BENGALURU: What comes to your mind when you think about a diabetic-friendly meal? Sawdust or something that is tasteless and unappetising, right? The Diabetic Food Trail, which winds through various city restaurants, is changing that perception.
We visit Barleyz restaurant, one of the trail stops, in Koramangala. Our meal starts with Shallots and Sweet Corn Soup and it tastes of a regular, appetising vegetable soup. Chef Vivek Pawar has used olive oil instead of the regular cooking oil, and has used low sodium salt and boiled carrot, zucchini and yellow squash in it.
Spicy Stir Fried Chicken is chicken strips that are dipped in tempura flour, to ensure that they absorb less oil when fried. The chicken is soft and meaty. As we bite into it, we taste garlic, pepper and dark soya sauce.
Tempura herbed eggs with lemon paprika dip is served without egg yolk. The yolk cavity is replaced with lemon paprika dip, and the whole egg is deep fried. Again, it is coated with tempura flour. The tangy dip is paired well with the egg white.
The starters are accompanied by drinks such as Cinnamon Apple Symphony and Fruity Jasmine Tea. As the name suggests, Cinnamon Apple Symphony is made with apple and cinnamon, with granules of apple. It is a sweet drink.
Fruity Jasmine Tea is orange in colour and has green apple, cinnamon and orange as the main ingredients. Again, a sweet drink. The green apple and orange taste make it refreshing.
Oats and Vegetable Khichdi with Raw Mango Salsa is made like regular khichdi. It has carrots, zucchini, beans and other vegetables boiled along with oats. Spices such as cloves, cinnamon and star anise add flavours, and it is served with Mango Salsa and pappad shaped as a cone.
Guava Rabdi has the sweetness of guava, and has added low-fat milk and stevia leaves to make it healthy.
The trail is on till November 30. Seema Pinto, the brain behind this initiative, says that some of them have decided to continue serving the dishes till December 15.