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OUR APPROACH TO NOURISHMENT

​​Wholesome, natural, seasonal, and local—the food philosophy at Dharana at Shillim is committed and simple. With roots in India’s Vedic philosophy, our menus, a lesson in nutrition, are inspired by modern food research and age-old wellbeing wisdom. Featuring nutritionally balanced dishes rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they are designed to nourish and feed your body, mind, and soul. All preferences, allergies, and dietary needs can be catered to; our prerogative is flavour.

GUIDED BY THE SEASONS

Our chefs passionately embrace an earth-to-table approach, using the best in fresh ingredients as guided by the seasons. High-vibe produce is sourced with integrity from ethical local farms and from our own vegetable gardens, where we hand-grow the likes of sun-ripened cherry tomatoes, radishes, green peas, cucumber, and a host of medicinal healing herbs, including India’s revered Ram Tulsi and Shyam Tulsi.

 

Slow and mindful cooking techniques help to preserve the natural bursting flavours of the food and ensure every mouthful is deliciously energising.

Four Kingdoms, One Plate:

To ensure complete nourishment and contemporary flavours, we celebrate the earth’s bounty by drawing on the plant kingdom (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs) as a baseline, whilst also giving a nod to the animal kingdom with the provision of pure protein-packed goodness.

The fungi kingdom, including mushrooms, truffles, and umami flavour, adds depth, complexity, and texture to many of our savoury dishes. Meanwhile, the most innovative kingdom of all, that of bacteria and yeast, transforms raw ingredients into probiotic-rich dishes with living microbes to support good gut health and digestion.

Honouring tradition and embracing innovation, join us, eat the rainbow, and feel well.

Four Kingdoms, One Plate:

To ensure complete nourishment and contemporary flavours, we celebrate the earth’s bounty by drawing on the plant kingdom (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs) as a baseline, whilst also giving a nod to the animal kingdom with the provision of pure protein-packed goodness.

The fungi kingdom, including mushrooms, truffles, and umami flavour, adds depth, complexity, and texture to many of our savoury dishes. Meanwhile, the most innovative kingdom of all, that of bacteria and yeast, transforms raw ingredients into probiotic-rich dishes with living microbes to support good gut health and digestion.

Honouring tradition and embracing innovation, join us, eat the rainbow, and feel well.

OUR NOURISHMENT SPACES

Guests on our dedicated wellbeing programmes receive personalised menus taken at The Green Table, a serene escape for veggie-centric nourishment. Guests on our shorter all-inclusive packages can enjoy wholesome, abundant menus throughout their stay at varying locations.

The Green Table

For Long Stays

With mountain vistas and overlooking a traditional Indian stepwell, the sophisticated and tranquil environment of our ‘Green Table’  offers a serene culinary experience that aligns seamlessly with your wellness objectives. Healthy, clean-living dishes are crafted with a focus on flavour, freshness, and nutrient density, using mindfully sourced local ingredients.

Enjoy plant-fed lean meat proteins, wholesome vegetarian options, abundant fresh fruits, wholesome grains, and nourishing superfoods. Designed to delight the senses and support optimum wellbeing, menus are customised according to your doctor’s suggestions and your own preferences. No fad diets, no unnecessary hunger. Just eat right for your body type.

Tea House & Apothecary

For Long Stays

From traditional tea ceremonies to modern home-brewed tea infusions, our Tea House & Apothecary introduces you to Dharana’s signature apothecary blends, carefully curated to support health and wellbeing.

Relax and rejuvenate as you sip on herbal elixirs, wellbeing tonics, and immune-boosting infusions, created with premium botanicals and natural ingredients.

The Tea House also serves as a hub for engaging discussions and idea-sharing, including lessons in Vedantic philosophy and informative sessions centred on personal growth and spiritual reflection.

Vyoma

For short Stays

Vyoma is Sanskrit for ‘sky’, and this casual dining spot serves a nature-inspired abundantly nutritious menu that celebrates superfoods, organic ingredients, and seasonal produce, all sourced from local farms and markets.

Freshly-baked bread, healthy sandwiches filled with wholesome ingredients, and delicious wraps sit alongside stonebaked sourdough pizzas and crisp, garden-fresh salads, bursting with colour and flavour. Fruit juices, herbal teas, nutrient-packed smoothies, and protein-based shakes (made to our in-house formulas), hydrate and invigorate.

To finish, enjoy a thoughtful selection of homemade ice creams, because a little of what you fancy is good for the soul.

Library Lounge

For Long Stays

This serene spot offers a tantalising selection of upbeat healthy blends packed with phytonutrients. Think guilt-free indulgences that showcase mindfully crafted and customised combinations of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Zingy elixirs, designed to soothe and revitalise, are a refreshing and nourishing alternative to traditional blends, created using age-old remedies and modern mixology techniques. Creative and fun as well as wonderfully thirst-quenching.

Ojas

For short Stays

Breathe in fresh mountain air, connect with nature, each other, and fellow guests. Enjoy this vibrant all-day family dining experience which opens out onto a large courtyard. Savour nourishing local and global cuisine.

including plant-based soups, Mediterranean dishes, lean meat options and various curries. Each dish uses the highest quality local ingredients, with a well-thought-out menu combining ancient and modern-day principles. An excellent spot for families, dining here is joyous and uplifting. Share stories, forge new friendships, feel the love.

Dharana Culinary Studio

For Short & Long Stays

Konkani Vegetables, Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh, Turmeric Cookies: our culinary studio offers a variety of interactive cooking classes with recipes suitable for beginners and professionals alike. Learn from our passionate and expert chefs how to create nourishing dishes at home that will leave you feeling energised and revitalised.

Dharana’s earth-to-table philosophy provides the backbone to all our lessons, bringing in sustainable sourcing and wholesome cooking techniques to encourage a connection to nature through food. Fun, informative and inspiring.

STEP INTO THE
DHARANA WAY OF LIFE

To pick the perfect wellbeing programme for your needs contact us, in the strictest confidence, with some initial personal details. We’ll then be in touch to help guide your choices.