It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the arrival of spring aka harvest festival season. Called Makar Sankranti in most of India, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magh Bihu in Assam and Uttarayan in Gujarat, it is one of the most ancient festivals of the Hindu calendar. Each region marks the day with signature rituals but of course, food stands out as the essence of the festivities.
Restaurants across the country have lined up exciting menus and offers, giving foodies all the more reason to indulge. Here’s a multi-city list of 9 restaurants where you can feast yourself into the harvest season.
Tuskers at Sofitel Mumbai BKC: Treat yourself to a lip-smacking Makar Sankranti fare with the exquisite spread at Tuskers, the vegetarian dining and bar at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Feast on the thali for lunch and take your pick from the à la carte for dinner. Treats on offer include traditional dishes such as Gujarati Kachori, Dahi Pakodi Chaat, Jeera Aloo, Undhiyu, Dum Aloo Rajasthani and Subz Korma. Make sure to save room for sweet treats like Gajar Ka Halwa and Rasmalai from their dessert menu.
When: January 14 and 15, 2019
Wallet Alert: Rs 1,790 all inclusive
Saptami at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport: Celebrate the oldest harvest festival of the country, Makar Sankranti, the traditional way at the Holiday Inn. Head to Saptami, the multi-cuisine casual dining outlet, and savour authentic delicacies such as Dahi Kadhi Pakoda, Rajasthani Sev Aur Tamatar Ki Subzi, Sarso Ka Saag, Chantey Wale Aloo, Kothimbir Wadi, Undhiyu and Paneer Tikka Masala. Satiate your sweet tooth cravings with traditional Sankranti treats like Til ka Laddu, Singdana aur Gur ka Til Wadi and Jalebi with Rabdi.
When: January 14, 2019; 12 pm to 3 pm
Wallet Alert: Rs 1,399++
Oasiss Desserts in Matunga: This dessert parlour is celebrating Makar Sankranti with Indo-Western fusion desserts like the Chocolate Chikki Cake.
When: Up to January 15, 2019
Lush at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel: Welcome the harvest season at the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel by digging into a specially-curated menu that showcases the best of South India’s traditional recipes.
When: January 15, 2019; Lunch from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and Dinner from 7 pm to 11 pm
Wallet Alert: Rs 1,100++
M Cafe at Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield: Lohri, most popular in Punjab and the north of the country, is coming to Bengaluru thanks to Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield. Bangaloreans can get a taste of Punjab from the array of classic North specialities on offer like Sarson da Saag, Makke di Roti, Amritsari Aloo Wadiyan, Amritsari Fish Masala and Rahra Goshtand.
When: January 13, 2019; 12 pm to 4 pm
Wallet Alert: Rs 2,250++
Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace: Showcasing some of South India’s best dishes, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace’s festive menu promises the best of flavours and experiences. Dig into some Pongal special dishes such as Kodi Iguru, Mutton Uppu Karri and Kalagai Koora.
When: January 13, 2019; 12 pm to 4 pm
Wallet Alert: Rs 2,250 (without alcohol) and Rs 2,699 (with alcohol)
Nook & Courtyard at Aloft New Delhi Aerocity: Expect an array of authentic Punjabi cuisine to help you celebrate the harvest festival with some of the season’s freshest ingredients. Aloft New Delhi Aerocity promises the best of North India’s sumptuous classics at their dinner buffet. The celebrations also include a special dhol performance and bonfire in the courtyard with all the festive rituals.
When: January 13, 2019; Bonfire 6 pm onwards and Dinner from 7 pm to 11 pm
Wallet Alert: Rs 1,575++
Vapour Bar & Exchange: Head here for a one-of-a-kind Lohri bash happening by the bonfire, amidst the backdrop of some foot-tapping numbers, followed by rocking dhol beats. Celebrate with Punjabi singing star of Dholna and Devil fame, Raja Kang, and his band. A Lohri-special delectable spread that celebrates the rustic flavours of Punjab awaits you after the music. Expect traditional delicacies such as Sarson da Saag te Makki di Roti, Baingan Bharta, Lahsooni Makkai Palak, Bhatti da Murgh and Gajar Halwa.
When: January 13, 2019; 8 pm onwards
Southern Spice at Taj Coromandel: The elaborate Pongal Virundhu Experience is an assured gastronomical experience. Choose from the traditional Padaippu kozhambu, Sakkarai Pongal, Water Chestnut Karamani Poriyal, Vendakkai More Kozhambu or some traditional offerings such as Parangikkai milagu chaaru (Red pumpkin soup spiked with black pepper) and Vazhapoo kayar katti kola urundai (Spiced banana blossom tied on banana fibre and fried crisp). Make sure to leave room for some delicious Avial that boasts the season’s fresh harvest in a coconut and cumin spice mix and Chenai Masiyal (Yam cooked with stewed lentils). Round off this Virundhu with desserts like Poli therattipal rolls (Reduced milk confection in a sweetened dough casing) and Seviya Paayasam (Vermicelli pudding).
When: January 15 and 16, 2019
Wallet Alert: Rs 2,300 all-inclusive (vegetarian) and Rs 2,700 all-inclusive (non-vegetarian)
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