WITH World Diabetes Day (November 14) almost upon us, city hotels are teaming up with Semora Entertainment Works and Britannia NutriChoice to create a Diabetes Food Trail. Happening in five cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Chennai—the trail has also tied up with 28 restaurants in the city. At Park Hyatt’s The Flying Elephant, executive chef Teuku Syafrulsyah and chef de cuisine Vamsi Krishna have teamed up with city-based nutritionist, Dr Wasim Mohideen, to create a special menu. Chef Krishna explains that ingredients with a low glycemic index are the keystone. While it includes international staples like scallops and salmon, the chefs have also focussed on locally grown, seasonal produce like millets, barley and lentils.
A food blogger, Mohideen says the menu breaks the perception that diabetic-friendly food is flavourless. The tandoori kalonji jhinga (prawns with black caraway seeds) is a good example. “Bringing in a nutritionist has led to the creation of new ideas and a delicious yet perfectly healthy meal,” Krishna adds. The scallop ceviche with strawberry-pomegranate salsa and pepes ayam jamur (grilled chicken and mushrooms in banana leaves) are a must-try. As are desserts like the baked cheesecake with pistachio praline, which is made with honey. Also on the cards is a master class today, at The Apartment Gallery, where you can learn healthy recipes like pan-seared sea bass with millets and Asian lettuce cups.
November 12-30. Meal for two at Rs 3,500 (approx). Details: 77171234
Hotel Ibis: With fresh vegetables and no preservatives, the chefs recommend the vegetable and oats broth, the hara bhara kebabs and the oats and carrots kheer. Rs 1,000 for two. Details: 7122 5588 Radisson Blu: The menu is high on antioxidants. Try the broccoli salad with feta and roasted chestnut soup with thyme cream, which are high in fibre and reduces blood pressure. `2,800 for two. Details: 30404444