The festival of Lohri on 13th January 2018 a day before Makar Sankranti, stands for joy and merrymaking as the harvest season is around the corner. In North Indian homes, family members and friends make a circle around the bonfire and offer five edible items - Rewri, Popcorn, Til, Moongphali (peanuts) and Jaggery to the fire. This is done with the intention of invoking bounty in that home and wishing away scarcity. Peanuts, corn flakes, til, gajak and jaggery are then shared and eaten. Of course, Mumbai does not celebrate this festival with the same fervour as North India but hotels and restaurants have taken to spreading the festive spirit with special menu offerings, giving diners a taste of Punjab. Choicest Punjabi dishes are on offer which one can relish this season.
Café Delhi Heights will be celebrating the festival with a special Lohri platter from January 12-18th. Expect to sample North Indian delicacies like Sarson Da Saag, Makki Ki Roti, Bathua Ka Raita, traditional Gajar Ka Halwa along with popcorn, moongfali, gajjak, white butter on the side.
Chef Sweety Singh from Delhi curates a special menu of Punjabi delicacies as part of the Punjabi Rivaayat, at O22 Trident BKC Mumbai till January 19th. Kathal Pulao, Aloo Wadi, Sarson Da Saag, Makki Di Roti, Gajrela and more, await you as part of the offerings for the daily brunch.
Celebrate Lohri at Made in Punjab, Malad with an unlimited buffet spread. Price at Rs 1000, all inclusive. This all-day buffet on January 13th only is enticing and offers authentic Punjabi dishes like Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Jalebi Rabdi, to commemorate the occasion of Lohri.
Dig into the season’s authentic favourites as you celebrate Lohri at Ticca Tikka until January 19th. The chef has carved a special menu featuring dishes like Sarson Da Saag Aur Makki Di Roti, Pindi Channe, Gur ki Roti, Chiraunji Makhane Ki Kheer and more. End your meal on a sweet note with desserts like Dry Fruit Chikki or Gur Ka Halwa. Priced affordably, these winter treats on Lohri are not-to-be-missed.
So savour mouth-watering Punjabi fare in Mumbai and kick-start the Lohri celebrations, as you dance to the beat of the drums and join in the Gidda or Bhangra.
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.