June 13, 2007


(Pic from www.bakingshop.com)
Before I start with RCI,let me wish all the fathers very happy "Father's day" and have a wonderful Sunday.Moms and kids,make sure to make him feel special!

And now..

We are celebrating the state of Maharashtra as a part of Regional Cuisines of India which is started LakshmiK from "Veggie Cuisine" and Nupur from "One hot stove" is the host for this event in June.Thanks for taking time to host Nupur!:))


The name Maharashtra first appeared in a 7th century inscription and in a Chinese traveler's account. Its name may have originated from rathi, which means, "chariot driver". At that age Maharashtra was full of builders and drivers of chariots who formed a maharathis, a "fighting force." In 90 A.D. king Vedishri made Junnar, thirty miles north of Pune, the capital of his kingdom.The official language is Marathi.Shivaji Bhosle,a legend and the founder of the Maratha Empire,holds the highest place in Maratha history.It is well known that Maharashtrians consider their food as 'Anna he poornabrahma' meaning they consider 'anna',or food,equal to 'Brahma',or the creator of the universe.Food is God, to be worshipped.Maharashtrian cuisine is divided into two, Konkani, and Varadi.Language spoken is Marathi,Mumbai is the capital and of course, don't forget the Bollywood!!(Info from here.)Most of these recipes are from this book which has wonderful collection of Maratha cuisine.Enjoy!:)

I always bought Bhakarwadi and loved it although store bought ones are little hard to chew.When I saw this recipe,it looked complicated but decided to try anyway.Boy! Am I glad I did? They 100% better than store bought and so crisp!I will never buy store bought again.Look at these! Why buy when you can make these beauties at home!:)

Click on the image to see step by step pics:

To make casing:1 1/2 cups plain flour,salt,1/8 tsp baking soda or Self rising flour which has salt and rising agent already(I used this for Bhakarwadi above),1/4 cup Besan (Chickpea flour),1 tbsp oil or Margarine(Crisco).Mix,knead with little water until a stiff dough,cover and keep aside.

Prepare filling:
Roast 1 tbsp each sesame,coriander seeds and Poppy seeds,1 tsp each Fennel seeds,crushed Ajwain,cumin seeds, 2 tbsp dry coconut lightly and add to a blender along with 1 tbsp Goda masala,1 tbsp cornstarch,salt,1 tsp sugar,1 tsp chilli pd.Heat 1 tsp oil,fry 1/4 cup finely minced onions until reddish,1 tsp each of ground ginger and garlic,fry for a minute and add to the blender.Grind to a smooth pd with 1 tsp of water(not more than that, just make it wet and thick paste.)Heat oil to fry.
To roll Bhakarwadi: Divide the dough into 4,roll out to rectangle if you can,brush filling all over thinly and roll from the wider end to a tube and cut to 1" pieces.Repeat with other 3 dough and fry these in hot oil until golden and crisp.Drain on paper towel,cool and store.YUM!!
If they get soft after sometime,reheat in 300F oven for 15mins and cool.

Valachi Usal:(I used Soya beans)

You Need:1 cup dried white Greenpeas or Soya beans,1 cup minced onions, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 1 pinch asafoetida/Hing, 1 tbsp thick tamarind juice,1 tsp grated jaggery or sugar, 2 tbsp grated coconut,2 minced green chillies, 1 tsp cumin seeds pd, 1 tbsp coriander powder, 4 flakes garlic, 1" piece of ginger ( both ground),1 tbsp Goda masala and salt to taste.
How To: Wash and soak beans overnight,and cook them until soft with enough water with turmeric,green chillies and all the spices till soft. Take off the heat and set aside. Cover tamarind with water for 5 minutes, then squeeze out the juice. Heat 3 tbsp oil and add in asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the seeds stop popping, put in ground onions,fry until soft,add ginger, and garlic and fry to a rich golden color.Add in salt and cooked beans, tamarind and jaggery ,Goda masala and boil for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with sev,coconut and coriander leaves.Mash some beans to make thick sauce and serve with Parathas or sprinkle minced onion,cilantro and sev on top as a snack.

