The days between and including March 28 to April 5 are celebrated as Chaitra Navaratri across India and during this festival, devotees follow a strict routine of fasting and prayers for nine days.
Chaitra Navaratri is one of the most important traditional and religious festivals according to the Hindu calendar. During these nine days, people worship nine different forms of goddess Durga on each of the nine days. One of the key things during these nine days is the diet as only a selection of food is allowed to be consumed.
The food that is permitted include dairy and dairy products, fresh fruits and a selection of ingredients. This effectively means that there are only a limited number of dishes that you can consume if you are strictly following the diet regime of this festival.
However, it turns out that restaurants around the nation are offering delicious delicacies made from the select ingredients to tickle the taste buds of people. These dishes include Sabudana Khichdi, Kuttu Ka Dosa, Singhare ke Atte ka Samosa, Aloo ki Kadhi, Low Fat Makhana Kheer, Banana Walnut Lassi, Vratwale Chawal Ka Dhokla, Kebab-e-Kela among others.
Here we have a list of restaurants you can head to if you are in New Delhi or Gurugram to enjoy a few or all of the dishes listed above.
Fio Cookhouse at Epicuria offers Cottage Cheese Rollatini, Kesar Malai Paneer, Aloo Ki Loungi, Raisins Walnut Sama Rice Cake, among others, as a part of a specially curated Italian and traditional platters. The restaurant is located at Epicuria, Nehru Place, New Delhi with festival dishes being served from 12 pm to 5 pm with prices starting from Rs 999 plus taxes.
Dhaba at The Claridges, 12 A.P.J Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi has organised a delicious range of dishes you and your loved ones can dig into after dedicated fasting and praying. Some of the specialities of the mouth-watering dishes on the Navaratri menu here are Sakarkandi Ki Chaat, Dahi Wali Arvi, Paneer Makkhni, Sukhe Aloo, among others. Prices start from Rs 1,595 plus taxes.
SMAAASH Cyberhub located at Cyber City, Phase 2, NH-8, Gurgaon, is also offering a selection of dishes like Sabudana ki tikki, Paneer and kutoo ki poori, pethe ki subzi, samak ke chawal ki kheer, Fruit Salad, among others, the thali will not disappoint the food in you with prices starting from Rs 257 plus taxes.
You can head to Hyatt Regency Gurgaon to enjoy dishes like Sabudana Pakode, Paneer Makhana, Aalo Sabzi, Kuttu Ki puri, Samakh ke chawal, Fruit Salad, Pista Lassi among others with prices starting from Rs 999 plus taxes.
Courtyard by Marriott, Gurugram is also offering a range of dishes including kuttu ki poori, samak ke chawal, jeera aloo ki sabji, kaddu ki sabji, sabudana papad, makhane wali kheer, among others with prices starting from Rs 899 plus taxes.
Some other restaurants offering the Navaratri dishes include Chor Bizarre, Bikaner House, Pandara Road, New Delhi;
Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon; The Ancient Barbeque 2nd floor, Good Earth City Centre, Sector-50, Gurgaon; among others.