• Looking for a sumptuous Navratra thali? Head to the Baluchi at The Lalit Chandigarh for a wholesome meal

It’s one of our favourite places for an afternoon lunch. Because at Baluchi, the Indian fine-dining restaurant in The Lalit Chandigarh, the verdant green view is unmatchable. While their delicious meaty curries and buttered naans are quite a delight, with the fasting season on, we decide to try their Navratra special thali.

Photo By: Vikram Joy

Photo By: Vikram Joy

Available for lunch, the thali turns the fast into a feast with its multiple dishes and generous portion size. Given how the weather is getting warmer by the day, the cool chhaas served on arrival is so refreshing. And while the chef gets the thali prepared, you can munch on ‘vrat wale chips’. The thali is uniquely shaped and arrives pre-plated. Since ingredients during a Navratra fast are limited, the thali brings in expected fare like pineapple raita, arbi ki sabzi, paneer, sabudana ki tikki and panner pakoras (made using kuttu at atta). The preparation is low on oil and doesn’t sit heavy on the palate or the stomach. A special mention here about the melt-in-the-mouth paneer which was made in a creamy red gravy and the chironji ki dal. The latter was a welcome surprise and we slurped it all up till the bowl was empty. And if like us you are wondering whether the chutney (that looks similar to mint chutney) is part of the Navratra fare, the chef assures us it is as it is made from peanuts. There’s also the quintessential swang ke chawal, sabudana kheer and halwa made from kuttu ka atta.

Photo By: Vikram Joy

The thali is priced at Rs 999 (excluding taxes) and will be available till April 5.

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