Kand ni pattice at Soam Photograph via Soam
For nine days and nine nights, some of those who celebrate Navratri next month will be mindful of what they eat. Simple sattvik food, which uses no garlic, onion or even table salt, will be cooked at home and for those looking for an option to eat out, restaurants in both Mumbai and Delhi will lay out a vegetarian spread that is both sumptuous and healthy.
There are dishes such as Rajgira (made with amaranth flour) puris with Undhiyoo, a traditional Gujarati delicacy of mixed vegetables, Sabudana (sago) khichdi, Farali dosas, Kand (purple yam) ni pattice, Kand ni chilla and more on the Navratri menu at Soam. Says Pinky Dixit, who owns Soam, one of the most popular restaurants for traditional Gujarati food and Navratri dishes, “We’ve had a menu for both Shravan and Navratri since the time we’ve opened and the fasting food or what we call farali food has been really popular with even those who don’t fast.” Dishes such as farali sev puri have been a big hit, adds Dixit.
Where: Soam, Ground Floor, Sadguru Sadan, Opposite Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty,, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007
When: 12 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 022 2369 8080
Here are Dixit’s three top picks for farali snacks in Mumbai
It’s mostly for my mother that I go shopping for these snacks. We call her the “Fasting Queen” at home because she fasts three times a week. I love the rajgira cookies at this store and also the farali Maharashtrian chewda made from potato.
Where: Godbole Stores, Shop No.2, Samruddhi Heights, D. L. Vaidya Rd, Bhawani Sankar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028.
When: 9 am – 10 pm.
Phone: 022 2437 2294.
I like their farali ka khara and their rajgira chikki that comes in handy, individually-wrapped bite-sized pieces is great too. I just put it in my mother’s bag so she can eat them even on the go.
Where: Chheda Stores, 292, Lakhamsi Nappu Road, Matunga East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019.
When: 8.30 am-9 pm.
Phone: 022 2414 4245.
I love their farali bhakri, which is like a cross between a paratha and mathri, made with amaranth flour and includes ginger and chilli. It’s my go-to snack with chai and I also carry it along when I travel.
Where: Appetiite, 99, Sonal Building, Near Cumballa Hill Hospital, August Kranti Marg, Kemps Corner, Papanas Wadi, Tardeo, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400036.
When: 9 am-9pm.
Phone: 022 2388 7878.
Fio Cookhouse & Bar
Photograph via Fiocookhouse/Instagram
There’s a nine-course meal available for both lunch and dinner at both the outlets of Fio Cookhouse in Nehru Place and Saket. The menu include dishes such as Kuttu (buckwheat flour) ke puri, sabudana (sago) peanut tikki, alu kalonji (nigella seeds) ki sabji, kesar malai paneer, apple kheer and more. The restaurant will also serve an Italian Navratri platter, which will include dishes such as Sago Risotto and Rosetti chestnut among others.
Where: Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place; Gate 1, The Garden of Five Senses, Saidulajab, Saket.
When: Oct 1 onwards, 12 pm – 12.30 am.
Cost: Rs 999 exclusive of taxes for the Indian Navratri platter, Rs 1,099 exclusive of taxes for the Italian Navratri thali
A buffet lunch and dinner will be served at Tamra, the cafe and restaurant at Shangri La. There are dishes such as Sitaphal (custard apple) ki subzi, Dahi wale arbi (steamed and fried colocasia in curd), Paneer Sago Tikki, Kiwi Badam ki Phirni among others on the special Navratri buffet menu.
Where: Tamra, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place
When: October 1 onwards,
Phone: 011 41191919.
Cost: Approx 1,200 plus taxes.
Dhabha at The Claridges
Photograph via theclaridgeshotelsandresorts/Instagram
The Navratri feast at Dhaba, the Indian-style restaurant at The Claridges will be available for both lunch and dinner. The thali menu will include sago-based food such as kheer and papad, Kuttu ke puri, Shakarkandi (sweet potato) ki chaat and more.
Where: Dhaba at The Claridges, 12 A.P.J Abdul Kalam Road.
When: October 1 onwards.
Phone: 011 39555000.
Cost: To be decided