Whether you call it Pongal, Sankranthi or Lohri, there’s only one way to celebrate the harvest festival – by gorging on food. So be it Khara Pongal and Payasam or Gur Ki Roti and Gajar Halwa, regional cuisine from Punjab to Karnataka takes centrestage at these places.

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Khandani Rajdhani

sankranti food at khandani rajdhani

The chain’s special Utsav menu brings regional delicacies to celebrate Sankranthi. Dig into the winter special Surti Undhiyu served with hot puris or Ringan No Ollo (a Kathiawadi roasted brinjal dish) served with Bajra Rotlos (rotis) and Bajra Khichdi.

Where: Find a Khandani Rajdhani near you here.

When: Till Sunday, January 17, noon-3.30pm and 7-11pm

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sankranti food at south indies in Indiranagar

Chef Manu Nair of Southindies is creating a special Sankranthi buffet full of traditional specials eaten during this festival. Take your pick from Thayir Vada (South Indian curd vada), Garlic Pickle Paniyaram (vadai made out of idli batter), Kadambam Sambhar, Madhukar Naikar Pulao and more. End your email on a sweet note with a selection of Elaneer Payasam (tender coconut), Sharkar Pongal (sweet rice payasam), Gulab Jamuns and more.

Where: 276, 100 Feet Road, 6th Main Junction, above Giriyas, Indiranagar

When: Thursday, January 14 to Friday, January 15, noon-3.30pm and 7-11pm

Contact: 080 41636363

Price: INR 498 plus tax per person

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As per usual, chef Naren Thimmaiah has curated a traditional South Indian meal for the festival. The special Sankranthi menu will include authentic delicacies such as Khara Pongal (spicy Pongal), Mysore Sambhar, Chirtanna (chilli and spice tempered rice), Sannas, Thili Saaru (a version of Rassam), Holige (sweet chapatti) and Sakkare Pongal (sweet Pongal), all served on a plantain leaf. Plus, the top priority, Payasam (rice pudding).

Where: The Gateway Hotel, 66, Residency Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar

When: 12.30pm-3pm and 6.30pm-11pm

Contact: 080 66604545

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sankranthi food at dakshin

Source: ITC Hotels

While the better half of the menu is under wraps until Friday, experience tells us that you can blindly head here for a true taste of Pongal/Sankranthi. From Aloo Gadde Badhane (potato Palya) and Avarekaazhu Hookosu Saaru (butter beans and cauliflower) to Sihi Pongal (jaggery Pongal) and other typical delicacies, you can go all out celebrating here. A taste of home, if you will! The regular menu too should to the trick if it’s authenticity you’re looking for.

Where: Golf Course Road, 25, Windsor Square, ITC Windsor

When: noon-2.45pm and 7pm-11.30pm

Contact: 080 22269898

Price: INR 1,500 plus tax

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Plaza Premium Lounge

Blending the northern and southern route to celebrate the harvest festival, this Tiger Trail goes all out for Lohri this time. So once you’re done feeding food to the fire, make sure that you eat plenty at their buffet too. On offer are traditional specials including Sarsoon Da Saag, Makki Di Roti, Pindi Channa and Gur Ki Roti (jaggery roti). Of course there will be Gajar Aur Nariyal Ki Kheer (carrot and coconut kheer), Gajjak (jaggery, ground nut and sesame in condensed milk) for those with a sweet tooth.

Where: Kempegowda International Airport

When: Ends tonight

Contact: 080 66784811

Price: INR 599 per person

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Featured image via: ITC Dakshin