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Eat light, feel light

The new health buffet at Blue Flower restaurant, Taj Residency is for the calorie conscious.



COLOURFUL SPREAD: The buffet has an interesting array of low calorie options.

HEALTH FOOD, low calorie food -- seem to be the buzzwords today with increasing health consciousness among people. But in most minds there is a misconception that this kind of food is bland, tasteless and consists of nothing but boiled vegetables and salads. However, one has to revise this opinion - health food need not be bland. There are many dishes, which can be made interesting to eat. It will be sans much oil and low in masala. Continental food is invariably thought to be ideal but of course minus the cheese. Salads are definitely health food provided you don't top it up with - the rich dressings like salad cream, mayonnaise or thousand island. There are many Indian dishes, which can conform to the low calorie category. And if you are wondering where you can get it then hop across to Hotel Taj Residency where a health buffet is laid out at Blue Flower restaurant from Monday to Saturday for lunch only.

One would wonder about a health buffet in a five star hotel's restaurant. But given the emphasis on health and fitness and the need to stay trim the hotel decided to introduce this. "Health food with taste" is the catchphrase," says Ranjith Reddy, Sales Manager. The menu has been worked out by Chef Ganesh Joshi after much research and consultation.

Go to the spread and you will see the calorie count mentioned on each dish. It is a colourful spread - an array of salads (mostly veg and a few non-veg) attractively arranged with separate dressings. A choice of a veg or non veg soup (with bread and rolls with low calorie butter), about six main dishes (two non-veg) besides lime juice and buttermilk (plain or mildly spiced) and about two desserts (don't be horrified - they are not as fattening as one would think) with a fruit platter is fairly sumptuous and for the first time you perhaps may not require a finger bowl to wipe the grease off the palms. While olive oil is used for the salads, corn oil is the cooking medium. And one will find dishes from different cuisines, which have been adapted for the buffet. For the ones with a spicy palate it may be slightly bland and one can perk it up with pepper. The meal is light on the stomach and light on the purse too. For it is priced at Rs. 150 plus taxes. The menu changes every day.

This meal is certainly for a niche segment - those who would like to eat a light lunch in a jiffy and move on to work - the corporates and those who are really diet conscious.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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