Friday, 16 June 2017

Back to Roots With Kairali's Chef's Retreat...

Food is one of our basic needs for sustenance and survival. It is also known that food can work as a medicine. There is a treasure out there, of an ample number of ingredients that can be used solely or in tandem with one another to provide a healing effect, and in general, instill positive vibes in the body for proceeding towards a calmer lifestyle.

Ayurveda has been the sole science since ancient times whose therapies and practices have been beneficially integrated with general wellness applications and as well in some cases in medical use.
Ayurveda has historically divided bodily substances into five classical elements or पञ्चभूत, viz. earth, water, fire, air, and ether.

There are also twenty Gunas (qualities or characteristics) which are considered to be inherent in all substances, organized in ten pairs: heavy/light, cold/hot, unctuous/dry, dull/sharp, stable/mobile, soft/hard, non-slimy/slimy, smooth/coarse, minute/gross, and viscous/liquid.

Apart from these, three elemental substances, called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha have been elucidated, whose balance results in health, while imbalance results in disease.

Backed by the solid ground of Ayurveda research, Kairali Ayurvedic Group is the brainchild of Mr. K.V. Ramesh and Mrs. Gita Ramesh, that since its inception in 1989 has built on the achievements of its forefathers, developing its product infrastructure to make a diverse range of Ayurvedic medicines available to a multi-national audience.

The Group is founded on authentic Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy, delivering high quality natural Ayurvedic therapy and has made a name for itself in the Ayurveda industry.

Kairali is spread across nine countries with thirty-five treatment centers and has also diversified into Ayurvedic Medicines & Healing Centers. Its signature Ayurvedic Health Retreat, 'The Ayurvedic Healing Village' is one of the leading Ayurvedic health retreats in Asia, and among the best wellness centers in the world.

The Ayurvedic Healing Village will be hosting India’s first, Ayurveda-based Chef’s Retreat, christened 'Healing Recipes - Back to Roots' from July 3, 2017, to July 6, 2017, in Palakkad, Kerala.

Designed through 120 years’ worth of collective experience of the experts at Kairali and some of India’s leading culinary minds, the idea behind Healing Recipes - Back to Roots is to create a fascinating platform that brings forth ancient food wisdom and philosophy presented through modern culinary practices. It is an endeavor to help people realize how food can be their biggest investment for happiness and wellness.

Speaking at the unveiling of the concept, Chef Manjit Singh Gill said,

“Food is the single, most important investment that we make every single day of our lives, and yet modern times has seen food being defined as “junk” and “unhealthy”. That is a thought I completely disagree with. How can something that heals and nourishes be harmful? Hence, it is imperative that we revisit our approach to food, to ingredients and cooking techniques. Healing Recipes - Back to Roots, for me, is that one platform that will help you rethink food.”

'Healing Recipes - Back to Roots'  has been put together under the mentorship of legendary Chef Gill and Ayurveda-expert-author of The Ayurvedic Cookbook and Jt. Managing Director,  Kairali Ayurvedic Group, Mrs. Gita Ramesh. This inaugural season has also been endorsed by some of the renowned names in the industry and will have expert chefs such as Mexican cuisine expert Chef Vikas Seth, progressive cuisine ace Chef Abhijit Saha and Indian cuisine specialist, Chef Chetan Sethi conducting specially curated classes.

Mrs. Ramesh added,

“The first chapter of Healing Recipes - Back to Roots is a conscious effort at food sustainability. It is an attempt at showcasing how age-old philosophy and culinary practices still hold relevance in modern times.”

Talking about the need for platforms that advocates sustainability and wellness, Chef Seth said,

“Healing Recipes - Back to Roots is a window into the world of food for chefs and others alike to experience the various culinary trends that have held centre-stage in the past five years: be it Clean Eating, Farm to Table, even foraging for unknown ingredients and practices.”

“Healing Recipes is an exciting journey that starts from the farm and culminates as a breathtaking dish on the plate. It is an opportunity to discover the wonders of food, philosophies and the culture of taste,” said Ms. Madhulika Dash Curator & Co-Founder, Healing Recipes - Back to Roots.

Healing Recipes is a three-day event where residents will get to interact with Ayurvedic doctors and chefs, attend specially-curated masterclasses, explore local cuisine, learn the trick of growing vegetables and spice, organically, and master the art of making gourmet meals that are nourishing and indulging.

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