Navratri is one of India’s biggest festivals that celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. Celebrated over nine days, this festival is characterised by colours, music and dance. Since Navratri is considered auspicious, most people fast for long hours and have one meal a day. People tend to avoid non-vegetarian food and embrace vegetarianism for these nine days. Some prefer food that is free of onion, common salt, and garlic. If you are also fasting during Navratri and wish to eat something tasty outside then here are 5 splendid Indian Vegetarian dishes you must try in Bangalore.

Paneer Paratha

Parathas are made of wheat and if you eat grains once a day during fasting, you can eat paneer paratha to satiate your hunger. People often add paneer to their meals during Navratri as it is rich in protein. If you are looking for delicious paneer parathas, we suggest you order them from Pratha Envy. The place serves some of the best parathas in town. Fresh soft paneer stuffed in whole wheat paratha dipped in mint chutney is a treat. Their Achari paneer parathas are a delight as well for those who would like some zing in their meals.
Where: Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore
When: 9am – 4am

Andhra Veg Thali

Andhra veg meal is a balanced amalgamation of flavour and nutrition. If during the Navratri vrat you are having only one meal a day, then an Andhra thali is as wholesome as it gets. Andhra Gunpowder is the best takeaway that serves sumptuous vegetarian Andhra thalis. The meal includes steamed rice, sambhar, rasam, fresh curd, ghee, papad, chutney, sweets and many more. One meal to rule them all!! 
Where: Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore
When: 11am – 4pm, 7pm – 4am

Kuttu Puru & Kele ki Sabzi

Kuttu ka atta or buckwheat flour is used in many Indian households during navratri. The atta is loaded with protein but doesn’t contain a high number of calories. It is easier to digest than wheat atta. During navratri, dough is made from this atta and small puris are deep fried and served with vegetable sides such as “aaloo bhaji” and “kele ki sabzi”. In Bangalore, kuttu puri and kele ki sabzi is served in Khandani Rajdhani. This place follows all the vrat guidelines for 9 auspicious days and prepares some yummy “vrat wala khana” such as rajgiri puri, paneer vatana, navratri vrat thali and many more.
Where: Khandani Rajdhani, Level – 3, Mantri Square, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram West
When: 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm

Samak Chawal & Sitaphal ki Sabzi

For Navratri vrat, Samak chawal is a good alternative for rice eaters. This is because it is not a grain but a fruit and provides the same nutrition and energy as rice. Its taste and texture are very similar to rice as well. Sitaphal ki sabzi is the favoured side dish for Samak Chawal and you can have this delicacy at Anand Sweets and Savouries. This popular chain is offering a Navratri Vrat Thali that includes some authentic dishes from the Gujarati and Marwari regions. Kuttu Ke Atta ki Poori, Aloo Jhol Wala, Shahi Paneer, Arbi Ka Achar and Makhane Ki Kheer.
Where: Whitefield Main Rd, Whitefield, Bengaluru
When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine and is considered a good substitute for rice. Thus, it is often used during Navratri. Sabudana is nothing but starch extracted from tropical palm stems. It is high in calories, reduces the risk of heart disease and also strengthens bones. For all these reasons Indians use sabudana in their “vrat wala khana”. In Bangalore, you can enjoy a nice plate of sabudana vada in Kota Kachori. This place also serves some of the best vrat dishes such as sabudana khichdi, dahi vada and many more.
Where: Kota Kachori, Koramangala
When: 8 am to 10 pm

Navratri is a beautiful festival and celebrated with much fervour by people across the country. Indian festivals are characterized by special delicacies and Navratri is no different. After the pujas, temple visits and garbas, everyone looks forward to the meals with families and friends. If you are planning to eat out this Navratri, do consider the places in this list and do share your experience in the comments below.