biryani. Address: Connaught Place, Khan Market, Aerocity and many moreOperating Hours: 12PM - 11PMWebsite: KhanChacha 8. Mazar Restaurant Picture: AzimIslam Specialising in Afghani cuisines, the Mazar Restaurant has quite a tasteful selection of dishes on its menu. Make sure you try their Mutton Chopan Kebab and the Pulao. If you're looking for something lighter but just as satisfying, don't hesitate to try their chicken soup. As for dumpling lovers, you'll be pleasantly surprised by their Mantu - steamed dumplings filled with chopped meat and onion, topped with Daal and sprinkled with mint. Don't leave the table until you conclude your dining experience with their famous Baqlawa, a sweet Turkish pastry that has fascinated many with its crunchy crust and sweet pistachio filling. Address: Shop no 1, 78, MCD Hospital Rd, Block I, Lajpat Nagar II, Delhi 110024Operating Hours: 12PM - 11PM Read more Halal Travel Blogs...

  • Every Story Has A Beginning. Here are 7 Historical Places You Should Visit in 2019!

    History surrounds us, whether you're walking down the street, sitting in a cafe or relaxing at home. It can be identified and traced for almost every object. There are many iconic places around the world that are identified by their rich history that still stands amongst us in the present day. This article will explore 7 historical cities you should visit in 2019. Check Out More Halal Travel Blogs 1) Luxor, Egypt We begin with the land of the Pyramids, Om al-dunya (Mother of the world) and the Breadbasket of the Empire. Egypt is generally a treasure cove when it comes to history. From the Pyramids in Giza, to the Hellenistic influences in Alexandria and the Ottoman remnants in the daily lives of their locals. Luxor is often overshadowed by the Capital and Resort towns but for history lovers, Luxor holds an untouched candour. The town's scenery is free of skyscrapers. The Nile and Temple's pillars stand in a way that can transport you away from modern city life. The city is divided by the river, leaving the East side as the lively side and the West side as the dead side. Considered as the oldest city in Egypt, it's no suprise that history surrounds the street. The Luxor Temple and extensions to Karnak Temple are always linked back to the days of Ramsis the 3rd, the Pharoah of Musa (pbuh). Historical Places to Visit: Luxor Temple Valley of the Kings- Tutenkhamun's Tomb Valley of the Queens Karnak Temple Medinet Habu Colossi of Memon 2) Rome, Italy An obvious choice as Rome is an open air museum. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Rome as a city and an expression of life, reminds us how roman lives were like in the early centuries. From the way the roads are structured to the city centre and plazas. A casual bus ride through the city will show you an immense amount of relics, including the Colosseum and fountain of Trevi. The era of Renaissance(rebirth) aimed to link itself back to the prosperity and dominance of the Romans, hence the structures that are in Hellenistic design. It creates a neat circle of history repeating itself. Historical Places to Visit: Castel Sant Angelo Colosseum Trevi Fountain Sistine Chapel The Vatican (though it is technically a separate city) Piazza Novana St Peters Basilica Roman Forum 3) Istanbul, Turkey Where East meets West, Istanbul cannot be compared to any other city in the world. Its unique position globally, historically and socially have made it a beautiful city that's rich in history. Formally known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital when the Roman empire split, evolving the city into the Byzantine Empire. After centuries of conflict, the Islamic Caliphate took over and gained access to Eastern Europe. Islamic history is the most prevalent in this destination, with huge, majestic mosques and museums dedicated to sharing Turkey's islamic past. Historical Places to Visit: Topkapi palace Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmed mosque Grand Bazaar Basilica Cistern Sulemaniye Mosque Dolmabahce palace Galata tower 4) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a picturesque beautiful city with immense amount of uphills and downhills. This city gives us a cleaner version of what the Bohemian middle ages may have looked like. The cobbled pavements take you back into the past with every step. The sight of houses with wooden panels will make you believe that you're living in a fairytale. Prague was rich in the aspects astrology and religion and the Old Town Square is a reminder of this. An interesting fact about Prague as a city is that is often used to film historical movies and tv shows due to its intact landscape. Historical Places to Visit: Astronomical clock Old town Square Prague Castel St Charles Bridge St Vitus Church Jewish Quarter Wencaslas square 5) Jerusalem - Palestine The holy city is a beautiful culmination of the three monotheistic religion. A truly religious city with Monks, Orthodox Jews and Muslims walking past each other in almost identical modesty and submission to God. This city has undergone immense changes but the old areas will transport you back to the Middle ages. The hilly landscape and forted Walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent shelter a historical haven away from cars and modern buildings. The Al Aqsa complex is not only a place of pilgrimage for Muslims but its serenity and the lack of change show us the steadfastness of Islam throughout the years.  