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    Beat the December cold with Sattvam’s winter specials

    Winter is upon us. And, Sattvam is marking the new season the right way — with a winter food festival. It is hosting a buffet of dishes that is either prepared entirely from seasonal vegetables and fruits, or are mostly consumed when temperatures start dipping. Basically, a spread of food that warms you up from within. Expect a lot of mustard, radish, corn, bajra, sattu, saffron, citrusy flavours, and spices that are made at Sattvam itself.
    Arvind Chowdhary, who runs the place with chef Aditya Fatepuria, explains, “Nature knows when it is the right time to eat a certain kind of food. During winters, we need something to keep us warm.”
    There was definitely a nip in the air when we visited this sattvic restaurant, and truly enjoyed sipping on the hot masaledar narangi shorba. It was mildly spiced and the honey lent it a pleasant sweet taste. We also tried the saffron-flavoured lemonade, rich with dry fruit flakes and basil.
    The starters include bharwan aloo (potatoes stuffed with dry fruits), peeli sarson ka paneer tikka (cottage cheese fried in a batter of yellow mustard and gram flour) and sabz lacheela kebabs (vegetable kebabs coated with vermicelli). Do try their crunchy babycorn kurkure. Also, walk up to the live counter for the Burmese chaat — pyajo. It’s a concoction of chana dal vadas, coconut-flavoured potato curry and noodles, and is a meal in itself.
    As we moved on to the main course, we were only too happy to see the usual winter suspects, sarson ka saag, chana masala, makke ki roti, and hariyali pulao. What won our hearts however was a bowl of steaming panchmel dal, which is made from five different pulses. We also liked the potol shorshe (pointed gourd cooked in mustard paste). It was tender and juicy.
    Save some room for desserts, especially the gaund ke laddoo that crumbles in the mouth, balushahi, gajar ka halwa, and the special sardiyon ka halwa (made from badaam, anjeer, corn and dry fruits). Alternatively, you can finish your meal with a glass of hot kesar mewa doodh — it’s heavenly.
    Till December 6. `710 (per person). At Sankey Road. For lunch and dinner. Details: 7813002550
    — Barkha Kumari

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