The auspicious nine days of Navratri are celebrated with full devotion and reverence. Some devotees observe an austere nine-day fast during the period to pay tribute to the goddess, consuming only satvik food to purify their minds and bodies. This implies abstinence from certain ingredients and subsisting on milk, fruits, preparations of flours like rajgira and buckwheat or kuttu and singhara or water chestnut. Though this reduces variety and restricts the menu, one doesn’t need to compromise with flavours. A few restaurants, in fact, make fasting easier with delicious offerings , through a specially curated menu for the nine days. So go ahead, binge this Navratri at some of the best picks of the season!
Masala Bay, Mumbai
Masala Bay, a signature Indian restaurant at Taj Lands End Hotel, Mumbai, is hosting a festival of temple cuisine throughout the nine days of Navaratri this year, offering foods of the gods from well-known temples across India like Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple and Jagannath Temple. Chef Sartaj Qureshi, who is behind the innovate thalis on offer at Masala Bay, brings you traditional, indigenous foods enriched with antiseptic herbs, spices and natural fragrances that are meant to satisfy the heart and the soul.
Taftoon, likewise, takes you on a gastronomic trip, serving the visually appealing and delectable falhari thali during Navratri. Available only during the lunch hour, the restaurant serves Bhunja Shakark and Chaat, Pani Phal Sabu Tikki, scrumptious Chatpatta Paneer Tikka, Falhari Pakoras and Bihari Makhana Kheer for sweet lovers, besides.
Kiyan at The Roseate, New Delhi makes your fast a feast with its enticing fare. Among its offerings are Badam ki Tikki, Kaffir Lime Paneer Tikka with Pineapple Chutney, Khatta Meetha Petha, Chironji ki Dal, Samak Anardana Pulao, Green Apple and Mint Raita and an interesting Cherry Tomato Halwa for dessert. The dishes are so delicious that even those who are not fasting will want to sample the food, even if it be satvik food.
Daniell’s Tavern, Delhi
Daniell’s Tavern, Delhi offers lip smacking food with a classy ambience, making it a unique fine dining experience. Devour a wholesome meal at the restaurant with Sabudana kheer, Samak ki khichdi, Pethe ki sabzi, jeera aaloo, palak paneer, kuttu ke pakode aur poodi, kaju badaam ki sabzi, paneer tikka, sabudana tikki and more.
Maziga is known for its modern Indian cuisine, and this Navratri, they have introduced delicacies to their exotic thali. Maziga believes that well-being is about eating whole-heartedly, and accordingly will feature mouth-watering satvik food on its menu like Kuttu Ki Kadhi, Soma Rice, Koottu Paratha, Suran and Aloo Seekh Kabab and Kesar Pista Lassi, to name a few.
Read more about Navratri here.