Feasting While Fasting: Best Places to Enjoy Navratra Thalis in Delhi

Navratri is the time when special Navratri thalis are served in some of the restaurants of Delhi. The Navratri thalis contain special dishes that can be eaten during the fasts of Navratras.

The restaurants which serve Navratra thalis do not use onions, garlic and everyday cereal in this “vrat ka khana”. These dishes are prepared using desi ghee and pure salt instead of ordinary refined oil and commonly used table salt.

Here are the five best restaurants which serve these special navratri thalis:

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1.    Veg Gulati

Veg Gulati is famous for its North Indian cuisine. It sees a huge rush and waiting outside is a normal practice but the food served is worth every second spent in waiting outside.

A bit on the expensive side but the food is sure to appeal your taste buds.

Where is it located: Shop No.8, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi- 110003.

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2.    Sagar Ratna

Sagar Ratna is a chain of South Indian restaurants in various parts of Delhi. Their Navratri thali contains dishes like sabudana khichdi, singhade ke pakode, sabudana wada, sitafal, kuttu ki puri to name a few.

Where is it located: Multiple locations in Delhi- Defence Colony, Paschim Vihar, Pusa Road, Chanakya Puri



3.    Haldiram

The navratri thali at Haldiram is sure to pamper your taste buds. They serve a huge variety of dishes in special thali like vrat ke chawal, sukhi arbi, paneer tomato, kuttu ki puri, soma rice and shrikhand to name a few.

Where is it located: Multiple locations in Delhi- Naraina, Connaught Place, Janak Puri, Gurgaon.

4.    Sattvik

Sattvik is a luxury dining place for vegetarians. It serves North Indian Vegetable food. The ambience is pure and quiet and it serves extremely delicious vrat ka khana during Navratras.

Where is it located: S-5, 2nd Floor, Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi

5.    Govinda’s

Govinda’s is located inside the premises of Iskcon temple. It is a pure vegetarian restaurant which serves its meals to Lord Krishna first. Special Navratri thalis are prepared with love and devotion here during the festive season.

Where is it located: Ground Floor, Iskcon Temple complex, Raja Dirsain Marg, Hari Krishna Hill, East of Kailash, New Delhi.Feasting While Fasting: Best Places to Enjoy Navratra Thalis in Delhi



The Glitz and Glam of Navratris in Delhi


Navratras are just around the corner and Delhi is all geared up to celebrate this much awaited festival with great grandeur and style. Delhi is at its shimmery best to fight the battle of good over evil and celebrate the nine avatars of Goddess Durga.

Navratras begin with “Kalasha sthapana”. It means installing a pot with holy water. The pot containing holy water is considered as the symbol of Goddess Durga. It is placed in the puja room and worshipped for nine days. On this day, barley seeds are sown as “khetri”. By the end of the navratras, these seeds grow into 3-5 inches long shoots. These are taken out and distributed as a form of blessing.


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A very important aspect of Navratri celebrations is the fasting. Many people observe fast for the whole navratris but there are many who cannot fast for so many days. They observe fast as a couple. On the last day of the navratras, any two members of the house observe fast for one day.

Kirtans are organised on a daily basis in temples on a large scale. Ladies form groups or kirtan mandalis and perform kirtan and puja in their houses.

The evenings witness Ramleela. Sharad Navratras are synonymous with Ramleela which is organised at a very large scale in various parts of Delhi. Ramleela, is the theatrical performance of the story of Ramayana. The city’s highlights at this time are the Ramleela performance and the Diwali Melas organised at various parts of Delhi.

Alongwith, the Diwali melas and Ramleela which have always been very popular, another major event which has started gaining popularity is the Dandiya Nights.


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The love for shimmer, music and dance has led to Dandiya nights getting popular in Delhi. The nine days of Navratris give Delhiites a reason to deck up in their most shimmering outfits and hit the dance floors with dandiyas in their hands.

The last day of the navratri is celebrated as “Kanjak” or “kanya pujan”. Kanjak is celebrated in temples as well as in houses. Young girls are invited in the houses, their feet are washed. A holy thread called “mouli” is tied on their wrists. Tilak is applied on their forehead. They are given puri halwa as a form of blessing.

Navratras are considered as highly auspicious days. It is believed that if you have to start anything new, may be a new business venture or buy a new vehicle, property or jewellery, then navratras are the best days to start. Navratras also mark the beginning of the wedding season in Delhi. All the wedding functions start with “Mata ki Chowki”, which is conducted during the navratras.

The markets are flooded with red chunaris, food items which are eaten during the navratris, things related to navaratri puja. Another thing, which is very famous is the “navratri special thalis” served in restaurants. The “navratri thalis” have become so famous that even those who are not fasting during these days opt for them during the Navratras.

Delhi looks at its best and sets the mood for the festive season beginning with navratras. All the new ventures which were put on hold and were waiting for the auspicious days, the weddings, functions, not to forget the shopping spree will all begin during the navratras. Delhi is going to be fully decked up and Delhiites will be seen glittering and sparkling.


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