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Indian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Mung Bean Bhaji / Mung Bean Pakora/ Mugachi Bhaji / Hare Mung Ki Bhajiya / हिरव्या मुगाची  भजी 

A pakoda or pakora is a deep-fried Indian snack typically made with besan or gram flour batter and usually some sort of vegetable. Onion is a popular choice. In Britain, it’s called onion bhaji. But pakoras can be made with pretty much any vegetable – spinach, cauliflower, green peppers, potatoes to name but a few. […]

Curry, Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Green Mung Bean Curry ‘Usal’ / Hirvya Mugachi Hirvi Usal / हिरव्या मुगाची उसळ

A green curry for a green pulse – the mung bean (pronounced ‘moo-ng’ bean). Boasting an impressive nutritional profile, mung beans (or moong beans) are abundant in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Leaving the nutrients aside, most people in India consume them regularly for their unique nutty flavour. Whether you’re looking to make dosas or […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Fresh Fenugreek Thecha / Methicha Thecha / Methi Thecha / मेथीचा ठेचा

Thecha is the quintessential condiment of my home state, Maharashtra. It takes its name from the verb ‘thechne’ meaning ‘to pound’ and the basic recipe simply entails pounding green chilli and garlic. In Maharashtrian cuisine, this term is applied to a wide range of savoury semi-dry ‘chutneys’ that are prepared by pounding ingredients together, either […]

Green pepper and gram flour stir fry in a thali
Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Green Pepper And Gram Flour Stir Fry / ढोबळी मिरचीची पीठ पेरून भाजी / Peeth Payroon Dhobli Mirchi / Peeth Perun Bhopli Mirchi

In the heart of Maharashtra, where flavours dance in harmony with spice, there exists a culinary masterpiece that tantalises our taste buds and showcases the diversity of regional cuisine. Meet the delectable ‘Peeth Payroon Dhobli Mirchi Chi Bhaji’, a dish that not only reflects the vibrant spirit of Maharashtra but also celebrates its rich and […]

Drink, Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Kairicha Panha / Aam Panna / Raw Mango Concentrate And Mango Mojito

Picture this: You’ve just wrapped up an intense workout session leaving every muscle in your body drained but elated, with a raging thirst that craves something truly revitalising to recharge your energy. Introducing aam panna, or as we Marathis call it – kairicha panha कैरीचं पन्हं. This quirky concoction is about to sweep your palate […]

Stuffed bittergourd
Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Low Waste Stuffed Bittergourd / Bharli Karli / भरली कारली

If ever there were a vegetable that deserves the label ‘an acquired taste’ it is the karela or aptly named bitter gourd. The first time you taste it you could be forgiven for thinking that the chef has made a mistake and served some inedibly bitter vegetable. Some give up after that first mouthful, but […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Sorghum ‘Bhakri’ Flatbread / Jowar Bhakri / Jwarichi Bhakri / ज्वारीची भाकरी 

When it comes to flatbreads India has so much more to offer than the ubiquitous chapati or naan. Different regions all have their own specialities, often making good use of locally available grains. You don’t have to limit yourself to wheat and rice. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a properly made whole wheat chapati, […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Hurda Bhajani Thalipeeth / Tender Sorghum Flatbreads

India has an endless variety of flatbreads. Some are simple, like the humble chapati or roti, merely accompaniments to a ‘main dish’. Others are more elaborate and serve as a meal in themselves. Thalipeeth, packed with a mixture of healthy grains, spices and veggies, is definitely in the latter category. Thalipeeth is a perfect example […]

Ridge gourd curry aka dodkyachi bhaji
Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

Ridge Gourd Curry / Dodkyachi Bhaji / दोडक्याची भाजी

Ridge gourd or Dodka in Marathi, was never my favourite. But since I moved away from my homeland and saw less of it, the more I missed its mild flavour and subtle sweetness. So recently I decided to make it slightly more interesting by adapting my Mum’s recipe a bit.  It’s not the most visually […]