Navratri, as the literal translation goes, refers to the celebration of nine days and nine nights, celebrated all over India with much fervor and devotion. During these auspicious nine days, the goddess of strength and the deity of power are worshipped. The goddess of power, Goddess Durga, is worshiped in nine different forms during each of these nine days. Each of these forms has a specific significance and the ‘puja‘ varies accordingly. Navratri is celebrated in most parts of northern, eastern and western India.
Each culture and sub culture has a different perspective with regards to the festivities. However, during these special nine days of festivities known as Navratri, one thing which is almost common across cultures is the type of food consumed, though the recipes might differ depending upon the tastes and preferences of the specific culture.
During these nine days, Hindus do not consume non-vegetarian food, onions and garlic. The devotees of Goddess Durga observe ‘fast(s)’ eating only one proper meal per day. They consume ‘Kuttu ka atta’ also known as ‘Singhare ka atta’ and ‘Samak ke chawal’ during these nine days. These festive meals are commonly referred to as ‘Vrat ka khana’.
Since there are so many restrictions in terms of what can be consumed and not consumed during these nine days, usually people avoid dining out. Considering this as a big loss to restaurants business, most of the food joints across the city have started offering customized ‘Navratri’ menus to cater especially to the people who fast during these nine days. These menus include various items which at times make up for a four course meal for the devotees. Some of the restaurants also offer distinct menus focusing on each day of the fast.
It’s time we gear up to the ‘Chaitra Navratra‘ season with some auspicious great food. To commemorate the nine-day long auspicious festival of fasting and eating ‘saatvik’ food, head over these restaurants to celebrate ‘Navratra’ with utmost style and yum!
1. Olive Bar and Kitchen
Olive Bistro at Delhi, a warm, informal space has a 9-day special vegetarian menu curated by the chef. It has all the ingredients you can eat while you’re fasting.
Address: Kalkadas Marg , Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Starting At: Rs. 1295 plus taxes for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Olive Bar and Kitchen
2. Masala Art
Grinding machines prepare spices for each meal at this smart north Indian hotel dining restaurant. The place is serving a set menu for Navratra in addition to a Navratra Tiffin.
Address: Taj Palace, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Starting At: Rs. 3500 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Masala Art
3. Masala Trail
They are here with the Navratra Special Thali which contains Sabudana Aloo Ki Tikki Chaat, Mix Fruit Salad, Paneer ki Subji with Kaju Gravy and many more. You’ve to personally go and try them.
Address: 52, Janpath Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Starting At: Rs. 800 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Masala Trail
These people have a special Navratri menu created that you’re gonna love.
Address: 73B, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Starting At: Rs. 80
For More Details: SodaBottleOpenerWala
5. Sattvik Restaurant
Holistic fine dining restaurant with a relaxed style and an inventive Indian ‘Sattvik’ menu.
Address: Saket District Centre, District Centre, Sector 6, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Starting At: Rs. 2000 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Sattvik
Contemporary Japanese restaurant with communal seating, Indian artworks and special Navratra vegetarian menu that tastes warm and homely.
Address: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Starting At: Rs. 1600 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Guppy
It has delicious dishes made especially for Navratri to make your taste buds drool. They have a special Navratra Thali and other delicacies you’ll love.
Address: Shop F-20, Hog Market, Rajendra Place, New Delhi
Starting At: Rs. 700 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Imly
8. Fio CookHouse
Fio has prepared a contemporary Italian Platter along with the Traditional Platter that has scrumptious and many more dishes, cooked in just the right way for you, during this fasting period.
Address: Epicuria Mall, R1, Nehru Place, Under Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
Starting At: Rs. 3,000 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Fio CookHouse
9. Garam Dharam
They have a special Navratra Thali which will have everything from the Sabudana Vada to the Aloo Subji.
Address: J-2/12, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
Starting At: Rs. 1,300 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Garam Dharam
Simple, traditional restaurant serving and delivering large vegan and vegetarian tin plated thalis.
Address: 35, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110024
Starting At: Rs. 980 for two people (approx.)
For More Details: Kathputli
11. Taj Mahal Hotel’s – Machan
A 24 hour international eatery, with a safari decor, is also the capital citys most popular multi cuisine restaurant Machan offers a wide a la carte menu, comprising Southeast Asian and contemporary western cuisine, popular Indian dishes and a variety of sandwiches, pastas and refreshing salads. For lunch, the buffet offers a clever selection of international dishes with innovative salads and desserts.The champagne and caviar brunch on Sundays is an award winning treat, showcasing some of the finest gourmet food with unlimited flow of Moet et Chandon, Rose and Martinis.
Address: Machan, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, Number One, Mansingh Road
Starting At: Rs.1800 plus taxes.
For More Details: Machan
Pray, Eat and Spread Love these Navratris!
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