With chapatis and rice always ruling the table for healthy eating, bread has forever been an underestimated component at the dining table. However, the recent trend of healthy eating is changing the way you see bread and helping to bring it back to the table, with a focus on grains and natural fermenters like sourdough. The Bakery at The Lalit Great Eastern is taking a cue from the very same and has rolled out a new Healthy Breads menu, which boasts of all kinds of grains while using traditional methods to bake bread.
“In India, we take the goodness out of the bread by removing the grains, however, with this menu we
use contemporary flour and serve bread with the grains rather than without them,” pastry chef Ayan
Chatterjee tells us. However, we are told the bread is only available on order because the preparation process is longer than that of bread, which uses artificial fermenting agents.“Making the bread is a 24-hour process because we use sourdough for fermentation, which makes it completely natural,” Ayan
The bread menu has eight different varieties — from German loaf bread spelt to a delicious French baguette and even an Italian ciabatta, among others. While bread may seem like a very regular entity on the table, the menu at The Bakery is the result of research which spans over a year. The amount of time
spent to curate the menu is evident as Chef Ayan, who we now consider our bread expert, explains the different kinds of bread available in the world. Our belief in the pastry chef is reinforced as he tells us that the best bread is actually made in Germany, unlike thought otherwise tracing it back to the 20th century, to help us understand better.
With an increasing number of people going for gluten-free options, The Bakery also has a gluten-free sliced bread. Some of the most popular breads served are the Pumpernickel, which is a German brown bread made from coarsely ground wholemeal rye. Primarily inspired by rye, the menu also has the plain European Rye bread as well as the German multigrain. The latter is a combination of various seeds like wheat flour, soyabean meal, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Interestingly, the menu also has a combination of the multigrain and the Italian olive ciabatta, which makes it ideal to eat with all kinds of meats and fresh vegetables.
Starting at Rs 75 to Rs 500 for 250 grams