This city is a perfect destination to explore the history of the three religions that majority of the locals practice. Historical Places to Visit:  Ethiopian Church Dome of the Rock Al-Aqsa mosque Old city Western Wall Mount of olives Church of the holy Sepulchre Damuscus Gate 6)Edinburgh, Scotland The capital of Scotland is not only known for the helpful character of the locals but also the history that graces the city. The Edinburgh castle reflects the development of forts and castles as the centuries progressed. With intact architectures displaying the Renaissance and Jacobean eras, Edinburgh is an important state for Scotland because it represents the history of the country's rebellion and cohesion. The rocky roads, gothic buildings and old-fashioned specialist shops truly give a sense of Victorian culture. The city itself holds a historic charm with its bridges, road structures and neoclassical architecture. Hike up Arthur’s seat for a view of the whole city and its sweeping natural scenery. Historical Places to Visit: Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Castle Old Town Holyrood Castle National Museum of Scotland Princes Street 7) Delhi, India India itself is a country drowning in history, so the capital is a good place to start. The Old Delhi holds the beautiful Mughal Red Fort where you can wonder around and imagine being part of the imperial household. Not far from the Red Fort lies Chandni Chowk, a colorful market selling everything from dried fruit to silver jewellery, allowing a historical market experience. This city’s history is heavily intertwined with Hindu and Mughal identities. Visit the intricately lavish Akshardham which shows the artisanal beauty and skillmanship of Hindu artisans. There is an immense list of temples and complexes that are worth a visit because of their unique and beautiful historical influences. A recent culmination of this would be the Lotus Temple which was opened in 1986 and is open to visitors of all religions. Historical Places to Visit: Red Fort Akshardham Qutb Minar complex Laxminarayan Temple Rashtrapati Bhavan Lotus Temple Humayun’s Tomb Get more inspirations for your 2019 trips  ...

  • 7 Ways to Save the Environment by Replacing your Everyday Essentials with These Items

    'Slurry pollution kills 1,000 fish' - BBC 'Major sewage pollution incidents increase'- BBC 'Residents choke as dust blankets Delhi' - BBC 'Nature reserves `not being protected from humans' - BBC 'Record concentration of micro-plastics found' - BBC Above given taglines are a few chosen article headlines that I came across on BBC from a very colossal list from just under the category of 'Pollution' alone - the type of pollution that is carried out by none other than mankind solely. The statistics are devastating and the myriad ways that humans are destroying the planet are a never-ending list. But oh, how trouble-free it is for us to sit back on our leather chairs and to assume accountability onto the others to come up with ways to save the environment- which we live on as well- while we drive our greenhouse gas emitting vehicle to work every day, eat our lunch from the plastic box our food is packed in (maybe even toss half of it into the bin while a greater part of the population survives on one meal per day) and then once we are done warming up our expensive chairs which could have fed 10 families we go back to our houses which lies on a location that was once maybe a forest full of lush trees and home to scores of animals. And that is where we perceive wrongly. There are a variety of ways that we can inculcate into our daily routine and come up with ways on how to protect the environment in daily life to be more eco-friendly in order to make a difference and contribution towards the minimizing of the growing critical rate of the environment gaining terrible impacts due to our wrongdoings. The beneath given pointers are a few examples that you could employ on an everyday basis that are ways to protect the environment and obtain beneficial outcomes, not only when it comes to preserving the environment but when it comes to the betterment of your personal life too. 1. Cut Back On Your Vehicle Usage As the streets fill up with more and more vehicles, the levels of pollution keep going above and beyond the charts due to traffic congestion and not forgetting the plethora of chemicals being leaked