1. Puran Poli
Gudi Padwa is a traditional Hindu New Year which will be celebrated on 25 March 2020. The festival is celebrated by the Maharashtrians on the first day of the Chaitra month. Gudi Padwa has several names in different states but the sentiments and enthusiasm of celebrating the festival remain the same. Gudi Padwa was first celebrated by great veteran Maratha leader, Shivaji Maharaja who celebrated his victory which is known as ‘Vijay Dhwaj’. On occasion, people decorate and worship Gudi with red/yellow cloth. The festival marks the beginning of harvest and spring season. People prepare various delicious foods including Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Aam Panha (refreshing mango drink), Gulab Jamun, Puri and enjoy the Gudi Padwa feast. On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, we have shared a list of traditional cuisine which can be prepared on an auspicious day. The traditional Gudi Padwa recipes are prepared by celebrity chefs. Take a look at it:
One of the most famous and traditional Maharashtrian dishes which is prepared using yellow gram, cardamom, jaggery and grated coconut. Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread which is roasted in desi ghee or oil. For this recipe suggested by Mrs Hande you will require the following ingredients.
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 powdered green cardamom
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoon rice flour
1 1/2 cup chana dal
1/2 cup ghee
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
For preparing the recipe, one needs to mix flour with water and knead the dough well. Keep the dough aside for an hour. Add chana dal and water in a pressure cooker. Once the dal is cooled add sugar and 1/2 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Keep stirring till gram mixture is soft and sticky. Grind the dal and add sugar mixture to a smooth consistency adding a little milk. Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Now take a lump of dough and add dal mixture to it. Serve with ghee or aamti.
2. Shrikhand Wadi
Shrikhand wadi is a Maharashtrian cuisine which is a sweet dish that is essential on the Gudi Padwa day. Some prepare Shrikhand, while others give their own twist to the traditional recipe by adding dry fruit and seasonal fruits.
Hung yogurt 2 cups
Sugar 3 cups
Nutmeg powder 1/4 teaspoon
Saffron (kesar) optional a few strands
Mixed nuts 1/4 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Pistachios blanched and slivered 2 tablespoons
To prepare Shrikhand wadi, one needs to mix hung yoghurt and sugar in a pan. Cook on the medium heat. Cook for fifteen minutes and add nutmeg powder, saffron, nuts and green cardamom powder and mix it well. Transfer the mixture on a greased tray and allow to set. Cut into shapes and garnish with dry fruits.
Modak is one of the most delicious traditional Maharashtrian food which is often offered to Lord Ganesha. This sweet dish is prepared for the auspicious festivals and enhances the taste buds. Modak is a sweet dish which is filled with a mixture of coconut and jaggery.
1 cup coconut, grated
1 cup jaggery
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of saffron
1 cup of water
2 tsp ghee
1 cup rice flour
One needs to prepare the filling first for making modak. Heat a pan add the grated coconut and jaggery. Stir and then add nutmeg and saffron. Now for preparing the shell, take a pan boil water with ghee. Add salt and flour. Spread some ghee on the bowl dough and knead well. Now take lime size lump and make it flat. Add a spoonful of the filling onto the dough and seal it. Later, put the dumplings in a muslin cloth and steam them, you can even fry it.
4. Gulab Jamun
Another mouth-watering dish is a dessert which is made of freshly curdled milk and garnished with dried nuts. This recipe is prepared by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Take a look at the ingredients:
Mawa (khoya) 1 1/2 cups
Chenna 1/4 cup
Soda bicarbonate 1/4 teaspoon
Refined flour (maida) 3 tablespoons
Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar 2 cups
Ghee to deep fry
While preparing gulab jamun, one needs to grate khoya and mash chenna. Mix it with soda bicarbonate, refined flour, green cardamom powder and water and make a dough. Divide the dough into smaller balls. Now prepare the sugar syrup with sugar and add 2 cups of water. Heat ghee in a pan and add the balls till it becomes golden in colour. Later soak in the sugar syrup and serve it either hot or cold.
5. Kothimbir Vadi
Kothimbir Vadi is an age-old Maharashtrian snack which is a healthy dish. The recipe of the dish is explained by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar.
Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 cups
Gram flour 1 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Oil 4 teaspoon to grease
Mustard seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons
Asafoetida 2 pinches
Ginger-garlic paste 1 1/2 tablespoons
Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
Red chilli powder 3/4 teaspoon
Peanuts roasted and crushed 2 tablespoons
White sesame seeds 2 teaspoons
Grease a small steel thali with oil. Take gram flour, add salt and 3 cups water. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, add 1 tsp mustard seeds, a pinch of asafoetida and ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, peanuts, salt and mix the mixture. Add the gram flour mixture and mix. Cook on medium heat, till the mixture, thickens. Transfer the mixture into the greased thali and flatten it. Cut into cubes. Add the kothimbir vadis and mix well.
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