Here’s Where You Can Binge On Durga Puja Meals & Navratri Thalis In India


As Navratri ends today and Dussehra is inching closer, we’re here to help you combat your FOMO of pandal hopping and street food binging. We’ve curated a list of places serving delicious and authentic Bengali meals for you to savour during the festivities – along with places that are still serving Navratri meals if you have those last-minute cravings! Turn to these restaurants and home chefs serving Durga Puja meals and thalis this season. Enjoy it while it lasts!

1. SaffronStays Villas (Outskirts Of Mumbai And Pune)

Head to select SaffronStays properties near Mumbai and Pune for a much-needed break and indulge in their special Bengali menu. From Macher Paturi, Chicken Biryani, and Chena Kofta Johl for lunch to Rasmalai and Mishti Doi for dessert, the authentic meals transport you to the streets of Kolkatta. Good food in a private villa away from the busy city–that’s a plan we’re on board with!

Available till October 31

Contact: 80691 60000

Price: INR 150-300

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2. Monkey Bar And Fatty Bao (Kolkatta)

This year, Monkey Bar and Fatty Bao join the festivities together with an all-day Pujo special menu called Monkey aar FataFatty. This festive menu represents Kolkatta with its myriad flavours across 10 delicious plates–enough to satiate all your hunger pangs! Adding a contemporary spin to classic dishes, Monkey Bar offers Kosha Mangsho Kathi Roll (a twist on the kosha mangsho wrapped in a flaky porota), Bhetki Bhaatey (the traditional fish paturi re-imagined as a small plate) and Beguni Chaat (the much-loved street food of batter fried brinjal fritters in a new avatar). The Fatty Bao swings more to the east with its Indo-Chinese offerings such as Chinese Bhel and Dragon Chicken.

Available till October 17, 2021 

Contact: 8420309813/033 40606446

Time: Monday to Sunday 12 pm – 10.30 pm (subject to Government notifications)

Price: Meal for two with alcohol: INR 2000++/ Meal for two without alcohol INR 1400++

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3. Punjab Grill (New Delhi)

The popular Indian restaurant is back with its special Navratri Thali across all outlets in the city. Trust us–it’s nothing short of a three-course meal. Begin with Koshimbir Salad and proceed to the appetisers like Shakarkandi Kamrakh Ki Chaat and the delightful Sabudana Bhel. Then dig into the main course with dishes like Malai Paneer Pasanda, Chironji Ki Dal, Samak Rice, and many more mouth-watering dishes . Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicacies such as the Makhana Kheer and the Kesari Petha.

When: Till October 15, 2021

Price: INR 895 + taxes (Aerocity, Select CityWalk, Noida), INR 795 + taxes (Ambience Mall, CP, Pacific Mall, Cyber hub)

Contact: 9999923408

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4. The Westin (Kolkatta)

Want to get an authentic feel of the festival? Head to The Westin Kolkatta to relish their Pujo Mahabhoj. It features grand buffets and live counters with Kolkata street food and Bengali dishes for you to dig into.

Contact: 033 4037 1234

5. Masala Art At Taj Palace (New Delhi)

If you intend on fasting till Dussehra and are on the hunt for a place to savour Navratri’s delicacies, opt for Masala Art’s thali. The festive spread served in a silver thali consists of millets, indigenous vegetables, and ingredients specifically consumed during the fasting period. Our reccos include Kacche Kele Aur Makhane Ki Sabzi, Singhare Ki Kadhi and Shakarkandi Aur Amaranth Tikki.

Available till October 15. 

Contact for reservation: 26110202/

For HomeDelivery, contact: 1800 266 7646

6. Hungry Cat Kitchen (Mumbai)

The brainchild of Subhashree Basu, this delivery kitchen is known for its slow-cooked, authentic Bengali dishes. And with Durga Pujo just a few hours away, the chef has a bunch of mouth-watering treats. Take your pick from the Durga Puja Special menu with dishes like Prawn Cocktail Salad, Bengali Style Machher Chop, Fish Florentine, among other delicacies (only available till October 17). If you’re in the mood for a family feast, choose the Hungry Cat Kitchen’s Pujor Adda Box curated till October 15. This consists of five items that are enough for four people.

Price: INR 350-650 (Durga Puja Special menu), INR 2800 (Pujor Adda Box) 

- Lifestyle Editor


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