into the atmosphere and into the ears of people - thanks to aggressive drivers who are incapable of keeping honking to a minimum. It is high time we consider the favorable outcomes of walking and cycling. Not only does it have a positive effect on the environment but it is also a step closer to a healthier lifestyle. There are many ways this could be done in a more positive approach – Trade in your vehicle for a more eco-friendly car. Maybe invest in a vehicle that runs on electricity. Start cycling. Not only do you save up thousands on petrol or diesel but you have the advantage of navigating yourself more effortlessly in traffic blocks. Walk it out. Add in more foot action into your daily routine by walking to nearer locations. Utilizing your savings on a pair of sneakers is far cheaper than pumping in fuel whilst the environment has to deal with carbon emissions from your vehicle. Opt for public transport. Yeah, having to deal with unpleasant smells in your face or being pushed and shoved at is not the ideal way of transporting yourself from one spot to the other. But try to look at it from the bright side! It's more cost effective and you make a substantial contribution towards the betterment of the environment. In fact, a single person who trades in a 20-mile round-trip commute by car to public transportation can trim down yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 4,800 pounds! 2. Reduce Food Waste According to statistics, the USA alone throws out 40% of their food annually. Around the world, food wastage is turning out to be a growing concern. Instead of filling the empty plates of those living in poverty we chuck the excess food into our garbage which converts into a nasty greenhouse gas called Methane. In order to avoid such, I would advise you to make a weekly/daily plan of the required ingredients and food resources that you would most genuinely need and those that would not end up in garbage landfill sites. Honestly, 5 packets of Cheetos and 3 packets of Oreos are doing no one any good, especially for your tummy. Once you have planned out all the necessities required, write them down so when you visit the supermarket you are aware of precisely what to get. Generally what would happen is that if a list is not made the tendency to pick anything and everything is significantly high. Donate to the poor or to food kitchens. In case of excess food or leftovers from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner bear in mind that there are plenty of people out there who would appreciate being given the food you are just about of toss into the bin. Be mindful of others needs. Contact your nearest local food bank and inquire about the type of food they would accept. 3. Shopping with an Environmentally Friendly Twist Nowadays most of the supermarkets are transforming their policies to a more 'Go-Green' approach where they either advice their customers to Bring Their Own Bag instead of utilizing the plastic ones available at the counters or else they sell cloth bags to customers who wish to be eco-friendly. Make a more environmentally focused choice by making use of reusable bags which would last longer and set the world on a path of minimizing the use of harmful plastic bags. As a replacement for purchasing first-hand editions of all your requirements be on the lookout of stores that sell second-hand items like IKEA in terms of furniture, and second-hand books that can be obtained for a lesser rate. Remember, the more items you purchase firsthand the packaging comes along with it which increases your carbon footprint. Old is gold. Has the TV packed up? Is your fridge letting out funny noises? Instead of grabbing your wallet and rushing to the nearest store to replace it, stop for a moment and wonder about how useful it would be to consider repairing that item. You will save up time on racking your brain on which best model to acquire and you will also cut down on the debris being piled on at garbage landfill sites of discarded doodads. 4. Save Up On Electricity Electricity is one of the greatest consumption in every household. A more environmental friendly step would be to use LED lights in place of the traditional light bulbs as LED power usage is significantly minor. In order to save up on natural resources to fuel power, you can also be on the lookout for items which have the Energy Star seal on them as they are more environmentally conscious products. Another technique that could help towards electricity being saved up is by switching off the lights and fans when you leave the room, not keeping the air-conditioning on for too long and having the habit of unplugging chargers/connections when not in use. 5. Recycle the Right Way As the world becomes more aware of the dire impact garbage has on the environment, more and more countries have started separating their garbage according to plastic, food items, biodegradable items and so on. You can do your part by reducing the sum of things you throw out by utilizing them for other purposes and by separating your trash with the help of different garbage bags for each form of waste. One step that would make it easier for you to recycle would be to purchase those types of products that will have the competence to be recycled. For instance, opting for recycled paper cups over the regular paper cups. The label on the packaging will assist you in spotting out the differentiation. 