Usually we all head home after our runs, to get ready for work/for the school run, & so I guess we all eat at home or on the go.
Today though, since we were celebrating Mohinder’s birthday, a group of us went to have breakfast together at Mysore cafe in Delhi.
It was fun morning, the simple south Indian food was delicious, but all the same, I thought – in the interests of educating myself- that I’d check how nutritionally good the food was for a bunch of hungry runners, who’d just been exercising in 85% humidity.
So I Googled “what to eat post a run” & got gazillions of suggestions, a few of which I read.
I found an article that made me feel almost queasy just reading it. Beef, salmon, chicken, turkey…jeez Louise, for a vegetarian like me, what am I supposed to eat?
Also, the idea of eating veggie suggestions such quinoa, avocado or hummus first thing in the morning…no siree.
I guess if you are a mid-day runner, than all that stuff would work, but for those of us here in Delhi, battling the heat & humidity & perforce running very early in the morning, the options look pretty bleak.
So I decided to check the BBC.
A mackerel sandwich at 7.15 in the morning?
Er, thanks but no thanks.
Good Lord, is this really what the rest of the world eats after running?
And I have been knocking back the yoghurt & bananas, thinking I was eating properly… 😛
So, with all this in mind, let’s see how well we all did this morning.
Right, there’s another thing I should mention. Delhi is not exactly bursting with food options at 7 in the morning, so the tiny Mysore Café was a definite find.
It opens at 6.30 in the morning for breakfast, which is brilliant.
It is very small, and uber-simple, with just 6 tables, but they have quick, efficient service, the place is clean, and this morning you couldn’t move for runners and cyclists, all of us hungry. The vibe was nice, and no-one looked askance at a group of sweaty people in shorts.
We ordered food to share amongst our group, and since the place is “pure vegetarian” (as many south Indian joints are) there was no dietary worries at all for anyone.
As you can see from the prices, it is cheap & cheerful. Perfect.
We ordered dosa, upama, idli and vada.
And filter coffee, of course, which is a south Indian speciality. It came in small metal cups and was super sweet & milky, but I guess we needed the sugar after all our work.
So let’s see about our food, shall we?
I am so far from being a nutritionist it’s not funny, so this is all said under reserve, but I think this morning’s food was, by and large, pretty healthy. We had rice and lentils and semolina and coconut (in the chutney).
I think the only vaguely unhealthy thing was the vada which is, as far as I know, pretty much fried dough. I’m not a fan, so didn’t taste it.
The “sambar” or sauce with the food was too salty for my normal taste, but as Coach said, we all need salt after exercise, so that made sense.
Dosa is a type of pancake from the Indian subcontinent, made from a fermented batter. It is somewhat similar to a crepe but its main ingredients are rice and black gram.
The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolizes by the body.
Upma is a common South Indian, Maharashtrian, and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast dish, cooked as a thick porridge from dry roasted semolina or coarse rice flour. Various seasonings and/or vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences.
Savoury fried snack.
I think, by and large, our Mysore Café brekkers was nutritionally sound.
It was also good fun 🙂
The girls enjoying the coffee (below) – see what I mean about the little metal cups?
The birthday boy looking rather pensive…
Mysore Cafe is off South Avenue, a stone’s throw from Rashtrapati Bhawan – the residence of the President of India – but there is a laid-back, village-y feel to the place which I loved. Simple, clean, cheap, good food.
Ticks all the right boxes.