Sunday, 25 February 2018

Face Off with Sushi at Simply Sushi (Ambience Mall )

Last week I was invited to a tasting session at Simply Sushi ,located in PVR Director's cut, Ambience Mall (Delhi ).But I just can't venture into my "First Sushi Experience " before gushing about the PVR Director's cut !

The PVR Director's Cut Auditorium

The PVR Director's Cut  has four auditoriums all fitted with plush leather sink-in sofas that transform into a couch at the press of a button .Another press of a button and you can order your favourite food  delivered hot (or cold if its ice-cream) at your seat .Talking of food,they have more than 8 flavors of popcorn - all gourmet flavors like black grape, pineapple, mango, orange, and more , some great organic ice creams and also one of the best sushi bars . All the gourmet offerings are available for in-seating dining thus taking your movie experience to another level altogether .

The auditoriums are also furnished with Special couple seats for a more cosy movie experience .

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More than anything, I loved their special members Only lounge that is open to non- members once a week.It is a plush and luxurious lounge where you can relax or dine in or enjoy their great wine collection.The Director's cut Members only lounge boasts of a wine cellar housing more than 200 bottles of the best wines and through their specifically imported wine dispensers, you can now enjoy a glass each of any three wines of your choice for as low as Rs1499/- !!

You also get Free pick and drop for movies (conditions apply ).

The Plush Members Lounge at PVR Director's Cut

Now, what more can you ask for when you are looking for a movie experience that pampers all your senses too .

And now that my initial excitement has subdued,let me share the second exciting part of the day- The Sushi Experience !

The Tokyo style live sushi bar
The Simply Sushi Counter at PVR Director's Cut has a live kitchen where you can watch the Sushi Chefs at work .This 9-seater sushi bar might be small, but it delivers on big promises.

Celebrated Chef Yutaka  Saito (Earlier at Megu ,Leela Palace ) is the man behind the mission to make Sushi a more popular option for all.


“With Simply Sushi, we aim to demonstrate that good quality Japanese food can also be popular and enjoyed in a casual setting, not necessarily in a five star hotel. Simply Sushi is open to the general public as well - not just moviegoers”, Chef Saito says.

These words gave some solace and courage to the reluctant carnivore within me. Being a food blogger, I have to taste all sorts of meats but I prefer vegetarian food any day over non -vegetarian food .So you could well imagine my fear of trying Sushi .I was scared that I may find it obnoxious and yet I wanted to try this famous cuisine .

I understand that most of you know what Sushi is, but I shall give a bit of its background for those readers who are not aware of Sushi .
Fresh cuts of Salmon and Tuna

Sushi is a Japanese dish that uses specially prepared vinegar-ed medium grained white rice (called sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, combined with a variety of ingredients like seafood, vegetables, and occasionally fruits. It is wrapped in edible seaweed (nori) and then presented for eating .
Sushi  is often prepared with raw seafood,but some varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients such as Calamari, Eel, and Imitation Crab meat.

The typical table setting for a Sushi Meal

Sushi is essentially served with pickled ginger (gari), wasabi (or horseradish paste), and soy sauce (or tamari). Daikon radish is popular as a garnish. Green tea is mostly served ( I had matcha flavor) along side to sip along in between bites . Traditionally warm sake (japanese beer ) is served just before starting the Sushi meal .

So here goes my tasting story :

California rolls - California rolls use rice on the outside and the nori is on the inside this is considered good for beginners to Sushi .So I tried my hands at California rolls first


1. California Rolls of Asparagus ,Carrot and Avocadao - This was delicious ,creamy with milf flavors exploding in the mouth as you gently rolls and chew the sushi in your mouth .Though my friend snubbed me saying there is no such thing as a vegetarian Sushi (like no such thing as vegetarian Biryani!).

Spicy Miso Salmon Nigiri
 2. Spicy Miso Salmon Nigiri - This is hand pressed Suhi rice topped with a slice of topping (neta) in my case-Salmon . It had Miso sauce and I loved the soft and fresh Salmon.They say if it smells then the fish is not fresh .So at least I can vouch that this one was very fresh and quite tasty .You have to eat it in one mouthful or two so there is not not much room to navigate once it goes in - but for sure I liked this one and I am happy that Sushi from Simply Sushi was my first sushi experience and will be a benchmark for me for future possible Sushi forays.


