Maharashtrian Dishes

14 Must-Have Maharashtrian Dishes You Just Cannot Miss

What comes to your mind when you think of Maharashtrian cuisine? Either VadaPav or Pav Bhaji as everyone knows Maharashtra is the home of Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav as the most famous dishes in India. There are other Maharashtrian cuisines that are 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.

1. Puran Poli

It is a classical Maharashtrian dish and one of the most popular dishes which served during special occasions like Holi, & GudhiPadwa in Maharashtra. It is made mostly during Holi when the bonfire is lit. Puran Poli made by Maida or Wheat Flour and Puran (a mixture of Boiled channa dal and jaggery ) is stuffed inside the dough. It may be served with a spoonful of ghee.


2. Ukadiche Modak

It is the favorite 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 modak’s to Ganesha and as prasad. During Ganeshotsav, make sure you taste this delicious Maharashtrian dish.

3. Batata Wada

Batata Vada is the 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 chilies and chutneys of various types. The most common way to eat it though is in the form of Vada pav.

4. Kothimbir Wadi

Kothimbir wadi or Cilantro/Coriander Fritters are one of the popular Maharashtrian dishes. It is a Traditional Maharashtrian snack. The chickpea flour batter having coriander leaves and spices are steamed first and then cut into wedges, later to be fried till crisp.

5. Misal

Misal is a weakness of all foodies in Maharashtra. It is the most favorite 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.

6. Bhakarwadi

Crispy fried roll, stuffed with a sweet, spicy, and tangy mixture. It is a traditional spicy Maharashtrian dish or 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.

7. Alu wadi

A spicy batter is made by grinding rice, Bengal green lentils, tamarind, and red chili. It is made from colocasia leaves stuffed with rice flour, besan, and flavorings such as spices, tamarind, and jaggery. In Gujarat, it is famous as Patra. Eating Alu wadi during the 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.

8. Solkadhi

Solkadhi is a type of curry usually eaten with rice or sometimes drunk after heavy meals. It is one of the popular recipes in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.  It is made from coconut milk and kokum. Solkadhi is good for digestion and an ideal drink for summer its ability to act as a cooling agent.

9. Varan-Bhat

Varan Bhat is the same as daal rice. It belongs to Maharashtrian dish or part of Goan cuisine. Bhat is Rice and Varan is daal made from Toor dal. In Konkan 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.

10. Thali-pith

Thalipith is famous all over western India but It has special places in list of  Maharashtrian dishes. The dough is prepared from different types of flour. It is a very healthy form of breakfast.

11. Kalya Vatanyach Sambar

It is one of the popular Maharashtrian Dishes in the Konkan 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.

12. Jhunka Bhakar

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 a type of roti of Bajra, Nachni, rice or Jowar. Jhunka, a spicy preparation of gram flour and onions. It is a traditional and quick recipe for villages in Maharashtra.

13. 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.

14. Shrikhand Puri

Gudi Padwa (Marathi new year) and Shrikhand-Puri is the 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 the market.

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