Goda Masala:
There are many variations of Goda masala.This is my fav mix which I use it to my beloved snack Misal with Matki beans(Yum! Reminds me of college!).This Goda masala is simple and tasty.Kaala masala is of darker shade and little or lot different from Goda masala and has 32 ingredients!!

Roast and powder: 4 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tsp coconut powder,2 tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp Ajwain (carom seeds),1" Dalchini(cinnamon),4 cloves, 1 cardamom powdered.I use this masala to make Bhakarwadi filling as well.

Kolhapuri Egg Rassa:
This recipe is from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor with some of my own my additions.You can add chicken,Mutton or veggies to this gravy.I chose to add some hard boiled Eggs.Gravy taste great with anything,hope you try.

You Need: 4-6 hard boiled Eggs, 2 small onions minced,1" piece ginger, 3 cloves garlic,some cilantro, 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter, 1-2 dry whole chillies, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/8 tsp of grated nutmeg pd, 1 cup Tomato sauce and salt to taste.
For grinding: 1/4 dry coconut,3 red chillies, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tbsp poppy seeds, 6-8 peppercorns, 1 tsp shahi jeera(black Cumin),1" cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms pd, 1 black cardamom pd, 4 cloves, 1 blade mace,1/2 tsp of Paprika.
How to:
1. Hard boil Eggs,peel,slice halfway and keep them aside.
2. Mince onions and grind ginger, garlic.Keep it aside.
3. Roast and grind dry coconut, red chillies with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, peppercorns, shahi jeera( black cumin seeds), cinnamon, cardamom pd, black cardamom pd, cloves, and mace separately to a smooth paste with little water.
4. Heat oil in a pan, add red chillies,add chopped onions and saute` till golden brown.
5. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook on medium heat for a few seconds.Add tomato sauce,cook until almost dry.Turn down the heat a little. Stir in the coconut paste and simmer until oil shows up on top.
6. Add eggs , 1 tsp sugar , and 1 cup or more of water, mix well and cook on medium heat, stirring for two to three minutes.
7. Add turmeric powder, grated nutmeg,and salt. Mix well and simmer for 2-3 mins.
8. How thin you want your gravy is up to you,adjust the liquid amount.Serve hot garnished with chopped fresh coriander leaves and fried red chillies.

Bhareli Keli:
We call it Rasayana in Karnataka,here is a very fragrant dessert and very easy to make too.You can substitute Coconut milk with cream and honey instead of sugar as well. The house smelled like Hindu temple (prasada!) when I was cooking this divine dessert! YUM!

You need:2 ripe (not too ripe) bananas,1 tbsp ghee, 1/4 cup sweetened or fresh coconut,finely grated,1 tsp Cardamom pd,1/8 cup grated jaggery or sugar(only if you are using fresh coconut), 1 cup coconut milk,1 tbsp each toasted coconut and sliced Almonds for garnish.
How To:
Mix together 1 tbsp ghee, coconut milk and cardamom pd and cook over a slow heat for 3mins. Peel and slice bananas halfway through on one side and fill in with the coconut filling. Put them side by side in a dish and pour coconut milk on top.Microwave until sauce is somewhat thick.Garnish with toasted coconut ,a pinch of Cardamom pd and Almonds.Serve warm or chilled.

That's it for this week.Next would be JFI with my beloved Eggplants!! Have a great Father's day Sunday!:))


Shivapriya said...

Bhakarwadi is my favorite.One of my very close friend is Maharastrian, she always has a stock of this. We both use to enjoy it garam chai!!:).
Aha I wish I was in westcoast:).

FH said...

Shivapriya,thank you so much for being so prompt! I love Bhakarwadi too,so yummy.You can make your own at home now! I am in the East coast,well..200 miles away from the coast in fact:))

Bong Mom said...

Bhakarwadi is my favorite. And all the dishes you cooked up, you would do any Marathi Ma-in-Law proud, I bet :) Arvind, watch out

Arts said...

