Maharashtra is the India’s third largest state by area and is also the World’s second most populous sub-national entity. Its capital, Mumbai, has approx. population of 18 million. Nagpur is Maharashtra’s second Capital as well as winter Capital. In this Article, we will show you the best 10 food items of Maharashtrian Cuisine which you must try once in life. All these food items of Maharashtra are very popular among them and if you ever visit to Maharashtra don’t forget to try these items.
1. Vada Pav
Vada Pav is a vegetarian fast food dish of Maharashtra. It’s simply made just by deep frying Potato patty with coriander and spices. It’s stuffed in a Bun and Vada Pav is the most famous street food of Maharashtra. We can easily say Vada Pav is the heart Of Maharashtrian Cuisine.
2. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana Khichdi is one of the best Maharshtrian Breakfast dish to have. It’s made with sago pearls, green chillies and seasoned with coconut or roasted peanuts. During the Fasts and Upvaas, Women prefer eating Sabudana Khichdi the most and it’s also one of the most famous Breakfast dish.
3. Pav Bhaji
It’s another best street food item of Maharashtra. We all love to eat hot n spicy Bhaji with Buttery Pav’s and if you are in Maharashtra than how can you miss this out. The Taste of Pav Bhaji is so authentic that you will start believing that only Maharashtra is the place to eat Pav Bhaji.
4. Aamti (Maharastrian Dal)
Aamti is slightly different from regular Dal’s as its more spicier and tangier in taste. It’s a basic Dal prepared differently in every region of Maharashtra and generally eaten with rice, Chapati or Bhakris. Aamti is little hot, little sweet and little Tangy Dal. It’s very important part of Maharashtrian Cuisine, so we can’t miss this out.
Pohe is very important and delicious snack of Maharashtrian Cuisine. It’s mostly served with tea and for the breakfast or Snack time. From Kande (Onion) Pohe to Batata (Potato) Pohe, one must try all kind of Pohe as it tastes very yummy. It’s prepared with flattened Rice and garnished with peanuts, coriander, coconut and sev while serving.
6. Bharli Vangi (Stuffed Eggplant)
Bharli Vangi is traditional Maharashtrian Curry made with stuffed baby Eggplants/Brinjals. The spicy masala’s are stuffed in the Brinjals/Eggplants and added in Sweet and tangy gravy. Even peanuts and Coconuts are stuffed along with spices. Bharli Vangi is traditional food of Maharashtrian Cuisine. It must be tried once at least.
7. Puran Poli
Puran Poli is my personal favorite of Maharashtrian Cuisine. Puran Poli is basically sweetened Roti stuffed with sweet filings made of chana dal and jaggery. It resembles to Cheeni Parantha, but its taste is purely different from it. It’s mostly eaten after the meals or as a snack. On probhaby every Maharashtrian Festivals, Puran Poli is prepared.
Shrikhand is very famous dessert of Maharashtrian Cuisine. It’s prepared with strained yogurt and flavored with saffron and cardamom. Shrikhand is popular and thick yogurt sweet commonly famous all over India especially in Gujarat. It’s served chilled and is so Mouth-watering that you want to eat this Heaven again and again.
Modak is the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha and it’s always prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Modak is filled with sweet jaggery and Coconut which makes its taste so delicious. It’s very popular sweet of Maharashtrian Cuisine. Modak’s can be steamed as well as fried. The steamed Modak’s are eaten mostly with Ghee.
Basundi is very famous dessert and it’s not just Famous in Maharashtra, but also in Gujarat and Karnataka. It’s sweetened milk made by boiling on low heat to reduce the milk by half. It’s often made on festivals like Bhai Dooj and Kali Chaudas. Dry Fruits toppings can be done to make it look more appealing.