6. Metal Bottle over Plastic Bottle Guzzling all that H20 from that plastic bottle is deemed harmful not for the environment alone but for your health as well. It's time to let go of that unfriendly habit and get into the trend of using a metal bottle-BPA-free if possible. Not only will it last for an extended period of time but it will help safeguard the environment much faster. Every year, 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of disposable water bottles. Be that one person to make a change for the greater good. If you want to take it a step further you can get yourself a CamelBak too! 7. Water Wastage Is a No-No There is a desperate need for clean water around the world and there are many steps you can familiarize yourself with to ensure that the shortage is reduced. You could initiate by turning off the taps when brushing your teeth and by not allowing the water to flow for lengthy periods, shorter showers will contribute towards the cause too. Refrain from washing clothes without need. Only when the requirement arises and when you have a full load put your clothes in the machine. Try to decrease the number of clothes that land in your laundry basket by re-wearing the garments that aren't dirty or that do not smell. By doing so you will save up to almost 30 gallons of water that are consumed per wash. Get those leaky faucets or toilets fixed right away. Faulty indoor plumbing is the root cause for over a hundred gallons of water being wasted per day. Only turn on the dishwasher when it is filled. There's little benefit in turning it on for only a few dirty dishes. You will relatively save up a lot of water by using this system. It is crucial to keep in mind that every small step taken to facilitate in preserving the world you live in, is for the greater good towards ensuring a safer place to live in for the future generations to come. It may seem like an insignificant difference if you carry your own bag when you shop or if you shop virtually rather than take your car to the supermarket or even if you plant a few trees in your backyard. But over time all these changes will contribute to a healthier you and a healthier environment as well. No attempt is trivial so take your pick on any of the techniques that suit you best and jump on to the bandwagon of helping preserve the environment! Pro tip - being eco-friendly is a lot easier on the wallet....

  • 10 Foods You Can't Miss in Chennai

    If you haven't got Chennai on your list of places to visit, and you identify as a foodie, you need to add it immediately! Being a food-lover and a Muslim does come with its complications, but that's why Chennai is one of the best places to go! Not only are there so many famous food outlets in Chennai offering cuisines from all around the world, they are all almost certain to be Halal or Muslim-friendly. And the other great part about being on a food-lover's journey in this Southern city (and really all of India) is that the grub is incredibly affordable. And of course, Chennai is known for its famous street food, which is the cheapest of them all. via GIPHY You'll find little shops in every corner of the city selling all kinds of fried goodness and hearty food. The locals lounge around during the morning and evening, drinking tea and munching on these goodies. Another great thing about street food in Chennai is that almost all of it is vegetarian, but you should still make sure of it with every vendor. Here at Halal Trip, we have a whole list of the best vegetarian food in Chennai that you should definitely give a try! More about food in Chennai Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Chennai Here are are some of the best Indian foods that you can't miss on your next visit to Chennai: 1. Pani Puri Although Pani Puri hails from the Northern states of the country (where it has a few different names depending on who you ask), Chennai has had a longstanding love-affair with this simple, yet delicious street food. Small crispy puffs (puri) are filled with a potato filling and served with sweet and minty watery syrups (pani). You're supposed to fill the puff with the syrups and in a very gentlemanly, or lady-like manner... shove the entire thing in your mouth. It's delicious and fun! 2. Sandwiches Sandwiches are another street food favorite in Chennai, which shouldn't really surprise you, because who doesn't love bread? But the sandwiches in Chennai are unique enough to earn a mention on this list. They are almost always vegetarian, but there are plenty of non-vegetarian street food outlets in Chennai selling Halal food as well. The simplest (also cheapest and most common) of them, though, is a sandwich filled with potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, smeared with a spicy chutney. Cheese is then placed outside of the bread and topped with crispy sev and tomato sauce. 