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Some interesting eats this Navratri

india Updated: Oct 01, 2011 01:06 IST
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With Navatri celebrations underway in the Capital, fasting is no longer boring! City restaurants are offering special Navratri menus — with special starters, drinks, desserts and even fast food. Here’s a list of places across the city, where you can enjoy the festival with a lot more than just saatvik cuisine. Plan according to your pocket!

Vaango
While here, go for a Navratri south Indian food treat! Try the Navratri Special combo of two fluffy rice idlis, masala dosa, rava kesari for dessert, and buttermilk served with sambar without onion or garlic. The ‘No Onion-No Garlic’ range also includes rava and kanchipuram idlis, plain, rava plain and masala dosas, curd rice, tamarind rice and desserts. Where: South Point Mall, No 22, Upper Ground Floor, Golf Course Road, Sector 53
Meal for two: Rs 390 plus taxes

Baluchi
With options from ala carte as well as the thali, the restaurant has a complete full course meal to choose from. You can choose from kuttu ke aate ke pakore and paneer tikka kesari. For the main course, try paneer makhani, lauki ki subzi, aloo zeera, chirongi ki dal, samak ke chawal, kuttu ke atte ki poori, saboodane ke papad and kheera raita. And for dessert, go for saboodane ki kheer or fresh cut fruit.
Where: The Lalit, New Delhi
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes

Zambar
For all those who crave for a mouthful of south seasoning, especially during Navratri, here’s where you should be. The custom-made menu offers iconic favourites such as kuttu ki roti along with paneer kur-kure, southern potato curry, and pumpkin yeruchery. The south Indian restaurant is all set to make its presence felt in this north Indian festival, with their new menu.
Where: Ambience Mall Gurgaon and Vasant Kunj
Meal for two: Rs 800 plus taxes

Level 2
The restaurant is offering a special saatvik menu with regional delicacies for the festival. Also, there’s a special food and drinks menu. Try the aloo kuttu ke pakode, tandoori charraaloo, sama pulao, paneer zafrani, kuttu puri, lauki ki kheer, lachharabdi, sabudana ka papad and much more. The main highlight of the drinks menu is the special fruit lassi that is made of a mix of juices with yoghurt.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar
Meal for two: Rs 500 plus taxes

Earthen Oven
This Indian restaurant on Sohna Road, offers the Navratra Thali with delicacies like aloo pulao, kache kele ki sabzi, malai paneer, malai kofta with kuttu ki roti and singade ka halwa. The view from the first floor is breathtaking with the red and black interiors keep the mood cheerful.
Where: IFortune Select Excalibur, Main Sohna Road, Sector-49, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 1000plus taxes

Spice Market
Choose from two thalis — Vrat ki Thali and the special Navratri Thali. Indulge in gulkand ki lassi, masala chaach, paneer tikki, shakarkandi chaat, paneer aur makhana ki sabzi, sabudana khichdi, sanwak ke khatte chawal, kuttu puri, raita, and more. For dessert, enjoy sanwak aur khajoor ki phirni.
Where: D-2, GF 18, Southern Park, Behind Select City Walk, Saket
Meal for two: Rs 1050 plus taxes

Ignis
Called Purani Dilli ki Sabz Galli, the festival is being celebrated here, with a special menu for Navratras. The food items that are prepared without onion and garlic, and with special material that is edible during this time include, chatpatti fruit chat, aloo ki tikki, bedmi aloo poori, paneer tawey walla, tawey key paranthey (aloo, paneer) and aloo anardana chat. But if you’re the kind who likes to go for a wholesome meal on one platter, then the Navratri Thali that is served here, is the best bet for you.
Where: B-45, Inner Circle, Connaught Place
Meal for two: Rs 800 plus taxes

Made In India
The festival here is marked with a variety of saatvik cuisine with well laid out thalis with delicacies, and savouries made without onion and garlic. The Navratra menu includes kuttu ki poori, vrat ka pulav, sabudana tikki, aloo rasmissa, Navratra kofta and mewey ki chaat. The menu also boasts of a wide selection of desserts as a perfect end to this meal. Savour specialties like the makhana kheer, sabudana kheer and the saffron masala milk.
Where: Radisson MBD Noida
Meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes

Govindas at Isckon
This place serves food without garlic and onion throughout the year. But during Navratri season, they have a special menu, comprising special dishes made without food grains. Called the Special Falahar, the menu at the food festival consists of fruit ki subzi, aloo ka halwa, fruit dahi bhalla, sabudana pulao, veg kofta, kuttu ka pakora, sabudana ki kheer, and much more.
Where: ISKCON Temple Complex, East of Kailash
Meal for two: Rs 700

Axis
This world cuisine restaurant is serving a special Navratra menu for the festive season. Starting with refreshing watermelon juice, followed by cottage cheese and cashew nut gravy, khatta sitaphal, chironji ki dal (chef’s innovation) and badam aur lauki ki kheer, are a must try.
Where: Axis, Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, National Highway-8, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 950 plus taxes

