If you are fasting on this navratra and still want to eat out? Worry not, for you can gorge on scrumptious dishes - from falafels and pizzas to sabudana cutlets and 'mock duck' - with restaurants in the NCR region serving specially curated vegetarian menus sans onion and garlic.
Olive Bistro in Cyber City, Gurgaon has on the menu an array of Italian and Middle Eastern delicacies that have buckwheat, barley, ragi and fresh fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients. "The specially crafted vegetarian specials will be available during the ten days of Navratra from October 1- 10 and will have vegetarian options with no onion and garlic," says Olive Bistro.
Popular items on the menu include falafel made out of cumin baba ganoush and falafel with buckwheat (kuttu ka atta) and tangy potato flatbread; a trio of beetroot; a salad of assorted farm fresh vegetables on the side of pearl barley risotto, fennel cream and spinach. Penne arabiatta pasta in zucchini, both sauteed and frites; bocconcini cheese and cherry tomato pizza made of ragi flour with pesto topping, rocket leaves and a Chocolate Bombe of seasonal fruits, for those with a sweet tooth, are also on the menu.
Soda Bottle Opener Wala in Khan Market is serving a '3-course vrat ka khaana.' "You can choose a starter, main course and dessert from a host of specials in the limited edition menu. You can also order these dishes a la carte," the restaurant said.
The 9-day special vegetarian Navratra menu includes 'Sabudana Papad', 'Kera na Cutlets', 'Gwarfali', 'Khattu Meethu Kaddu', 'Aloo Sabzi', 'Kuttu Atta Puri' and 'Vrat ke Chawal'. "Food for the fasts is never complete without some 'Sabudana ki Kheer'. There is 'Vrat ka Falooda' too. You can keep your fast and eat it too," Soda Bottle Opener Wala said.