Govinda ‘s Jumeirah Healthy, Delicious Pure Vegetarian Iftar
Govinda’s Jumeirah has come up with a healthy alternative to Iftar dinners. Tasty vegetarian food, enjoyed by both non-vegetarians and vegetarians is difficult to come across. So when Buzzingtales finds it, we make sure we spread a word. Govinda’s has managed to create a menu that calculates up to only a minimum of 700 calories. This is possible by controlling portion size for an individual along with healthier substitutes. It consists of a beverage, an appetizer, a salad, 2 main course items and last but not least a dessert. All of this employs the sattvic style of cooking. Every dish is cooked without onion and garlic. A sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins.
We started off with an apple cooler. Though refreshing it had an overbearing taste of honey and ginger. However, the appetizer was to die for. The paneer lemon tikka was absolutely mouthwatering the masala was made to perfection. It was tender, moist and melt in your mouth. Even the juicy slice of tomato that came along with it, helped balance out the tanginess of the lemon. It also had dahi wali chutney. It was an Indian mint sauce made with yogurt and coriander drizzled on the plate, which heightened its flavor.
Now the main course was a surprise and it brought the best two dishes of the night. Let’s start with the Risotto Alamandra, which is an Italian rice dish. Govinda’s definitely put a spin to it by using Indian brown rice. Overall, the dish was a hit both amongst adults and children due to its creamy consistency with a cheesy tomato flavor.
The other star of the night was the Bajra roti with Kadai Baby corn. The beauty of this entree was how both roti and curry complimented one another on the plate. The roti was nice and stiff, very crispy to be eaten on its own. Slightly salty but that was not a problem due to the sweet bursts of flavor from the baby corn and capsicum when eaten with the curry. However, let’s not forget their Pizza Peperoncino made with a whole-wheat base, cheese, mushroom, and jalapeños. Even though it was not one of the top dishes it held its own and was extremely satisfying, although a little more on the spicy side.
Finally bringing the lovely evening to an end, we were presented with their version of Date ice cream made from scratch. There was no sugar added the sweetness being only brought in from the dates. The texture was extremely soft and creamy with pieces of the date fruit being infused in it. So if you want to enjoy an extremely satisfying yet healthy and affordable iftar dinner you should surely head on down to Govinda ‘s, Jumeirah.
A Review By Sneha Sivanand for Buzzingtales