D Talks Adda : Health is Wealth

D Talks Adda is one among the ‘still fairly novel’ Health Food Restaurants in Kolkata. I say ‘still fairly novel’ because the onset of health joints begun in Kolkata some years back and now there are now a couple of options to satiate the health buff in you. This meant that this restaurant also faced the challenge of getting into a territory which was new, yet Kolkatans had a taste of it.

D Talks Adda is set apart by it’s wide array of veg offerings unlike most health cafes/restaurants and quirky sport themed interiors. You will end up sitting on bar stools with a wheel & paddle , and may end up catching up on some exercise while you eat, or just look cool and get that FB Display Pic that you were looking for. Or you maybe end up on a boxing ring or sitting area adorned with a tree shaped bookshelf. The options are many and they are never boring.

This restaurant is located in Salt Lake Sector II , near the swimming pool.

Coming to the food. Well, Heath food is tricky because you end up with zero oil and no wheat and no sugar kinda policy. Chinmay the owner, has a marvelous job in making the conventional health food which most of us construe as bland or boring, to be delicious.

We started with a few mocktails and soups.

Veg Clear Soup was a basic clear soup with fresh and colourful veggies. Served in cups rather than soup bowls this soup was mild and soothing.

Mushroom Soup (#MustTry) : I’m a total mushroom person. I’m fond of everything to do with mushroom. This soup was no different. Loved it to the core. A rich, creamy, delectable soup.

The Mocktail Antioxidant Boost(#MustTry) was my favorite. Made of grounded dried drumstick tree leaves, lemon , mint leaves and sweetened with natural sweetener Stevia Leaves, it was really refreshing, filled with antioxidants and yummilious to taste. 

Iced Mochaccino and Banana Milkshake was nice.

Surya Namashkar ( Mix Fruits Juice ) : Rich in red and adorned with the colour red this was extremely delicious​.

For Appetizers there was Crispy Chili Baby Corn, Paneer Amritsari and Chocolate Pizza. The fries was absolutely oil free since it was air-fried.

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Chocolate pizza : wheat based pizza bread and oozing out chocolate and caramelized honey. Now that’s called healthy indulgence.

For Mains there was Kashmiri Rajma(#musttry), Paneer Pasanda(#must try) with a Bengali twist, Masala Kulcha, Laccha Paratha  and Veg Pulao. I fell in love with the main course. I’m a Rajma – Chawal person. Wherever​ I go , I end up having Rajma . Hence at D talks I devoured the Veg Puloa and Rajmha.

The paneer pasinda was just wow – fresh paneer, a thin outer coating and a rich, oil-free gravy. The paratha/kulcha were made with pure wheat.

Now coming to the prices well they are extremely reasonable for the quality of food and service. Try this place. It won’t let you down.

D -Talks Adda Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Recipe : Air-fried Doughnuts

Monsoons – aren’t they the BEST ??? There’s an innate urge to go sit by the window and relish the downpour with a bowl of delicious crunchy snack on our lap. Snacks, they make the rain more special and without them the joy that rain brings remains inadequate.

But, have you ever tried to think beyond the conventional pakode? Probably not!! There’s always more you can do with your snack.

Today, I’m going to show you how you can experiment and can make unconventional use of your kitchen appliances to whisk up lip-smacking snacks and make your monsoons more special.

Let’s make DOUGHNUTS !! I have used my newly purchased Bajaj Airfryer.

 

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Instructions

First, preheat the Bajaj airfryer to 180c. Then whisk butter, self raising flour, caster and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl.

Separately mix milk, butter and egg.

Now gently mix the second bowl into the first. Just combine the ingredients and do not over mix it.

Next remove the center portion from the doughnuts to make them look like pre-cooked doughnuts.

Place the doughnuts on a greased baking sheet inside the Bajaj airfryer. Cook for 15 minutes at 180c. Alternatively you can check if they spring back when lightly pressed.

Let them cool for 5 minutes and meanwhile you can start on the icing part.

Prepare a creamy mixture by slowly adding icing sugar to the butter cream. Add blended strawberries and food coloring to whipped cream and mix.

Top up the cooled doughnuts with the colorful delicious icing and serve with a smile!

Ingredients –
Bajaj Airfryer
Doughnut:
175g  Raising Flour
60g Sugar
100 ml Whole Milk
1 TSP Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Large Egg
Chocolate
½ Tsp food color ( of your choice)

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So, excited to try this out?I bet you are ! 🙂

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