A diner that is frequented by celebrities like batsman Sachin Tendulkar, actor-director Dev Anand and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been declared the best healthy-eating restaurant in the UK by BBC’s food channel.
Indali Lounge in London, set up by Indian entrepreneur Dr Kartar Lalvani, doesn’t use butter, cream or ghee in its preparations and serves fibre-rich meals to its customers. "Indali Lounge... is the healthiest curry house in the UK. They don’t use butter, cream or ghee and the naans are made with flour, oats and barley to maximise fibre and minimise starch. Meals are slow-cooked to retain nutrients," said the channel.
"The upmarket cocktail bar atmosphere, with lilac flourishes and slick surfaces, adds a contemporary touch to this evolved British Indian cooking," it added.
"I am happy that my efforts to promote healthy Indian food have been recognised," said Lalvani, who has been in the UK for 53 years. He revealed how he always found it frustrating to frequently hear people saying how tasty Indian food is, yet how they felt bloated and heavy after eating it, and how unhealthy it was.
That is when Indali was conceptualised. Chefs here use organic produce, probiotic yoghurts and spices with medicinal qualities to create dishes that won’t compromise on one’s waistline. "I have created some extraordinary Indian dishes completely free from butter, ghee and cream and reduced the traditional high levels of spices, and yet created dishes which are as tasty, if not more," he said.
Some of the well known dishes served at the restaurant? "Butter chicken without butter and daal-makhani without makkhan." Lalvani has applied for a patent for his products.