3. Lassi Picture Credit - Nivasdurai, commons.wikimedia.org If you're looking for something to help you cool down from facing the brutal heat of Chennai's summer (or any other time, really), then this is the perfect drink for you. A lassi is a drink that is made from blending up curd, which means its also healthy! It comes in sweet and salty, but also with variations like mango lassi, banana lassi, cardamom lassi, saffron lassi, etc. There are many famous lassi shops in Chennai where you can try this yummy concoction, including the aptly named “Lassi Shop” which has branches all around the city. 4. Gobi Manchurian Picture Credit - Harsha K, commons.wikimedia.org Any fair or carnival wouldn't be complete without these crispy, crunchy spiced cauliflower fritters. It's deceptively simple, yet so good it'll almost always have you coming back for more. You'd also come across more than a few carts selling them along the side of the roads and at all the beaches. 5. Mithai Picture Credit - DDohler, commons.wikimedia.org It's no secret that Indians love their dessert. Traditional Indian sweets called “Mithai” are an essential part of an Indian's life, be it a special occasion or just an ordinary day at home. There are so many types of these sweets you could try. From the piping hot jalebis straight out of the oil, to the kids' favourite, Bombay Mittai, or the cooling kufli ice cream, there's no wrong choice! For a more extensive list of all the luxurious traditional Indian sweets you should give a try, read our article on 18 Must-try Traditional Indian Sweets, and 7 Desserts in Chennai and where to find them 6. Dosa & Idly Got less than 100 rupees in your pocket and wondering how to find Muslim-friendly food near you in Chennai where you can have a hearty meal out of it? Walk a few miles in any direction and we can guarantee you'll come across one of these. Dosas and idlies are Tamil Nadu's unofficial national dishes, so you can find them literally anywhere! Every corner has a street cart that sells crispy dosas and soft idlies coupled with the quintessential sambar and chutney (and maybe even a fried egg). And that 100 rupees is enough to feed you and a friend as well! 7. Bajjis Picture Credit - Bhaskaranaidu, commons.wikimedia.org There's no chance of you visiting any of Chennai's beaches or fairs and leaving without your tummy full with these delicious fritters. Vegetables like plantains, potatoes, and onions are dipped in a batter made of chickpea flour and served with a spicy chutney. Another variation of the ever-popular bajji is the bread bajji. Here, an entire sandwich (made with a potato filling cut in half) is dipped in the bajji batter and fried up! 8. Biryani Biryani has come to be known as the “Muslim dish” in Chennai, but the love for this popular rice dish is shared by all. Although you can find Biryani at some of the top restaurants in the city, you will also come across street food shops selling them. Many will tell you this is the most authentic way to experience this dish (or if you're lucky to be invited for a meal at a Muslim's home). Even one of the most famous Biryani chain restaurants in Chennai called “Aasife Biryani” got it's start selling out of a single rundown food cart! 9. Momos Photo credit - Kushal Goyal, en.wikipedia.org Like a foreign exchange student that comes to your class and becomes the most popular girl in school, momos are a type of "migratory food," that has managed to capture the hearts of Indians all over. Although it's very prominent in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, Chennai's love for momos has been slowly but steadily progressing as well. The dish is native to Nepal and Tibet, but Indians have put their own twist on it. You'll find varieties like tandoori chicken and paneer momos. And let's not forget the spicy sauce that you get with it. Yum! 10. Parathas picture credit - vegrecipesofindia.com You've probably heard of Indian flat breads like naan and kulcha, but if you're in Chennai, you cannot miss out on this street food favorite. Almost exclusively popular in the Southern region of the country, parathas are crispy and flaky and everything you could ever ask for. They are served with delicious gravies of all kind, vegetarian and non-vegetarian. A variation on this dish is the “kothu paratha” or “chilli parotha” where these flaky flat breads are cut up and mixed with vegetables, egg, meat and/or seafood. via GIPHY Places to visit in Chennai Find a Mosque near you in Chennai...