Puran Poli: It is a traditional flatbread stuffed with a mixture of jaggery and chickpeas. Like any other Maharashtrian festival, Gudi Padwa is also incomplete with this authentic and delicious regional cuisine. It best savoured with ghee.
Aam Panna: The sweet and tangy Aam Panna is one of the most integral parts of Gudi Padwa feast. Made from raw boiled mangoes, sugar, spices and water, it serves as an excellent standalone and refreshing drink or an accompaniment with a Gudi Padwa main course.
Sabudana vada: This is a traditional deep fried snack popular in the kitchens of Maharashtra. Soaked sabudana is mixed with mashed potatoes, chillies, ginger, chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, and groundnuts and is shaped into round balls. The delicious snack is mostly eaten fresh with green chutney and tea.
Chana Ussal: Sprouted and boiled black grams cooked in Indian spices, Chana Ussal is another major inclusion in the list of must-try Gudi Padwa dishes. The tangy and spicy dish can either be enjoyed as is or with accompaniments like rice or puri.
Shrikhand puri: Yet another traditional Maharashtrian cuisine, Shrikhand puri forms an essential part of Gudi Padwa celebrations. It is made from strained yoghurt, sugar, and fruit extracts from mango and melons. Saffron, dry fruits and cardamom powder can be added to Shrikhand to enhance its taste. The sweet delicacy is served with deep fried puri.
Pithale Bhakri: Popular in the villages of Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa celebrations are incomplete without a plate of the traditional Pithale Bhakri. Pithale is basically thick Besan Curry, which is served with bhakri (flat bread made from jowar or bajra). Mostly eaten by people in the villages, Pithale Bhakri serves as comfort food in most Maharashtrian homes.
Aloo Sai: This is another delectable offering that can make the Gudi Padwa feast a yummy one. Fried potato pieces are mixed with coriander seeds, cardamom, black pepper, onion, ginger, green chillies and sevai. It is easy to cook and tasty to eat, and ca, therefore, be a part of a Gudi Padwa meal.
Rice Chakli: This is a popular Maharashtrian snack which is either made at home or readily available at any snacks store. Rice Chakli is prepared in huge quantity on the eve of Gudi Padwa and is also stored for future consumption. It is a light snack to munch on that goes perfect with a cup of hot tea.
Puri bhaji: This is a dish common in every Maharashtrian home. On the eve of Gudi Padwa, the dish is usually prepared and is an important part of a full course meal. Puri (deep fried crispy bread made from wheat flour) is mainly consumed with batata bhaji (spicy potato dish).
Kesari Bhaat: Popularly known as Saffron Rice, the dish is an exotic sweetmeat of the festival. It is cooked with ghee, sugar, saffron and basmati rice. It is garnished with dry fruits for a royal look and flavour. No Gudi Padwa meal is complete without a bowl of Kesari Bhaat as dessert.
Gudi Padwa, also known as Maharashtrian New Year, is celebrated across Maharashtra with fervour and merrymaking. Elaborate traditional meals and home-cooked delicacies form an integral part of this auspicious day. On this occasion of Gudi Padwa, let us look at some traditional Maharashtrian dishes that are savoured in every home
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