Traditional Maharashtrian sweet dishes, mithais and desserts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth as they bring in different flavours and distinct taste for the palate. Although, the sweet dishes from the region are mostly enjoyed during a specific festival but one can revel in them anytime and anywhere.
We have brought you a list of Maharashtrian sweet dishes which come what may, you have to try. Some items do deserve an honourable mention namely, Sheera, Kheer, Pedha, Malpua, Narali Bhat and Gulachi Poli among others.
Coconut is one of the most important ingredients with regards to Maharashtrian desserts. The filling of a Karanji has a combination of grated coconut, rawa and powdered sugar. The wet saffron or white coloured mixture is filled in the cover made of maida and then deep fried.
Traditionally enjoyed as a treat during Diwali, Shankarpali is a sweet delicacy which can be enjoyed even where ever you are. The batter is made up of slightly fried rawa and maida among other ingredients. The dough is then rolled and cut into diamond shaped pieces which are then fried in ghee.
Basundi is one of those desserts which can be prepared in various flavours and styles like with Sitaphal (Custard Apple), etc. Basundi is sweetened dense milk dessert which is made by boiling milk until its quantity is reduced to half. The sweet delicacy is often garnished with chopped almonds and pistachios. You can enjoy Basundi both hot and cold.
This uniquely looking sweet dish is another festive special in Maharashtra and is one which will satisfy your sweet tooth. This delicacy is a combination of rice, jaggery and white poppy seeds among other ingredients. After the mixture is ready, Anarsa is fried in ghee.
5. Rava Ladoo
Think about a sweet dish and ghee will always pop in your mind. This Maharashtrian dessert is made up of rava (sooji) which is stirred in a pan with ghee, grated khoya and coconut. To enhance the taste of this dessert, cashews and raisins can be used.
6. Coconut Barfi
This sweet confectionery can also be made in different flavours depending on your taste buds. But the basic one is made of fresh grated coconut combined with ghee, cardamom powder and sugar. The popular savoury treat is an all-season sweet dish in Maharashtra.
7. Til Ladoo
Til Ladoo is a Makar Sakranti special and is very easy to make. Til Ladoo comprises of jaggery, sesame seeds and ghee which are heated together in a pan. The gooey mixture is then made into round balls and its ready to eat.
Steamed Modak is comfort food at its best. Commonly eaten during Ganesh Chaturthi, Modak will get your taste buds running the moment you have your first bite. This is a must try delicacy and is a must try as it is among the best Maharashtrian dishes.
9. Besan Ladoo
Besan Laddo is also a Diwali special and this easy to make dessert will surely satisfy your love for sweet dishes. While preparing this dessert, besan is roasted in ghee until it turns golden brown. The mixture is then combined with flour, sugar and ghee. Add some nuts to this dessert to enjoy it even better. Like Rava Laddoo, Besan Laddoo also has a long shelf life.
Amrakhand is one of the favourite desserts in Maharashtra and it is absolutely heavenly. It is a mango flavoured shrikhand, which is not only enjoyed on its own but also with roti and puri. One of the traditional Maharashtrian meals does include having puri and batata sabji along with Amrakhand. We suggest you give it a try!