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…

Lasnachi Chutney

Lasnachi chutney or garlic chutney is a regular condiment in all the Maharashtrian houses. The spicy condiment made with coconut , spices and garlic ( garlic being the prominent flavor) is always in stock for us. It goes well with any meal , and is also used as a chutney with Vada Pav. This chutney has always been a part of regular meals at my house. It is an awesome condiment to spice up any regular meal. The main flavor is that of garlic and the red color comes from the dried red chili. The recipe is really simple ….

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!…

Moong Mooli Koshimbir – Yellow Lentil and Radish Salad

Moong mooli koshimbir is another simple salad for the Maharashtrian kitchen . Filled with the goodness of petite yellow lentils and the intrinsic flavor of radishes , it’s a must try for all healthy eaters. The concept of salads is in the limelight these days . You can see all kinds of salads around , with all possible permutations and combinations of veggies and dressings. Salads is one thing you can get in every cuisine. And it has to be , after all it’s such an important part of the meal ( or a meal itself 😉 ). Even the…

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…

Buckwheat Flour Halwa

Buckwheat flour aka kuttu ka atta , is a staple on the fasting menu . This buckwheat flour halwa , is an Indian sweet , made using the buckwheat flour and jaggery. This easy, rustic Indian sweet is a must try for everyone ! I belong to a Brahmin family , and yes we fast a lot ( I being the only exception) . But, when we do fast , we fast in style. Who said you can’t have a filling meal during a fast? You just need to tweek the menu a bit 😉 , and we are masters…

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…