Here’s a quick review for the Navaratras: Faasos has introduced a range of Navratri Special dishes, and send one of them over for Yum Central to try!
The dishes include Paneer Makhanwala, Sabudana Khichdi, Singhada Aloo Paratha, Hare Tamatar Ki Sabji, Sabudana Vada and Sabudana Kheer.
In each case, especially in the Paneer, Aloo Paratha and Sabji, no garlic or onion has been used in keeping with the Navratri traditions.
The dish Faasos sent over was actually a full meal, a la thaali. It consisted of the Sabudana Vada, Singhada Aloo Paratha, Hare Tamaatar Ki Sabji, Paneer Makhanwala and Sabudana Kheer, with some fresh, cold curd on the side.
It was piping hot when delivered, and I wasted no time in digging in.
The Sabudana Vada was crisp and fresh, and paired well with the curd. The paratha was also fresh, with the spices more than making up for the absence of ginger, garlic or onion.
It was only when I came to the Paneer Makhanwala that the taste dipped a bit. Make no mistake: The butter mentioned in the name was definitely there, and the paneer pieces themselves were soft enough to crumble when crushed between the tongue and the roof of your mouth. They were creamy, even!
However, it tasted bland. Part of that can be attributed the absence of the garlic and onion. However, a little more salt could have improved matters a whole lot.
The Hare Tamatar ki Sabji was again a revelation. It’s alternatively tangy and sweet taste made it a great foil to eat the paratha with!
And in the end, the Sabudana Kheer was a welcome break from all that oil and fries. Nothing to write home about, but still a good addition to the whole plate.
Final thoughts about Faasos Navratri Special
Faasos Navratri Special dishes are available from October 10 to October 18. However, at Rs 300 per plate, the thaali delivered to me may be a little cost-prohibitive for some.
Then again, Navratri comes but once every year. So why skimp when you can have a freshly-cooked, filling meal at one go instead of munching on food at smaller intervals?
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