Maharashtra is a fertile land where most of the fruits and vegetables are grown in abundance. Most people are vegetarians and I will introduce mainly the vegetarian dishes which I had the privilege of learning from a Maharashtrian cook Ranjana. As I stayed only for a few days she could only show me three dishes.
Poha is something which Maharashtrians eat for breakfast but on the streets of Mumbai I have often seen it being sold as a snack.
- Chiwada (Beaten rice)
- ½ tsf Haldi
- 1 tsf Salt
- 2 tbsf Oil
- ½ tsf Mustard seeds
- ½ tsf Cumin seeds
- 1 small Onion chopped
- 2 Green Chillis chopped at a slight angle
- Few Curry leaves
- 2 tbsf Peanuts
- small bunch of Coriander leaves finely chopped
- Grated Coconut (optional)
- Soak the Chiwada for 10 mins and drain the water.
- Add turmeric powder and salt to the chiwada and leave it aside.
- In a wok heat the oil and add mustard and cumin seeds, heat on high heat till these start to sizzle.
- Add curry leaves, green chillis and fry for a few minutes.
- Add Onion and fry till it start to brown.
- Add soaked chiwada and mix well and cook for approximately 15 minutes
- Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut (optional).
We were served hot for breakfast.