The festive season in India begins with the onset of Navratri- 9 holy days where Hindus worship Goddess Durga and a lot of people fast during this period, ranging from a few days to all 9 days. The basic idea behind fasting during Navratri is to allow the body to detoxify, since the period of Navratri falls at the time when the weather is transitioning from monsoon to winters (fall/ autumn). Hence, any heavy foods during this time are not good for the body. And hence, the ideal thing to have is Saatvik food, i.e. vegetarian food minus garlic, onions, prepared with Sendha salt.
Chef Siddharth (Master Chef- Paatra) played a gracious host to me, and explained each and every aspect of the dish in great detail.
And that’s the platter itself- sharkandi ki chaat, sabudana+ potato tikki, potato+ kuttu chips, kuttu ki poori, papad, saatvik chutney, cucumber raita, vegetable salad, paneer makhani, aloo ki subzi, sitaphal ki subzi, sama rice, kheer, chaas. Phew!
You get all that in the platter for around 1000 bucks. Everything prepared with sendha salt. The veggies in the platter change every 3 days as per the menu (as above).
This is so far one of the best Navratri thalis I’ve had and is totally value for money!
Since I am not fasting, I also tried the Kulfi at the restaurant, and totally loved it!
I’m quite into clicking interesting knick-knacks when I spot them 😛
Whether you are fasting or not, and whether you observe Navratri or not, I would recommend you to head to Paatra before this period ends if you want to savour some Saatvik vegetarian food, and give this platter a try, ‘coz it truly is worth all the money you pay, and is ‘Limited Edition’! 😉
Price of 1 thali: Rs. 999+ taxes.
Order the whole thali or A La Carte.
Head over to ‘Paatra’ at Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.