Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was respected for his strategic thinking. Moreover, he received the title ‘People’s King’ due to his kind attitude and kindness towards people in his kingdom. This was also the path that his son Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj followed. The saying ‘like father, like son’ is appropriate to describe this father-son duo. Today on the auspicious day of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj’s coronation, here are five traditional dishes that you can make to celebrate his greatness.
5 Traditional Maharashtrian Dishes
1. Puran Poli
In Maharashtra, it is a ritual to make Puran Poli for any auspicious event. This stuffed flatbread is a delicious treat that is enjoyed with milk or ghee. The stuffing filled in this flatbread is called ‘Puran’ and is made with jaggery, chana dal, and ghee. Other than that, spices like nutmeg and cardamom are used to enhance their taste.
Basundi is a traditional dish in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. In fact, it is a South Indian version of rabri. However, basundi is not as thick as rabri. Moreover, the ingredients are the same as that of its North Indian version.
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A Maharashtrian feast is incomplete without this delicious yoghurt dish called shrikhand. The strained yoghurt is blended with saffron, sugar and cardamom. Also, you can add nuts like almonds and pistachios, and serve it chilled.
4. Naral Vadi
Naral Vadi is a Marathi version of the famous Coconut Barfi. Also, it is made on auspicious days like Raksha Bandhan, but today is also no less important for the people of Maharashtra. The ingredients used are shredded coconut, sugar, ghee and nuts for garnishing.
Modak is a Marathi classic dish for Ganesh Chaturthi. However, it is so delicious and tasty that you will be unable to skip making this delicacy. There are two ways of making modak; either by steaming them or by frying them. The steamed modaks are called ‘ukdiche modak’ that are generally made on Ganesh Chaturthi. Whereas, the fried modaks are made less, but are so delicious that you should definitely try them.
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These are five traditional Maharashtrian dishes made on this occasion. Do try them and comment below if you liked making these dishes.
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