Thanks u soooooo much for the bhakarwadi recipe!! I'll surely have to try this.. this is my favorite item and the only item that ask someone to carry along when they come here frm India... its been so long i havent tasted it.. Thanks so much for the Bhakarwadi.. will try n let u know.. if they are good, then no more pleading to visiting Indians n no more "Chitale Bandhu" praises :D

Usal looks so inviting.. and curry.. aah... now feel like having it for dinner today with rice.. And the dessert.. have never tried it.. but now bookmarked.. thank you so much Asha..
Loved the yummy maharashtrian food and also the info u shared!

Sia said...

wow ashakka... i love bhakarwadi and loved the ones which we get in belgaum and dharwad. its been ages since i had those lovely spirals of yummies... bookmarked them. and that Bhareli Keli looks like a killer dish. although sounds like our rasayana with that coconut stuffing it must be quite different.
i am not keeping well since last week and i am on sick leave. still couldn't resist the temptation of checking ur blog for ur wednesday post;) i am missing all that blog hopping:( thankfully i am feeling little better today and hope to check everyone's blog by this weekend:)

Anonymous said...

i just want to be third ;)
vl comment again
ha ha haaaaa

Richa said...

what fantastic collection of recipes, asha! LOVED the bhakarwadis :) you know how there are some snacks which you think can never be made at home, bhawarwadi used to be one of those for me, not any longer heh!heh! those look toooooooo good, i want to taste it NOW :) that bhareli keli is new to me, but it is similar to a very simple sweet called 'shikaran' in maharashtra, it is just milk, chopped banana, sugar & elaichi powder :) thanks for all the recipes, you ROCK!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi ashaji,
this is something new for me.But i am very eager to try it out,eating the same state food might sometimes br boring.....
I will try it out and give my feedback.
i forgot to tell u i tried ur version of plantian curry it came out well and my hubby liked it:)
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

i always thought bhakarwadi is hard to make. the way u did is cool
never used ajwain in masala.....goda masala is cool and so is the gravy.
luv the dessert more than anything :))


archana said...

Sorry Asha, I don't know how I missed out on this post.Today being Wednesday I clicked on your site.
The recipes you have chosen are typical of Maharashtra and I appreciate your choice.
I have never made Bakarwadi all my life thinking it must be difficult. But you are gr8 Asha being a non Maharashtrian still you made each dish to perfection.
The bharleli keli recipe is nice, and the barkarwadis are perfect.
Best entry for RCI!

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Asha, maharastrian recipes looks so yummy and i will definitely give it a try.

J said...

I love bhakharwadis!!Thanks for the recipe. :) Infact, I carry them back here from Bombay. The other recipes are interesting too. Your garden in fabulous!! Nothing grows here - that makes me so sad!

FH said...

LOL! Sandeepa,thanks.Maratha food is spicy and wonderful.Loved cooking these:))

Arts,glad you liked them,coming from a Maratha girl,it is an honor!:))
Loved Bhakarwadis,try it and make it even more teekha.I love when it's spicy but had to control for the kids sake.Thanks for that book,I enjoyed all of them,specially dessert:)

Sia,so sorry,you have been getting sick a lot lately.Stress? Take care girl.Bhakarwadi was so great with self rising flour,crispy and spicy.Dessert was divine as I said there,try it.It's easy and so good.Goda masala beans Palya tastes great,keep some powder to make Matki Misal too.

Anusha,you are a sweet heart.Check back again although you are fifth!;D

Anonymous said...

What a showcase Asha! I am reading at work (first thing Weds I always have to check FH before I can get any work done! ;)) Bhakarwadi is something new to me -- looks delicous along with everything else -- what's calling to me most right this minute is the egg rassa... is it lunchtime yet?

Waiting for your garden slideshow to load -- computers are slow here this morning. I think I'll have to wait till this evening to see it... and what's this Blogger's Choice!? I must check it out! Have a great day and thank you as always, for the recipe delights! :)

FH said...