3. Spicy Tuna and Spicy Crab Dynamite rolls - These are  california rolls that have nori (seaweed) on the inside with the filling of tuna and avocado and the sushi rice on the outside .It wa stopped with crab meat and garnish. I liked it but not as much as the salmon rolls,so I guess I do not dig Tuna much .The added mayonnaise gave  a creamy taste to this roll .
        Tuna Tartare on a bed of avocado mash with Tortillas
4. Japadogs -If you love your hot dogs, you have to try the Japadog,these are good old-fashioned hot dogs with a Japanese twist.
“Chef Saito has been playing around with ingredients and come up with ingenious ideas like a pork hot dog spruced up with freshly grated daikon and zesty soya, or chicken hot dog with wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce and seaweed.

The Japadog 
I tried the Onion Teriyaki Chicken Japadog - This was very good indeed with the chewy chicken and the caramelised  tariyaki onions giving it a sweet and sour hit .I recommend this !

There was a vegetarian version - The Cheese stick Japadog - where the chicken was replaced with Cottage Cheese patties but I did not like it as much in terms of texture and flavors as the Teriyaki Onions Japadog .

Nigiri platter of Eel ,Tuna ,white fish and Salmon

Desserts - I tried the White Sesame Gelato and the Matcha Gelato .While Both were good and tasted true to their names - The white sesame was more sweet and I liked the mild Matcha one closer to my liking .

Matcha Gelato and White Sesame Gelato 

Thus my afternoon of Sushi Tasting came to an end and I left with a full stomach and a very light and happy heart !

Friday, 23 February 2018

Why Protinex with Hydrolysed Protein is good for you

I was recently invited to attend an informative session about  "The importance of Proteins in our diet and what are hydrolysed Proteins ? " with leading senior  nutritionists Dr. Kavita Devgan and Dr. Madhavi. It was quite an enlightening and stimulating session as we discussed about various myths and facts relating to protein intake .

The session was sponsored by Protinex India and we also saw the launch of their Protein Bytes - Diskettes of protein for people on the go .

I shall now venture to share with you all that I learned from this interactive session .


Proteins are the building blocks of life.
It is a macro nutrient ( just like Carbohydrates and Fat ) which is essential for the growth, repair and energy needs of our body.                                                           

Some sources of class one proteins


Protein  is necessary for 
1.Growth and Energy 
2.Controlling hunger
3.Quick recovery from illness and injury 
4.Building immunity and stamina
5.For healthy muscles, bones, skin ,hair and even blood .
6. Proteins are an essential component of peptide hormones that regulate a number of biological processes in our body such as muscle growth, heart rate, hunger and menstrual cycles 

As per a recent I.M.R.B.( a leading market research and consumer consulting organisation) survey :

A surprising 93% of Indians  are unaware of their ideal protein requirement and that is why 73% of Urban Indian population is protein deficient !

The Nawabi city of Lucknow takes the cake by having the highest deficiency at 90% .
The commercial capital of India Amchi Mumbai comes second at 70% .
Saddi Delhi comes third at 60 % ( Maybe because we love our Chhole bhature and Lassi !)
The city of joy Kolkata had the least deficiency at 43% (maybe because the cost of living is low there and fish is an integral part of their diet ).

I believe that they are getting enough protein in the diet go to next has launched a simple and easy protein calculator on the website to help Indians assist there protein intake this tool allows the consumer to calculate the protein intake and to take a remedial actions in the diet to protein supplements that can also the right quality and quantity of protein in a convenient form.
This is how your Plate should look for adeqaute
Carbs, Proteins,Fats and Minerals 

A. 73% of Indians believe that green leafy vegetables are a good source of protein .

Fact - Green Leafy vegetables are rich in Minerals but poor in proteins .

B. 29% Indians think that their regular diet is enough for their daily protein needs.
Fact - Until and unless your regular diet is enriched with high source of proteins like beans, pulses, milk, meat and eggs,you are unlikely to meet your body's daily requirement. In which case, you should consider making a protein supplement like Protinex,a regular part of your diet.

