Maharashtrian dishes can be roughly classified into two styles- Konkan and Varadi. The area on the coast of the Arabian Sea is called Konkan, with the food here including coconuts and seafood. Inland, the cuisine is Varadi, which uses lots of spice and mutton. And of course, let’s not forget the region’s foodie capital: Mumbai. Street food in Mumbai is some of the tastiest in the country, making this region a hotspot for food.
The people of Maharashtra regard their food as ‘Anna he poornabrahma’ which means food is equal to God. They worship food! You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best recipes from the region. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.
Grab yourself some good fresh produce and invite some friends or family over. Time to get into the kitchen and to start cooking up some of these classics. The perfect way to test yourself if you are an aspiring home cook!
Best Maharashtrian Dishes
This is a popular Mumbai street food. Pav Bhaji is made with potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base, and enjoyed with pav (soft bread rolls).
Recipe is by Piping Hot Curry.
Bhogichi Bhaji is a traditional Maharashtrian curry that celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables along with healthy and aromatic sauce made from coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds.
Recipe is by Ministry of Curry.
Basundi is sweet thickened milk, flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg, with the addition of dry fruits. This milk based delicious dessert is popular in the western part of India
Recipe is by Veg Recipes of India.
Recipe is by Whisk Affair.
These potato patties are dipped in the Ragda gravy and topped with chaat chutneys, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, crispy sev and cilantro.
Recipe is by Cook With Manali.
Modak is basically a flour dumpling filled with a sweet stuffing made of coconut and jaggery. It is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe.
Recipe is by The Flavour Trip.
Misal is a typical dish here, although exact variations and ingredients vary from city to city. But typically, a classic misal has curd, pav, moth bean or pea curry, gravy, spiced potatoes, and garnishings such as onions, coriander, and tomatoes.
Recipe is by Profusion Curry.