Maharashtrian dishes offer a variety of experiences whether you like spicy food, sweet recipes or items with robust taste, you are in a treat. Apart from the forts, Bollywood, abundant history and amazing locales, Maharashtrian food is certainly one of the top things you can enjoy in the state. Scroll down to watch video of mouth-watering Maharashtrian dishes you must try.
Along with the many Maharashtrian food items which are listed below, some need a special mention which includes Sol Kadi, Shankarpali, Kanda Pohe and Thecha among others. Here is the list of the top food items you must try when you travel to Maharashtra:
1. Misal Pav
This delicacy is known more so for being spicy yet superbly tasteful. Misal Pav is famously eaten in Pune as well as in Kolhapur and believe it or not the taste of the dish differs in both the cities. Misal is a combination of a curry cooked with sprouted lentils and eaten along with batata-bhaji, pohe, chivda, farsaan and then garnished with raw chopped onions, tomato and coriander.
2. Vada Pav
Vada Pav is finger food at its best. This is one food item in Maharashtra which you can enjoy in any part of the state. Vada Pav is often served with fried and salted green chilies along with green and sour chutney. This universal fast food item of Maharashtra has found its way all over the country but it is nothing like the original. Mumbai is one such place where delicious Vada Pav can be gorged in almost every street.
3. Bharli Vanga (Stuffed Eggplant)
This is one of the traditional dishes in Maharashtra is best enjoyed with Indian bread, namely roti. The delicious stuffing generally consists of grounded peanuts, onions, grated coconut and other spices. It is a dry dish which can be enjoyed on its own as well.
4. Kanda Bhaji (Onion Pakoda)
Come any season, Kanda Bhaji is a go-to dish for snack lovers in the state. The uniquely shaped delicacy is more enjoyed to the rainy season when many stalls and smaller establishments are crowded people who are craving for Kanda Bhaji. It is made up of sliced onions dipped in besan which is filled with spices such as cilantro and red chilly powder among others. The entire combination is deep fried and voila, a spicy snack is ready.
Another besan based dish, Pitla is quintessential rural food of Maharashtra which will get your taste buds running. The dish is best enjoyed with Bhakri, a bread which is made of Jowar or Bajra. This has been one of the most loved staple food items in Maharashtra since a long time.
6. Ukdiche Modak (Steamed Modak)
Come Ganesh Chaturthi, steamed Modak becomes a rage in Maharashtra. This sweet delicacy is best eaten home cooked, in fact eating this sweet dish anywhere will make you feel like bliss. The stuffing of a steamed Modak consists of coconut and jaggery among other things. The cover is made up of rice flour.
7. Puran Poli
Puran Poli is a festive favourite in Maharashtra and it does deserve to be. The wheat roti is stuffed with a mixture of dal and loads of jaggery which will melt in your mouth. Put some ghee on it, and if you are a sweet lover you might just have a foodgasm!
8. Sabudana Kichadi
Sabudana Kichadi is famously eaten when on a fast or as the Maharashtrians call it, Upaas but it can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Sabudana which known in English as sago, has to be immersed in water for quite some time before cooking it. Grounded peanuts, green chilies and other ingredients make this dish irresistible.
9. Kothimbir Vadi (Coriander snack)
This unique snack will keep you craving for more once you have indulged in it. Prepared with coriander leaves, sesame seeds, green chili, mustard seeds and other spices are mixed together and either shallow fried or just roasted. Apart from Maharashtrian homes, this food item will be easily available only places where authentic cuisine of the state is served.
10. Tamda Rassa (Red Mutton curry)
The only non-vegetarian food item which finds its way in the list, is an absolute treat for those who love spicy food. A specialty of Kolhapur, this watery yet spicy curry is made up of mutton stock. Whether it is rice, roti or bhakri, you will enjoy this dish come what may. There is also a sister dish to Tamda Rassa called Pandhra Rassa (White Curry) which is not as spicy but tasty nonetheless.
An Indian pan-cake of sorts, Thalipeeth is tasty thanks to the right spices and condiments mixed in the batter. This dish tastes even better when eaten with desi butter and a bowl of curd. Thalipeeth is great comfort food and easy to make.