C. The best food to get protein from is red meat.
Fact - Even though red meat is a rich source of First class proteins, studies have shown that moderate consumption of red meat, as little as one serving a day, poses more serious health risks than a relative deficiency.

D. About 30% Indians believe that one egg a day provides enough protein for their nutritional requirements.
Fact - An egg gives only about 6 gms of protein wheresas an adult needs a minimum of 40-70 gms of Protein daily .

E. Proteins are required only by pregnant women or those engaged in heavy exercising.
Fact - Protein is a macro-nutrient that your body requires daily which  means our body needs it in large numbers. So regardless of whether you are exercising or not, your body requires its daily intake of proteins. Yes, those who exercise daily need extra proteins as compared to those who don’t,but protein is still required by everyone on a daily basis.

F. High protein will lead to weight gain.
Fact - High protein diet does not lead to weight gain as long as your calories are consistent. In fact, a low carbohydrates and high protein diet works wonders to satisfy your hunger and leaves you feeling more striated and energetic which  actually helps to  keep your weight under check.


1. Proteins help in maintaining a lean, fat-burning physique even when you age by preserving muscle mass .

2. Facial skin has collagen (which is made up of protein). Lack of collagen causes premature wrinkles and signs of ageing to appear sooner .

3.Best way to take protein is not in a single go but to divide it and space out into three or four meals or snacks throughout the day .

4.Vegan Proteins that are derived  from cereals, legumes and vegetables when taken individually are considered inferior to animal protein.They can be sufficient  though if you combine them all in a meal.

5. Consuming just any group of proteins to reach the daily protein target numbers in itself is not sufficient for good  health. You need Complete or First Class proteins.First Class proteins are those that are easily digestible and contain the requisite amounts of essential amino acids .


A. For an adult with a not so active lifestyle

 1 g of protein per Kg of your  body weight

B. For an adult with active lifestyle ( about 40 mins to one hour of exercise daily )

1.2 - 1.4 gm per Kg of your body weight .


An easier way to calculate your daily protein requirement is to use this Protein Calculator which is based on your height, weight,sex and activity.This tool also informs you if your daily diet is sufficient to meet your daily protein requirement .

Here is a chart that can help you to calculate how to include proteins in the right amount in your diet


Now that you know how much Protein you need everyday and how much protein you are actually getting from your regular diet - the realisation that you may not be taking in the the requisite amount every day (read hurried breakfasts or eating junk food etc) will set in !

In that case it is a good idea to start your breakfast with a protein supplement like and if possible have small protein rich snacks through out the day - like protein biscuits or bars .

Why only  PROTINEX ?

1. Protinex is not only a brand that has been trusted for last 60 years by doctors but is  is also the Number One protein supplement recommended by doctors .

2. Protinex is 100 % Vegetarian and made of hydrolysed Whey Protein .

3. Protinex has hydrolysed protein - this is protein that has been partially broken down into smaller amino acids making it easier to digest .The body absorbs hydrolysed proteins much faster than intact proteins from food or the regular whey protein supplements .Taking hydrolysed protein also reduces chances of diarrhoea and bloating that is experienced after taking a high protein diet.
Protinex Bytes 

4. Protinex comes in five delicious flavors -  Chocolate ,Fruit Mix ,Vanilla, Elaichi and Classic Original Protinex .   

5. Protinex comes in different variants as per your needs - Protinex Junior (fortified with  DHA + Iron + Iodine for brain development ), Protinex Grow (for 8- 15 year olds ) ,Protinex Mama ( for increased protein need with extra protein and DHA for fetal development ),Protinex Diabetes Care ( with added fibre and protein in a sugar free base) ,Protinex Bytes  ( your protein on the go anywhere -anytime in a yummy vanilla flavor which I loved ).

6.Every  10 gms of Protinex  gives you about 3.2 grams of protein .So just add two or three spoonfuls in a glass of milk or your favourite shakes and your protein needs  are sorted .Since it has hydrlysed protein , it is easily available for your body to utiise and is tolerated better than other intact sources of protein .

Here is what my plate looks like nowadays !


Have a healthy Day !

