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Fresh, Healthy Food at the Panigram Pavilion

Posted by on August 30th, 2009

My intern Janine spent the summer researching Bangladeshi cooking and creating fusion recipes for the investor meeting at the Panigram Pavilion. All of my guests agreed that the food was amazingly delicious and the perfect blend of east and west. Many of them were surprised, however, to learn that the food was also very healthy!

Mint Cucumber Salad

Mint Cucumber Salad

Here is the menu for the day’s event:

APPETIZERS

Mint Cucumber Salad
Roasted Peanuts, Fresh Coconut, Toasted Mustard-Cumin Vinaigrette
Based off the fresh, light cucumber salads, this dish combines the delicious savory spices of Bangladeshi cuisine with the earthy flavor of roasted peanuts and coconut.

Warm Spiced Chickpeas
Chopped Cilantro, Garlic Infused Yogurt, Crushed Puchka Shells, Tamarind Sauce
An upscale interpretation of the puchka – a staple of  Bangladeshi street food. The crunch of the shell, the tang of the yogurt, and the sweet of the tamarind sauce is played with in a healthy way in this course.

ENTRÈE

Grilled Rui Packet
Coconut Cilantro Chutney
This dish exemplifies the core values of Panigram Resort and Spa. Made from fresh ingredients that can be found at the site, the course is both light and sustainable.

Spiced Pumpkin Shobji
Cinnamon Clove-Infused Pumpkin
Shobji is a staple of  Bangladeshi cuisine, consumed at most meals. This classic dish was reinterpreted for a luxury audience, playing with the spices to add complexity and bring out the core flavors of pumpkin.

DESSERTS

Banana Cake
Warm Ghur, Diced Banana
Bananas are ubiquitous in Bangladesh and are used in both savory and sweet dishes.  The banana cake is a modern take on banana donuts, a common household snack. The dough is transformed into a fluffy cake, topped with ghur (date molasses), a preferred sweetener in Bangladesh.

Mishti Doi
Toasted Coconut
The earthy, nutty flavor of cocunuts is used to compliment the sweet creaminess of the traditional sweet yogurt.

Mango Slices
Red Chili Powder, Lime Juice, Rock Salt
Inspired by the mango trees on the site, this dish combines lime, chili, and salt to bring out other layers of flavor in the sweet fruit.

DRINKS

Mint Iced Tea
Mango Lemonade
Spiced Tea

Warm, Spiced Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Warm, Spiced Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Rui Packet with Spiced Pumpkin Shobji

Grilled Rui Packet with Spiced Pumpkin Shobji

Banana Cake, Mishti Doi, Mango Slices

Banana Cake, Mishti Doi, Mango Slices

2 Responses to “Fresh, Healthy Food at the Panigram Pavilion”

  1. It was one thing reading the recipes of the meals and quite another to look at the images of the food.
    Surprising presentation and they all look so appetizing.They also do look healthy indeed.

    Can’ wait to try them when you open :)

  2. Hasan Khan says:

    khach khash chkos chaks gruch

    mmmpleach mmmgrummm gruuugrruuumooo

    grshuuuu grumooo mmmgrummm

    Ummmm gruch ttash mmmgrummm Ummmm ttash

    …….pleach pllllshhh

    sesh, kheye felechi, khub moja !

    Chobita jemon live diyecho, tate na kheye thakte parlamna !

    Tumi kivabe janle Cucumber Salad amar shobcheye priyo salad. Ami aro kichu abiskar korechi jeshob niye amake vabte hobe.

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