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…

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….

Kairi Kanda – Raw Mango and Onion salad

Kairi kanda ,as it is called in Marathi , is a salad made with raw mango and onions. It’s a favorite condiment for any meal during the mango season. It’s a kind of side dish, that can instantly spice-up a regular meal. Is there anyone out there like me who loves raw mango? I just love the tangy flavor that you get the moment you take the first bite. The natural raw mango flavor is something that I can’t put down in words. Its just awesome. And that’s the reason we use it in a lot of recipes. I still…