There have been a recent surge in fresh, organic, home grown food in the market. As more people has given up processed food in favour of organic eating, many working farms have opened their gates to give people, travelers an opportunity to see what they are eating.
Imagine sitting down for a breakfast or multi-course meal, not in a fancy restaurant, but actually in between the rows of growing vegetables. You are not smelling roses but fresh mint, coriander, lemongrass. When the food is prepared with ingredients picked straight from the farm, it is safe to say that you are having the ultimate organic dining experience. And one such experience I had at Jehan Numa Retreat. A café where everything is grown in front of your eyes. You ask for lemongrass tea and they will go in the field to get lemongrass leaves.
Organic dining is not something I am very much familiar with so I thought of experiencing it. As I had heard a lot about Jehan Numa Retreat, one Saturday I decided to spend my lazy afternoon gazing at the farm and relishing good food. So, as I entered the café, my eyes had a soothing effect with greenery all around me. The café is on the side of farm which is owned by Jehan Numa Palace. They grow here all vegetables which is largely use by the restaurant, hotel and cafes.
Watching the activity happening on the field, I slowly took a corner seat from where I can see all the magic. As I was busy noticing the women and men working in the field, a woman came to me and ask for my order. After lockdown, everything has become online and so they gave me a scan code which straight took me to their menu. I ordered a fresh smoothie and vegetable pasta. The lady took my order and quietly left. While they were busy preparing my order, I decided to take a stroll in the field but it was not allowed for the customer. But you can stand, watch people working in the field, take pictures. Oh did I mention that Jehan Numa Retreat has one of the most amazing corners for the pictures which will make your friends jealous on Instagram. In my sense it has most beautiful Instagrammable locations for the pictures.
Meanwhile, my order was on the table and I did asked the lady that do my pasta have vegetables plucked from the field. She said, ‘Yes Maam’. And I was so happy that it suddenly clicked me that while I was clicking pictures, I do saw a man plucking cauliflower, coriander leaves, mint. As I took my first pasta bite, the taste felt heavenly. The aroma of fresh vegetables cooked at proper flame, with correct proportion of spices was nothing less than a treat. Sipping my smoothie and reading my book ‘Chai Chai’ by Biswanath Ghosh was just setting the ambience. Watching them made me realized that farming is not an easy job as it take a lot of hard effort in growing vegetables. My time was passing very nicely. Butterflies, small birds were playing in the field. I was actually remembering my childhood days when I use to run behind these butterflies. As time passed and sun was also in mood of going home, I thought its time to leave.
The organic dining is an experience which is very hard to find due to lack of many things. Hospitality sector is trying this new trend which has now picked up and people are also loving it. And if you are also interested for an organic dining, then you should surely visit Jehan Numa Retreat at Bhopal.
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