‘Care for a glass of Burgundy ma’am?’
‘No thanks, I will just have a Beetroot juice please’
The USP of Amal Tamara’s cuisine is to make ‘invalid food’ seem very very ‘valid’ indeed 😀
The purely vegetarian ayurvedic menu incorporates ingredients which adhere to the principles of ayurveda, resulting in food that is easy to digest and assimilate and aid the healing process.
So let sit down at our table in the restaurant called Oottupura and let us sample what they call Cure cuisine, while we experience the level of pampering that goes into making every guest feel special even with healthy and simple fare which is not rich in fats and spices.
At Oottupura, one can choose to dine indoors or outside on the verandah by the pool.
Cure cuisine –
Wellness food has a new name. Cure cuisine, true to its stylish label, is food that is prepared here with ingredients that are permitted by ayurvedic principles, which naturally also mean that they are healthy and suitable for treating various ailments, with the added benefit of being presented in a gourmet and highly visually appealing manner.
The dishes are prepared without the use of refined and polished ingredients including sea salt, white sugar, refined flours and chemical additives or colors.
Rock salt, honey, jaggery, wholegrain flours and other such alternatives, have a presence in their menu.
Every meal is prepared not just uniquely for every individual as per the doctor’s recommendation but is also absolutely freshly made with no compromise. And their creativity definitely merits a mention too, with innovations or should I say Onio’vations like Onion payasam for example.
The executive chef being on leave, the other chef Sanu and team, went all out to make mealtimes memorable for me.
Most of the produce is procured locally and plans are on to also grow their own vegetables. It is especially delightful to savor items that are made from their home grown coconuts.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the main meals served here and a small tea time snack called Healthy Bites provides the evening’s excitement.
Portions and dishes are as per the treatment and hence are different for each guest.
All meals are accompanied by spice/condiment infused hot water which uses ingredients like coriander, cumin, curry leaves or other herbs.
The charming part of every meal is the endearing little paper scroll fastened with a ring of palm leaf strip. This bears the menu details and gives the ego a boost with the name of the guest printed at the bottom. I loved this so much that I collected all my menus 😀
Also good for the ego, are the highly attentive and perceptive kitchen and dining staff, who make it a point to explain each dish and to be at hand to serve and clear up intuitively.
Mindful eating is the conviction they try to instill in their guests, where the food has to be savored with all the senses in order to be of maximum benefit to the body. Hence electronic gadgets and other items of distraction are frowned upon while dining.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 10.30 am and usually consists of innovative juices like Pomegranate Aloe, Beet, Tender coconut smoothie etc. A painstakingly cut fruit salad, a main dish like idiyappam or dosa or puttu etc and an accompanying stew or curry or sambhar or chutney, completes the breakfast.
Lunch is served from 12.30 – 2.30 pm and the components of a typical meal are a salad, 3 vegetable dishes (dry and gravy), unpolished rice, Indian bread like roti/paratha etc and a dessert.
Healthy Bites are offered from 4 – 5 pm daily and consist of a Kerala snack or similar item, along with herbal drink like ginger or green tea.
The day ends early at Amal Tamara and hence dinner is served from 6.30 to 8 pm. All activity ceases after dinner.
A standard dinner has a soup, a couple of vegetable starters, chapathi and a couple of accompanying sabjis (side dishes). Salads or any other raw ingredients are not to be eaten at night time and hence are not provided. Likewise sweets/desserts are not served at night.
A quick look at the meals –
Candlelight dinner –
Sometimes if you have been very very very good, you are treated to a magical candlelight dinner near the lawn where you are soothed by the gentle sparkling of the stars and the murmuring of the tranquil waters of the lake ahead.
And yes I was exceptionally well behaved, therefore I had my own special table one night, complete with my Cindrella’esqe carved pumpkin and all the other trappings of indulgence😎 One can really get used to such pampering!
Culinary sessions –
Speaking of food, the guests are also treated to cooking lessons where they learn to prepare their own Cure cuisine. This is one of the many activities which are a part of the total healing experience at Amal Tamara.
I was offered one such detailed session where the chef accompanied by the F&B team, prepared an exhaustive range of dishes spanning a full course of a typical lunch.
Needless to say, it was an exciting activity.
More about this in the blog on Amal Tamara – Experiences.
Please Note – This is a collaboration, based on the invitation of Amal Tamara and I thank them for hosting me with their warm hospitality. The narrative is based on the inputs that I received from various sources as well as my own experiences.
This itinerary was specially curated, hence some of the features might have been personalized accordingly. Before booking, please check the facilities offered in your package.
Nov 15th-18th, 2022