I’d like to begin by saying all ingredients that we use in our recipes are 100% natural. Besides honey, milk, and milk based products, which are specially mentioned wherever used, all the ingredients are plant based and 100% vegetarian. I’d like to look at cooking more as an art form, rather than a sedentary mundane activity, and it does take some effort to make the recipes effective and appealing while keeping all the health benefits and nutritional values intact.
Natural Food Colours
The experience of fine dining involves all of our senses, i.e. sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. And the first of them is ‘sight’. Appearance of food plays a vital role in appetising. The way the food looks is the first thing that every diner experiences and it happens even before he or she has even smelt or touched the food. Although coloring is a small part of the food preparation, the visual stimulation and sensation is as important as the flavour. Although not much concerned with the nutritional and health benefits they certainly add scoops of visual appeal and satisfaction values to what could otherwise be just plain unappetising.
Food colouring is as much an art as it is for a painter or a designer. We use 100% plant based colours that also carry nutritional values along with their colouring properties. They come from various edible sources such as berries, flowers, algae, minerals, fruits and vegetables.
Maqui - Purple
Aristotelia chilensis, known as maqui or Chilean wineberry, is a tree species in the Elaeocarpaceae family native to South America in the Valdivian temperate rainforests of Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina. Limited numbers of these trees are cultivated in gardens for their small fruits, known as maqui berries. Most of the fruits commercially marketed come from the wild. (Wikipedia)
Maqui berries are loaded with antioxidants and are found to have a lot of health benefits that include far lesser free radical damages and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. (more here)
Beet root powder
Besides being a source of sugar, Beetroot is packed with fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C, and can be associated with a lot of health benefits including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure and higher energy levels.