Maharashtra is a beautiful state that embraces the pristine beauty of nature as well as the glittering lights of its urban centers. Besides, Mumbai, one of the busiest cities in this state, has other cities like Pune, Nagpur, and Lonavala where you can enjoy Maharashtra culture.
The main food of Maharashtra is made up of wheat, rice, jowar, peanuts oil, etc. As Maharashtra is a large state the food habits of peoples also varies from region to region.
1. Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji is not the special food of Maharashtra only. Today it is one of the most liked recipes among all Indians and you can find it in every part of the Country. Pav Bhaji originated during the growth of the textile industry in Mumbai. This was the most nutrient-rich food item for mill workers.
There is an unsaid understanding between Indian and Pav Bhaji which can be understood only when the delicious flavor of Pav Bhaji touches the tip of your tongue.
2. Vada Pav
Vada Pav is one of the most famous fast food of Maharashtra people. If you will visit Mumbai you will find Vada Pav at every corner. If you went to any place in Maharashtra and did not enjoy this dish, I would say you missed out on a lot.
This fast food cum snack cum main course is served to thousands of people all around Maharashtra. This dish has a potato patty which is wrapped in gram and deep fried. This deep-fried patty is placed inside a bun that is laced with different spicy chutneys.
This famous dish in Maharashtra is served with green chili on the side which enhances the flavor. The most important thing about this dish is that it is very economically feasible for people of all groups.
3. Misal Pav
One of the most famous Maharashtrian dishes which is deemed the king of this state’s street food. It is made of Missal which is a spicy curry made of mouth beans and Pav which is an Indian bread roll
This dish is garnished with different types of Indian munchies like farsan, sev, also laccha, to name some. Other than these, it is also topped with coriander leaves and lemon and served with a glass of buttermilk.
Modak is the sweet dish of Maharashtra which is cooked on Ganesh Chaturthi. The authentic modak is made from grated coconut mixed with jaggery which is then filled into an outer shell made from rice flour mixed with a little bit of maida. During the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, you can find modak in different flavors like chocolate, pista, and Kesar to name some.
Kanda Poha is every Maharashtrian’s go-to snack when it comes to a quick breakfast, and it is served to be a filling yet light snack. This is an easy-to-make snack recipe and is absolutely delicious munching. Garnished with sev, raw onion, and coconut, this Poha recipe gives the perfect crunch that one’s needs.
For those who like adding a bit of tangy flavor to their food, they can squeeze a little lemon over the Poha, and it will give you that perfect tangy flavor. Make it even better and filling, by adding a few boiled and crushed potatoes to it. One can also serve it with some green chutney or coconut chutney.
6. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana Khichdi is a Maharashtrian dish made with sabudana, potatoes, and peanuts.
Sabudana Khichdi is a perfect food for those on a fast or vrat and it is also made in many households as breakfast.
Popular in fact, it’s also well known as Sabudana Khichdi facial food. It is mostly had during fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, and Mahashivratri. It also falls under the category of Maharashtrian street food.
For a complete facial meal serve the sabudana khichdi along with homemade curd, Rajgira paneer paratha, peanut kadhi, and Shakarkand ka Halwa.
If you live in Mumbai then you would know about Bhelpuri. It is mainly famous in big cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, etc. Bhelpuri is a spicy snack that is made up of puffed rice, some vegetables [Tomato, onion], and sauce.
It is a quick and easy snack to prepare at home and it is also served over roadside stalls often in paper coned. Bhelpuri is also available at most Indian joints and is served as a tangy and crunchy snack for teatime.
8. Puran Poli
Puran Poli is a popular Maharashtrian sweet flatbread made with flour, lentils, jaggery, and cardamoms. It is a festive delicacy and is made during festivals like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Holi.
Puran Poli is also known as Vedmi, Bobbatlu, Obbattu, holige, or poli and is also popular in all south Indian states, Maharashtra and Gujrat.
In all these regions they are made the same way but the ingredients are used very slightly. So the texture of this sweet stuffed flatbread is different.
The expression “Indian food” always invokes a riot of flavors arising out of the incredible diversity of the Country’s landscape, climate, and cultures. The culinary culture of Maharashtra can be best explained from a similar perspective.
The landscape of this state presents a patchwork of food habits ranging from the briny flavors of the coastal areas to the rustic flavor of the inner mainland.
Apart from certain signature dishes that have found a place in restaurant menus throughout the Country [such as Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji], traditional Maharashtrian food is relatively unknown beyond the confines of the state.