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Maharashtrian Snacks – there’s something for everyone!

Maharashtrian cuisine is a treasure trove of recipes with a repertoire of snacks that ranges from one end of the food spectrum to the other! This Maharashtra day we bring to you some delicious Maharashtrian recipes that make us fall in love with the cuisine even more. Take a look at these classic traditional Maharashtrian snacks, snacks with a healthy twist and some contemporary up versions of Marathi classics. Let the feast begin!

Traditional Maharashtrain Snacks

Kanda Poha - Whether you are looking for a protein rich breakfast or a quick energy evening snack – poha is the perfect dish for every occasion. Made by tossing soaked pressed rice in a delicious golden tempering and chopped onions a kanda poha is super quick to make. You can also try a batata poha by adding pieces of potato! Serve it hot with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of fresh coriander and crunchy sev!


Batata VadaA spicy mashed potato mixture coated with gram flour and deep fried. Serve it sandwiched between pav slathered in chutney and it is perfect food on the run for the ever so busy Mumbaikar! Dubbed as the common man’s burger this classic street food is light on the pocket and delicious - manages to keep everyone happy – always.


Missal - Usal a thick curry that is made with high protein mixed sprouted legumes changes with every kilometer in the state with just the slightest variations. Add a handful of crunchy farsan over the usal and it gets into the avatar of a missal. With a sprinkling of raw onions and a dash of lemon juice, alongside pav this spicy concoction is one of Maharashtra’s most famous street food snacks. This kolhapuri version is fiery!


Bhajnee Chakli – These crisp, spicy and earthy bhajnee flour chaklis are the perfect accompaniment to your evening cup of chai.  Make a batch of these and store them in an airtight jar for a couple of months! The only problem is that these are so good, it is just a matter of days before these crunchy chaklis will be polished off and you find yourself making another batch!


Sabudana VadaCrunchy on the outside, soft and chewy inside – these delicious deep fried sago and potato vadas are a Maharashrian classic, especially during fasting days. Serve these piping hot along with some chilled sweet yogurt or coconut chutney and they will be wiped out in minutes!


Health Corner!

Spinach Thalipeeth - The original thalipeeth recipe is healthy in itself, but the addition of spinach takes it a notch higher. The dough is made with mixed flours, spinach, onions and chillies and flattened into a roti with your palms.  Use ghee instead of oil for a more rustic taste.


Mixed Sprouts Poha - Mixed sprouts add a beautiful crunch and blend with the flavours of a traditional Maharashtrain poha so well. It also increases the health factor of the poha, so you have a final dish that doesn’t just satisfy your taste buds but also the nutritional needs of your body!


Baked Vada Pav -  You don’t have to kill your vada pav craving because of the calories that come with the deep fried vada. Try out this baked contemporary version where you bake your own multigrain pav stuffed with a delicious and healthy raw banana and sweet potato mixture. Lives up to the deliciousness of the original and is much healthier!


Maharashtrain Snack with a fusion twist

Kothimbir Wadi with Cheese Sauce Crisp on the outside and soft inside these deep fried gram flour and fresh coriander fritters make the perfect evening snack with chai. In this version we serve them with a string cheese sauce and upgrade them from simple chai- nashta to a fun delicious and addictive party snack.


Solkadhi Shots with Prawn Golgappa – Solkadhi, a traditional konkan beverage made with kokum petals, coconut milk and green chillies- is the perfect replacement to panipuri ka pani and the praws filling inside is a non-vegetarians delight! These Maharashtrain style solkadhi shots are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat – perfect party food!


Pav Bhaji Fondue – Pav bhaji is a delicious Mumbai style street food and this fondue version takes up the style quotient of this humble Mumbai Style Street food. Crisp buttered bread croutons dunked into a spicy mixed vegetable bhaji. It’s simple and delicious.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.