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Feast as you fast

Navratri means fasting and having very selective food. Various outlets across the city are cashing in on this festival and offering Navratri special menu.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2011 00:27 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Navratri means fasting and having very selective food. Various outlets across the city are cashing in on this festival and offering Navratri special menu. For those who are fasting, and also for those are not, here are 10 places in the Capital, where you can savour delicious thaalis and other delicacies at affordable prices.

Below Rs 500

The Spice Market
Go for the Vrat ki Thali here. With special fasting beverages, such as gulkand ki lassi and masala chaach, the thali consists kurkuri paneer tikki, shinghare and aloo pakodas, shakarkandi chaat, koftey made of raw banana, paneer and makhana sabzi, chatpati arbi. A must-try here is sanwakaur khajoor ki phirni, to make your navratri a sweet delight.
Where: D-2, GF 18, Southern Park, Behind Select City Walk, Saket
Tel: 9958453636
Price: Rs 395, plus taxes

Eatopia, India Habitat Centre
The food court at the Habitat Centre is serving ‘fast food’ — food for the Navratra fast — at two of its sub-restaurants. The menu here comprises kuttu atta paneer tikki, aloo chaat vrat wali, fruit chaat vratwali. For desserts, try swank rice kheer and singara atta malpua. Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Tel: 41220000
Price: Rs 145, plus taxes

Nathu Sweets and Restaurant
From special Navratri starters to exotic desserts, the food joint offers full course meal. One can choose from the range of starters that includes aloo paneer tikki, fruit chaat, aloo dahi chaat or pakode. The main course includes three vegetables, raita, papad, salad, poori, rice and a sweet dish.
Where: 2, Sunder Nagar Market
Tel: 4354982
Price: Rs 155, plus taxes

Bikanerwala Sweets
While here, go for their special Navratra menu. Do try the aloo palkori chaat and the special aloo bonda made of kuttu atta and mashed potatoes. They have two thalis on offer — the executive thali and the deluxe thali. The second thali includes paneer and pumpkin vegetable, vrat ke chawal and puri and special Navratri chips.
Where: Central Market, Lajpat Nagar II (multiple branches)
Tel: 40540000
Price: Rs 185, plus taxes

This sweet shop has an entire menu for the Navratra. From special papdi chaat to vrat ke gol gappe, you can choose from an elaborate menu meant for the fast. Their Navratri special thali includes special tawa rotis prepared from kuttu atta, potato chips sprinkled with sendha namak, a paneer and potato dish, curd and fruit juices.
Try the buttermilk here, available in sweet and masala variants.
Where: B-1, H/8, Main Mathura Road (multiple branches)
Tel: 28898004
Price: Rs 200, plus taxes

BELOW Rs 1,000

Paatra, Hotel Jaypee Vasant
The special Vrat ki thali is prepared in an open kitchen here. Comprising matha, shakarkandi ke chaat, aloo rasedar, cucumber raita, kuttu ki poori, kuttu ki pakodi, sabudane ki tikki, vrat ke papad, makhane ki kheer and much more.
Where: 54, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
Tel: 46072064
Price: Rs 850, plus taxes

The Cabana, Tivoli
Under their special menu called the ‘Feast for the Devout’, this place has an entire menu dedicated to Navratri. The Navratri platter includes fruit chaat and a Navratri paneer kebab. Other delicacies included in the platter are kuttu ki puri, samak ke chawal, tariwale aloo, sitaphal ki subzi, sabuddana aloo tikki and sabudana kheer.
Where: Tivoli Grand, GT Karnal Road
Tel: 64646514
Price: Rs 600, plus taxes

Le Cafe, The Suryaa
The Panchavati Thali offered at this coffee shop comprise two snacks, which are of the chef’s choice, three vegetables from the menu, four kuttu ki puri, a bowl of samak ke chawal, saboodana papad, salad and two dessert of the chef’s choice. The menu for Navratri here comprises paneer and potato dishes, all prepared without garlic and onion.
Where: The Suryaa, New Friends Colony
Tel: 26835070
Price: Rs 875, plus taxes

Baluchi, The Lalit
Three type of Navratra Special Thalis are served here. They include kuttu ke atte ke pakode, paneer tikka kesari.Paneer makhani, aloo zeera, shakkargandi ki chaat, saboo dane ki tikki, tomato and cucumber raita, saboodane ki kheer and fresh cut fruits. Go for the special navratre ki lauki ki subzi.
Where: Barakhamba Ave, Connaught Place
Tel: 44447474
Price: Rs 999, plus taxes

Level 2, Radisson Blu
This restaurant has an entire a la carte menu dedicated to the Navratra festival. Try their special Navratra platter. The menu includes fruit lassi, aloo kuttu ke pakode, laccha rabri and cucumber raita. For the ones who cannot resist tandoori cuisine, the restaurant has tandoori charra aloo, served with mint chutney and salad.
Where: Hotel Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar
Tel: 46399999
Price: Rs 1,000, plus taxes