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Kairali’s Chef’s Retreat to promote ancient healing food recipes

Well-known chefs such as Manjit Singh Gill, Vikas Seth, Abhijit Saha and Chetan Sethi will serve food and talks at Kairali’s Healing Village in Palakkad, Kerala

Kairali Ayurvedic Group

(l-r) Madhulika Dash, chef Vikas Seth, Abhilash K Ramesh, Executive Director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Gita Ramesh, Managing Director, Kairali 

A few days ago, we stayed at Kairali’s Healing Village in Palakkad, Kerala to experience their ancient Ayurvedic practices to heal body issues. From medicated oil treatments to organic, vegetarian food, the place is well-equipped with every natural element that not only consoles your body but also rejuvenate your inner self. The village is almost packed throughout the year with many people from India and abroad, lending themselves a fresh lease of healthy life. Come July, there’s a good reason to head to Palakkad. Kairali Ayurvedic Group (KAG) is organising a special chef’s retreat where popular food connoisseurs will come together to promote ‘healing recipes’.

To be organised between July 3-6, 2017, the food extravaganza will seek participation from well-known chefs such as Manjit Singh Gill, Vikas Seth, Abhijit Saha and Chetan Sethi. They will not only present organic delicacies but will also conduct multiple talks and classes on food. “We will be discussing complete journey of food from farm to plate,” said Madhulika Dash, curator & co-founder, Healing Recipes-Back to Roots.

During the announcement event, Dash explained the significant role of food in the science of healing. “If we get ill, we are told to eat right,” she said, adding that it is also the love and affection of a well-cooked meal that heals us, a thing which is disappearing from our tables. “The Chef’s Retreat is an attempt to talk about the goodness of food and to know our food better. Chefs help us to know what we eat and they are the best media to propagate legacies of ancient cuisines,” she said.

During the four-day affair, Kairali will be serving traditional Sattvic food at the Chef’ Retreat, which Ayurveda proposes. “The vegetable used in our food is also organically grown by our horticulturalist in our farm,” informed Gita Ramesh, Jt MD, KAG.

Chef Manjit Gill who believes ‘food becomes a part of our blood after digestion’ highlighted some old cooking techniques that are important to retain ‘zaika‘ of food. Chef Vikas Seth, known for his expertise in Mexican cuisine, was also present at the conference. “The objective of this chef’s retreat is also to spread awareness and educate people about the Ayurvedic concept of food as a medicine,” he said, adding that “all the discussions between the Ayurvedic experts and the chefs will be available online too.”

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