Being at home during the lockdown increases my appetite.
Trying out these 5 famous Maharashtrian delicacies at home will be hygienic and will also satisfy your taste buds.
Thalipeeth is a spicy and tasty multi-grain flatbread that is prepared from roasted spices, grains and legumes.
The flour for thalipeeth is called bhazani.
The flours are –
- ½ cup jawar
- ½ cup bajra
- ¼ cup atta
- ¼ cup besan
- ¼ cup rice flour
It also has spice powders and other ingredients like –
· 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
· 1 medium onion or ½ cup finely chopped onions
· 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
· ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
· 1 green chilli – finely chopped
· 1 teaspoon oil
· ¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
· ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
· ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
· ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
· 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
· salt as required
With these spices, the flatbread becomes spicy and healthy.
It is eaten with curd or pickle.
Maharashtrian Kothimbir Vadi is a fast, easy and healthy snack.
In the Marathi language, “kothimbir” or “kothmir” means coriander leaves. The word ‘wadi’ stands for cubes or pieces.
Kothimbir wadi is a tasty, spicy and crispy snack made with coriander leaves, gram flour (besan), and Indian spices.
Kothimbir wadis are steamed and then deep-fried which makes them crispy.
It is eaten with green chutney, tomato sauce or mayonnaise.
Misal is made out of sprouts so it’s very healthy.
The misal gravy is prepared with onions, tomatoes, Indian spices, sprouts and water.
The arrangement of a Misal Pav plate plays the main role.
· Take the hot misal in a serving bowl.
· Then add the sliced onions and tomatoes.
· Then add chopped coriander leaves.
· Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice.
· Top it with farsan or chiwda.
· Serve the misal bowl on a plate with pav.
Modaks are sweet dumplings.
It is offered to Lord Ganesha. As the Lord likes modak a lot he got the name “Modakapriya”.
The word modak means “small part of Heaven” and it signifies “Spiritual Knowledge”.
The sweet dumplings are stuffed with freshly grated coconut and jaggery.
The outer part of the dumpling is made from rice flour.
The steamed version of the modaks are called “ukadiche modaks”. These are eaten by sprinkling a few teaspoons of ghee on them.
Modaks can be deep-fried too for a crispy version.
Pithla Bhakri recipe is also known as “peasant’s food’’.
It is a staple food as it is simple, easy and less costly to prepare.
“Pitla” is also known as “besan ki sabzi”. It is a spicy curry prepared with Gram flour (besan), ginger, garlic, green chillies, asafoetida, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
The bhakri is made from jawar flour.
Pitla bhakri is served with onions and green chillies.
Enjoy preparing these Maharashtrian dishes at home
and satisfy your tastebuds.