You are welcome Richa.I wanted to Mango Sheera but somebody already posted ,so chose Bharali Keli from that book.It was excellent.
Bhakarwadi is so easy,even I was surprised!Hope you try:))
Punjabi next! Bhalle! Bhalle!;D

Hi Priar,thanks for trying Plantain dish.I made it again too:))
I am enjoying cooking from other states so much.Enjoy:)

Anusha,hello again!:D
I did use few crushed Ajawain,I forgot to write it down there! Ah..!!Thanks for reminding me.Dessert is good,try it.

Archana,I just posted this today,so you are not late at all:))
Loved Bhakarwadi.I tried with just small amount first thinking that it's probably hard but it's not hard at all,loved it.Thanks,I am loving RCI!

Anonymous said...

Asha, you go all out don't you? I love you for that.:)

I agree with Sandeepa-:). All the recipes are winners and I have this post bookmarked.

Looking forward to seeing more of your garden.

FH said...

Hi AV.Thank you.I enjoyed cooking the spicy Maharashtrian dishes.I always loved Misal but I am in love with Bhakarwadis now!:D

Hi J.Nothing grows there? Not even in a pot? That's bad.May be too hot to grow anything there,huh?
I used to buy Bhakarwadi here too,somehow they are always hard on the jaw to eat.I gave this a try and loved it.Easy to make at home too.Try at home:))

Hi Linda at work!;D
Thanks.Try the Egg rassa.You can add any meat as well,it's all in the hot spicy Kolhapuri Chillies but I don't add too much bcos of the kids.Try the dessert,it's delicious.
Veggie patch is grown so much,it's getting hard to control.My Amaranth is growing well too.Check it out at home:))
Anali nominated me for that award.It's something for recognizing the blogs.I didn't know my own number until last week!:P
Have a great day:))

Hi Sailu,good to see you. I am trying hard to open your blog Sailu,it's very slow for some reason.I will try again today.I see your post but can't get in.
Thanks,I will try my best to bring something special to every post!
Garden is growing very well.We have about 4-5 months to get the maximum yield,that's it!:))

Suma Gandlur said...

OOPS. Somehow, I thought bhakarwadis are gujarathi snacks. After coming to USA, whenever I see something at Indian stores which is not familiar stuff to me, I begin to think that they are Gujarati stuff. :)
Great array off dishes. Loved them all.

karmic said...

Ooh I loved this post!! As a Marathi fella I found out a bit more about my roots.. Thank you.

I love Vaal achi Usal, Bhakarvadi and any Kolahpuri food just rocks! I plan try out the egg rassa and the Vaal. I believe we do get Vaal at our desi store.

When you left a comment about this at my blog I was wondering if you were going to try Purnachi Poli. :)
But they are time consuming to make. :)
Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

:( i though am on top 5
so forgot to wish happy fathers day
and luv the garden shots.
am wondering what to make for rci
help me


Anonymous said...

I have got that book too, but only thing is, have never tried out any recipes from it!Now after reading your post,iam going to dig out that book & read thru it once again:) Your banana sweet looks good,thanks for sharing the recipe.

Aruna said...

Asha, Never tried Bhakarwadi, But now I know, they look delicious :)
Bhakarwadi & Kolapuri Rassa are bookmarked & would be trying it out soon :) Thx.


Seema Bhat said...

Asha, Bhakarwadi has cought my eyes. Just can't take my eyes away from them ... Looks awesome. Yummy . Nange egg rasam sa thumba istha aythu ...i might try it without egg tho. One request Asha. Only if you have time ....only atha I wanted to learn how to make rasmalai out of ricotta cheese..Is it quick? Does it taste as good as the one done from scratch?

Cynthia said...

Hi sweetheart, how are you? Thanks for the info on this cuisine. I've made the requisite notes in the journal I am keeping of things learned about the various cuisines of the sub-continent.

Hope you hubby has a good fathers' day.

Enjoy your weekend too.

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

OMG!!!what a lovely spread of Maharastrian recipes....But all the recipes veyr new to me....i like dBhakarwadi very much....its looks very cripsy and interesting too....

I enjoyed watching all your veggie patch....cute little ones..looks gr8

FH said...

