Salivation for the soul

Mimansa, by Malika Puri, creates an eco-system of wellness that’s a salve for the soul.

Mimansa was five years in the making and it comes alive in Koramangala, a wellness mantra-chanting, boutique health cafe and home of all things organic.
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Mimansa was five years in the making and it comes alive in Koramangala, a wellness mantra-chanting, boutique health cafe and home of all things organic.

A breath of fresh air and a reverie of good health – anybody with an awareness of the importance of living well knows that eating right is a fundamental part of this. And the new space in the House of Subculture by Azure Hospitality brings you many potions of goodness. Mimansa, by Malika Puri, creates an eco-system of wellness that’s a salve for the soul. From the movers-and-shakers who gave us Mamagoto and Sly Granny comes a sister concern (literally), with Kabir Puri’s sister, a child psychologist, opening her soothing doors to the harassed city slicker. Her mum being a farmer and a health aficionado, Malika didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. The landscape of sheer debauchery that makes up the food scene didn’t appeal to her either. Instead, she wondered how a meal could be a panacea for the soul.

Mimansa was five years in the making and it comes alive in Koramangala, a wellness mantra-chanting, boutique health cafe and home of all things organic. Malika calls herself the Conscious Keeper and has its farm-to-menu combination down pat. The boutique sells herbal oils, toothpastes, soaps sourced from organic entities, eco-friendly sanitary pads and menstrual cups. The cafe is replete with the tenets of Ayurveda, following cooking rituals that ensure your food is pure and free of chemicals and preservatives. For Malika, this labour of love is inspired by the Sanskrit word Mimumsa, meaning reflection, and that became her personal endeavour, a reflection into eating healthy. “I have always eaten healthy thanks to my mother. Our childhood was spent on our farm in Dehradun where we ate organic. Many things came together when I did a trip cycling from Manali to Ladakh, suddenly all my searching made sense, and it was clear that this was how it should come together,” says Malika.

We started with a surprisingly light date and banana smoothie, and a bite of the palate cleanser – ginger and ghee strips. According to Ayurvedic tradition, they awaken the body for bhojana. Strong, it is an acquired taste. Our first bite was the beetroot salad with a bounty of lettuce, kale and cubes of beetroot glazed in mustard dressing with mixed seeds and feta. It was delicious and we loved the mustard hint. Janti Duggal, food director, has also opened Foxtrot in this House of Subculture, and she aspires…

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