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Festive meals to celebrate Lohri, Pongal, and Makar Sankranti in Mumbai

Updated on: 13 January,2024 12:08 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Maitrai Agarwal | maitrai.agarwal@mid-day.com

Check out these places in Mumbai for an authentic bowl of Pongal or some Til gur laddoos

Festive meals to celebrate Lohri, Pongal, and Makar Sankranti in Mumbai

Pongal Thali by the The Tanjore Tiffin Room. Pic/The Tanjore Tiffin Room

India’s multiple harvest festivals, Lohri, Pongal, and Makar Sankranti, may have diverse traditions but they are all known to be a celebration of produce and an expression of gratitude. Food is an integral part of any festival and as each corresponds to different regions, we have a bevy of flavourful dishes to indulge ourselves in. Below, we’ve cherry-picked two special festive meals served by Mumbai’s top establishments to satisfy your cravings.


Traditional Pongal Feast


The Tanjore Tiffin Room is offering a classic Pongal special thali celebrating the multi-day harvest festival observed by the Tamil community. The restaurant, among the few serving authentic Tamil food in the city, is serving Pongal specialities including steaming Veg Stew and Veg Madras Curry, Avial, flaky Malabar parotta, Porial, and a symbolic Banana. The star of the meal will be the Sweet and Savoury Pongal (INR 250) that can be ordered separately as well.

Kishore DF, Founder of The Tanjore Tiffin Room shares, “We’re the only Tamil restaurant which works like a bistro, serving home-style food from my home town Madras. Traditionally, we do a savoury Pongal which is our version of khichari, apart from the lentils it has nuts, curry leaves, and a peppery flavour.  The sweet version has rice cooked in jaggery, elaichi, raisins, and cashew nuts. Both rice dishes celebrate the harvest.”

CALL: 7303021212
AT: Multiple Outlets (Versova and Khar)
ON: January 14- 16
COST: INR 450 + taxes


Seasonal harvest at best

The JW Cafe is hosting a celebratory Harvest Brunch this Sunday. An assortment of culinary masterpieces, sourced from the freshest harvest of the season is the ideal way to celebrate the festivals of Lohri, Pongal, and Makar Sankranti. There will be a live Pongal station and the brunch will include North Indian classics such as Murgh Makhanwala, Pindi Chole, Sarson ka saag, Maharashtrian and Gujarati classics Puranpoli, Tilgur laddoo, Undhiyo, sev tamatar nu shaak, and much more. Relish seasonal ingredients and authentic recipes from Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and South India this weekend.  A range of beers, wines, and spirits will be served as well.

CALL: 9167615611
AT: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Sahar, Chakala
ON: January 17
COST: Non-alcoholic brunch at INR 2,750 plus taxes and alcoholic inclusive brunch at INR 3,550 plus taxes

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