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Healthfully correct

The name 'Correct Eating Place' in Bandra, shines like a beacon for those looking to well, eat correctly. Vidya Balachander explores the eatery.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 29, 2008 02:35 IST
Vidya Balachander

Correct Eating Place, Bandra

The name shines like a beacon for those looking to well, eat correctly. So it’s no surprise that Correct Eating Place was once called Health Junction. In its erstwhile avatar, it was a popular takeout joint for PGs in Bandra looking for a light meal that was also light on the wallet. Little has changed at this tiny eatery on Chimbai Road since. It’s still more a takeout restaurant that has all of two tables and a few bar stools to boast of.

The menu, generously sprinkled with superlatives, claims that “every ingredient is very thoughtfully considered and substituted with the healthiest options after extensive research.” We decided to put these claims to the test, with some help from nutritionist Dr Nupur Krishnan.

First off: ABCD

Eh? It’s a mocktail combining carrots, sweet lime and tomatoes.

Do all those mix? In fact, they do. This veggie-cum-fruit drink was just right for the sweltering summer and refreshingly free of artificial sweetness.

Will it make your skin glow or some such? According to Dr Krishnan, carrots and sweet lime have different enzymes that don’t necessarily mix. But the moderately pulpy mocktail provided much-needed dietary fibre.

Calorie meter: 60-70 calories with 0.5 gm of fat

Up next: Oriental salad

Qu’est que c’est? Sprouts, spring onions, celery, carrots, capsicum, mushroom and peanuts tossed together in soya sauce.

The rating? The salad was fresh, crunchy (thanks to the peanuts) and tasty without drowning in soya sauce. Still, we would have preferred a healthier dressing to sodium-laden soya.

Err…There is a silver lining though. You can toss together your own salad, choosing from eight dressings including tangy mint and honey-mustard.

Calorie meter: 70-80 calories with up to 1.5 gm of fat.

What else? Health bhel

Was it any good? This combination of puffed rice and sprouts in coriander chutney with a hint of lime was light and tasted distinctly healthy if a little less tangy than its street side variant.

What about the nutrients? “In comparison to other street food, it is definitely healthier,” said Dr Krishnan. The puffed rice and coriander are both rich in iron, sprouts are rich in protein and the dish is virtually fat-free.

Calorie meter: 55-65 calories

The main course Chicken junglee sandwich

Yahoo?! The name remains a bit of a mystery to us. Why should a whole-wheat sandwich stuffed with boiled chicken in mayo sauce be considered junglee?

Was it wildly exciting? Truth be told, no. The chicken was underdone and the mayo sauce didn’t alter the bland taste of the sandwich.

Was it healthy? Thanks to the whole-wheat bread, the sandwich had some dietary fibre. The chicken made it rich in proteins while the mayo sauce provided a small amount of fat. But even low-cal mayo has a high sodium content, warned Dr Krishnan.

Calorie meter: 140 calories with 4-5 gm of fat
Total calorie count: 340 calories
Dent in the wallet: Rs 222