Manipur’s Thoubal district is hosting a 12-day salad festival called Singju Salad Festival. The festival which started on January 28 is currently underway at MMRC and Unity Park in Khangabok, under the theme – Save Our Culture and Identity.
More than 100 vegetables indigenous to the State are being used to make different kinds of Singju during the festival. About 150 stalls have been erected for the festival. Around 11 traditional stalls of Singju are also open at the festival.
Singju is a popular Meitei or Manipuri salad dish, it can be eaten as an evening snack with Bora (gram flour fritters) or can be eaten as a side-dish. There are many varieties of Singju due to the use of seasonal vegetables which constitute the main ingredients.
Singju can be of two types vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The vegetarian Singju is served at ritual feasts during Meitei/Manipuri religious occasions or ceremonies whereas the non-vegetarian Singju (mixed with Ngari or fermented fish) is eaten at or served in Manipuri restaurants.