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

All you need to know about Vitamin E and #Evion supplements

I am tired, tired of all the running around
sucked into the whirlpool of life.

Forcing my eyes open,
I take a step forward
My head spins, my vision blurs
I try calling out, but
the mouth goes dry
My legs shake and tremble
I falter and stumble.

Pride goes before the fall
Miles to go yet nowhere to reach!

I ache all over
Aching for an oasis
Memories of beautiful moments
Evade me.
Have they jaded with time?

I too feel jaded, wasted
I am tired .Tired of all the running around.
Let me now lie down
into an eternal sleep.
Sounds familiar?
If it does, it is no laughing matter for you could be suffering from a Vitamin E deficiency .Vitamin E is a group of fat soluble  compounds that are vital to our well-being by virtue of being strong  Anti-oxidants , Immunomodulators (improve our immune response ) and by exerting an anti-platelet  adhesion (prevents blood clotting ) effect on the blood.

How can you know if you have a Vitamin E Deficiency ?

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There are certain symptoms which develop gradually and are often overlooked and attributed to weakness and overwork .Look out if you feel any of these persistently .

1. Breathlessness
2. Irritability
3. Reduced Stamina for physical exertion
4. Sudden rhythmic movements of the eyeballs
5. Night Blindness or reduced vision in the dark,limitation in upward gaze
6. Loss of voluntary control of the movements of limbs causing a changed gait or in-coordination  in  movements
7.Loss of ability to sense vibrations or sense the position of the limbs
8. Dementia - a progressive inability to think in an organised manner and remember things
9. Palpitations - increased awareness and rate of heart beat
10. Infertility in both sexes

 How do you diagnose a Vitamin E Deficiency ?

A simple blood test done will clinch the diagnosis which is  is based on measuring the ratio of plasma alpha-tocopherol to total plasma lipids; a low ratio suggests vitamin E deficiency.Alternatively a low plasma alpha-tocopherol levels would also indicate a deficiency .

Who are at risk ?

Some people are more prone to developing a vitamin E deficiency than the normal population and by knowing if you or a family member is at risk you can prevent the complications from developing.

The proper absorption of vitamin E from the gastrointestinal tract needs some dietary fat  because it is a fat soluble vitamin. Individuals who have had part or all of their gut removed or/and individuals with may not absorb fat are more predisposed to a deficiency .

The most common predisposing factors are :

Reduced Fat intake and faulty cooking - People who are taking very low quantity of fat in their diets are prone to Vitamin E deficiency .Crash dieters beware !

While frying in a Vitamin E rich oil like Safflower /Sunflower or Olive Oil may increase the nutritive content of the food being fried.

Oxidation of the food during frying causes loss of vitamin E and repeated use of the same oil will further diminish the vitamin content, which will ultimately affect the net value of vitamin E from fried foods. Frying also degrades the oil by loss of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are sources of essential fatty acids in your diet.

So the best practice is to use cold compressed oils , nuts either raw or lightly cooked .

Premature Babies - Babies having birth weights less than 1500 grams, or 3.5 pounds are at risk.Breast Milk provides enough Vitamin E for normal birth weight babies but preemies may have difficulty in suckling and may need evaluation and supplementation to avoid neurological complications.

Disorders of fat metabolism - There is a rare genetic condition termed 'Isolated Vitamin E deficiency ' or 'Ataxia with isolated with vitamin E deficiency', which is caused by mutations in the gene for the Tocopherol Transfer Protein (TTP).

Individuals with 'Isolated Vitamin E deficiency 'have a very poor capacity to absorb vitamin E and hence develop the neurological complications of vitamin E deficiency that are fortunately reversed by administration of  high doses of vitamin E.

If you have been diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis - Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and pancreas and causes the body to produce thick and sticky mucus that can clog the lungs and obstruct the pancreas. It causes recurrent respiratory infections and steatorrhoea - frothy ,sticky stools .

Persons who have  undergone  a gastric bypass or a Short Bowel Syndrome -congenital or acquired .

