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Food and Beverage 10 Oct 2013

Treat your taste bud with special Navratri delicacies

Make your Navratri celebration more joyous this time with specially designed Navratri delicacies.

By Nusra Deputy Features Editor

Gear up this Navratri and gorge on the lip smacking European, Chinese and Indian platter at your favourite restaurant in the capital.

Special 'saatvik' thali’ is served during the Navratri festival, when several people observe a nine-day fast. Indian cuisine still tops the list but this time the restaurants are giving foodies delectable options in Chinese and European cuisines too as Indian have become more experimental when talking about food.

Prabhat Yogi, General Manager, Zura- Bar & Bistro says “ We are offering Indian-European ‘Sattvik Platter’ which includes sattvik foods prepared with  senda namak, singhade and kuttu ka atta.”

He also elaborates that “ZURA offers an array of authentic European dishes- rosti potato with spinach ragout, oven roasted pumpkin hummus with crispy kuttu pita chips, vegetable skewer with spicy cilantro salsa, and crusted cottage cheese steak with pepper caulis and many more. Indian cuisine includes jeera aloo razilaa, ajawini tamatar paneer, pumpkin raita, navratri rice, sabut dana, kheer, aloo singhara ki tikki, kuttu ki poori.”

The Indian Sattvik platter is priced at Rs.450 and the European Platter at Rs.499 inclusive of all taxes with a complementary glass of buttermilk.

Sanuj Birla, Owner, Amsterdam Kitchen and Bar says, “We have made pure Navratra platter in European Style. A few of the offerings that we have are: kuttu ke aate ka pizza, cottage cheese steak, fruit russotto and many more.”

He also adds that such special offering are available throughout the festival till 14th of October.

On the other hand restaurants like Dilli 32, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Gurgaon have pure Indian food for Navratra. The Navratri Special Thali is prepared in desi ghee and consists of tamatar ki launj, lauki ki sabzi, paneer ki bhujia, dahi ke aloo, samak ke chawal, makhane ki kheer and much more. It is priced at Rs.999 plus taxes per head.

Sandeep Pande, Executive Chef, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel says “The 'Satvik Khana' is served at the "subzi (vegetarian)" station in the buffet spread. It offers vegetables and other dishes like shakarkand ki kheer, singhade ke halwe, singhade ki bhaji, papad mangodi ki subzi, mooli ke patton ka saag, moong aur methi ki bhujiya and much more. Along with this, there are more vegetarian options on the a la carte menus. The cost for lunch is Rs. 1,400 and for dinner Rs.1, 585, plus taxes.”

Royal China, The fine dining Chinese cuisine restaurant decided to start such special menus for the Hindu festival as they believe that most Delhiites turn vegetarians during this period.

Gelato Vinto, which has outlets across the country, has something to offer for all those who have a sweet tooth. One can go for freshly-made 100 percent vegetarian varieties like lime basil sorbet, strawberry sorbet, kiwi sorbet and vanilla pod. The price starts from Rs. 49 onwards.

This shows that with the growing culture of eating out in the country, the restaurants have also acquired many ways to attract the customers towards their restaurant and one such special occasion is Navratra.

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