Mumbai Food: 8 innovative cheese dishes for the lactose intolerant

Dec 06, 2017, 11:26 IST | Anindita Paul

So you're lactose intolerant but love cheese? We've hand-picked eight dishes across city eateries to ensure your love affair with dairy continues

There's no better time to be a cheese fan in India. Local dairy farms are making available a variety of artisanal cheeses, which form the basis for a staggering array of innovative dishes guaranteed to put you into a cheesy food coma. However, if you're among the 75 per cent of Indians diagnosed with lactose intolerance (source: Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow), you're probably not as enthusiastic about subscribing to a dairy-fuelled food trend. The good news is that being lactose intolerant doesn't necessarily mean that all dairy is off limits, explains dietician and nutritionist Manisha Mehta.

Kejal Sheth
Kejal Sheth

"Cheese-making involves thickening the milk into curd, and draining the whey (liquid), which contains most of the lactose - a naturally occurring disaccharide sugar. Cheese varieties in which the whey has been drained from the curd contain lesser lactose than softer cheeses, which have more moisture. The same is true for cheese that has been aged - the longer a cheese is aged, the less lactose the final product contains.

Manisha Mehta
Manisha Mehta

Fat content is another important indicator - fatty cheeses typically contain lower amounts of lactose," she says.  Nutritionist Kejal Sheth agrees, "Most people with lactose intolerance can safely consume cheese with less than 2 per cent lactose. The range, however, does vary from one brand to another. If your intolerance levels are severe, it's best to check with the chef or restaurant manager about the lactose content of the cheese used."

Molten delights: Cheese fondue
Dip tiny pieces of toasted bread into a lip-smacking concoction of Swiss cheese and herbs.

Molten delights: Cheese fondue

At :Glocal Junction, Worli, Andheri West.
Call : 7506675465
Cost : Rs.445

French connection: Chicken cordon bleu

French connection: Chicken cordon bleu

Dig into succulent chicken breasts stuffed with Swiss cheese and cured ham, served with mustard sauce.

At : Old Wild West, Lower Parel.
Call : 65376677
Cost : Rs.465


A bite of morning Joe: Coffee pizza

A bite of morning Joe: Coffee pizza

Pizza topped with blue cheese and a surprise coffee kick. Need we say more?

At : 1441 Pizzeria, Fort, Andheri West, Malad West.
Call : 9167891441
Cost : Rs.645

Classic comfort: Bloom bread

Classic comfort: Bloom bread
A loaf of oven-hot bread literally blooms with a sticky mix of yellow cheddar and gouda. This is definitely no regular cheese sandwich.

At : Boston Butt, Kala Ghoda.
Call : 9892447669
Cost : Rs.349

Order in: Zucchini roll-ups

Order in: Zucchini roll-ups
Stuffed to the brim with Portobello mushrooms and goat cheese, this veggie delight is perfect for those on a ketogenic diet.

At : Keto to Go.
Call : 9920232105
Cost : Rs.1,800 (serves 6)

Fit for a king: Bacon and cheddar steak

Fit for a king: Bacon and cheddar steak
Southwest seasoned steak topped with bacon and a heart-stopping amount of melted cheddar cheese.

At : Chili's American Grill and Bar outlets at Vashi, Powai, Kurla, Malad.
Call : 9819980136
Cost : Rs.695

All-out indulgence: Loaded barbecue sandwich

All-out indulgence: Loaded barbecue sandwich
A delectable combination of cottage cheese and cheddar gives you plenty of unctuous goodness.

At : Grandmama's Cafe, Juhu, Lower Parel, Kemps Corner, Dadar.
Call : 7400092993
Cost : Rs.280


Desi with a twist: Sabudana and cheddar tikki

Desi with a twist: Sabudana and cheddar tikki

Sabudana vadas truly come into their own when combined with cheddar.

At : CraftBar, Kala Nagar, Bandra East.
Call : 33951576
Cost : Rs.235

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