What comes to your mind when you think Maharashtrian cuisine? Either VadaPav or Pav Bhaji as everyone knows Maharashtra is the home of Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav as most famous dishes in India. There are other Maharashtrian cuisine which is not just tempting but lip smacking & delicious too. Today we are sharing some other authentic Maharashtrian dishes which are not so popular in other area of India.
15 Must Have Maharashtrian Dishes You Just Cannot Miss
It is a classical marathi dish and one of the most popular dish which served during special occasions like Holi, & GudhiPadwa in Maharashtra. It is made mostly during holi when the bonfire is lit. Puranpoli made by Maida or Wheat Floar and puran (mixture of Boiled chanadal and jaggery ) is stuffed inside the dough. It may be served with a spoonful of ghee.
It is favourite dish of Lord Ganesha. The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery, while the soft shell is made from rice flour. This dumpling can either be fried or steamed. The steamed version is called ukadiche modak and is eaten hot with ghee. During Ganesha Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to Ganesha and as prasad.
Batata Vada is most famous fast food in Maharashtra, It literally means potato fritters in a gram flour batter and deep fried. The name “Batata” means potato. Batata vada is typically served very hot with green chillies and chutneys of various types. The most common way to eat it though is in form of Vada pav.
Kothimbir wadi or Cilantro/Coriander Fritters are one of the popular dish in Maharashtra. It is Traditional Maharashtrian snack. The chickpea flour batter having coriander leaves and spices is steamed first and then cut into wedges, later to be fried till crisp.
Misal is a weakness of all foodies in Maharashtra. It is most favourite dish as it is easy to make and has good nutritional value. The dish originates from the area of Desh, Maharashtra. The main part of the misal is the spicy curry, called tarry, kat. Misal is served with a small loaf of bread, lemon, farsan and onions. Phadtare misal is famous in Kolhapur and so is Mamledar Misal in Thane City.
Crispy fried roll, stuffed with a sweet, spicy and tangy mixture. It is a traditional spicy Maharashtrian snack recipe enjoyed with evening tea. Chitale Bhakarwadi from Pune is very popular all over the country, and they are an established brand when it comes to Bakarwadi.
A spicy batter is made by grinding rice, Bengal green lentils, tamarind, and red chilli. It is made from colocasia leaves stuffed with rice flour, besan and flavourings such as spices, tamarind, and jaggery. In Gujarat it is famous as Patra. Eating Alu wadi during First Trimester of pregnancy is not suggested as it might cause Abortion. Eating partially cooked Alu wadi may cause itching in the throat, which may last for a few hours. An immediate remedy for the itching is to drink sour buttermilk (curd) immediately once the itching starts.
Solkadhi is a type of curry usually eaten with rice or sometimes drunk after heavy meals. It is one of the popular recipes in Kokan region of Maharashtra. It is made from coconut milk and kokum. Solkadhi is good for digestion and ideal drink for summer its ability to act as a cooling agent.
Varan bhat is same as daal rice. It belongs to Maharashtrian and Goan cuisine. Bhat is Rice and Varan is daal made from toor dal. In kokan and goa region, it is made from moong daal and mixture of coconut, onion and jeera. Varan made from moong dal and coconut gravy is very healthy.
Thalipith is famous in all over western India but It is a special Maharashtrian dish. The dough is prepared from different types of flour. It is very healthy form of breakfast.
Kalya Vatanyach Sambaar
It is one of the popular recipes in Kokan region of Maharashtra. Kala Vatana Sambar is prepared for festivals. Kala vatana is Black Peas. Kala vatana sambar is made by coconut-onion gravy and authentic malvani masala.
Gudi Padwa (Marathi new year) and Shrikhand-Puri is best combination in Maharashtra. Shrikhand is a chilled creamy dessert made from strained yogurt, flavored with cardamom, saffron, topped with nuts served with hot crispy puri made by wheat flour. Amul Shrikhand is easily available in market.
Jhunka Bhakar is known as Garibo ka khana (poor man’s food) as it is a staple food of rural Maharashtra, but it is definitely not poor when it comes to tingling the taste buds. Bhakar is type of roti of Bajra, Nachni, rice or jowar. Jhunka , a spicy preparation of gram flour and onions. It is traditional and quick recipe of villages in Maharashtra.
Mashache Kalwan in Konkani Style
Mashache Kalwan means fish curry, mase/masa means fish and kalwan means curry. It is very famous in Kokan region of Maharashtra and Goa. This curry has a unique blend of flavor and taste. In kalwan, main ingredients are coconut, onion, garlic and kokum.
Kolhapuri Tambda Rassa & Pandhara Rassa
Tambda Rassa & Pandhara Rassa is popular spicy preparation from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Kolhapuri food is world famous for its taste and traditional Delicacies. Tambda rassa is red curry made from red chili and unique kolhapuri masala. Pandhara Rassa is white gravy made from sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coconut and other masala.