The season of Navratri has officially arrived, and as we speak, several of us pledge to practice restraint and complete a 9-day fast. As someone who's been there and semi-successfully done that, I can certainly tell you it's not easy to hold back for so long. Sometimes, the stomach wants what the stomach wants, and trying to reason with your cravings on the grounds of religion can be a tricky affair, to say the least.
Don't you think it would be slightly easier if you allowed yourself a treat every now and then, for the next 9 days? You might have to absolutely stay away from alcohol and meat, but nobody said you can't indulge your tastebuds! Don't worry, we're talking about delicious food that complies with the customs of the festival. So, on that note, here's a list of the most scrumptious Navratri thalis in Mumbai city we compiled just for you!
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Get your festive cravings satisfied at a price that's surprisingly easy on the wallet, by heading to Rajwada Thal in the next 9 days. Their Fast Meal Box option is perfect for these month-end days when our pockets aren't that heavily lined. It's a simple, no-frill meal option comprising of a sabzi, Sabudana Vada, Sabudana Khichdi, Rajgara Puri and curd. This festive meal box boasts of a comforting, ghar-ka-khana taste, along with meeting all the requirements of Satvik food!
Fast Meal Box @ INR 180 Plus Taxes
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We found a hub of authentic Gujarati food tucked away in the busy lanes of Mumbai. Soam at Grant Road is popularly adored for dishing up delicious Gujarati snacks and street dishes on the regular. For the occasion of Navratri, they have launched a special festive menu, replete with 17 spectacular pure Satvik dishes. From filling tidbits like Faraali Sada Dosa and Faraali Dahi Bhalla, to mini festive meals like Faraali Oondhiyu & Rajgira Puris and Sabudana Khichdi, this restaurant in Mumbai has pledged to cater to every kind of taste bud this Navratri season!
Solo Dish @ INR 150 Onwards
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Nope, we're not kidding. Yes, our favourite destination for all things chai is now serving lip-smacking Satvik meals, platters and beverages especially for Navratri! The Navratri special menu at Chaayos features 4 kinds of festive meals, including an authentic Navratri Thali, a Navratra Snack Platter, Sabudana Vada and Mint Masala Lassi. All these festive bites are made with zero onion and garlic, and are in keeping with the customs of the festival!
Navratri Thali (3 Sabjis, Kuttu Parathas, Paneer Pakoda, curd & dessert) @ INR 369
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Does the thought of some special Navratri Kachodis make your mouth water uncontrollably? Well, since thoughts can't feed you, we'd suggest you make a beeline for Navaratna Restaurant in Mumbai city for the real deal! Their menu has been extended with a new section for Upwas Snacks, which comprises of tasty nibbles like Kachodis, Sabudana Vada, and fast-friendly Potato Chips & French Fries. Perfect to grab a quick Satvik bite, if you asked us!
Each Upwas Snack @ INR 100 Plus Taxes
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Time and hunger wait for no one. So in moments of utter impatience, you can safely place an order with Faasos. Their Navratri special Sabudana Khichdi meal is nothing short of mouthwatering, prepared while keeping Satvik customs in mind, and served with a side of chilled curd. The meal portion is perfect for a one-person lunch, so if the whimsy for a special treat strikes you out of nowhere, you can always get Faasos to send over a Navratri-special bowl!
Sabudana Khichdi Meal @ INR 190 Plus Taxes
What's a festival, without a feast? Happy Navratri!