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During the Navratri festival, one cleanses oneself of all the impurities to experience the divinity within and hence people observe a fast. Whether it is Garba in Western India, Navratas in North India, Durga Puja in West Bengal or Navratri Golu in South India, almost the entire country observes the same rules for fasting during the nine days of Navratri preceding Dusshera, albeit with minor variations. Fasting no longer means boring, insipid food and consuming only milk and fruits. The repertoire of what can be eaten during a fast has expanded as people have discovered several substitutes for those nine days. So break monotony during the fasting period and energise yourself with wholesome food at 5 of Mumbai’s best eating places this Navratri.
Soma, Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Enjoy a Satvik Navratri Thali for dinner at Soma prepared in an exclusive vegetarian kitchen. Curated by Chef Vinod Singh Rana and his team, this thali showcases a medley of delectable flavours and textures to make your traditional fasting menu more wholesome. Relish delicacies without onion and garlic, as you gorge upon Kuttu Ke Atte Ke Bhajjia to Aloo Sabudana Khichdi, Kachhe Kele Ki Subzi to Makhane Ki Kheer. Priced at Rs. 1100 all-inclusive, this thali is available for dinner only.
Fasting food has never been so varied. Kachori from Nathdwara, Aloo Methi from Vaishno Devi, Amritsari Chole from Golden Temple, Red Pumpkin Poriyal from Meenakshi Temple, are some of the lip-smacking dishes you will be treated to as part of the sumptuous Navratri thali served here. At Rs. 999, this thali is easy-on-the-wallet and available daily for lunch and dinner until September 30, 2017.
Peshwa Pavilion, ITC Maratha
An exemplary Navratri Vrat meal made from simple, healthy ingredients in back-to-the-basics styles of cooking, is on offer at Peshwa Pavilion, ITC Maratha this Navratri. Discover the perfect Navratri Thali showcasing traditional favourites such as Paangam, Aloo Jeera, Kuttu Poori, Samak Ke Chawal, Badam Halwa and more. Available for dinner only from September 21st-29th, priced at Rs. 1750 plus taxes, this one is value-for-money all the way.
Masala Bay, Taj Lands End
This Navratri, enjoy the carefully crafted array of Saatvik delicacies with a decadent Maharaja Thali at Masala Bay, Taj Lands End. Pedewali Lassi, Sabudana Wada, Vrat Ki Kadhi, Kacche Kele Aur Anjeer Ka Kofta, Singhare Ka Atta Ka Poori and Basundi, are some of the dishes the chefs have painstakingly created. From September 21st-29th, one can enjoy this spread at Rs. 1800 per person for lunch and dinner.
High Tide, The Resort, Madh-Marve
Treat your taste buds this Navratri to mouth-watering vrat ka khaana at High Tide, The Resort. Executive Chef Pawan Kumar Lal has crafted these dishes ensuring that the ingredients and flavours are in harmony with the fasting beliefs. Sukha Aloo, Turai Patra, Bhindi Sambariya, Tindli Masala, Ker Sangria And Muthi Dholki Papadi, are some of the unusual delicacies on offer. The meal is in accordance with the navratra rules which include no onion and garlic. From September 21st-29th, priced at Rs. 1299 all-inclusive, this is available for dinner only.
So treat yourselves to some home-style wholesome food made with unusual ingredients this Navratri.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.