Maharashtra has its unique set of local dishes which are sumptuous and finger-licking good. Though pav-bhaji, kanda poha, missal pav, bakarwadi, sabudana khichdi are the well known dishes, there are some lesser known and super delicious dishes eaten in Marathi homes. Here are some hidden gems of Maharashtra:
Dadpe Pohe: Not The Typical Kanda Poha!
The kanda poha, or onion poha is a highly popular Maharashtrian dish and is a favourite all over the country. But dadpe pohe is a completely different take on pohe. It is a staple snack in the Marathi households. Dadpe pohe consists of raw, unwashed, flattened pohe along with vegetables and very aromatic ingredients like the local favourite, coconut, sev, groundnuts and coriander. The pohe are tempered in spices. It absorbs the moisture from the vegetables, and hence it becomes really difficult to tell whether its cooked or not. Each household adds its own touch to this dish, and it’s cooked differently everywhere.
Thaalipeeth: A Treat For All Paratha Lovers!
This is a common breakfast dish in Maharashtra. It’s almost like a multigrain paratha. It is prepared from a dough called Bhajanee, which is made from roasted grains, legumes and spices. The Bhajanee dough itself is made using grains like jowar, bajra, rice, wheat along with urad dal, chana dal and besan. Vegetables according to convenience are also added to the dough. It is served with dahi, white butter or ghee.
Sol Kadhi: Coconut, Garlic And Kokum Anyone?
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The perfect treat for coconut lovers! A perfect blend of coconut, sour and sweet, Sol Kadhi is a refreshing drink from Mahrashtra. It is essentially a mix of kokum and coconut milk, and is more popular in the Konkan areas. Some salt, chilli-garlic paste is also added to make it peppier. It is either eaten with rice, or drunk after the meals.
Kothimbir Wadi: Nothing Better Than Some Crispy Coriander Pakodas!
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‘Kothimbir’ or coriander is an ingredient used frequently in Maharashtrian cooking. There are essentially coriander pakodas, made with besan, spices and coriander. It is served with green or tamarind chutney.
Mastani: A Drink As Attractive And Enchanting As The Empress Herself!
Named after the famous Mastani, wife of Bajirao I, this drink is popular particularly in Pune. It is essentially a thick mango milkshake topped with ice cream, dry fruits, fresh fruits and cream. It is given this name as it is as enchanting and effervescent as the queen who stole Bajirao’s heart. Mastani can be a heavy drink, but it is too decadent and delicious to not try.
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