Street Food has always been a distinct part of Cuisine of each and every state in India. Indians love street food mostly because it is available in every nook and corner and also the out of the world taste at each stall. Here we are going to see some famous street foods in Maharashtra.
Kanda Bhaji is the local name for Onion Fritters or Onion Pakoda. Kanda Bhaji is available at many road sellers, who serve them hot and crispy. Kanda Bhaji’s just delicious and served with any chutney. The batter for Kanda Bhaji consists of Chopped Onion, Besan Flour, Rice Flour and some other ingredients for added taste. These Desi Fritters are easy to prepare at home.
Batata Bhaji is nothing else but Potato Chip Fritters. It is served on the street stalls along with Green Chilli Chutney, Sauce or most specifically the famous Garlic Dry Chutney. The combination of Batata Bhaji along with Lasun or Garlic Chutney is simply delicious.
Upma is a common Maharashtrian, and South Indian dish served as breakfast. It is quick in preparation and tastes awesome. Upma is highly nutritious because of a variety of vegetable content included in the cooking. There are Carrots, Green Peas, Tomato, Onion, Sprouts – any vegetable can be added. It is a must try for a Mother whose kids run away from the vegetables. Upma is highly salubrious.
Amboli may be said to be a multi-grain Dosa. It is thicker and usually served with sweet Kheer or Spicy Curries – It tastes delicious in both the cases. Amboli is slightly lemony in taste as it is made from the fermented batter of many different grains. It is a traditional Konkani dish.
Kharvas is the Maharashtrian name for Pudding Cake made from the Colostrum Milk of a Lactating Cow. The Colostrum Milk is packed nutrition and so is the Kharvas. It is also available in other states of India but is named differently. It is sweet, soft and milky with a pinch of Cardamom and Kesar sprinkled for garnish.
Ghavan – a netted Rice Pancake is a very easy to cook Maharashtrian recipe. It is served with Chutney, Sugar or Tea. Some people also love to have freshly made Ghavan without any side dish. They are soft and light and at the same time healthy. It is a native dish from Malvan.
Chitale Bhakarwadi from Pune is world famous for its marvellous taste. Bhakarwadi is a crispy roll filled with Powdered Coconut, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds and some Spices. It tastes spicy, tangy and also sweet. Bhakarwadi is a pataka of flavours.
Pohe or Kanda Pohe is a Maharashtrian recipe served mainly as a tea time snack or breakfast. It is easy to cook and no specific requirements, just add whatever flavouring you wish. It consists of soaked flattened Rice, Peanuts, Onion, Green Chilli and Coriander for garnish. People sometimes also add Cabbage, Green Peas, etc. as per taste. This is a must try for breakfast.
Who in India is not familiar with Pav Bhaji? An evening spent at a beach, watching the sun set and eating Pav Bhaji – this is just so perfect. Pav Bhaji is the second most sold street food in Maharashtra. It is a mixture of boiled vegetables along with a lot of Spices and Onion Coriander mixture for garnish. Pav Bhaji is served along with a piece of Lemon to add to its power packed taste.
Alu Chi Wadi
Alu chi Wadi or Patra as said in Gujarati is a side dish served during the main course or also as a snack. Alu chi Pana is the native name for Taro Leaves. These are rolls of Taro Leaves with a filling of Gram Flour, Ginger Garlic Paste, Chilli Powder or crushed Green Chilli. Sesame Seeds are also added in the inside or coated on the top during frying for extra taste and garnish.
Chivda is a munchies snack of Maharashtra. It is made from Corn Flakes or flattened Rice. It is a simple mixture of Corn Flakes or flattened Rice, Peanuts, Chilli, Curry Leaves, Dry Coconut and many more things. No specific quantity ofeach ingredient, just add each of them as your taste loves it.
Misal Pav is soft and crunchy at the same time, won’t believe it? It is spicy sprout Curry with Farsan mixed with it. It just brings water to your mouth. The Misal is decorated with slice of Lemon and Onion Coriander sprinkled on it. This street food is readily available at any street food joint and served hot.
Sheera is a sweet dish cooked from Rava. This is made by roasting Rava and adding Sugar and Milk to it. Various Dry Fruits and Ghee are added to enhance its richness. It is also offered at various festive occasions as a sweet or Prasad. Nowadays Sheera is available in variety of flavors and colors.
Vada Pav is the food of poor. It doesn’t mean it is had only by the poor; it is equally famous among the rich. It is available ready to eat at the lowest cost of Rs.10. It is Potato Bhaji ball dipped in Besan Flour and fried in hot oil. It is stuffed in Pav with Garlic Chutney and fried Chilli. VadaPav is super delicious when served hot- hot spicy and slight crunchiness.
Usal is a traditional Maharashtrian dish famous in all parts of Maharashtra. It is a Gravy of Sprouts served with Raw Onion and Coriander sprinkled on top. It is commonly served with Pav at various local joints.
Sabudana Wada is a typical Maharashtra local recipe and my personal favourite food. People are familiar with it as food to munch on during fasting, but it is available at any time. It is served with Chutney or Sweet Curd. Hot Sabudana Wada along with sweet Curd is a must have for everyone.
Jhunka Bhakri is the favourite meal combo of farmers in Maharashtra. The taste is so overwhelming that it is available at most of the street food joints. Jhunka and Bhakri is served with Onion or some homemade Ghee or Loni. It is spicy and the most-finger licking simple dish.
While travelling in the train through Lonavala-Khandala we always see sellers selling unique Chikki. Chikki is a sweetened snack mostly eaten during fast and also as a time pass to munch anytime. Now Chikki of various kinds are available like Cashew Chikki, Almond Chikki, Coconut Chikki and many more.
Bhel Or Bhadang
Bhadang is puffed rice Chivda. It is a traditionally prepared dish which has a really simple recipe. It is made of Puffed Rice, Red Chilli Masala, Chilli, Curry Leaves and Groundnut. Even thought the ingredients and cooking are simple Bhadang is immensely flavorful.
Sabudana Khichadi is a very popular food in India during fast. It is very light and prepared from Sabudana, Groundnut, Chilli, Potato and a lot more. It is delicious and served with curd or Danyachi Amti.