Experience The Joy Of Pongal, Sankranti, & Lohri With 25 Special Menus At Restaurants Across India

Indulge in traditional flavours and festive delights as these eateries.

by Mallika Khurana
Experience The Joy Of Pongal, Sankranti, & Lohri With 25 Special Menus At Restaurants Across India

As the winter chill embraces the air, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru are ablaze with the warmth of tradition and festivity. From the vibrant colours of Pongal to the spirited kite-flying of Sankranti and the bonfires of Lohri, these cities are not just celebrating; they’re inviting you on a culinary journey. Join the feast as renowned restaurants bring you special menus, weaving together the flavours and essence of these cherished festivals into every dish. 

Festive Special Menus To Enjoy Across India

Pongal Special Menus


1. South of Vindhyas, The Orchid Hotel, Mumbai

In Mumbai, the South of Vindhyas at The Orchid Hotel beckons you to partake in a sumptuous vegetarian sit-down buffet, embracing the vibrant spirit of Pongal. Masterchef Bala Subramanian curates an exquisite menu, crafting traditional Pongal dishes like Sarkkari Pongal and Ven Pongal. The celebration extends beyond the culinary domain, encompassing vibrant rangoli and traditional decor, creating a festive atmosphere. Every dish is a testament to Tamil Nadu’s culinary heritage, a flavourful journey intertwining tradition and taste.

Where: South of Vindhyas, The Orchid Hotel Mumbai, Vile Parle
When: January 13th to 15th, 2024
Cost: ₹1600+ per person

2. The Park

The Park
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At The Park in Navi Mumbai, the ‘Pongal Special’ dinner buffet encapsulates the essence of the festival through an array of traditional Tamil dishes. Indulge in authentic flavours such as Pongal, Sambar, Vadai, and Payasam, elevating the festive dining experience amidst vibrant decorations and cultural festivities.

Where: The Park, Navi Mumbai
Cost: ₹1299 onwards

3. Kamats Legacy


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Kamats Legacy takes pride in its Pongal Splendour, offering an exclusive menu at accessible prices. Delight in a flavourful journey featuring unique dishes like PANAKILANGHU & KARUMBHU (Palm Sprouts and Sugarcane) and a Morning Pongal Breakfast spread, celebrating the festival’s flavours and cultural richness.

Where: Bhandup and Nariman Point
When: 12 pm – 10 pm
Cost: starting at ₹799

4. JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

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Celebrate Pongal from January 12th to 14th, 2024, with JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar’s exclusively curated Pongal Box. Crafted with precision and delivered by Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels, this culinary voyage promises an authentic South Indian celebration experience. The MBOW meal box features Sarkkara Varatiyatu, Karambu (Black Sugarcane), Thakkali Vadagam (Rice Crispies), Appalam, Inji Thuvaiyal, Milagai Podi, Manga Urugai (Pickle), Ennai Kathirikai, Kadamba Sambar, Rawa Kesari, and Ven Pongal, among others. Experience the joy of Pongal at home with the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar.

When: 12th – 14th January, 2024
Cost: starting at ₹2500++

5. Saptami

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Join the Pongal Pop-up by Food Writer & Culinary Expert Gita Hari at Saptami. Celebrate the festival of abundance and prosperity with an array of pure, fresh, and flavorsome delicacies inspired by Tamilian kitchens. Gita Hari’s curated menu includes quintessential items like parrupu vadai, poriyal, koottu, curry, aromatic rasam, Venn Pongal, Shakkara Pongal, creamy Semiyan payasam, and the cooling neer mor. Immerse yourself in a delectable and divine culinary sojourn, experiencing the richness of South Indian harvest traditions.

Where: Saptami, Holiday Inn, Sakinaka, Mumbai
When: January 13th, 2024; 7 pm onwards and January 14th, 2024; 12 pm onwards


6. Momo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road

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In Bengaluru, Momo Cafe at Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road presents a Harvest Brunch embodying the essence of Pongal, Makara Sankranti, and Lohri. Executive Chef Vijay Bhandari crafts a menu highlighting authentic flavours like Lemon Rice, Ginger and Pepper Rasam, and Ragi Mudde, promising a flavourful journey through diverse culinary traditions. The ‘Harvest Brunch’ on January 14th invites you to celebrate new beginnings and abundance with a delightful feast.

Where: Momo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road
When: January 14th, 2024, 12:30 pm – 4 pm
Cost: ₹2200++

7. Feast, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel

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At the Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel, Feast offers a Pongal brunch showcasing the vibrant flavours of South India. Indulge in a diverse array of dishes like Kadala Parippu Sundal, Sabudana Payasam, and Sakkarai Pongal, promising a culinary journey through the rich tapestry of South Indian flavours.