Other Diseases of Malabsorption - Diseases like  Crohn's disease, liver diseases like gall stones or post-cholecystectomy (removal of Gall bladder ) or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency ( inability to digest food due to insufficient digestive enzyme secretion by pancreas ) or Abetalipoprotinemia ( a rare inherited gene mutation disorder ) can all lead to an impaired absorption of fat and consequent Vitamin E insufficiency.


According to studies ,Vitamin E has had some role in preventing or altering the progress of certain diseases .

Atherosclerosis -Tocopherols help in  preventing atherosclerosis (plaque formation inside the blood vessels that can cause narrowing and high blood pressure or heart diseases) by inhibiting the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
Studies have shown that a high dietary intake of vitamin E is associated with high serum concentrations of alpha tocopherol and that in turn is associated with lower rates of ischemic heart disease.

Peripheral neuropathy and spinocerebellar ataxia - Patients receiving large doses of vitamin E may experience a halt in the progression of the disease. Vitamin E overdose is difficult to achieve and, thus, is extremely uncommon.

Topical Use ( application on the skin and scalp) - Vitamin E has done far more for the Beauty and Cosmetics industry than what it does for you and me !
Evion capsules have been crushed and used onto the hair and skin to make it smoother.Vitamin E is also added to moisturizers to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations (e.g., diaper rash, skin burns and burns from radiation therapy).
It makes the skin softer and smoother giving a youthful appearance.Effects are temporary and being a doctor myself , I recommend taking Vitamin E orally in the  form of natural food than relying only on skin products .


One milligram is equivalent to 1.5 international units (IU). This table below will help you in finding out your daily requirement .

Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin E (Alpha –Tocopherol )

0-6 months
4mg ( 6 IU)
4mg ( 6 IU)

7-12 months
5 mg (7.5 IU)
5 mg (7.5 IU)

1 – 3   years
6 mg ( 9 IU)
6 mg ( 9 IU)

4 – 8 years
7 mg (10.4 IU)
7 mg (10.4 IU)

9 – 14 years
11mg (16.4 IU)
11mg (16.4 IU)

14 +  years
15mg(22.4 IU)
15mg(22.4 IU)
15mg(22.4 IU)
19 mg (28.4 IU)


Foods providing 20% or more of the DV (Daily  Value ) are considered to be high sources of a nutrient, but foods providing lower percentages of the DV also contribute to a healthful diet .In this table you will get an idea of the amount of Vitamin E that your daily food will provide .

Vitamin E is found in high concentrations in nuts,Safflower oil, Sunflower seeds and oils, Dark Green leafy veg, Liver, meat, eggs etc.

Here is a list of various foods along with the percentage DV that one serving provides 

S. No.
Food  Item
mg of Vitamin E  from single serving
Percent DV
Wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon
Sunflower seeds, dry roasted, 1 ounce 
Almonds, dry roasted, 1 ounce
Sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon
Safflower oil, 1 tablespoon
Hazelnuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce
Peanut butter, 2 tablespoons
Peanuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce
Corn oil, 1 tablespoon
Spinach, boiled, ½ cup
Broccoli, chopped, boiled, ½ cup
Soybean oil, 1 tablespoon
Kiwifruit, 1 medium
Mango, sliced, ½ cup
Tomato, raw, 1 medium
Spinach, raw, 1 cup
Hard Boiled Egg , one 50 g egg

Avocado ,Salmon and Egg Salad -

Psst !!! I let you on to my little secret .
Just toss toasted Almonds, Lettuce/ Micro greens, Bell Peppers, sliced boiled eggs ,Walnuts,sliced red onions and sliced tomatoes into a salad . I liberally drizzle it with Extra Virgin Cold pressed Olive Oil and some lemon juice. Sprinkle some seasoning and you are ready to have it .
A cheat way of getting your daily dose of Vitamin E will be to munch on assorted nuts like Pine nuts, Almonds and Walnuts or pop a Vitamin E supplement like "Evion Supplements"on days when you are too pressed for time to make a salad or when you are travelling .

Do what works for you but make sure that you do get your daily dose of this essential Vitamin .

(Disclaimer - Even though Vitamin E or toxicity or overdose is difficult to achieve,yet indiscriminate supplementation in large doses or supplementation for long periods of time without consulting your physician can lead to undesirable side effects .)