With Navratri celebrations already in full swing, we are excited to dive into the festive celebrations–from pandal hopping and participating in Garba nights to binging on the distinctive dishes made along the way. True that people often observe a fast during the nine-day festival, and the food prepared is strictly vegetarian and made without onion and garlic, but trust us, the special food made during this period is tastier. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t have the time to whip up a fast-friendly meal for yourself, or who’s trying Navratri specials for the first time, or simply a foodie, head to these 7 places across India that are serving Navratri thalis with authentic flavours and Navratri menus that bring a contemporary spin to traditional dishes.
1. Gulati Restaurant (Delhi NCR)
Known for its authentic Navratri specials for the past 30 years, Gulati Restaurant is taking it a notch higher this year. The kitchen is serving more than 40 delicacies for fasting without onion and garlic. The massive spread packs a punch with its signature Navratri Khas Thali and Chaat platter, Shakarkandi Galouti, Sabudana Bhel Puri, Kuttu ki puri, Kele ki sabzi, Paneer Makhani and Sanwak Kheer, among others. Regular al-a-carte dishes are also available for small-eaters. And if you don’t have the time to drop by, don’t worry; the restaurant is open to deliver to your doorstep.
Available till October 5
2. Westin Gurgaon (New Delhi)
Keeping it healthy and tasty, the chefs at The Westin Gurgaon have whipped up binge-worthy Navratri Sattvik Thalis with dishes made from organic ingredients. Feast on Navratri specials such as Kottu poori, Sago khichdi, Samak rice, and Sabudana delicacies among others with your friends and family.
Available till October 4
Price: INR 1,150 + taxes per person
3. Courtyard Marriott Bengaluru ORR
Looking for an authentic experience that won’t burn a hole in your pocket? MoMo Cafe at Courtyard Marriott Bengaluru ORR is here to prepare a traditional Satvik bhojan that will tantalise your taste buds. The spread features Farali Dhokla, Farali Wada, Kaccha kella ke vada, Kuttu or Singhara ke Puri, Thepla and Roti, Sama ki chawal, Sabudana ki khichdi; thirst quenchers like Tender coconut water, Masala buttermilk; and desserts such as Basundi, Kheer Fruits varieties of Halwa that include lauki halwa, singahre ka halwa, and plenty of others.
Price: INR 499 + taxes
4. AnnaMaya at Andaz Delhi
Whether you have an appetite as large as a king or prefer enjoying smaller courses, the modern foodhall in Andaz Delhi caters to every kind of foodie. AnnaMaya offers a 10-course Navratri Thali as well as a-la-carte menu. The former comprises dishes made from locally sourced ingredients like Kuttu ki papdi & Burrata chat with crispy quinoa, Shahi paneer, Aloo ki subji, Samak chawal, Anar raita, Kuttu ki poori, Sabudana papad and Quinoa Gulab ki kheer–a spread that gives nutrition and taste equal importance for you to binge guilt-free. The latter consists of specialities Aloo ki chaat, Kuttu ki Poori, Khatta Meetha Petha, Samak ke Chawal ka Pulao, and more. This menu pairs well with the Navratri special beverages like Chamomile Apple and Mint Iced Tea and Coconut Water.
Available till October 5 for lunch and dinner
Price (for Navratri Thali): INR 2,200 plus taxes
5. Tuskers at Sofitel BKC (Mumbai)
Devour an irresistible Navratri Thali with an opulent ambiance at this vegetarian restaurant. Your meal starts with a refreshing Lassi, followed by appetisers Sabudana Vada and Aloo Tikki. The main course is a flavour fest. Dishes include Rat Ki Kadhi (tempered curd-based curry with fresh coconut), Moongfali Rassedar (peanut and coconut curry), Dahi Arbi (colocassia & curd tempered with curry leaves and cumin), Suran Ki Sabzi (yam cooked with fasting spices) and Sama Ki Khichdi (tempered sama rice cooked with ground peanuts and fresh coconut). All this accompanied by Singhare Ki Poori and Set Curd complete the savoury feast. Those who have a sweet tooth can satisfy it with Sabudana Kheer, Ratalu Ka Halwa, and Cut Fruits.
Aavilable till October 5
Price: INR 1,900 plus taxes
6. Dhaba And Pickwick at The Claridges (New Delhi)
The Delhi-based hotel is bringing in a feast-ival of flavours with not one but two of its restaurants. Dhaba at The Claridges welcomes you with a traditional Navratri Thali that includes classic delicacies like Aloo Sabudana Vada, Lauki Mawa Curry, Kaju aur Chironji ki Dal, Methi aur Gud ka Sitaphal, Palak Paneer Roll Curry, Samak ke Chawal ki Tehri, Kuttu ka Dahi Bhalla with Rajgira ki Puri and Methi Lassi. Whereas Pickwick gives the Navratri meal an oriental twist with a Navratri Bento Box. Expect dishes like Asian Herb Broth, Pomelo Salad, Crisp Lotus Stem, Vegetable Pocket, Exotic Stir Fry Asian Greens and Chili Basil Samak Fried Rice with Yuzu Baked Yogurt.
Navratri Thali at Dhaba
Available till October 5 from 12:30-7:00 pm
Price: INR 1,995 plus taxes
Bento Box at Pickwick
Available till October 5 from 12:00-11:30 pm
Price: INR 1,695 plus taxes
7. Sassy Teaspoon (All outlets across Mumbai and Pune)
Hosting a Navratri meal at home and don’t have time to prep the sweet dishes? Sassy Teaspoon comes to your rescue with its Navratri special eggless desserts. From a Coffee Mascarpone, Belgian Chocolate, Hazelnut Praline, Raspberry Cream Pastry to Hazelnut and Caramel Tarts to brownies and cookies, there’s an array of options to choose from to satiate your guests’ sweet cravings.
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