What to Eat in Maharashtra
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a range from being mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice.
Pohay or Pohe is a snack made from flattened rice. It is most likely served with tea or as a breakfast dish and is probably the most likely dish that a Maharashtrian will offer his guest any time of the day. It has a no. of variations the most common being Kanda Pohe (meaning pohe prepared with onion). Other variants on the recipe are batata pohe (where diced potatoes are used instead of onion shreds), dadpe pohe, a mixture of raw Pohe with shredded fresh coconut, green chillies, ginger and lemon juice; and kachche pohe, raw pohe with minimal embellishments of oil, red chili powder, salt and unsauteed onion shreds.The dish is garnished with different things like fresh coriander, grated coconut, crushed peanuts or Sev(fried potato shavings).
2. Misal Pav
Quintessentially from Pune. To prepare Misal first Usal which is a water based curried preparation of cooked sprouted lentils is first prepared and then topped with batatabhaji, pohay, Chivda, farsaan, raw chopped onions and tomato. It is some times eaten with yogurt to cut the spice and is always served with dinner roll type bread called Pav and lemon wedges.
3. Pitla Bhakri
Pitla Bhakri is a rural food of Maharashtra, the staple food amongst the farmers and village folk. It forms part of the typical Maharashtrian cuisine and has in the last two decades become quite popular amongst the more cosmopolitan city dwellers as well. It consists of Pitla, a pastylooking dish prepared from the powdered version of Dal, a popular pulse. Pitla is usually eaten with Bhakri, a bread made from either Jowar or Bajra, both of which are cereals. It is usually accompanied with Khanda Bhaji(raw chopped onions in a spicy chilli paste). Pitla Bhakri can be enjoyed in Pune at one of the select restaurants serving typical Maharashtrian cuisine or many as road side vendors.
4. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana is a local food base prepared from the latex of of the Sago Palm (Pearls of sago palm). The name given to it by the English is Sago which is tapioca starch or cassava starch white granules. Sabudana is white in color and granular in texture. The grains are globular in shape and look somewhat like the tiny thermocol balls used for packaging delicate materials. The readytoeat dish prepared from it is known as Khichdi, which roughly mean mixture. Sabudana Khichdi is a popular breakfast item and is one of the few food products that are allowed to be eaten when Maharashtrians undertake holyfasting known in Marathi as Upaas.
5. Bharli Vangi
A very traditional Marathi Vegetable dish is Bharli Vangi or Stuffed Eggplant. Almost every cuisine has traditional recipes for stuffed vegetables, and eggplant especially lends itself well to being stuffed in a variety of ways. This Marathi recipe is delicious uses of peanuts and coconuts as the stuffing along with a variety of spices.
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