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Go global this Navratri

From satwik sushi platters to kuttu burgers and sabudana risotto, feast on an array of Navratri delicacies with an international twist.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2012 01:15 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

From satwik sushi platters to kuttu burgers and sabudana risotto, feast on an array of Navratri delicacies with an international twist

From creamy Gnocchi pesto made of white millet and potatoes, garnished with sun-dried tomatoes, to Tuscany tomato soup with fresh basil, and luxurious vegetarian pizzas, here you’ll get a range of familiar Navratri flavours in true Italian style.

Go Italiano
Where: Blanco, Khan Market Meal for two: Rd 1,200 (approx)
If pizzas are what you live for, don’t fret about having to miss them during Navratri. Feast on a range of wood oven pizzas prepared in satvik style sans onion or garlic. Don’t miss the Navratri special Pizza Bianca that’s rubbed in olive oil, and topped with creamy mozarella, crunchy artichokes and aromatic rosemary.
Where: Pizzeria Rossa, 26, Ground Floor, Hauz Khas Village
Meal for two: R1,200 (approx)
Navratra Vegetariano — this food fest comprising authentic Italian delights such as buckwheat black pepper pasta, and sitaphal and cheese risotto, is created keeping in mind all the must-have items of Navratri. Do not miss the sweet potato soup, steamed cabbage pockets and kalakand and almond cake.
Where: Infinity, Hilton New Delhi — Noida — Mayur Vihar
Meal for two: Rs 1,500 — 2,000

While Italian food is incomplete without risotto, Navratri is incomplete without tapioca or sabudana delicacies. Combining the two, this place has created crunchy risotto balls made of sabudana. Go for a quick snack or team it up with the other European dishes here, cooked without onion and garlic.
Where: Buzz, Ground Floor, Metropolitan Mall, Saket
Meal for two: Rs1,200 (approx)

A Turkish Affair
If you are bored of the regular Navratri thali comprising kuttu poori, subzi, khichdi and kheer, how about a Turkish thali with Navratri flavours? Enjoy this spread of vegetarian pita breads, a delicacy of the Tokat region in Turkey, with a specially laid out spread of satvik dips. Instead of onion and garlic, the fragrance and flavour of these dips come from assorted aromatic herbs.
Where: Masha, 9A, Hauz Khas Village
Meal for two: Rs1,200 (approx)

Mediterranean Masti
Fasting is an important part of Navratri rituals. So, even as you savour desi or satvik global delicacies, sometimes it’s important to take a break and binge on some more healthy bites. Mediterranean cuisine is one of the best examples of food that’s healthy yet tasty. Try the salads here made of crunchy veggies with a dash of sesame oil and mustard sauce for that desi tadka.
Where: Zo, 1 Hauz Khas Village
Meal for two: Rs 1,000 (approx)

American Bites
Quick snacks of various types are an American speciality. From innovative Caesar salad made of paneer tikka and hung curd to a scrumptious barbeque tofu and potato that come with a dash of mint and sendha namak, you’ll be spoilt for a choice here.
Where: Dum Affairs, South Ex II
Meal for two: Rs700 (approx)

With challenging job lives, sitting down for elaborate lunches on weekdays is a thing of the past. If you are looking for a quick bite amid office work, grab this innovative Kuttu tikki burgers or a kuttu salad. It’ll not only satiate young hunger pangs but also not mess up your Navratri rituals.
Where: Et al café + bar, Moments Mall, Meal for two: Rs800 (approx)

Spanish Spice
If your idea of feasting is actually binging, then you should have been in Spain, where tiny meals or tapas rule the dining culture. Recreating a similar experience for health buffs fasting on Navratri is this place serving Lemon Green Tapas with lemons, olive, bay leaves, extra virgin olive oil, rock salt and black peppercorns. You can also try the apple and walnut tapas with raisin garnish.
Where: Verve, 28 Hauz Khas village

Meal for two: Rs 1,200 (approx)

Sweet Delights
There are plenty of twists for the sweet tooth too. Say for instance, you’d have often had sitaphal as a subzi with roti or may be a batter-fried fritter. But how about a creamy pudding with this vegetable that’s an important part of the Navratri thali? Try this and more here.
Where: Cafe Cruise, City Square Mall, 1st Floor, Rajouri Garden.
Price: Rs 225 (plus taxes)
If you are too tired after cooking an elaborate Navratri meal for your friends and family, it’s a good idea to get the desserts home delivered. How about some brownies? Yes, you can actually get an eggless yoghurt brownie or even a healthy oat bran cake in flavours of apple or betel leaf (paan)
Where: Dessert Carte
Price: Rs 1,200 - 1,400 for 1 kg cakes that can be ordered from Rashma Sud at 9654399770

Call of The Orient
Feast on a range of Navratri special Vietnamese delights such as Hung Shao green beans, tofu with spicy Korean bean paste, Vietnamese grilled vegetables in rice paper rolls and more. All these dishes have been tossed up without an iota of onion or garlic, which otherwise form an important part of Vietnamese cooking. Where: Shiro, Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 (approx)

If you always thought that sushis are all about salmon, tuna and caviar, then try these satvik sushis to give your Navratri feasting a Japanese twist. Ask for the Reggae, Tanuki or Spicy Avocado. You can even go for a crunchy asparagus tempura.

Where: The Yum Yum Tree, 1st floor, Community Centre, Okhla Rd, New Friends Colony
Sushi platter: Rs 485 onwards
Be it the quintessential Chinese exotic veggies with baby corn, the Sum Tham ( papaya salad), the lemony peppercorn soup, or cashewnuts in maai sauce, every dish here is authentic Oriental yet made keeping in mind the festive sensibilities.
Where: The Asia Kitchen, 30A, Ground Floor, Powerhouse Building, Hauz Khas Village
Meal for two: Rs 1,000 (approx)
Move over the regular Navratri thali and grab this exciting Oriental Bento Box for a similar wholesome experience. It contains a clear veggie soup, buckwheat and spinach starters, cucumber and pumpkin ribbon khimchi cups, ginger braised veggies, honey chilli potatoes tossed with peanuts, and carrot fried rice. Where: The Pavilion, ITC Maurya, Chanakyapuri
Meal for two: Rs 1,250 (plus taxes)