Of all the things we ought to follow from celebrity, we never just follow their diet plan or the exercise regime. We like to dress like them, style like them, shop like them but when it comes to fulfil the healthy routine its absurdly tedious. That’s because, whatever we read or see is only the half part of it. With the current trend of health consciousness and strict work outs, achieving the enjoyable and hermit able life isn’t that tough.
As much the salads might look bland and plain, ironically, they can taste equally good if you choose to. The secret lies in the dressings or as we Indians call it the chatni. What is actually a salad? It’s either a raita for North Indians, Koshimbir for Maharashtrians and South Indians call it Palya. But ultimately it acts as a cold refreshing nutrition anyways. The cold refreshments offered by Indians, or the salads that taste delicious rawness and the dried chatnis are a way for changing a healthy food lifestyle. Most of the industrial caterers have opted for compulsorily providing some sort of salad in their daily diet. Of the health consciousness, the salads do have a native touch of the cook who prepares it.
And now you must be feeling that I am drifting off from what this article is totally about. This article is not just about health consciousness, or nutrition or bland salads. Its about the food culture that prevails in whole of India and the hint of native touch it adds to the dish that familiarises different regions. For eg: When you travel south, use of coconut and jaggery is utmost in everything. So how will salads will be an exception to it. All the salads have a staple dressing of coconut oil or coconut milk in it. Pr0obably that’s the reason why the caterers from south have an infamous attitude for ruining the continental salads. But as they mark in continentals, they literally ace when it comes to any dressing, any chatni of the native herbs.
Coconut is highly rich in iron and essential vitamins. Therefore, having salads can not only benefit you weight management routine but is a perfect intake for good hair and good skin. So, achieving a celebrity look with green salads is a win-win for everything. Until recently people were unaware about yet another tasteful Smoothie. Although, not so much of an indian origin, however, smoothies have gained momentum in healthy food lists. So, if you are not a salad person, you definitely can try different health drinks or smoothies. Every single day breakfast or muesli or pancakes can be overwhelming because of the calorie consciousness. But, smoothie or health drinks are a rescue and Holy Grail for weight conscious people. While I was travelling with the locals, I saw that almost everyday consumption of coconut water has benefitted them with shining skin and healthy body. So adding the fresh ripe and slimy coconut into your smoothies will also be of significant importance to your health.
Growing up in an Indian household from a mediocre city, you somehow indulge in kitchen and cooking. Summers fill in with the aroma of pickles, Papad, Muramba and what not traditional recipes any Maharashtrian household has. As the atmosphere gets colder, the kitchen gets warmer and cosier. From the aromas and crazy neighbours to the warm spicyness and overwhelming mothers bring to us the best chatpatas in the monsoons. The transition of the kitchen as per the climate has always made me indulge in the kitchen diaries I have. But as life grew, so did my reluctance for cooking. I was never a fan of cooking, though all my family just loves to be in kitchen making some new thing, experimenting the traditional recipes. But if you ask me, I really love the stereotypical Indian tastes. Holi calls for malpua, padwa calls for Puranpoli and rains call for kandyachi bhaji. Until recently, I did not worry to go and make something for myself anytime. My eagerly awaiting family was always serving me with things that I would just like to enjoy. But, as people got busy and take away menus piling onto our doors, we sort of drifted from kitchen to our living room. The family room turned from a general chitter chatter to rumbling tummies. While we were wondering who will take to kitchen I remembered that awesome place where we could spend some quality time and indulge in our favourite foods of indianness. And when I suggested, I was more than happy because my family liked the place just the way I have been liking it since the day I accidentally set my foot onto it.
So here I am taking a time off to talk about something that matters to me and my family the most and which is very close to my heart. In this big fast forwarding home delivery world, where continental cuisines and foreign food has taken its place where will us foolish Indian food lovers find a sanctuary? Us Indian food lovers are constantly on a quest to be treated with the desi taste and desi style eating. Once when I was running late for a meeting, I planned to drop to this place that said a traditional royal dining experience. Half sceptical and half hungry I went ahead to try it. Although experimental but not about outside food, I tried my luck just this one time. And I was astonished, not because of the food or anything of it, but, what I could see in the menu. There was Taak, there was vangyachi bhaji, there was chhunda and then there also was dodkyachi chatni. Most people would not understand what I am blabbering about, but any Maharashtrain can feel what I am talking about. Even after witnessing the menu I didn’t get my hopes high because I do know how it works. Yet again, I was overwhelmed since my judgement was flawed. I asked for the things and to my surprise I was well-fed with exactly what I ordered. And so, I went to my meeting satisfied and well fed by my proxy family O’Zara- the royal dining experience in the hearts of chakan industrial area.
Pune; mostly known as the Oxford of the east is a home to many aspiring students. However, in recent years, apart from students many workaholics have also made Pune their living dream. As the IT culture crept in, many people who were in search for professional opportunities have made Pune their work town. As the population has increased, the rise of Tiffin system or industrial catering has also been phenomenal. From being an educational hub to the most influential work place, the city has been on the professional rise since industries added themselves. Depending on the demography and the taste of people from different areas, industrial caterers have provided different options that have indulged people to experiment with food and universal tastes. It’s a known fact that south Indian and North Indian dishes are so much omnipresent that people blindly enter any eatery and you get these two options in food anyhow. But, until recently Maharashtrian food has also entered the competition of making their mark. The factors might be many but the end result is people have adapted themselves to the workplace like their own, they most certainly have selected their food style as well.
To get a clear idea of the current food style in Pune, few trends have come up in focus-
Love for spices
Its a known fact that although Indian food might be universally considered as a blend of many different spices, still regional foods have had their unique styles. No two regional foods will be prepared in similar manner. Just like they say that language changes its course ever 20 kms, so does the cooking style. Even in Maharashtrian food you will find variety of making styles that just adds to the tanginess, crispiness and deliciousness of every dish.
When it comes to eating outside, everyone nowadays thinks about the pocket value that is going to be discharged. Eating everyday in some restaurant is definitely a big No-No considering the economical options. The use of raw materials used by any smallest restaurant also puts up the person into weird position after a course of time. This has indeed acted on people choosing to eat in dining hall, mess or caterers; All the more reasons for the rise of industrial caterers.
Flow of Hygiene
Most prominent reason why there is a difference in the home cooked food and outside food is the cleanliness. Every family has a mom who has extensive OCD for her kitchen. This very habit has made food healthier the one that is put on the table. But, you definitely cannot expect this loyalty from people you don’t know who are cooking. Caterers know the importance of hygiene and comply with the utmost measures in keeping their inventory clean and healthy.
Keeping up with what customers want
Time and again does it happen that people tend to get bored with the same tastes and same flavours? The key for any caterer is to know what their customers want. Industrial caterers are somewhere lagging behind in this regard. However there are somehow take extra effort in knowing what variety do their customers want and indulge in change of tastes periodically.