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Special thalis and exorbitant sweet prices during Navratri

This article is a must read for all you food lovers. Special thalis and sweets are available exclusively for this Navratri season. Read on to know more about it.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2010 14:46 IST
Sharin Bhatti

What festive season is complete without good food? And Navratri wouldn’t be the same without its share of Gujarati and Bengali sweets. Various shops in the city have been seeing a flurry of customers walk in to buy these delicacies in kilos.

Rakesh, manager, Punjabi Ghasitaram Halwai, Lower Parel says that he caters to over 200 people everyday. “There is a very high demand for dry fruits and dry fruit based sweets. Our boys are constantly packing boxes,” says he.

The prices of the items too seem to have gone up. Anjeer Barfi, for example, which is a seasonal dish, is currently being sold for Rs 1,800 per kilo, whereas last year it was available for Rs 1,000.

“The demand is so much that we have our staff working round the clock to produce these sweets. Plus the dry fruits are so expensive,” says Mangesh, who sits at Chandu Halwai, Worli, another popular sweet shop. According to him Gulab Jamuns, Jalebi Ghevar, Kaju Katli and Moti Choor Laddoos are the steals of the season. His shop even offers plush discounts to those who walk in before 12 pm.

Meanwhile, restaurants too are trying to cash in on the festive season with special menus. Hemant Oberoi, executive grand chef at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, has designed a special Navratri Menu, which will be on offer till October 17. Similarly, The Resort, in Malad has prepared special Gujarati and Marwadi thalis priced at Rs 350 each, which include everything from dhoklas to khichdi and halwa.

But the Golden Star Thali at Charni Road has, by far, the most lavish Navrati thali. Chef Moolaji Maharaj from Jodhpur has specially prepared Malai Cham Cham, Ras Malai, Angoor Rabdi, Kesar Puran Polis in sweet; Khasta Kachori, Dahi Wada and assorted Dhoklas for starters and special vegetables include Karela Kashmir, Tindola Sambharia, Jodhpuri Gutta, Mevadi Pulao, Dry Fruit Batata. All this and more will be available for Rs 300 per thali, till October 21.