Even as the hospitality industry opens up in stages to welcome guests, there is that one nod to the overriding concern among their guests these days — immunity. Which is why you are likely to be greeted with ‘immunity boosters’ the moment you step into a five-star or resort, or even a sweet shop and a cafe. Immunity booster beverages, dishes, sweets and desserts are the latest buzz word in the hospitality business — a mix of traditional wisdom and innovative concepts. Here’s a sampler…
Traditional concepts, pandemic twist
We have all had kadha at some point or the other. A magic potion for cold and flu, it is made of herbs, dried ginger, black pepper, cloves, small cardamom, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, tulsi and a dash of jaggery for taste. No wonder it was the top choice in this hour of crisis. “Kadha not only boosts immunity, but also helps improve appetite and digestion. It’s an age-old recipe that always works. We are also trying to come up with new variants in the coming days,” informed Anil Bhutoria, managing director of The Stadel.
Others are not far behind. The ITC Royal Bengal and ITC Sonar are also offering its guests a complimentary welcome drink, using traditional immunity boosters, albeit with a twist. “On offer are drinks like amā haridrā tiksnā (using raw turmeric and hand pounded black pepper) and amla rama tulsi pānaka (made with Indian gooseberry and holy basil),” informed Tejinder Singh, area manager east and cluster general manager of the hotels.
Out-of-box fine dine ideas
Those who enjoy health drinks can try a few innovative immunity boosting beverages at The Park. There’s jasmine iced tea, green juice (made of spinach, kale, green apple etc), citrus carrot plus ginger alkalizer and aloe vera and kiwi punch. “Each of these drinks has been concocted keeping in mind their immunity boosting properties,” said Sharad Dewan, regional director, food production of the hotel.
Power-packed immunity lunches
A few hotels are coming up with immunity building menus, which people can even order at home. The Vedic Village Spa and Resort has also curated one. They are using organic veggies grown on their premises. “Some of the items from the special menu are crunchy lettuce and raw turmeric, elephant garlic and wok tossed greens, kaccha haldi murgh, blueberry smoothies and baked apple chutney with multigrain breads, among others,” said Azad Taslim Arif, exeutive chef of the resort.
Another city-based hotel, JW Marriott Kolkata, has introduced a wellness menu for guests, who want to order from home. The hotel’s spread includes immunity boosting dishes like char-grilled asparagus, vegetables and barley soup, wild mushrooms and tofu in basil sauce, braised organic chicken with ginger and scallion and so on. Prakash Chettiyar, executive chef of the hotel said, “The effects of the pandemic on the kitchen are largely about how we adapt to the new normal.”
On a sweet note
Well, there are desserts too. City-based sweet shop, Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, has come up with a special immunity sandesh for its customers. It comprises several immunity boosting ingredients. Sudip Mullick, the owners of the shop, said, “Boosting one’s immunity is the only way to fight the coronavirus. There is no vaccine yet, so we’ve come up with this sweet that is made of 15 different traditional spices, known to build immunity. They are priced at Rs 25 each.” They have also introduced vitality sandesh. “It’s supposed to give you strength and vigour and maintain your muscles and organs. It’s made of 18 superfoods, like ghee, dates, pomegranates, almonds, walnuts, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, amaranth, water chestnuts, rose petals, anjeer, ginseng et al,” he added.
Source:Times of India