11 Nov 2020
Celebrate Deepavali With a Sumptuous Feast at These 4 Indian Restaurants
Indian cuisine has intoxicating aromas, a fresh blend of spices, and rich ingredients
that make it unique.
Also known as Diwali and the Festival of Lights, Deepavali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is a mark of new beginnings. Colourful light displays and rangoli decorations are a common sight in Little India as well as in homes and restaurants to honour this symbolic victory of light over darkness.
As with all cultural festivals in Singapore, food is an integral part of the celebration! From North to South Indian dishes, be spoilt for choice with a smorgasbord of delicious food options to look forward to. Enjoy dining out or eating in with your family and friends this Deepavali with our roundup of Indian restaurants for a lip-smacking feast.
It's a melt-in-your-mouth affair at AWADH with its vegetarian Sabz Galawat kebab!
AWADH is an Indian restaurant serving authentic food from Lucknow — the capital of the largest state of India, Uttar Pradesh, and a city renowned for its kebabs. The restaurant is known to use up to 120 different herbs and spices in its preparation of Awadhi cuisine, where chefs pound and blend organic spices by hand, bringing to life centuries of culinary stories with every bite.
We love stories, especially when they are wrapped in wonder and laced with a bit of history. Galawat kebabs, as the story goes, were invented for Muslim and Hindu royalty in Awadh who were too old to chew meat, yet could not fathom the idea of giving up their favourite dish — kebabs. So they tasked royal chefs to find a solution whereby they could still enjoy eating meat without chewing. The result? Galawat kebabs. Packed with over 25 different spices, they are available in mutton, all-mix vegetables and mushrooms. Pair your choice of Galawat kebab with Ulte Tawe ka Paratha — a type of bread that is uniquely cooked by different heat distribution on the inverted side of the griddle. Alternatively, a soft handkerchief-thin bread called Roomali roti also complements the kebabs well.
For those who prefer other vegetarian options, try the soft melty interior texture of Fauladi kebab or Dahi ke kebab. The Fauladi kebab is stuffed with fresh spinach, handmade ginger and garlic paste, cumin, green chillies, and pistachios for an added crunch, while the Dahi ke kebab is made with yoghurt and a hint of cottage cheese, producing a creamy smooth textured kebab.
Other menu highlights include Bhatti ka Murg, a pan seared chicken marinated in whole spices, and Apple Jalebi, a dessert tailored to suit the palettes of most Singaporeans. Unlike most Indian desserts that are known to be overly sweet, the Apple Jalebi is low in sugar and covered in crunchy green apple slices with spiced batter. A wonderful dessert to end the meal!
The Masala Dosai set from Komala's is a 'mas'-try!
Komala’s is an offspring of the 75-year old Komala Vilas restaurant in Singapore, and serves up South Indian, North Indian and Chindian dishes, as well as fusion delights. Think of Komala’s as a modernised version of a traditional Indian restaurant but serving authentic Indian vegetarian food.
If you’re looking for a fuss-free dining experience with plenty of vegetarian Indian food options, Komala’s is an obvious pick. Over the years, Komala’s has established itself as a well-known Indian vegetarian food chain in Singapore, having come from a family of restaurateurs who have been in the industry for more than 75 years. Although it initially started out with serving traditional South Indian food like Idly, Vadai and Dosai, today you can also find North Indian, Chindian and other vegetarian varieties there.
Try one of its crowd favourites: the Masala Dosai set. The dosai is filled with creamy mashed potatoes, onion and green peas, paired with a generous amount of side condiments that consist of a steaming idly, a crispy vadai, coconut chutney, onion and sambar — all included for just $7.80. The Briyani Poori Meal is also a popular favourite worth trying. The Poori is made of wheat flour mix and lightly fried in oil, while the Briyani is made of basmati rice mixed with finely chopped vegetables. It is served with two types of cooked vegetables, raitha (salad) and crispy pappadam.
Also considered a local favourite is its Parotta Meal. It is made of a white flour mix which is then spread on a hot plate, resulting in crisp golden brown parottas (layered flatbread). It is served with vegetable kurma — a side dish made with coconut, cashews, white poppy seeds and a whole lot of spices!
Tuck into value-for-money vegetarian fare from Komala’s located at Northpoint City
Indulge in a delicious combination of Vegetable Fried Rice, Vegetable Noodles, Butter Naan and
Kara Kulipaniyaram at Nandhana's Restaurant.
Boasting an ensemble of South Indian, North Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, Nandhana's Restaurant has you covered if you are in a group that has diverse food preferences. Think along the lines of Butter Chicken Masala, Dum Biryani Kuzhi Paniyaram, Malabar Mutton Stew, Murungai Malli Chaaru, Pomfret Tawa Fry and Telengana Kodi Kora.
Treat yourself to a riot of flavours with its North or South Indian thali (plate) meals — an assortment of colourful dishes served on a large single platter. The dishes served with the vegetarian thali meal consists of piping hot rice, two vegetables, spicy sweet-and-sour rasam (South Indian spiced soup), tangy kara kulambu (spicy thick gravy), yoghurt, a sweet dish, and crispy appalam. Its North Indian non-vegetarian thali meal includes two chapathi, fragrant biryani rice, a vegetable dish, creamy dal, yoghurt, tender chicken, fresh onion salad, as well as a side of dessert to end the meal on a sweet note. Thali meals are great for sharing, or if you are a hearty eater!
Thali meals aside, one of Nandhana's Restaurant signature dishes is its Fish Head Curry. A popular dish at the restaurant, this is a must-try if you enjoy tender chunks of fish stewed in a rich spicy gravy. From now till 15 November 2020 only, order a Fish Head Curry and receive a free mutton or chicken soup! For customers who spend $100 and above, a 10% discount will be applied to your bill. Offer valid for both dine-in and takeaway.
Dig into the bold flavours of Nandhana's Restaurant located at Eastpoint Mall
Hit the spot with Veera’s Café's utterly convincing and delightful Mock Mutton Dosai.
Veera’s Café serves traditional South Indian vegetarian cuisine that originated from the Chola dynasty in Tamil Nadu, India, and proudly uses Indian masala and traditional herbs for cooking. Its menu is vast with tasty Cheese Mysore Masala Dosai and flavourful Vegetarian Briyani Poori. There are mock meat options available too! Such as Mock Mutton Dosai and Mock Chicken Parota roll — with its taste, texture and smell, mock meat options are perfect for when you’re joined with loved ones who have non-vegetarian cravings to fulfil.
Definitely try the Ghee Masala Dosai, which is coated with beautiful golden ghee on the outside and stuffed with spiced potato filling on the inside. This dish is best enjoyed when dipped in coconut chutney, sambar or milagai podi. Another must-try is its signature Vegetarian Omelette that uses nutty delicious chickpea flour instead of eggs. Yes, it’s an eggless omelette! Packed with flavours from herbs and made of sliced carrots, fresh cabbage, cheese and mock chicken, this dish will go down very well for vegans and non-vegans alike.
For Deepavali this year, Veera’s Café is offering a special set meal of 9 items for the price of just $12.50 (U.P $17.50). The set meal comes with Herbal Soup, Naan, Mix Vegetable Pulao, Mock King Fish Fry, Mock Chicken Gravy, Mock Mutton Masala, Paneer Butter Masala, and Rasamalai for dessert. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
Tuck into heirloom recipes at Veera’s Café located at Bedok Point
We hope that this list of mouth-watering food options has inspired you to enjoy a sumptuous meal with family and friends from now till Deepavali. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very ‘tasteful’ and happy celebration!