Maharashtrian food in pictures

Maharashtrian food in pictures

Maharashtrian Cuisine Thali

India is a diverse nation and its cuisines too vary from region to region. While food from Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal and South India has travelled across the country, Maharastrian cuisine is relatively lesser known. Traditionally, this cuisine has been seen as functional and not given to much embellishment.

While the cosmopolitan cities of Mumbai and Pune have adopted foods from other parts of India and the world, different regions of Maharashtra have their own unique dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Some ingredients commonly found in Maharashtra kitchens are tamarind, coconut, kokum (garcinia indica, a plant of the mangosteen family), goda masala and metkut masala (powder made from dry roasted rice, wheat and lentils along with spices).

The Vidarbha region to the north-east of the state has a spicy cuisine that is not for the faint-hearted. Some popular dishes are gola-bhaath and pithla-bhaath besides thalipeeth and puran poli — the quintessential Maharashtrian sweet dish. The other world-famous sweet from the state is ukdiche modak, synonymous with the 11-day Ganpati festival, which starts with Ganesh Chaturthi and ends with visarjan (idol immersion into water) on Anant Chaturdashi.

The Khandeshi cuisine from north-western Maharashtra is also very spicy, thanks to the liberal use of small lavangi chillies. Khandeshi mutton, ghotleli bhaaji (mashed brinjal dish) and dubuk vadi are the hallmark dishes.

The cuisine of Desh region, identified with the Deccan plateau, largely consists of bhakri (a flatbread made using rice flour or jowar or other millets) served with spicy vegetables along with rice and dal.

The coastal Konkan region has varied influences from Goan, Saraswat and Gaud Brahmin cuisines. Located between the sea and the Sahyadri hills, the beautiful region has a rich vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare including Bombay Duck, patholi (a sweet, rice dumpling, steamed in turmeric leaves), bharli vangi, kolombo and kadamb.

Malvan region in south Konkan has its own distinct dishes. The use of coconut and a variety of fishes is the hallmark of this cuisine. Kombadi vade and sol kadhi are two popular dishes of this region. As Maharashtra braces up for Ganpati visarjan on September 1, here’s a look at the state’s most famous dishes compiled by Team 30 Stades:

Maharashtra Cuisine Ukdiche Modak - made by stuffing coconut, jaggery, cardamom, nuts etc. into rice flour dough and then steamed. Pic: Flickr
Ukdiche Modak – made by stuffing coconut, jaggery, cardamom, nuts etc. into rice flour dough and then steamed. Pic: Flickr.

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Maharashtra Cuisine Sol Kadhi
Sol Kadhi made using kokum extract. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Malvani Thali Malvani Thali, where fish is a must.
Malvani Thali, where fish is a must. Pic: Flickr

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MBhakri or Maharashtrian bread can be made from jowar or rice or any other flour. aharashtra cuisine bhakri on stove
Bhakri or Maharashtrian bread can be made from jowar or rice or any other flour.
maharashtra Cuisine Kombdi Vade Kombdi or chicken with vade are a famous Malvani dish popular across the state.
Kombdi or chicken with vade are a famous Malvani dish popular across the state. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Zunkha Bhakri Pithla 30stades Zunkha, bhakri with pithla (made from besan) served with achar and onion.
Zunkha, bhakri with pithla (made from besan) served with achar and onion. Pic: Flickr

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Maharashtrian Cuisine Khandeshi Chicken
Khandeshi chicken in a thali. The dish is characterized by a dark brown colour. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Bombay Duck
Bombay Duck, which is actually a fish, loved across the state. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Vangi
Bharali vangi or brinjal stuffed with roasted and ground peanuts, coconut and spices. Pic: Flickr

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Maharashtra Cuisine Pav Bbhaji
Pav Bhaji is one of the state’s most love and most famous street food. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Vada Pav
If Pav Bhaji has any competition, it is the yummy vada pav served with garlic chutney and chillies. Pic: Flickr

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Maharashtra Cuisine Patholi
Patholi – sweet rice dumplings steamed in turmeric leaves. Pic: Flickr
Maharashtra Cuisine Puranpoli
No festival or celebration is complete without Puran Poli stuffed with jaggery and boiled Bengal gram. Pic: Flickr

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3 thoughts on “Maharashtrian food in pictures

  1. Nand Kumar R says:

    Interesting. While a few delicious dishes and snacks of this cuisine are hugely popular in the country, restaurants exclusively serving Maharashtrian cuisine are not so visible even in Mumbai. Unlike those of Punjabi, Gujarati, or the South Indian states. For that matter, we also know little of the foods from Odisha, Himachal and Northeast. Perhaps you can take this up as a feature.

    • Priya says:

      I second this opinion.There are lot of maharashtrians in North India .I would to like to see resturants catering to authentic Maharashtrian cousine lovers

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