Maharashtrian cuisine which reveals itself in many ways has a large and interesting culinary repertoire. From the homogenous combination of Malvani and Gaud Saraswat Brahmin on the coastal side to the Varadi cuisine from the Vidarbha area – Maharashtrian cuisine boasts of puran poli & basundi on one hand and on the other it goes all spicy with curries like Kalaya & kombadicha. Not to forget the mouth-watering tapdis like missal pav & batata vada.
Was happy to have been invited by The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace to savor the best of the Maratha land as part of their 10 day Tastes of Maharashtra food promotion at Seasonal Tastes where most of the signature Maratha dishes were on offer.
Started off with the tangy Kokum Sharbat – a digestive coolant that was perfect for the hot summer afternoon after which a range of street food favorites like Misal/Usal Pav, Vada Pav and Kanda Bhaji followed. The Missal – a scrumptious cocktail of savories (chiwada) and spouts cooked in a slight tangy base was the perfect accompaniment to the light laddi pav bread and then the quintessential vada pav on offer was as authentic as it could get. The Kanda Bhaji or the crispy onion fitters with the green chutney was super delicious and it could’ve been magical with hot cup of cutting chai.
The non-vegetarian fare included the Kombdi fry (spicy fried chicken) and Masala Machi truly deserved a thumbs up especially the seer fish marinated with Koliwada spices and mackarels crips fired with north Maharashtrian masala.
The mains included Kombadicha Sukka Masala (Spicy dry chicken) and Kalaya Masalyache Mutton (Sweet & Spicy Mutton) along with Pitla and Masala Bhaat. The use of freshly ground masalas like the malvani masala, goda masala and kala masala is the highlight of Maharashtrian cuisine which was evident in the Kalaya Masalyache & Kombadicha Sukka – a burst of flavors indeed! Contrary to the to these curries was Pitla – a thick curry with onions & green chilli was like a comfort food with steamed rice.
Loved the Masala Bhat – an amazing combination of assorted vegetables, long grain rice and spicy flavors that was best when had with yogurt – a true feeling of ambrosia!!
The desserts included Motichoor Ka Laddu, Besan Ka Laddu, Puran Poli and Basundi. A dollop of ghee smeared on the hot Puran Poli was extremely drool worthy while the deliciously rich Basundi – a dessert made of thickened milk was good in its own league.
All in all, the Maharashtian cuisine which is a smorgasbord of cooking styles is very aptly showcased in the ongoing promotion and credit to Chef Mukesh & Chef Rakesh for bringing out the best from this region.
Thumbs up for this one !
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Disclaimer: I was invited by The Westin Mindspace Hyderabad to review the Tastes of Maharashtra promotion at Seasonal Tastes, the opinions expressed in the review are Honest & Unbiased.