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Special delicacies for Navratri devotees
- Food twist promise on platter

Chefs across the state capital are rustling up mouth-watering dishes with a twist, just for devotees fasting this Navratri.

A feast of kebabs, chaat and kulfi are ready for the devotees to sink their teeth into. The chefs have ensured that the devotees have a good time this festive season, while promising to take care of their religious sentiments once they break their fast after sunset.

None of the dishes has been prepared with garlic, onion and ginger. The use of spices has been kept at a minimum and rock salt is being used to prepare the food.

The manager of Raj Rasoi, Ajay Kumar Singh, said food at the restaurant for devotees is saatvik (prepared without onion and garlic). “We are using a minimum of the spices and some specific ingredients like fine powder to make the puris and tapioca (sabu dana). To make the dishes tasty, we are using rock salt.”

The restaurant near Gandhi Maidan has planned two “vrat thali” for the devotees. Ranging between Rs 250 and Rs 300, one of the thalis comprises a spread of aloo ki sabji, mooli lachcha, salad with kuttu ki pakodi and puri, tapioca pudding and kuttu ki puri with rock salt and minimal spices.

Residents, observing fast over the nine days of festivity, can also watch a movie and make sure they do not break rules of the fast. The city’s sole multiplex, Cinepolis, has prepared a special feast keeping in mind their regulations.

Cinepolis unit manager Abhishek Ranjan said: “I fast during Navratri. To facilitate our patrons fasting at this time, we have decided to give them some healthy food options during the festival.”

The menu at the multiplex at P&M Mall has an array of light snacks, prepared without onion and garlic. Aloo chaat, fruit and veg chaat, cine fries (potato fries) and bowl of cut fruits will be available for the devotees. “We have specially ordered for rock salt keeping in mind the devotees.”

Tandoor Hut, a take-away restaurant on Frazer Road, has a separate tandoor in place for preparing dishes for the fasting residents. The eatery is offering some finger-licking kebabs like mint malai kebab, corn sheekh kebabs, veg sheekh kebab and paneer kebab and dishes like paneer shahi korma prepared with rock salt.