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A serving of health

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Mystic India's new wellness menu

Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

To herald the new year, the Mystic India restaurant, located at Whitter Village in Ironshore, Montego Bay, St James, has launched a new wellness-inspired menu, catering to health-conscious eaters.

The new menu features a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. It also embraces more nourishing ingredients and better food-preparation techniques.

"I realised that the people in MoBay are very health conscious, so we are offering them dishes that are prepared with less salt, less oil and we alter our cooking according to our customers specifications ... . We are using ingredients that contain less carbohydrates and are rich in protein and vitamins," owner of Mystic India, Kareena Mahbubani, told Food, in explaining the rationale behind the restaurant's new wellness menu.

And healthy eaters are sure to find something on this new menu to please their palates. Those with a penchant for legumes will find beans foogath quite delicious. This dish is made up of green beans, flavoured with freshly grated coconut, onions, tomatoes and cumin seeds. The beans are cooked to a crunch and served up with missi roti, Mystic India's version of gluten-free bread. Diners also have the option of having this dish with brown rice, which is cooked on request.

Soup lovers will find the restaurant's dal soup quite appetising. Nutrient-packed yellow lentils are the main ingredients of this soup, garnished with cilantro and lemon juice. Malai, a specially marinated broccoli, goes very well with this soup.

A chicken tikka salad is also among the Mystic India's newest offerings. This salad features succulent cubes of deliciously marinated grilled chicken, tossed with fresh bites of cucumber, carrot, lettuce and tomato, and served with a yogurt-based dressing. Toasted sesame seeds are sprinkled for added appeal.

Staying true to its signature curry flavour, Mystic India offers its version of wholesomely cooked meat in chicken jalfrezie. Onions, tomatoes, sweet pepper and garlic are the primary ingredients used to cook this dish, as opposed to the standard cashew creme and/or dairy products.

According to Mahbubani, Mystic India's choice of ingredients is based on the ancient Asian principle of Ayurvedic. She said: "There is a reason why they are all added into a dish, turmeric, for example, is good for inflammation ... these ingredients bring balance into the body and get it to a state that is in harmony with nature, so we don't have an excess of anything."

Of course, no dining experience is complete without adding a drink or two, so along with its new dishes; the Mystic India is also offering new wines to diners. These come in the forms of Bonterra, a red wine, and Pinot Noir, which is white. Both add to Mystic India's already impressive collection of more than 50 wines, and diners will be further delighted to know that all wines have been paired with the restaurant's signature dishes. Additionally, red wines are decanted for added flavour.

First-time guests to Mystic India may also find its Asian modern decor appealing. Intimate booths with cushions for comfortable seating are featured in its dining room, which is also air-conditioned. Outdoor dining is also facilitated on the restaurant's three balcony areas. Alternatively, diners can opt for their meals to be delivered at home, via a home-delivery service.