Monday, October 4, 2010
‘Sanjeevanam’ Vegetarian-Ayurvedic Multi-cuisine Restaurant (Bangalore, Chennai, and Kozhikode)
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Bangalore is getting better and better by the day for the vegans! The latest to join the list of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in Bangalore is 'Sanjeevanam' Ayurvedic Health Restaurant that was inaugurated in Koramangala in August, 2010. There are three Sanjeevanam restaurants in Chennai already with one in Kozikode as well. Sanjeevanam comes from the stable of Cholayil Company, the manufacturers of the cruelty-free Medimix soaps. Cholayil is amongst Kerala's most famous and respected Ayurvedic families practicing Ayurveda for generations.
Sanjeevanam serves authentic Kerala cuisine; and when we say authentic, we mean the way it is supposed to be – by amalgamating the principles of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy. The food is cooked on slow fire and is rich in dietary fibers. Prepared by specially trained cooks without using ingredients such as white sugar, coloring agents, and other artificial stimulants, preservatives, and so on, the natural goodness of vitamins and minerals is retained in every preparation. What’s more, each dish is prepared in earthen, bronze, and copper vessels only.
Sanjeevanam offers two options – The Rajakeeyam meals served in buffet style (in Bangalore) and on banana leaves (in Chennai and Kozhikode), and a la carte meals.
|The Rajakeeyam meal|
The signature Rajakeeyam meal from Sanjeevanam is rather interesting and stimulating served with much fervor and reverence by the staff. Rajakeeyam is a nutritionally balanced satvik meal based on the principles of Ayurveda and Naturopathy. The meal is eaten in an organized manner that prescribes the nutrients of fruits and vegetables to be absorbed by the system prior to the grains. Read on.
1) The fare begins with ripe banana slices with grated coconuts. This offering acts like an appetizer and is sure to set your taste buds on fire. (first course)
2) The fire is doused by five varieties of juices served like vodka shots that need to be taken in a certain order, from right to left.The Vegan juices are the Date Juice (rich in minerals), Vegetable Clear Soup (appetizer), and Bran Rice Water (rich in vitamin B).The other two juices are varieties of buttermilk made from animal milk. (second course)
3) The third course consists of uncooked divine vegetable dishes soaked in coconut milk and puttu. Don’t worry about the ones that appear like raita, they’re made up of coconut milk.
4) The fourth course consists of semi-cooked/semi-raw/semi-roasted vegetable dishes, succulent and crunchy at the same time, perhaps one of its kind that you can find.
5) The fifth course consists of fully cooked vegetable dishes with whole-red rice, sambar, rasam, morkozhumbu, and several chutneys.
6) Finally it is time for the payasam and viola! The payasam is made from coconut milk garnished with dry fruits. It tastes heavenly!
Cost for Rajakeeyam meal: Rs.200/- per person.
Lunch timings: 12noon to 3:00pm, all days in the week.
Dinner timings: 7:00pm to 11:00pm, available on Saturday and Sunday only.
A la carte meals
Check the Sanjeevanam a la carte menu card by clicking the images below. You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of items that are Vegan. The fare includes North Indian, South Indian, Tandoori, and Continental cuisine aimed at satisfying the plates and tastes of the health conscious, ethical food connoisseurs.
A la carte timings: 12noon to 11pm, open all days in the week. Serves lunch, evening snacks, and dinner.
Some interesting facts about Sanjeevanam
• A place where you’ll find vegan drinks in the a la carte without worrying that there will be dairy. The Dhania coffee, Ginger coffee, and Thulasi coffee are great and refreshing!
• Water is served lukewarm and mixed with either jeera, methi, dhania, or vetiver.
• Now this one sounds too good to be true, Sanjeevanam uses palm candy as the sweetening agent as opposed to refined white sugar.
• As said earlier, all food is prepared in copper, earthen, and bronze vessels in accordance with the ancient principles of Ayurveda.
• Vegetables are not refrigerated and cooked food is not reheated. Vegetables are always bought fresh and consumed on the same day.
• The fruits and vegetables are organically grown and locally produced.
• Moderation is implemented when it comes to masalas. And yes, no red chili, onion, and garlic is used in accordance with the Jain principles of eating.
• The food is prepared on slow fire, slow food. So, be prepared to wait for at least 20 minutes before the food is served to you. It is worth the wait! Nutrition and taste sustained.
Click here for the addresses of the Sanjeevanam restaurants in Bangalore, Chennai (Adyar, Mugappair, and Nungambakkam), and Kozhikode.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~Albert Einstein, Physicist~