A Round-Up of The Very Enlightening Diabetic Masterclass, Bangalore

Yesterday, on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, a Diabetic Masterclass was organised at Hotel Anjappar, Koramangala, Bangalore. The class, organised by the Diabetes Food Trail (Go here to understand what the trail is all about!) in co-ordination with Britannia NutriChoice Essentials, aimed at spreading awareness about diabetes and about the fact that food for diabetics (or healthy food, in general) can be tasty as well. I am happy to tell you that I was a part of the event too, along with some other food bloggers. And, I am very glad I was, for it was such an enlightening experience.

Seema and Manoj, founders of the Diabetic Food Trail, start off the Masterclass

The event started with an informative presentation by Biocon, one of the largest producers of medicines for diabetes. Followed by this, renowned nutritionist Geeta GH went on to elaborate on the different kinds of food that diabetics and health-conscious people should include in their daily diet. This was a lovely, energetic, enthusiastic session that provided me a whole lot of information on what I should be eating and what I shouldn’t. The session reinforced my belief in eating locally, eating seasonal produce, cutting down on processed food, and eating everything that you love, but in moderation, rather than racking my brains on trying to understand the thousands of nuances in cooking/eating different types of food.

Nutritionist Geeta GH speaking about how to go about eating a healthy diet

Post this was the turn of celebrity chef Irfan Pabaney from Sassy Spoon, Mumbai, to go on stage. Were we all excited?! Of course, we were!

Some of the ingredients, ready and waiting to be used in some wonderful dishes!

Chef Pabaney demonstrated two lovely recipes – a Curried Quinoa Salad and a Roasted Pumpkin and Brown Rice Risotto – which were oh-so-delicious.

Seema and Chef Pabaney with the Curried Quinoa Salad
A close-up of the Curried Quinoa Salad
A close-up of Chef Pabaney’s Roasted Pumpkin and Brown Rice Risotto

Then, Chef Jinnendra of Smally’s, Church Street, Bangalore went on stage to demonstrate the two recipes we had tried earlier as part of the Diabetic Dessert Trail – No-Bake Muesli Cheesecake With NutriChoice Essentials Oats Cookies and Twisted RagiChoco Cake with NutriChoice Essentials Ragi Cookies. Gorgeousness, I say!

Chef Jinnendra on stage
A close-up of the No-Bake Muesli Cheesecake
Chef Jinnendra demonstrating the Twisted RagiChoco Cake
A close-up of the Twisted RagiChoco Cake

After this, Anjappar’s Head Chef from Chennai, Chef Tamil, came up on stage to demonstrate two very interesting recipes – a Drumstick Soup and a Chettinad Bitter Gourd Garlic Kaara Kozhambu. Lip-smacking, I must say!

Chef Tamil on stage
That’s the drumstick soup!
And that is the lovely, lovely, lovely Bitter Gourd and Garlic Kaara Kozhambu!

Can you believe that all of these beautiful-looking dishes are actually healthy? Well, they are! The recipes for each of these dishes have been modified to make them healthier and diabetic-friendly. With these dishes (which I can’t wait to try out at home now!), you can eat delish food, guilt-free. Now, if that isn’t a win-win situation, I don’t know what is. πŸ™‚

PS: For those of you who are interested in the recipes, I will be sharing them soon, after I try them out at home.


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