10 Lohri, Makar Sankranti & Pongal Special Dishes & Menus To Try In Mumbai, Delhi And Bangalore

by Shreya Rathod
10 Lohri, Makar Sankranti & Pongal Special Dishes & Menus To Try In Mumbai, Delhi And Bangalore

Makar Sankranti is an important Hindu festival that is dedicated to the solar deity and marks a new beginning for us. And since India is a diverse country, how can there be just one name for this holy festival? In Tamil Nadu, this festival is famous as Pongal. In Punjab, it is celebrated as Lohri, and in Gujarat, as Uttarayana. Also, people in Assam call it Magh Bihu and so on. But today, we are talking about the delicious food we eat during this festival. Here are our recommendations of restaurants for delectable Makar Sankranti food in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. 

Restaurants That Have Makar Sankranti Special Menu

1. Thalaivar Restaurant

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Thalaivar Restaurant is known for its delicious South Indian cuisine. On the occasion of Pongal, they have a delectable menu which you will surely love. For three days, you can indulge in Sakkarai Pongal, Rasam, Lemon and Curd Rice. Also, they have some classics like coconut rice, Sago Payasam and Ellu Unde. So, get ready to visit this restaurant and dive into a traditional Tamilian feast.

Where: Worldmark Tower 4, Sector 65, Gurgaon
When: 13th-15th January
Cost: ₹749 + taxes

2. Hyatt Centric

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Chef Gaurav Ramakrishnan has unlocked the ancient secret of Indian grains for you on the auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti. You can indulge in a millet-themed brunch that includes millet dosa, Jowar Pesto Rolls, Bajra Onion and Rosemary Rolls, Kodo Millet and Chicken Tawa Pulao and Beet and Orange Salad. You can also relish their Ragi Chocolate pudding. 

Where: MG Road Bangalore
When: 12:30pm to 04:30pm, 15th January
Cost: ₹1,799 + taxes

3. Esplanade Bengaluru

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A Bengali Makar Sankranti is incomplete without Nolen Gur. Esplanade brings you Poush Parbon where you can indulge in sweets made with sesame, rice, coconut and Nolen Gur. Try their curated menu that features some nostalgic recipes like Nolen Gurer Rosogollar Payesh, Doodh Puli, and much more. 

Where: Indiranagar, Bangalore
When: 14th & 15th Jan 2023
12noon – 3:30pm, 7pm – 10:30pm(Hours may differ)
Cost: ₹275 onwards

4. ITC Maratha

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ITC Maratha has two award-winning restaurants Peshwa Pavilion and Dakshin Coastal that are set to make your Makar Sankranti and Pongal a happening affair. So, visit these restaurants to indulge in scrumptious meals. At Peshwa Pavilion, you can try their sarso ka saag, Rajasthani sev aur tamatar ki subzi, dahi kadhi pakoda, kothimbir wadi. Also, don’t forget to try undiyo, a Gujrati speciality. And if you are a fan of desserts, try teel ka ladoo, singada aur gur ka til wadi, and jalebi with rabdi – a classic. Whereas Dakshin Coastal will give you a tour of South Indian delicacies and Pongal specialities like podi idlis, varieties of Sambar, venpogal, and a scrumptious meal. Also, don’t forget to try their traditional Payassam.

Where: Peshwa Pavilion & Dakshin Coastal, ITC Maratha
When: 12th to 14th January; 12:00pm to 3:30pm (Peshwa Pavilion)
15th January; 12:00pm to 3:30pm (Dakshin Coastal)
Cost: ₹2,400 + taxes (per guest)

5. Oye Kake


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Oye Kake is an authentic restaurant where you can indulge in Makar Sankranti dishes. Relish their Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti, with different flavours of lassis. And don’t forget classic til ka ladoo, rewri, chikki, and other delicacies. These Lohri sweets will bring back your childhood memories.

Where: Multiple Locations In Mumbai
When: 11am – 4pm, 6:30pm – 11pm
Cost: Approx ₹1,300 for two people

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6. Pritam Da Dhaba

With a dhaba-style interior, Pritam Restaurant is a quintessential North Indian eatery. Try Dal Makhani, Lasooni Palak, warm parathas, and kulchas which are classic Punjabi dishes and feel like a warm hug in winter. Also, don’t forget Sarson ka saag with warm tandoori bread. 

Where: Dadar, Mumbai
When: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Cost: Approx ₹1,200 for two people

7. Lush

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Lush has a special brunch to celebrate Pongal, Uttarayan and Lohri. They have local and festive dishes, live counters, cocktails, mocktails and a range of mouth-watering desserts. You can also try dishes like Pindi Channe, Gur ki Roti, Til ki Barfee Halwa, Gur ka Halwa and more. Also, try their Sakkarai Pongal, jackfruit appalam, curd rice and other delicacies. 

Where: Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
When: 14th Jan 2023, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Cost: ₹1,999 onwards

8. The Hebbal Café, Courtyard 

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The Hebbal Cafe in Marriott has a week-long food festival that includes a crafted menu for Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti. Executive Chef Rohan and his team are behind this special menu that includes Puram Poli, Til ki Chikki, Ven Pongal, Pindi Channe, Paal Payasam, and more. 

Where: Marriott Bengaluru
When: 12th January– 18th January, 7 pm to 11 pm
Cost: ₹1,599 onwards (for adults), ₹799 onwards(for kids)

9. Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel

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Feast at Sheraton Grand Hotel is a must-visit brunch and dinner. They have crafted a menu for Pongal and Sankrant that includes Pongal, Shakarkand Ki Chaat, Gud Ki Pinni, Pindi Chole Bhature, Rasa Wale Ghiye Kofte, Gujrati Kadhi, and more. They also have live stations for neer dosa. 

Where: Brigade Gateway
When: January 14, 7 PM – 11 PM (Dinner), January 15, 12:30 PM – 4 PM (Brunch)
Cost: ₹2,000 onwards

10. The Creek

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The Creek is taking your festival experience to another level. You can celebrate Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti in one place. They are hosting an exclusive Drunch that gives you a blended experience of different cultures and food. You can enjoy authentic dishes like Sarson ka saag, Makki ki roti, Vazhakkai Paal curry, and much more. 

Where: The Creek, The Den Bengaluru
When: 15th January, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: ₹3,999

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Here are the restaurants you should visit to relish delicious dishes this festive season. 

Cover Image Courtesy: ITC Maratha/ Press Release