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This Baisakhi eat, pray, love

Here’s your guide to celebrating Baisakhi, the harvest festival, with special food offers, a heritage walk and much more.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2011 02:17 IST

Here’s your guide to celebrating Baisakhi, the harvest festival, with special food offers, a heritage walk and much more.

Baisakhi — the harvest festival — is here and so are all the celebrations and fun! Apart from the great delicacies that the city’s eateries have to offer, Gurudwara visits, Baisakhi processions and traditional folk performances are the highlights of the festival this year. Baishakhi begins with a visit to the gurudwara with friends and family. To mark the festival, Punjabis prepare yellow rice. Dholwallas are called in the evening and people dance and make merry to the beats of the drum. If you haven’t planned your Baisakhi celebrations as yet, we bring to you an array of options to choose from.

Indian buffet
The buffet has a mixture of starters, soups, salads, main course and desserts. For starters, you can choose from salsa potato and an assortment of Punjabi kebabs. The elaborate main course has paneer butter masala, Amritsari chholey, kadi pakoda and Punjabi dal in their veg section. The non-veg menu includes chicken butter masala, mutton pasanda, prawns and fish. End your meal either with a moong dal halwa or gulab jamun.
Meal for two: Rs 1,100, plus taxes
Where: The Pirates of Grill, C-12,
Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, Main Nazafgarh Marg
Tel: 011-45034444

Punjabi flavour
Ananda’s in Sunder Nagar have a month-long celebration for Baisakhi. They have an ongoing Punjabi food festival that has on offer main dishes like palak makhani, punjabi kukkad, gobhi mussalam, Amritsari chana and navrattan korma. While here, you must try out their mint lassi, banana lassi and mango lassi. And of course, the celebrations would be incomplete if they don’t have sarson da saag with makke di roti and gud.
Meal for two: Rs 800, plus taxes
Where: Ananda’s, 2, Sunder Nagar Market
Tel: 011-43533978

Direct from Punjab
Celebrate the spirit of Baisakhi in real Punjabi style — they are offering great delights that’s on till April 20. The special menu includes sarson ka saag, makki roti, pindi chana and stuffed naans, Punjabi spicy tadka dal, achaari aloo and sweets like rabri, dry fruit kheer and jalebi.
Meal for two: Rs 800
Where: Green Lounge, Ground Floor, 39-43, Aggarwal City Mall, Road No 44, Pitampura
Tel: 011-47354585

Traditional festivities
Visit this place for an entire food festival dedicated to Baisakhi. Called the The Punjabi food festival, the 10-day long festival starts today and is on till April 24. It has on offer Amritsari mutton champe, moghewalle kukkad, sagnawali dal, kichad cholle, bajra roti. Also try their Baisakhi special dessert — churi.
Meal for Two: Rs 1,500
Where: Purana Villa, 4/172,
Jor Bagh Market
Tel: 9810009746

All-new menu
The restaurant has specially crafted a new menu, Chak Le Punjab, for Baisakhi. For vegetarians, there is dhingri mushroom, paneer sula, vegetable seekh kebab, dal makhani and paneer tikka. Non-vegetarians can choose from adraki champ, kastoori kebab and matki chicken. Meal for two: Below Rs 1,500
Where: 1 Cafe Lounge, M-89/90,
Outer Circle, Connaught Place
Tel: 011-43507881

Foodie’s delight
They have on offer an all-Punjabi buffet. The special buffet offers tamatar dhania shorba, kesar murg shorba, makai seekh and goli paneer makhani among others. Don’t miss the shahi tukda and kesar phirni for desserts. Also on offer is a complimentary beverage, which includes choice of one pint of beer.
Meal for two: Rs 1,100
Where: Spice Market, D-2, GF 18, Southern Park, Behind Select City Walk, Saket
Tel: 9958453636

Tadka maar ke
The Baisakhi food festival here will appeal to all those who want to celebrate the festival of harvest in a pure Punjabi way. The festival is on till April 20 and offers chicken sheek, kabab platter, paneer butter masala, dal makhni, butter chicken, mutton rogan josh, murgh malai tikka and assorted breads. Also try their gulab jamun.
Meal for two: Rs 1,200
Where: Café Royce, L-41, Defence Colony, Main Market
Tel: 40793435

Dhol baja and food
Make your Baisakhi celebrations a fun-filled affair at this place. DJ Ashim will be playing some famous Punjabi Bollywood numbers, along with dholis, who will play live folk tunes. There is a Baisakhi special platter too, that has on offer bhutteyan da kebab, sofiyani paneer tikka, murg tikka hari mirch, fish Amritsari and murg malai tikka.
Meal for two: Rs 2,000
Where: F Bar & Lounge, 50 B, Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri
Tel: 011-26111118

Baisakhi Gurudwara Walk
As part of the Spring’s festival presented by Red Earth, a special Baisakhi walk will be organised. The ‘metro’ walk’s first stop is at Sis Ganj Gurudwara. After taking the Metro to Rajeev Chowk, the second stop would be at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib for langar. The last stop of the walk would be Rakab Ganj Gurudwara, near Central Secretariat.
Meeting Point: Chandni Chowk Metro station
Timings: 7-11am
Charges: Rs 1,000 per person
Tel: 011-41764054

Italian style Baisakhi
This Baisakhi, try out an European style cafe, in which you will get a wide array of contemporary menu. Go for the salad with any drink at Rs 279. Other combo meal includes burgers, pastas and sandwiches with your favourite drinks that include both mocktails and cocktails at Rs 329. A full-course meal with drinks will cost you Rs 429.
Meal for Two: Rs 700
Where: Cocoa by Belgique, G 37, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket
Tel: 011-42658279