During our childhood we used to eagerly wait for the summer vacations. Reasons are many for one, exams are over, we get to spend a lot of time with our cousins in our grandma's place and best of all the train journey. We would take the train to go to Kerala and it took us 1 1/2 days in the train. My sister, who is younger to me is not much of an eater otherwise, but when she is in the train she is a "chain eater" :)I am using this term here because you will find her eating something or the other through out the journey, while I enjoyed reading books and the scenery.
My mother was very cautious while packing food for the journey. She insisted on us packing only light food that would be good for the stomach as well as tasty to eat. Buying food from outside was very rare. So mostly it was idly as it is steamed hence good for the stomach and light too...Sambar cannot be carried as it could get messy, so she would make this dry and thick chutney to go with the idlys. Now we do not know if it is the fun of the journey or the taste of the chutney we really enjoyed every morsel that went into our mouths...Its tangy spicy taste would set the salivary glands in a frenzy...So try it and pack it next time you are on a journey!!