Recipes from Maharashtra

As is the case with all other states, Maharashtra has its distinctive cuisine and a host of tasty foods to pick from. In Maharashtra, coastal areas are famous for Malvani cuisine (fresh coconut-based hot and sour curries with fish and seafood) while the interiors have the more frugal, Vidharba cuisine which uses a lot of dry coconut. Bring a taste of this state to your table with my recipes for some delicious Maharashtrian dishes.

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    Maharashtrian Chicken Curry
    Maharashtrian Chicken Curry. Image © Petrina Verma Sarkar, Licensed to

    Maharashtrian Chicken Curry is made with the trademark coconut milk used in lots of Maharashtrian cooking. Serve it with rice and a green salad or a simple vegetarian side dish.

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    Tendli Bhaaji - Gherkin Stir Fry
    Tendli Bhaaji - Gherkin Stir Fry. Image © Manubahuguna/

    My favorite way to eat Tendli Bhaaji is with hot Chapatis. This simple, Konkani recipe for cooking gherkin turns out a really tasty dish!

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    Poha - Powa
    Poha - Powa. Image © Ampersandyslexia/Wikimedia Commons

    Poha, made from flattened rice, is an easy-to-cook, nutritious snack. It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Add extra zing to Poha by serving it with Mint-Coriander Chutney!

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    Aaloo Shepoo Chi Bhaaji - Indian Potato Dill Salad
    Potatoes and Dill. Image © Ulf Huett Nilsson/ Getty Images

     I love simple, earthy and tasty Aaloo Shepoo Chi Bhaaji for its sheer simplicity. It takes just 25 to 30 minutes to make from start to finish (including prep time), but the results are very satisfying indeed.

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    Vada Pav
    Vada Pav. Image © Kailash K Soni/

    Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra in Western Indian, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's (Mumbai) numerous roadside food stalls!


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    Vegetable Kolhapuri is often found on Indian restaurant menus! It is traditionally spicy, but you can adjust the heat to your taste buds. It doesn't take long to cook and is so easy to make; even beginners cooks can make it well.

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    Sabudana Vada
    Sabudana Vada. Image © Gaurav Masand |

     Sabudana Vada - Sago Patties a great snack and goes particularly well with hot Masala Chai (spiced tea)! Serve them with a tangy chutney like Tamarind Chutney.

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    This delicious chutney is often eaten over plain boiled rice with ghee drizzled over it. Some of its primary ingredients are coconut and peanuts which are found in abundance in this state.


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    Kayree Panha - Tangy Sweet Raw Mango Drink
    Kayree Panha - Tangy Sweet Raw Mango Drink. Image © Rahul Patil/ Wikimedia Commons

    Made with fresh raw mangoes, abundant in the summer months, Kayree (raw mango) Panha is from the state of Maharashtra in Western India. It is a sweet-sour-spicy drink!

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    Puran Poli
    Puran Poli. Image © JayK7/ Getty Images

    Puran Poli can be at any meal with a dollop of cream (that's how I love it!) or even as dessert. Whatever you decide to do, Puran Poli is worth the effort involved in making it.

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    Shrikhand - Sweetened Yogurt

    Shrikhand with Poori
    Shrikhand with Poori. Image © Peter Williams/ Getty Images

    Shrikhand is usually made with whole or full cream milk yogurt, but you can also make it with low-fat or diet yogurt. The nuts and dried fruits are optional but add that extra special touch to this simple but delicious dessert.