Indian cuisine tops the list during Navratri, but restaurants are giving foodies delectable options in Chinese and European cuisines as Indian families become more open to foreign tastes.
Move over special ‘saatvik’ thali servings during the Navratri festival, when several people observe a nine-day fast. Indian cuisine still tops the list during this time, but restaurants are giving foodies delectable options in Chinese and European cuisines as Indian families become more open to “foreign” tastes.
Royal China in the capital offers appetisers like Kung pao potato and honey lotus stem.
“We also serve green black mushroom, stuffed eggplant, rice and noodles and any vegetarian soup. All these dishes can be prepared without garlic. Even garlic-based sauce like garlic and Schezwan are replaced by ginger chilli or soy chilli sauce,” Royal China director Aashita Relan told IANS.
The Navratri special menu costs Rs. 999 plus taxes.
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.
“The festival is a big one which is mostly celebrated in Delhi. Eighty percent of people become vegetarians for these nine days. We thought of giving more options to our customers and so came up with this special menu,” said Relan.
Another capital-based restaurant, Amsterdam Kitchen and Bar, serves all-day dining signature dishes like buckwheat nachos with tomato salsa and paprika dust, crispy buckwheat florets with spinach and potato with hot Salsa and much more. Prices start from Rs.350.
“We are a Europe-based restaurant. Puri aloo is quite common during this festival. I wanted to do it in a different way. The dishes are basic and the ingredients are same as Indian cuisine for Navratri. But our food items have European taste and texture,” said Amsterdam Kitchen and Bar head chef Abhinav Sharma.
“Onion and garlic are not always important to prepare a dish. We use ingredients like rosemary and rock salt to make dishes flavoursome,” he added.
Zura – Bar, Bistro and Bakery in Gurgaon also serves European dishes like rosti potato with spinach ragout, vegetable skewer with spicy cilantro salsa, crusted cottage cheese steak with pepper coulis and much more.
But they also have Indian dishes options like jeera aloo razilaa, ajawini tamatar paneer, pumpkin raita, navratri rice, sabut dana, kheer, aloo singhara ki tikki and more. You can gorge on these delicacies with a complimentary glass of buttermilk.
The Indian Navratri Platter is for Rs. 450 including taxes, while the European Navratri Platter is priced at Rs. 499 including taxes.
Those wishing to indulge in Indian cuisine can also head out to:
* Dilli 32, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Gurgaon: 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 more. It is priced at Rs.999 plus taxes per head.
* Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel: The ‘Satvik Khana’ is served at the “subzi (vegetarian)” station in the buffet spread. It offers vegetables and other dishes like sakarkandh ki kheer, singhade ka halwa, singhade ki bhaji, papad mangodi ki subzi, mooli ke patton ka saag, moog 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.
* Madhuban Resort & Spa, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat: It is hosting a special midnight buffet at its multi-cuisine 24×7 Coffee shop this Navratri. There is a variety of biryanis and desserts along with an assortment of sandwiches. All this for Rs.449 plus taxes.
Conclude your day with something sweet. 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.