There are many people in India who are suffering from diabetes and they always complain about having to eat healthy and tasteless food. But, with the Diabetic Food Trail and Masterclass, having to eat tasteless food is the thing of the past.

Why? Because The Diabetic Masterclass which I had the privilege to attend showed some delicious and super quick recipes. The chefs at the Meluha The Fern hotel at Powai, Mumbai had some amazing #DiaBeatIt friendly recipes to which can be easily made at home. there are many recipes and ways you can turn your healthy food in a lovely amalgamation and blend of tastes.

The Diabetic Masterclass

If you thought that there are no such diabetic friendly and delicious recipes both at the same time, then you are wrong. By attending this masterclass, I came to know few things about recipes and ingredients which can turn your dish into a healthy one with a lovely amalgamation and blend of tastes.

Along with that, if you are having a sweet tooth, then it is time to rejoice as I learnt about a sweet dish, a diabetic friendly one which all of us can have with some little tweaks here and there that too without compromising the taste.

But first, let me introduce to you about The Diabetic Food Trail.

The Diabetic Food Trail is in its second season in a much bigger scale. This time around there are more than 200 participating restaurants in top five cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Bengaluru. The main purpose is to give Diabetics, Pre-Diabetics and Health conscious individuals a delicious food without compromising on the taste and yet being diabetic friendly. 

This unique culinary experience will introduce patrons suffering from diabetes to eating in an all new healthy and diabetic friendly fashion. This year’s Diabetic Food Trail starts on 12th November 2016.  Celebrated chefs from acclaimed restaurants across the country will get a chance to showcase their culinary talents to an all new set of target audience that did not have many options for healthy and diabetic food in the city.

You can check their Facebook page for more details.

So are you guys excited to know few of the dishes which I got to enjoy at this superb Masterclass event?

Naaa… Not too quick.

Let me first introduce to you the Master Chef, the one along with his lovely team of chefs to be at the helm of the affairs at Meluha The Fern ecotel hotel, Mumbai. He is none other than The Executive Chef, Parimal Sawant.

Me with Executive chef Parimal Sawant of Meluha The Fern

Me with Executive chef Parimal Sawant of Meluha The Fern

 

Yes, he is the man behind all the wonderful dishes which I had the privilege to enjoy. So without keeping you waiting anymore, let me tell you some of the delicious diabetic friendly dishes.

 

  1. Healthy Salad Fix with Maple Lemon dressing

Ingredients – Broccoli , Rucola, Apples, Walnuts and mix leaf lettuce with honey lemon dressing

Energy -Calories: 391, Fat: 38.6g, Carbs: 12.2g, Protein: 1.6g

Quantity

 

1

20gms

1

60 gms

50 gms

100 gms

 

Salt &Pepper

1 tablespoon

1/4 cup

2 tablespoons

1 cup

1/2 teaspoon

1/8 teaspoon

 

Ingredients

 

Apple sliced

Walnuts

Lemon

Broccoli

Rucola

Large Ice berg lettuce hearts

 

 

Dijon mustard

Fresh lemon juice

Maple syrup

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

1.Combine all ingredients, stirring well with a whisk.

2.Cover and chill until ready to serve.

3.Mix all the ingredients together and assemble in a salad plate.

4.Drizzle the maple lemon dressing on the salad and serve it cold.

Healthy Salad Fix with Maple lemon dressing:

Healthy Salad Fix with Maple lemon dressing

 

2. Soup – Spinach lentil and wild rice soup

Calories: 160, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 31g, Protein: 6g

Spinach lentil and wild rice soup

Spinach lentil and wild rice soup

 

3. Pan seared Salmon with spinach, beans and lemon garlic

Calories: 328, Fat: 15.9g, Carbs: 6g, Protein: 40.1g

 

Ingredients

 

Salmon –

Spinach –

String beans

Herbs –

Lemon –

Garlic –

Parsley –

Olive oil –

Salt Pepper

 

Quantity

 

190gms

100gms

50gms

5gms

1no

5gms

5gms

10ml

 

Method

1.Marinated the salmon with salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil.

2.Pan sear the salmon till it is medium done.

3.Sautee the spinach and string beans.

4.Make a sauce of olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon.

5.Assemble the salmon vegetables and the sauce in a plate and                     

6.Serve it hot.

Pan seared Salmon with spinach, beans and lemon garlic

Pan seared Salmon with spinach, beans and lemon garlic

 

4. Dessert – Asparagus fondue with ragi crackers

Calories: 299.3, Fat: 16.5g, Carbs: 14.1g, Protein: 17.4g

Asparagus fondue with ragi crackers

Asparagus fondue with ragi crackers

 

After tasting the above delicacies rich in taste, I was now eagerly awaiting to taste the scrumptious menu the Chefs at Meluha The Fern – Tiara Restaurant had prepared for us.

So the first served was a salad ..

Arugula with cranberry and toasted walnut 

Aragulla with cranberry and toasted walnut

Arugula with cranberry and toasted walnut

 

Second was the soup.

Squash and golden corn soup

Squash and golden corn soup

Squash and golden corn soup

 

The next dish was Broccoli croquettes

Broccoli croquettes

Broccoli croquettes

 

It was followed by Tofu and veg stir fry with brown rice

Tofu and veg stir fry with brown rice

Tofu and veg stir fry with brown rice

And finally… it was time for the dessert!!

And here it is, the most awesome and mouth watering dessert (yes, diabetic friendly) ever…

Poached apple and walnut with granola

Poached apple and walnut with granola

 

It is needless to say that all the above dishes were simply amazing. Each of them was so delicious and finely cooked that I was left craving for more.

This shows that if you are suffering from diabetics, it is not necessary to completely avoid the tastes and have simple food. The above dishes can be prepared at home as well. If not, you can always visit the restaurant, TIARA and enjoy their menu.

Now, a little info about the founders of this wonderful concept – Diabetic Food Trail.

The Diabetic Food Trail® has been founded by Seema Pinto and Manoj Pinto and is presented by Semora Entertainment Works. Seema Pinto, who is a diabetic, is very passionate about the Diabetic Food Trail, and hopes that in the years to come, the Diabetic Food Trail is not restricted to just 3 weeks in a year. Her vision is to see that all the restaurants will serve a healthy and diabetic friendly menu as part of the regular menu, thereby giving people a choice to eat healthy, throughout the year. She says. “With the current lifestyle being what it is, it isn’t uncommon for people to get diabetes at an early age. Most people are not aware that they are pre-diabetic and can postpone the onset of diabetes with a well-managed diet and fitness programme. This is a humble initiative on our part to make people aware and take action”

Come, Indulge, Eat Healthy, Be Fit at the Diabetic Food Trail in your City!

Some other info that I captured which needs to be incorporated in the diet for a healthy way of life.

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I am participating in #NaBloPoMo and this is Day 12 post