Green Tomato Veggie Side – Hirvya Tamatyachi Bhaji

Green tomato veggie side is a perfect side dish with an amazing combination of sweet and tangy flavors. Baby green tomatoes are used for the preparation , to get a fresh tangy taste. This is totally different from the tang we get from Tamarind or Amsul. It’s a must try Maharashtrian recipe , to instantly spice up any regular meal.

Shankarpale – Sweet Snack

Shankarpale is a traditional Maharashtrian snack that has a perfect hint of sweetness to it . It is generally prepared on the festival of Diwali . But a snack like this, doesn’t really need a festival to be around . Shankarpale are an absolute hit with the kids ! Shankarpale are mildly sweet snack , perfectly crisp with melt-in-the-mouth texture. In Marathi this texture is called “khuskhusheet “. No wonder kids love it! With the festival of Ganapati in full swing , the festive food just keeps coming , with the Modaks being the star of the festival. We do…

Dathar vade – Toor Dal Vegetarian Side

Dathar vade is a lip smacking vegetarian side dish from the Maharashtrian kitchen. Its an easy and healthy preparation , made with Toor Dal ( split pigeon peas). Just serve them hot along with a meal or as an evening snack with tea. This is the auspicious month of Shravan and my family fasts on all Mondays during this month. During this fast we have a full meal in the evening i.e. dinner , and rest of the day we have fruits , milk and sometimes sabudana. For the dinner , along with the regular dal-chawal-roti-sabji , there is always…

Puran Poli – The Simplest recipe ever !

A sinfully addictive recipe , once again from the traditional Maharashtrian kitchen – The Puran Poli ! A sweet preparation , with chana dal , every maharashtrian craves for. Sharing the simplest ever recipe for the same ! Puran Poli is my favourite sweet , of course , it has to be. So much so that it becomes an entire meal for me . Be it lunch , dinner or even breakfast. And I am so glad that my kids love it too. Pair it up with loads of ghee , mango pickle and Marathi Kadhi….. and I am set!…

Varhadi Bhurka – The Crunchiest Chutney ever !

Varhadi Bhurka is a super crunchy condiment , that can give a regular meal , instant texture and a spicy kick . The peanuts , sesame seeds and coconut , spiced with red chili powder, makes it a trademark Varhadi dish . A must try recipe for everyone with a spicy palate. I belong to a family , which loves to eat and loves to cook too. And I am pretty serious about the cooking part . Almost everyone can put together a decent meal , if it comes to it . And “ everyone” includes my hubby and FIL…

Sabudana Usal – Sago Khichdi

Sabudana or sago is widely used in Indian kitchens .This particular preparation is a savory delicacy from Maharashtra. Specially made when people fast on auspicious days. Its easy to make and awesome to taste, and a great breakfast option or a tea-time snack. I have always lived in a joint family. The kitchen being the domain of my grandmother , my Mom and my Aunts. With so many ladies under one roof , from a Brahmin family, it’s hard to recollect a day when no one was fasting . Apart from the weekday fasts there were special days like ekadashi…

Khamang Kakdi – A cucumber salad like no other !

Khamang kakdi is a cucumber salad full of freshness, tang and flavor! Another everyday Maharashtrian preparation good to go with any regular meal. I bet you wouldn’t settle for any other cucumber salad , once you have sampled this! I have been born and brought up in Delhi , but the food made at home was mostly Marathi –style , simple and flavorful. I was a very fussy eater back then , as far as veggies are concerned. Can you imagine I hated tomatoes (hate them even now). So if I saw anything red in Dal or Curries , I…

Jawas Chutney – Flax seed Chutney

A dry powder chutney made with the combination of Flax seed ( Jawas in Marathi ) and sesame seeds, spiced with fiery red chili and garlic. A traditional Indian recipe that is a must try as it helps you get the goodness of flax seed in every meal! Flax seed , sesame seeds and groundnuts have been an important part of the Maharashtrian diet since ages. Dry powder chutneys are easy to make and store , so there is always some stock in the kitchen . You just have to take some of the chutney, drench it in oil or…

Dashmya – Spiced Indian Flatbread

A soft sumptuous Indian flatbread , flavored with garlic and chili, is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast. You will simply love it as it’s easy to make. Filled with the goodness of whole wheat flour, it makes for a healthy and filling breakfast! Which is the most difficult meal for you in the entire day? I bet it’s the breakfast. And most of the time we just hurry through it with some cornflakes or butter toast. Isn’t it? Even though everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy , nutritious breakfast , it has become difficult to have a…