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.

  • 01 of 06

    Maharashtrian Chicken Curry

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

    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.

  • 02 of 06

    Poha - Indian Flattened Rice Stir Fry

    Poha Flattened Rice

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    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!

  • 03 of 06

    Aaloo Shepoo Chi Bhaaji - Potato and Dill Vegetable - Aaloo Sowa Ki Subji

    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.

  • 04 of 06

    Vada Pav - Indian Veggie Burger

    Vada Pav
    Vada Pav. Image © Kailash K Soni/ Dreamstime.com

    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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  • 05 of 06

    Shengdaana Lehsun - Peanut Garlic Chutney

    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 Recipe - Sweet, Spicy, Tangy Raw Mango Drink

    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!