Foodies in the city have no reason to worry as even in the month shraavan, they can indulge in many cuisines and even sweets while fasting. City restaurants are offering shraavan special cuisine on their menus. The restaurants are not only offering traditional khichdi and wadas but have also come up with a variety of dishes like Singhare ki Puri and sama ke chawal so that Punekars can have a variety to choose from.
Shraavan has a great cultural and traditional importance in India. As it brings along many festivals, the month is full of days when most of the people are fasting. Considering the culture of the city where many citizens tend to have an 'upwaas' on Mondays and Thursdays, the restaurants in the city have expanded their menu to more fasting-friendly dishes.
Chef Gynesh Dass from Four Points by Sheraton informs, "As the shraavan is a holy month that includes many festivals where you eat all traditional dishes; we have set a buffet to suit the occasion. When got a huge response to our 'Bhog' festival, this year also we are arranging it with more variety of shraavan special menu. We have Patrail, Adraki bati, Chana sundal, Puzzuku, Chena poda, Radha ashtami arbi, Bejar ki roti, for the main course, followed by enticing delights like Makhan mishri, Mathura ke pedhe, Sakkara pongal , mohan Bhog, Khaja and many more dishes from most of the Indian temples. To suite a punekar's appetite, we have sabudana khichdi, sabudna tikki, rajgira ladoo, gud revdi and barfi. For many people, fasting means onion and garlic less food. We offer many of such dishes with improved flavors. Punekars are indulging into it like true foodies."
Restaurants offering thali are not far behind in offering the assorted range of dishes for shraavan. At Khandani Rajdhani, the Sharvan Special Thali includes dishes like Kuttu ka Pakoda, Sabudana Wada, Singhare ki Puri, Rajgira Puri, Kutti ki Puri, Sabudana Thalipeeth, Rajgira Thalipeeth, Sama ka Chawal, Vrat ka Pulao and the all time favorite Sabudana Khichdi. Small joints across the city are also trying to suit the taste of the citizens.
P Kini of Aasha Dining Hall, which is known for its 'shravani somvaar' special menu said, "we have a typical menu on the Mondays that has everything from khichadi, dahi vati, sweet kela etc. This traditional menu is co popular that people make appointments many days prior to indulge in it."
So, if you want to make your fasting day taste better, check out the menus to find your favorite feast in the city restos.