India House
If you’re looking for variety, try the lavish Navratra Buffet during lunch hours, for an unlimited supply of starters, main course and desserts. The menu has aloo sabutdana ki tikki, kele ke kofte, masaledar arbi, paneer mewa bhurji with kuttu ki poori or cheela, and sabutdana aloo ki khichdi. At night, they offer a thali with shakarkandi aur sukhe mewe ki tikki, khatta sitaphal, banana raita and saffron milk or ananas lassi. The chef keeps rotating the dishes and drinks everyday to keep a variety.
Where: 32nd Milestone, National Highway-8, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 800 plus taxes

21 Gun Salute
This north-Indian restaurant hasintroduced many Navratra thalis for the guests. The Special Navratra thali has 10 dishes, including two starters like paneer tikka and sabudana tikki, curries like ShakargandiKorma and Dum Aloo Dahi Mirch, followed by Lauki ki Kheer. The Deluxe thali has more additions like the aloo anardana in starters, and makhane ki kheer for dessert. As you savour your meal, enjoy the vintage view and the royal photographs lining the walls.
Where: SCO-35-36, First Floor, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 700 plus taxes

Om Sweets
The sweet shop’s special Navratri menu, including main course, snacks, chaat and a range of desserts, make it a hit during the festivities. Apart from the Navratra thali, chaat lovers can try the kuttu papdi chaat, special lacha tokri, crisp potatoes or the chena chaat (soft chenna balls with curd and tangy sauce). The swang ke chawal served with raita or potato curry is another must have. The Ghiya Burfi is for those with a sweet tooth. But be prepared to brave the crowds or stand while you eat.
Where: SCF Shopping Complex, Sector 14, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 320 plus taxes

Lutyens
Head here for a complete meal this Navratri. While the starters menu boasts of kuttu atta papadi chaat, aloo aur shakarkandi ki chaat and fruit chaat, the drinks menu includes sweet lassi, masala chaas and fresh fruit juice. And for those who love rolls, there is makhani paneer roll served here with Aloo Jeera rasnussa, seetafal ki subzi, lauki tamatar ki subzi, kadhi pakoda, samak ke chawal, mooli ka parantha and kuttu atta ki poori, for main course. For dessert, try the sabudana aur makhani ki kheer.
Where: Hotel The Royal Plaza, Ashoka Road
Meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes

Nathu’s
Head here for an all-in-one platter experience. The sweet shop has a lavish thali for the nine day festival. Their Navratri Thali includes starters (any one aloo paneer tikki, fruit chaat, aloo dahi chaat, aloo chaat, or pakore) with the drink, which could be kesar pista milk, lassi or khas sharbat with soda. It will be followed by a thali of three vegetables, raita, papad, salad, poori, rice and a sweet dish.
Where: 2 Sunder Nagar Market
Meal for two: Rs 310 plus taxes

Aart from the fast food...
Baker’s Street

Though the place doesn’t serve fast food, you can tickle your taste buds with purely vegetarian (eggless) and lip smacking menu to set in the festive mood. There’s pineapple pastry, chocó chip soufflé, and custard cream with fresh fruit. Also try brownie with ice cream and apple strudel, a sweet or savoury layered pastry with a filling inside.
Where: 2nd floor, 3Cs Mall, Lajpat Nagar
Meal for two: Rs300 plus taxes

Fresc Co
The restaurant has introduced its own fun way to say no to grains, salts, onions and garlic, with their special Navratri menu. The appetising menu includes Buckwheat pasta with Arrabiata sauce, ricotta lasagna. For dessert, try the tropical fruit sundae and fresh fruit salad. While here, also try the tomato and carrot soup.
Where: Janpath, Vasant Kunj, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 790 plus taxes

Pino’s Pastas
If you are in the mood for some gourmet pizzas and pastas this Navratra season, this is your destination. With options in the ala carte menu being prepared without onion and garlic, the menu choices include soups and salads, as well as exciting pizza and pasta innovations.
Where: 3rd Floor, Food Union, Mahagun Metro Mall, Vaishali Sec-3, Ghaziabad
Meal for two: Rs300 plus taxes

Kingdom Of Dreams
Get a taste of tradition as you are served an array of fast specialties like chena tikki, kuttu pakora, fruit raita, dahi wale aloo, kela
fry, panifal ki sabji, kuttu ki poori,samak ke chawal and ghiye ke kheer. The setting here is unique with food served on silver coloured chowkis (low stools) as you settle comfortably on the soft floor cushions. Also, you can shop for some traditional weaves like Chanderi Silk, Tussar, Block print from the Saree Utsav for the festive season. Or dance to the dandiya beats by a live DJ from September 30 to October 2. You can rent the costumes and sticks.
Where: Culture Gully, Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes

Cafe Cruise
Those who want their meal in the form of a platter should come here. With special preparations for the festival, the restaurant has platters with a difference. The Navratri thali platter comprises of kuttu poori, aloo mattar, ajwaini arbi (colocassia), kache kele ke kabab, dahi pakori, cut fruits (include seasonal fruits) with a glass of lassi.
Where: ICity Square Mall, First Floor, Rajouri Garden
Meal for two: Rs 1,100 plus taxes