HeHe!I love Gujarati snacks too.You get Bhakarwadi in Hubli and Dharwad, but not in B'lore.Try at home,it's yummy:)

Sanjay,you are welcome.Glad you liked them.Sometimes it's hard to differentiate dishes for state to state but there were easy!:)
Val is available dry and frozen at the Indian stores.Poli,we call it Obbattu and I will make it sometimes,it's not that hard.Hope all the info are accurate!:)

Anusha,hello again!:D
Thanks,I will pass on to Arvind.We are planning to bowling and lunch on Sunday:))
Do you know about Amti? Google it.It's very simple Marathi dal almost like Talimpu dishes you make!

Sneha said...

hey!! the bhakarwadis look awesome.. i never knew what they were called before this! :D
gosh, it's been sooooo long since i blogged, i almost feel like an alien! i've been super busy with college prep :D:D packing n all ;) i'm having a helluva lot of fun though.
btw, i voted for you!! really cool blog :D:D

FH said...

Hi Paati,Dessert ,Egg dish (similar recipe)and Usal is from that book.Bhakarwadi is from my other book.Enjoy.I love the recipes it has,very authentic.Enjoy:)

Hi Aruna,everybody seems to be liking the Bhakarwadi!They are delicious. Make them and enjoy!:)

Hi Seema,try the Bhakarwadi at home,it's not that hard.
Ricotta cheese Rasmalai is not that hard.Mix with flour or corn starch and bake them in Muffin pan until firm.When it's cool,add it to Rasmalai.Tastes great but not like made from scratch.Ricotta is a great tasting cheese.Try once in small quantity and see if you like:))

Hi Cynthia!I am doing great,thanks:).
This RCI event is a good thing for us to learn about other states.India is so diversified,even we don't know a lot about others,although we are all Indians!:))Enjoy the weekend too.

Meena Kandlakuti said...

Well Asha..what to say thease are great gifts to prepare on Fathers day occassion. I have got great spread to lear from Maharashtian cuisine. And I appriciate you for taking such a great pain and learning so many things form other cuisine.Thanks for sharing them:-)

sra said...

Hi Asha, nice post! I don't know or had forgotten that Shivaji's surname was Bhosle.
I visited Pune last year, went to the Chitale Bandhu shop and bought Bhakarwadi and chivda. Your dessert sounds nice too! We even had a Maharashtrian thali in one restaurant!

sallywrites said...

Wow! I am so impressed with your veg patch. What are banana peppers?

Now why is Father's Day the same all over the place, but not Mother's Day?

Have fun Asha. Thank you for a lovely blog again!

TheCooker said...

Home-made bakarwadi! Perfect.
What a spread, as usual.
I need to get my act together and post some Marathi recipes.

FH said...

Hi Usha,thanks girl.4 new recipes to try for you!Garden is getting out of control!:D

Thank you Sneha.You are the only one voted for me today I think!;D
Getting ready for college!That is exciting!!Have fun.I am sure you will miss your parents but have to fly the coop someday,right? Enjoy.Bhakarwadi are yum,you could easily buy them there:))

You are welcome Meena.Learning makes me feel good.I enjoy every minute of cooking.Try some of these and thanks:))

Hi sra,I didn't know either! We always just say Shivaji, Bhosle was from that site.Good to know,right?:)
Lucky you! I have had Gujju thali but a maharashtrian! Sounds mouthwatering!

FH said...

Hi Sally.We have Father's day in common! Hurray!May be Americans decided to keep the atleast this European tradition intact!;D
Banana peppers are from Mexico.They bright yellow like Bananas and pretty big in size too than the regular Chillies as you can see in the pic.They are quite spicy too.You clean the seeds out,stuff with cheese and bake or deep fry coated with egg and flour,tastes yummy!Pamper your hubby("your babies' daddy" as we call dads here:D) this Sunday!:))

Hi TC,make sure you make Bhakarwadi,they are delicious:))
Get on with RCI girl,there are about 10 days left!:D
Plenty of time,don't worry.Have a great weekend:)

Pavani said...