Where: Feast, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel
When: January 14th, 2024
Cost: starting at ₹2700

8. Lush, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel  

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Embark on a gastronomic journey this Pongal at the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel’s Lush, an all-day dining haven. Pongal, a festival of abundance and harvest, will be celebrated with a sumptuous Pongal brunch crafted by Executive Chef G. SomaSundaram. Immerse yourself in an inviting ambiance woven with the rich cultural tapestry of Pongal, promising an environment where guests of all ages feel at home. The Pongal Brunch at Lush features traditional delicacies such as Sakkhar Pongal, Kobhari Pala Payasam, Thengai Pongali, and more, promising an exquisite culinary experience. 

Where: Lush, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
When: January 14th, 2024; 12:30 pm – 4 pm
Cost: starting at ₹2500 per person

9. The Hebbal Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal

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Celebrate the harvest season with an exquisite Pongal Brunch at The Hebbal Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal. Executive Chef Rajeev Kumar and his team present a menu showcasing both traditional and innovative dishes, promising a delightful journey through the rich flavours of the season. From classic Veg Pongal and Sweet Pongal to Tamarind Rice, Povicha Kuzambu, and a variety of mouthwatering desserts, the brunch is a culinary showcase. The Hebbal Cafe’s welcoming ambiance, complemented by live band tunes and special themed mocktails, adds to the festive mood. 

Where: The Hebbal Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal
When: January 14th, 2024
Cost: starting at ₹1999 

10. Neer, Hilton Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park

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Indulge in the Seasonal Harvest Festival, Pongal at Neer, Hilton Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park. Immerse yourself in live music, pottery, caricature, and painting while savouring a sumptuous thali showcasing signature festival dishes. The festival promises a feast of flavours and festive joy.

Where: Neer, Hilton Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park
When: January 14th and 15th, 2024
Cost: starting at ₹1999 per person

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Lohri Special Menus


11. Moti Mahal Delux

As Lohri approaches, Moti Mahal Delux is ready to whisk you away on a culinary adventure. Their menu brims with the rich flavours of Amritsari and Lahori cuisine. The Amritsari Fish and Lahori Jheenga take centre stage, tantalising seafood enthusiasts. For those preferring poultry, the Palak Chicken, a blend of spinach and tender chicken, promises a rich delight. Vegetarians aren’t left behind with the classic Palak Paneer on offer. 

Where:  E 31-32, NH 48, South Extension II, New Delhi, Delhi
Cost: ₹1800 (For two)

12. Gulati Restaurant

Gulati Restaurant has crafted a winter menu that beautifully harmonises regional flavours with the festive aura of Lohri. Their spotlight dishes, Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti, reflect Punjabi traditions. The menu boasts offerings like Amritsari Fish and Saag Chicken, blending succulent meats with seasonal greens. Start with hearty soups and explore the vegetarian delights of Palak Paneer and Aloo Methi. 

Where: 6, Pandara Market, New Delhi and Mega Mall, Gurgaon
Cost: ₹2200 (For two)

13. Copper Chimney

“Postcards from Punjab” is Copper Chimney’s celebration, a journey through undivided Punjab’s culinary wonders. Bazaar Plates reminisce about the pre-partition era with Punjabi Mathi, while Simmering Curries & Roast Plates take inspiration from street Dhabas. Delights like Sarson ka Saag and Makai ki Roti, Chatkara Chicken, and Barniwalla Achari Mutton evoke the rustic flavours of Punjab. The dessert platter celebrating Lohri is a delightful finale to this cultural and culinary voyage.

Where: Unit G 06, Ground Floor, Vishal Complex, District Centre, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
Cost: ₹1800++

14. Shrikhandd

Shrikhandd invites you to celebrate Lohri with a carefully curated menu blending classic favourites with contemporary twists. The exclusive Special Slim Peanut Gajak Box and a diverse box of sixteen mouth-watering mithai showcase the essence of Lohri. Shrikhandd extends a warm invitation to embark on a captivating culinary journey, intertwining tradition with innovation. 

Where: delivering pan India
Cost: starting at ₹1500 onwards

15. Blooms, Eros Hotel

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Eros Hotel, New Delhi, presents ‘Lohri Moments’ at Blooms, a two-day festival celebrating the harvest season with colourful Punjabi flavours. Enjoy authentic dishes, traditional treats, and the rhythmic beats of Punjabi music. The festivity includes a bonfire, roasted corn, phulle, puffed rice, gajak, til laddus, and a range of scrumptious Punjabi dishes like Amritsari fish, Mutton Seekh Kebab, Dhaba Meat and many more.

Where: Blooms, Eros Hotel
When: January 13th, 2024; 7 pm – 11 pm
Cost: starting at ₹2500 per person

16. Dana Choga

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Dana Choga presents Winter Wonders, featuring culinary superstars like Sarso Da Saag with Makki ki Roti, Tandoori Stuffed Mushroom, Fish Ajwaini Tikka, and Champaran Dum Gosht. Conclude your meal with the luxurious Gajar Ka Halwa, bringing back the heartwarming memories of winter’s sweet delights.

