If you like healthy food, Forgotten Food at The Green Path is the place for you. The food here is not just organic but also revives healthy options like millets and gives it a tasty makeover.
Name: Forgotten Food – The Green Path Organic State
Location: No. 185/,1 Opposite Metro Station, Rajeev Gandhi Circle, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram Bangalore. Phone: 080-23569777/9538256777
Ambience: The decor of the restaurant is in tune with the food. So you have recycled wood furniture with a distress finish, corrugated wood, lots of plants in bamboo containers and even the electricity is all solar energy. The whole place is cooled using water.
What we ate: In order to experience the food here, it is best to go for the buffet where you get a wide selection of dishes using a variety of millets. And make no mistake, all the food served here is tasty and yet vegan! In fact there is a huge wall dedicated to the different kinds of millets in glass jars so you can see what you are eating. The restaurant has a tag line “meet the millet” and the food only uses millet and whole grain flours, jaggery and brown sugar, Himalayan rock salt, cold pressed oil, organic pure ghee, natural herbs and spices and natural fruits and flavours. The food is prepared without using maida (refined flour), white processed sugar, salt, refined oil, hydrogenated fats, ajinomoto, colouring agents and artificial flavours and additives. The idea is to revive traditional foods and a meal here will open your eyes to what millets can do for your health. “At the Organic State, we have begun our Good Food movement through our restaurant, Forgotten Food. At Forgotten Food, we bring to your table traditional cuisines and secret recipes you may have forgotten. And it’s 100 percent organic! You will meet the millet, a variety of small whole grains, rich in fibre and with high nutritive value. Our buffet celebrates all kinds of millets, including our M-Crust pizza – pizza made with millet flour,” says Founder, H. R. Jayaram. Start your meal with a soup, we had tomato basil soup that has a light texture which makes it easy to drink. Salads are also on offer so you can sample fresh green salad as well as hot boiled lentil salad. Follow this with starters like roasted spiced vegetables, Nuchinunde or steamed dumplings of rice and dal, breads and buns made from millets, aloo chaat and more. All these dishes are made from millets and taste great and were served on our table. For the main course head to the buffet and you can select from millet bisibele baath made with lentils and vegetables, fluffy red rice dosas served with a dal chutney, steamed red rice, vibrant greens, vegetable gravy and flavoured rice. The pongal here is also made with foxtail millet and tastes delectable. Even the desserts are healthy – so you have Ragi (finger millet) eggless brownies made from raw cocoa, raw cake from dry fruits and delectable holige – made in the live counter. Try the unique Ragi ice cream made by thick ragi milk that is a speciality here. In all this is a meal that will leave you feeling good and what can be better than that?
Price points: Rs 1100 approximately, meal for two, plus taxes. Alcohol not served.
Here is a recipe of Brownie from the chefs at Green Path
185 g unsalted butter
185 g fresh cocoa chocolate
85 g ragi flour (finger millet)
40 g fresh cocoa powder
100 g milk chocolate
150 g curd
275 g jaggery
In a double boiler mix the butter and chocolate together, stirring occasionally to mix them without lumps. Leave the melted mixture to cool to room temperature.
Using a shallow square tin cut out a square of non-stick baking parchment to line the base.
Sieve ragi flour and cocoa powder into a sieve held over a medium bowl. With a large sharp knife, chop milk chocolate into chunks on a board. Whisk the curd in a large bowl and add jaggery and continue to whisk the mixture until it becomes thick and creamy.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the curd and jaggery mixture, and then gently fold together with a rubber spatula. Put the ragi flour and cocoa powder into the above mixture and fold in both mixtures. Finally, stir in the milk chocolate chunks until they are dotted throughout.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it evenly to the corners. Place the tin in the pre heated oven and bake it for 25 – 30 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
This story appeared in Femina’s South Split section dated November 22, 2016:
And to know more about the health benefits of millets, read my story here.