Yummy Maharashtrian dishes. I have never tasted any of them before and all the dishes look sooooo delicious. I will probably start with the dal dish.

Manasi said...

Love the bakarwadis!!I can eat a lot of these !!!!! my fav place in India, Pune for them is Chitale bandhu!!! Must try ur version!
And again as usual, a wonderful spread!!!

Sharmi said...

such beautiful selection of recipes for RCI. looks so good. great veggie garden. I too love bhakarwadi.

Neelam said...

Hi Asha, What a lovely spread! Beautiful. I like Bhakarwadis, but never made at home. I must try them.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Dee's favorite snack is Bhakarwadi and her dad used to fill the pantry with Bhakarwadi got from Pune? He had a deal with a sweatmeat shop who used to send a parcel every month or so... I have to venture into soy beans, tried edamame though! Wonderful recipes and wonderful presentation ashakka... Hugs :)

Tee said...

Wow Asha! Mind-blowing recipes!! Loved your bakarwadis and the bharli keli. I also make 'bharli keli; but in a slightly different way...
vaalachi usal is not my personal favourite but it can't get any more maharashtrian than that :)

Roopa (KitchenAromas) said...

Bhakarwadi is my all time favorite snack! I can't get my eyes off those incredible looking spirals! I should definitely try to make this. Also, thanks for the goda masala recipe - I've been looking for a good one for a while. This should fit the bill!
- Roopa

TNL said...

I love that bhakarwadi recipe! you made it so simple to make it at home!!! Bhareli Keli is a cool one too....I think I'll like that one.

Love all the recipes showcased here, you have such enthusiasm, I am always bowled over by it...

Happy Father's day in advance to your hubby....Kartik & my dad are in Toronto till next week. :(


FH said...

Pavani,never eaten Mumbai Misal with Goda masala? You are missing out girl!:) Try the dessert too,it's yummy.Thanks.

Thanks Manasi,glad you liked them.I have heard of Chitale Bandhu,been to Mumbai just once!:)
Try Bhakarwadis,easy to make at home.

Thanks Sharmi.Veggie patch is growing so well.It's been raining once a week now,lot better weather:)

Thanks Neelam.Try them at home.Thay are delicious.I have to make them again,ran out of Goda masala again:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,
Wow from appatizer to dessert all maharastrian...Loved it.
Loved the soy bean usal..will make it soon enough. Before that have to make goda masala. Thanks for the recipe.

Seena said...

am not familiar with Mahrasthra Cuisine, (and most of the recipes you blog), so it is very attracting for me. Bhakarwadi picture is very lovely!

FH said...

Dee,your dad had a deal with sweetmart?:D He must REALLY like sweets and snacks.Aw..!!:)
I always bought Bhakarwadi until I made them! You can add any beans to that Usal,tastes great I had Soya beans,used them.Enjoy:))

Tee,thanks.I love that Goda masala and Usal combo,really tasty.Bharli Keli was out of this World girl.I am making it again.I didn't know Marathi food can be so yummy.I always liked Gujarati food better,not now!;D

Hi Roopa,thank you.Enjoy Bhakarwadis.There are so many different spices in Goda masala,this is the simple ones,tastes great too.Try it:))

Hi T! thank you so much!:)
So sorry you are going to miss dad and K on Sunday! But you can make it special when they come back, day doesn't matter really.Surprise them with this dessert and Bhakarwadis! They are easy to make for a good cook like you!:))
Enjoy the weekend with the boys and have fun.They are your little men too.Hugs T!:))

S said...

hai ashaji...h r u?happy fathers day to u too...every wednesday i have to see ur blog when i login to my system...i cant resist ....i never heard of bhakarwadi ...but those goodies seems to be nice...i hope i'll love them if i make...i'll try it..egg rassa is so good...u added all spices n coconut...those r the proof that it must be tasty...bhareli keli is easy to prepare i guess...u said it smelled like hindu temple prasada...thats so nice...so i have to prepare that for atleast smell..hehehe:-)
bye ashaji..meet u on next wednesday

FH said...

