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Multi-cuisine madness
Arushi Sharma
Monday, August 17, 2015
For everyone who's paranoid about what goes into their food, you're in luck. With five live theatre kitchens, Tamra at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel promises a culinary journey like no other. Cuisines range from Indian to Asian (Thai, Malay, Singaporean and Chinese), also accompanied by a Japanese and Teppanyaki counter. And what meal would be complete without an extensive salad bar and a cheese and dessert counter? But how do you eat healthy when you (literally) have the world laid out on a buffet table? To make your life easier, we asked Delhi-based nutrition expert, Lovneet Batra to give us a better idea on how to eat healthy without depriving our taste buds.

"It's easy to get overwhelmed by so many options, but it is critical to pick the right ones," she cautions while scanning the menu. For starters, she orders a classic Caesar salad with asparagus, a salad of rocket and the lesser-known-but-equallyhealthy papaya salad. As we wait, Batra points to the bread basket, a regular accompaniment at most restaurants and dishes out a quick tip, "Try and stay away from breads because they add empty calories and make your hungrier." She also notes that between all three salads, the rocket salad is probably your best choice. "The more the colours, the better," she says. "Traditional salads like Caeser and papaya, have dressings which make them very high in fat. So if you'd like to have either, make sure you get the dressing on the side." From the soups, Batra chooses the very popular sweetand-sour soup, a minestrone soup and a tom kha soup.

"When it comes to soup, the biggest challenge is the high levels of sodium," she stresses. But what do you do when you'd want to indulge? "Pick the minestrone, and make sure they add a lot of veggies," she adds. "But make sure you keep the pasta out, which is loaded with empty carbs," she adds.

Finally as the main course rolls out, it looks nothing short of a cross-continental feast! The variety includes, crispy fried sole, a traditional chicken curry, a chicken burger, stir-fried chicken and chicken teriyaki. But something feels amiss without some tandoori roti, whole wheat penne in pesto sauce or good-old-fashioned sticky rice.

"You know fried isn't good for you, so go with the basics. Make sure your chicken curry is thin in texture and tomato-based for antioxidants like lycopene." Go with this simple rule: Half your plate should be veggies, onefourth proteins and one-fourth healthy carbohydrates.

"You can eat smart, enjoy your meal and still stay healthy without all the guilt," states Batra. And we whole-heartedly agree with her!

TAMRA, Shangri-La's Eros Hotel
Ashoka Road, Connaught Place
New Delhi, Ph: 011 4119 1010

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