Where: Multiple outlets
When: Till February 28th, 2024; 11 am – 11 pm
Cost: starting at ₹1000

17. Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida

Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida brings beautiful Lohri festive delights crafted at The Chocolate Bar. The exquisite selection includes Gur Mewa Cake, Besan Pista Popsicles, Pinni Laddoos, and Till Gachak. Elevate your celebrations by ordering custom-curated special Lohri hampers from The Chocolate Box at Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida.

Where: The Chocolate Box, Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida
Cost: starting at ₹499++


18. Saffron, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

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Saffron at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu has meticulously curated a limited edition menu that embodies the essence of Lohri. Celebrating the harvest season, the menu showcases dishes like Sarson ka Saag, Makai Ki Roti, Kuttu Curry, and Puliyogare. Each dish represents unique harvest traditions from different Indian states, promising a farm-to-table experience with the freshest ingredients. 

Where: Saffron, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
When: January 13th to 31st, 2024
Cost: A la carte menu

19. Farzi

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Farzi in Goregaon elevates Lohri celebrations with an exclusive menu. From innovative beverages to mouthwatering starters, hearty mains, and indulgent desserts, the menu is a testament to Punjabi cuisine. Unique beverages like Roasted Cumin Buttermilk and Saffron Pistachio Lassi Pedhe de Naal set the tone. Dishes like Dahi ke Kebab, Lahori Paneer Tikka, and Tandoori Chooza showcase culinary artistry. 

Where: Shop 2, Third Floor, Oberoi Mall, Near Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai
When: January 13th to February 12th, 2024
Cost: ₹3500 (For two)


20. Feast, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel

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The Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel invites guests to relish an elaborate Lohri menu featuring Sarson ka Saag, Makai di Roti, Masaledar Chole/Bhature, Gur ki Roti, and an array of mouthwatering desserts like Murmura Ladoo, Chiraunji Makhane ki Kheer, and Til ki Barfee. The celebration promises an unforgettable Winter Harvest Festival experience, blending traditional flavours with festive joy.

Where: Feast, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel
When: January 13th, 2024
Cost: starting at ₹2700

21. Feast, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre will host a special Lohri brunch on January 14. The brunch spread features traditional delights such as Sarson ka Saag, Makki ki Roti, Gajak, Til-Gur Laddoos, Gajrela, Peanut Chakki, Rewri, Panjiri, and flavourful Pindi Chole. Each dish is meticulously crafted to immerse guests in the spirit of Lohri, offering a feast for the senses.

Where: Feast, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre
When: January 14th, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: ₹2399++


22. Coriander Kitchen, Conrad Pune

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Conrad Pune’s Coriander Kitchen is all set to turn Lohri into a vibrant carnival of flavours and festivities. Beyond being a meal, their celebration promises an explosion of joy, colour, and tradition. The brunch curated for Lohri is not just about delicious food; it’s an enchanting experience. Traditional delights, innovative culinary creations, and lively Lohri rituals ensure a celebration that captures the essence of this special season.

Where: Coriander Kitchen, Conrad Pune
When: January 14th, 2024; 1 pm – 4 pm

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Sankranti Special Menus


23. Feast, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre

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Bengaluru is buzzing with vibrant Pongal celebrations, and the Feast at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre promises an extraordinary culinary journey on January 15. Their Makar Sankranti special lunch boasts an array of delightful treats. From Til Ladoo to Puran Poli, Sakkari Pongal, Undhiyu, Gur Halwa, Til Patti, and more, your taste buds are in for a royal treat. Live stations featuring Neer Dosa and Madurai Bun Parotta add an interactive touch to this flavourful celebration, promising an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of the festival.

Where: Feast, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre
When: January 15th, 2024; 12:30 pm – 3 pm
Cost: ₹1999++

24. Nandhini Deluxe

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Nandhini Deluxe, renowned for its culinary expertise, unveils a Sankranti Special Thali that’s a true homage to the festival’s traditions. This thali is a treasure trove of South Indian flavours, with dishes like Aloo Gadde Fry Palya, Nuggekai, Badaneykyi Sambar, and White Pumpkin Majjige Huli. But it’s the sweet delicacies like Holige, Sweet Pongal, and Payasam that steal the show. Each dish is crafted with authentic ingredients and aromatic spices.

Where: Singasandra, Bengaluru
When: January 14th, 2024
Cost: ₹299

25. Oota Bangalore

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Oota Bangalore invites you to embrace the spirit of Makara Sankranti with their Sankranti Oota, a lavish vegetarian thali capturing the essence of this auspicious occasion. Chef Dinesh Poojary’s curation is a celebration of Karnataka’s culinary richness, featuring dishes like Ellu-Bella, Madikekalu Kosambari, Berke Roti, Avarekalu Pulao, and an array of delectable desserts.

Where: Shivaji Nagar, EPIP Zone, Whitefield, Bengaluru
When: January 15th to 31st, 2024
Cost: ₹950

Each celebration and special menu offer the cultural richness and culinary delights of harvest festivals.

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