Green Chili Thecha

Thecha is a traditional Maharashtrian chutney , made by crushing green chili and garlic in a pestle and mortar. This particular chutney is really hot , not at all for the faint hearts. It’s a perfect condiment for any regular meal , for people with a spicy palate ! Thecha in Marathi refers to a coarsely crushed mixture of chilies and garlic using a pestle and mortar. And as they say ,the chutney made using a pestle and mortar or the silbatta tastes far better than the one we get from the modern gadgets. It is typically enjoyed with Bhakri…

Dadpe Pohe – Coconut Infused Rice Flakes Snack

Dadpe Pohe is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with flattened rice flakes. This cold snack has the very basic flavors of lemon , curry leaves and green chili , with the prominent flavor being that of fresh coconut ! An ideal , healthy and no-fuss evening snack , that is ready within minutes. As far as Pohe is concerned , it’s a very normal ingredient in any Marathi kitchen. The most widely known preparation being Masala Poha. Dadpe pohe is one of the lesser known preparations. I think only known to maybe our grandparents generation. This dish had gone down…

Narali Bhaat – Sweet Coconut Rice

A traditional rice preparation with coconut and sugar or jaggery . Narali Bhaat is a mildly sweet delicacy with subtle flavors of cloves and cardamom. Traditionally prepared during Narali pornima , it is an awesome Indian sweet for any occasion. Narali Bhaat used to be made at my mom’s place, but as kids I was more into spicy rice preparations rather than the sweet ones ( actually I still am!). So this preparation was never on my crave list. But yesterday hubby dearest, asked me casually , do you know how to make Narali Bhaat? I had a faint idea…

Carrot and Tomato Salad – Koshimbir

Fresh grated carrot and chopped tomato salad with Maharashtrian flavours. A simple tempering, a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of sesame seeds takes the salad to an altogether different level. Salads are nothing new for us Marathi folks. Just that we have a different name for it – koshimbir!

Dodkyatle Phala – Whole Wheat Pasta with Ridge Gourd

Dodkyatle Phala is a traditional Marathi recipe that combines ridge gourd fry and whole wheat pasta ( called Phala in Marathi). The pasta is slowly steamed with the juices secreted from the ridge gourd as it gets cooked . A healthy and filling one-pot meal , that can be enjoyed as breakfast , lunch and even dinner. I was introduced to the recipe , by my MIL. She had bought some nice fresh Ridge gourds ( called dodka in Marathi) and was preparing to make Dodkyatle Phala. I being a really fussy eater, was already fearing having to eat it….

Masala Poha Recipe

Some mornings are just, plain simple bliss. With kids having summer holidays, there isn’t any hurry to pack their boxes or rush them off to school. To add to the calmness , You’ve already decided on breakfast . You don’t want to have anything complex, but just relax and fall back on the ever-so-trusted mom’s recipe. Today was such a day . And we started it with the simple Masala Poha. The light poha with veggies and roasted groundnuts is one of the everyday dish for any Marathi family. And yet is relished like a delicacy. The signature maharashtrian garnish…

Jackfruit Stir Fry

JACKFRUIT STIR FRY In every family there are some special recipes. The ones that are a must have at a particular occasion or in a particular season. In our family Kathal or jackfruit is one of them. This stir fried veggi is so easy and so awesome to taste, that you just cant wait till the next time its made. But sadly , raw jackfruit is not available in Hyderabad. You get the nice ripe and sweet ones here , but not the raw variety. So this time , while coming from Nagpur , my in-laws got a nice big…

Gavrani Egg Curry

The festival of Diwali is over. All sweets have been eaten, Family and friends are gone, all the lights are being packed and kept properly for next year. After having a great Diwali with lots of sweets , its time for some Chatpata , spicy food. Not a lot of stuff, but that one tasty dish , that’ll make your meal awesome. So we decided to make a gavrani style egg curry. Recipe courtesy my MIL. This gravy was a speciality in remote parts of Maharashtra , where tomatoes weren’t easily available. So the recipe has onion based gravy, with…

Methi Muthe Recipe

METHI MUTHE It was never , love at first site for me. Personally I am not very fond of the greens anyway. But it was definitely love at first bite….. And am sure it would be for all of my readers who have a spicy palate! Methi muthe or Fenugreek wheat flour kababs are one of the traditional Indian recipes , that’s healthy , nutritious and can be prepared in around 15-20 minutes tops. I tasted these for the first time on a day when we were running out of Breakfast options. My MIL suggested we make methi muthe. She…

Kadhi Marathi Style

A lot of time I end up with sour curd at home …..mostly because I forget to put it in the fridge when its done . If the curd is sweet , we have a lot of takers for it at home but no one wants to have sour curd. So what to do with it? Sour curd makes one of the best authentic Maharashtrian Kadhi! So whenever I have Kadhi on the menu , everyone kind of knows how it got there. Kadhi is quintessential to the Maharashtrian Cuisine . For all the festivities , puja or any celebration…