Maharashtrian Thali consists of traditionally prepared dishes from the state of Maharashtra. A typical Vegetarian Menu features koshimbir, Aamti or varan, Roti made with different flours, Vegetables, Lentils, Pickles and other condiments, Drinks and sweets.
When it came to picking up regions from where I could do a thali, I was clear from the beginning that I would do a Maharashtrian Thali for sure. Rest of the two had to be decided.
I feel I may have some affinity towards this cuisine by the number of dishes I have cooked from this state. While I have been brave enough to create an A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets, I am yet to assemble a Thali as such.
First of all, having so many dishes already featured from this state, it becomes quite tough to plan a menu. Finally, I realised that I am yet to make some most popular dishes from this state and that's what I included in the Thali this time.
Also, since I was keeping only one Roti and Rice, it becomes easy to finalize on the gravy part. I was making this on Ugadi and typically we serve Ugadi feast that day. However, since I planned on making this, I thought a typical Maharashtrian Thali that will also have a Puran Poli, would do just great.
Poli is a must for our Ugadi and since its part of the Maharashtrian Thali, it was simply cool to include it as well. I have already made the Maharashtrian way of Puran Poli, apart from that I have two versions of Coconut Poli, Nuts Poli, Upwas Puran Poli.
Shrikhand which is a sweetened thick Yogurt popular in Maharashtra and Gujarat is our favourite too. I have so many versions of this and could still find more variety to make
I hope you enjoy this simple recreation of the delicious Maharashtrain Thali, which may not have all the dishes traditionally served, its just my humble recreation of the some of the dishes.
Maharashtrian Thali Menu was
Roti & Rice
Planning on making this Menu
Other than making Puran Poli, none of the other dishes takes much time.
Of course, I had the curds for Shrikhand hung since the previous day. I prepared this sweet the first thing in the morning and chilled it.
I was planning on making a fried dish but dropped the idea finally. Making the puran polis would already take time.
I had the rice soaked and dal on the pressure cooker. Amti is very simple to make and it hardly takes time.
Even Dhapate which is a mixed flour rotti is quite easy to make.
Overall, I took about 2 hrs to get all these dishes done.