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Navratri thalis that let you bring in the fasting period with flavour

With Navratri around the corner, restaurants are gearing up to bring in the festivities with special thali options and meals for those who observe a fast. So, in case you’re one of them, or simply want to sample what fasting food tastes like, check out these restaurants!

Navratri is set to begin in a few days, and with the festivities, a lot of people, especially in North India, fast for one or all the nine days of the festive period. In many homes across India, especially the north, Goddess Durga is welcomed into homes and worshipped. Several men and women fast during this period, abstaining from grains, most vegetables, table salt and a variety of spices. These are also coupled with celebrations and festivities, including garba nights, kirtans, jagrans and more.

These dietary restrictions can make dining out during this time a tricky task, because not all places will be able to cater to your festive needs. However, several restaurants serve delicious, fast-friendly meals during three days along with their usual menus  so that everyone can go an enjoy a delicious meal outside, without the stress of breaking their fast or going hungry.

Over the years, these menus have also started to innovate a lot more, adding the usual fasting staples along with some quirky twists made using the usual ingredients, to ensure that your meals are filled with flavour and variety.

So, in case we’ve convinced you enough, this Navratri, indulge in the Navratri thali and meals across restaurants for a flavourful treat. We assure you that you’ll be in for a great time!

Hero Image: Courtesy of AnnaMaya, Andaz Delhi; Featured Image: Courtesy of Dhansoo Cafe

Navratri thali and meals to sample this festive season

Navratri is here and homes are getting ready to welcome Goddess Durga. What’s key to the festivities is feasting on the lavish fasting meal spreads. So, if you want to dine out during this period, head to Dhansoo Cafe in Delhi and Gurugram. The place has prepared a special Navratri menu, complete with Sabudana Poha, Shakarkandi Chaat, Kolhapuri Paneer, Makhana & Ramdana Ki Kheer, Dhansoo Navratri Platter and a lot more delicacies, curated especially for you!

Where: Dhansoo Café, Pacific Mall Subhash Nagar (Delhi) and Ambience Mall (Gurugram)

When: September 26 till October 4, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

For reservations, contact: +91 99111 54033

Cost: Rs 2,000 plus taxes (for two)

AnnaMaya, the modern food hall by Andaz New Delhi Aerocity, is celebrating the festivities with a special Navratri thali as well as an a la carte feast as part of their Navratri menu. Indulge in the delectable feast throughout the festivities and give yourself a break from cooking, as you enjoy the same delicious flavours in a plush, modern setting!

Where: AnnaMaya, Andaz New Delhi Aerocity

When: September 26 to October 5, 2022

The Claridges, New Delhi is gearing up for the upcoming fasting season with full fervour. The restaurants, Pickwick and Dhaba, both have special Navratri thali and other offerings for you to indulge in.

At Dhaba, indulge in a wholesome and nourishing Navratri thali. Enjoy delicacies such as Aloo Sabudana Vada, Lauki Mawa Curry, Kaju aur Chironji ki Dal, Methi aur Gud ka Sitaphal, Palak Paneer Roll Curry, Samak ke Chawal ki Tehri, Kuttu ka Dahi Bhalla with Rajgira ki Puri and Methi Lassi. Pickwick, on the other hand, has a delicious Bento Box, xomplete with Asian Herb Broth, Pomelo Salad, Crisp Lotus Stem, Vegetable Pocket, Exotic Stir Fry Asian Greens and Chili Basil Samak Fried Rice with Yuzu Baked Yogurt – all fast-friendly treats that allow you to indulge like nothing else can.

For the Navratri Thali:

Where: Dhaba, The Claridges New Delhi

When: September 26 to October 5, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Price: Rs 1,995 plus taxes

For reservations, call: +91 88009 22117

For the Navratri Bento Box:

Where: Pickwick, The Claridges, New Delhi

When: September 26 to October 5, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Price: Rs 1,695 plus taxes

For reservations, call: +91 88267 11551

This one’s for those who don’t fast, but like to abstain from meat and eggs during Navratri. Sassy Teaspoon has curated a range of eggless delights that will take your tastebuds on a flavourful ride. Indulge in their offerings, which include Coffee Mascarpone Pastry, Belgian Chocolate Pastry, Hazelnut Praline Pastry, Raspberry Cream Pastry, Rainbow Pastry, Hazelnut Tart, Caramel Tart, Belgian Chocolate Brownie and a lot more for a trip to flavourtown!

Where: Sassy Teaspoon, all outlets

Available On: Dotpe, Zomato & Swiggy (as well as in-store)

Navratri is here, and SOCIAL’s outposts in Delhi have geared up for the festivities. The restaurant chain has introduced it special Navratri menu, which it will serve in its outlets in Delhi. The delicacies include Kuttu Paneer Pakoda, Navratri Khichdi, Sabudana and Water Chestnut Vada Raw Banana Tikki and a lot more. They also have a Navratri Thali, complete with Samak Rice, Aloo Jeera, Paneer in tomato gravy and more.

Where: SOCIAL outposts in Delhi – Cyber Hub, Dwarka, Saket, Hauz Khas, Nehru Place, Vasant Kunj, Noida, Aerocity

When: September 26 to October 5, 2022

Price: Starting Rs 150

Order online at order.socialoffline.in, Swiggy or Zomato

Gulati Restaurant is among the first eateries to start the concept of Navratri thalis in Delhi. True to their 30-year-old legacy, the restaurant is back with its fasting feasts, complete with a thali, Chaat platter, Shakarkandi Galouti, Kuttu Ki Puri, Sabudana Bhel and a lot more. What’s more, the restaurant does not serve meat during this time, to bring in the festivities.

Where: 6, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi

When: September 26 to October 5, 2022

Contact: +91 11 2338 8836/39

Order online at www.gulatirestaurant.co

Tusker’s, Sofitel Mumbai BKC has launched a special Navratri thali, which will be available throughout the nine days of the festivities. Enjoy a refreshing lassi sabudana vada, aloo tikki and other delicious treats as you dine in at the hotel, and indulge your senses in a flavourful meal that will make you feel like you’re home.

Where: Tusker’s, Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Mumbai

When: September 24 to October 5, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday to Sunday

Price: Rs 1,900 (plus taxes) per person, lunch only

Contact: +91 91673 91130

Navratri thalis that let you bring in the fasting period with flavour

Anushka Goel

Anushka has worked with publications such as Times of India and Being Indian. A graduate from Xavier Institute of Communicatios, she specialises in entertainment, food and travel. She also likes to write about sustainability and beauty. When not working, you can catch her reading a book, tending to her plants, cooking or playing an instrument.


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