Last weekend saw me in a restaurant that claims to serve only sattvic food, in Bangalore. I was curious to see and taste their variety of sattvic dishes. Unfortunately, the restaurant serves only buffet meals and no a la carte. So, small eaters will have to go there with a large appetite! Anyways, a lot of their starters and main course dishes appeared to be sattvic. I couldn’t really dissect each dish but by and large they were palatable. What surprised me were the desserts. While there was a section of Indian sweets (probably with sattvic ingredients), there was another section of pastries, tarts, creme caramel, cup cakes and a chocolate fountain! I’m not aware of the entire list of sattvic foods, but I don’t think maida (refined wheat flour / white flour) and refined sugar belong in the sattvic food group. To top it, there was a take-away counter selling only cakes and pastries under the same sattvic brand!
Well, to my knowledge, sattvic foods are those which are easy to digest, beneficial for the body and promote mental health and clarity of thought. Water, whole grains, pulses, dals, most vegetables, fruits, nuts, honey and raw dairy foods (unpasteurised, non-homogenised) fall into the sattvic group.
If any of you have more information on sattvic foods, please do share. Thank you.
Seems to be the season of Farmers Markets. I went to a Farmers Market last Sunday at The Yoga House in Indiranagar, Bangalore. Stalls showcasing delicious organic honey (monofloral and regular) by Honey Day, pomegranate tea, chocolates and toffees by Maduban, a variety of organic foods by the organic store i2cook, whole wheat goodies by Lluvia bakery, organic millet cookies by Belly & Soul, and the ever popular organic dairy foods by Akshayakalpa and much-in-demand organic fresh vegetables & grains by Buffalo Back. Although it was a small initiative, I picked up some nice items in this market which was put together by Vishalakshi Padmanabhan of Buffalo Back.
And there’s another Farmers Market organised by the well known food expert, Karen Anand, on Sunday, March 2nd at the Royal Orchid Hotel (off old airport road) from 11 am to 7 pm. Participants vary from restaurants and home bakers to wineries and foodies. One can expect organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, bakery foods and gourmet foods in this market. Culinary demonstrations are also planned.