Maharashtrian cuisine 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. Many aspects of the culture and food are very similar to Goan. In Konkan dishes, curries often have a coconut base and make use of tamarind and curry leaves.
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!
Traditional Konkan Dishes
This delicious veg dish involves healthy ingredients like coconut and peanuts which adds the flavours, freshness and creaminess to any dish. Usually, the spice level in this cuisine is a bit on a higher side.
Recipe is by Dine Delicious.
Konkani Tendli Sukke Recipe is a Tindora Stir Fry, Konkani style. Flavoured with a freshly ground masala of coconut and red chillies with the addition of jaggery to add some sweetness and tamarind to add a hint of tart to the dish.
Recipe is by Archana’s Kitchen.
This is a rice dumpling covered in turmeric leaves. Soaked rice is ground into thick batter and evenly spread on turmeric leaf. This is then filled with jaggery-coconut filling.
Recipe is by Dice ‘N’ Cook.
This is classic Konkan region curry recipe with ripe tomatoes. It uses tomato and onion with other spices and has strong similarities to tomato saaru or tomato rasam from South India.
Recipe is by Hebbar’s Kitchen.
This traditional Konkani-style recipe is a mackerel stuffed with a hot and sour masala. The fish has an amazing flavour and is a quick and easy dish to make!
Recipe is by Bon Gong.
Sannas are spongy steamed savoury rice cakes originating from the west Coast of Indian subcontinent. They’re a popular breakfast snack with a sweet coconut flavour.
Recipe is by Ruchik Randhap.
‘Khatkhate’ is a spiced vegetable stew/ gravy with lentils, coconut and spices. You can use any root vegetable that’s available including squash, sweet potato, radish or sweet corn cobs.
Recipe is by Maunika Gowardhan.
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