A platter filled with healthy salads and juices is what Indore would be offering to South African players on their visit to the city for the One Day International match with India on Wednesday.
Arriving at 4:40 pm on Monday, both teams would stay at Hotel Radisson in the city.
With no special individual requests received by the hotel so far, the guidelines from the BCCI clearly state a high-nutrition and low calorie-low sugar diet for the South Africans.
“There are strict instructions that the menu should not include any high-calorie dish. Nutrition value needs to be maintained with a focus on juices, fruits and salads,” said Sujeet Singh, executive chef of Radisson.
Preparing a special salad and sandwich station for the players, the main ingredients for the dishes would be low-calorie vegetables like cucumber, capsicum and carrots amongst others.
Multi-grain pasta and brown bread would also be served to ensure that the energy level is high on the menu.
In non-vegetarian preparations, the South Africans would explore meat dishes like grilled chicken and lamb, instead of the regular stew and curry preparations.
“The taste has been asked to keep a little bland to suit their palette. Moreover, we have been asked to make use of herbs and curries to its minimum level,” said Sujeet Singh.
Indian team members would be offered a regular Indian preparation, with some replacements in the ingredients.
“The roti would be made of millet (Bajra) instead of wheat to upscale its nutrition value. Also, the rice preparations will contain only red rice and unpolished rice. A wide variety of pulses would be included in the menu. The vegetable curry preparations will include only green vegetables to make it more nutritious,” said Singh.
The hotel staff confirmed that the BCCI has stated clearly in the guidelines to not include deserts in the menu, considering the high calorie value of the dishes.