Hi Madhu,thanks for visiting!:)
I post at least 3 dishes in one post now on Wednesdays here.Easier for me this way.Are you cooking anything Maharastrian for RCI? Hope you do:))

Seena,come on girl.You cook well and I love your authentic dishes!:))
Hope you try Bhakarwadi ,it's yummy.

Hi Shanthi,
thank girl.Every Wednesday is Asha's day for you too,eh?;D
Hope you try the dessert, and believe me when I say it smells Temple in your kitchen.Honestly,try it!:))

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Wow Asha! Your veggie patch looks great! The Bhakarwadi look cute and tasty too. Amanda

Little Miss Muffet said...

wow a recipe for bhakarwadi!! :) i miss eating that so much, i always ask ppl going to india to get it from chitale's in pune..i make the val ki usal too..and since in-laws are maharashtrians i get my dose of that variety of food pretty often :) dessert looks yummy and i just adore ur veggie garden..funnily enough, i was just searching for some nurseries close to home ..think i'll try my hand at flowers before i destroy the poor veggie plants though...heheh

FH said...

Thanks Amanda.Bhakharwadi tastes as delicious as it looks!:))
It has been raining today.I am happy that I don't have to water the plants today!YAY!

Hello there M! Oh yeah! your in-laws are Marathas,I almost forgot! You get eat all the authentic goodies then.I heard about Chitale Bandhu too,must be very famous in Pune.
You can grow easy veggies like Plum Tomatoes and herbs in the pot,just buy a little plant and bury it 80% in a deep pot.They grow quite nicely in the balcony.Enjoy the flowers too:))

Seema Bhat said...

You the best. Thank you so much for the prompt instruction. I will try in small quantity first. Thank you so much again.
Love ya

FH said...

Love you too Seema.Anything for my little sis!;D Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God! Ashaji you totally rock !! That bhakarwadi is so awesome.. and your vegetable patch too!! Thanks for sharing those photos.


FH said...

You are welcome Mythili! Hope you try some of them girl!Have a great week:)

Roopa said...

Hi Asha,
After long hoping to visit all the blogs today. Bhakarwadi looks great. i love them its been ages since i made them. i had tried with sajeev kapoors cookbook. But the masala you have used looks different going to try sometime. baleahannu rasayna yumm... bye hugs :)

ChrisB said...

Asha your veggies are really growing so well. we have such a small area that can be used for planting, embee has just planted a few tomato plants and some broad beans. I have a couple of peppers in pots (from afriend) but they are quite small so don't know if they will grow very well we shall see.

Sana said...


bhakarwadi is my husband's favorite snack. he can eat two packets of the ready made stuff in one sitting!! I have thought many times of trying my hand at it, but didnt coz it is too complicated and time consuming. but, your posting gives me hope :)

Sai said...

Bakarwadi is my favorite! Loved the post....you made me miss my "maher" which means "mother's home" in marathi!

Lovely post indeed!

RML said...

Hi asha,

Bhakarwadi is my favourite too.I havent had them for loooooooooooooong time.I remember having them in Dharwar when I was a kid.Those recipes are awesome and making me hungry.
Btw your veggie patch is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend and Happy Father's Day

Shionge said...

You are an angel Asha, you are not only my foodie pals but a tour guide too :D

I love the introduction to each cuisine you post and hats off to you Asha, your family are so lucky to be have you cooked up a storm each time :D

Thank you Sweetie and for all your lovely comments at my blog too :D

Luv ya and Happy Father's Day to your Hubby too :)

Keshi said...

Fathers Day already ha. I think Aussies celebrate it in Sept. :)

Maharashtrian food..YUMMY! Looks delicious. And some great history abt the Maharashtrians too. Dun they come from the Kshathriya caste?


Coffee said...

hahahaha...... sandeepa wants to find a maharashtrian dulha for you !!!!!

That bhakarwadi looks so cute..... and I never thought one could make it at home. Shame on me! living in bombay all my life, I never thought of making it at home. :)

Bharlela kela looks good and I have had it at a friends place long time back. :) Now I got to make it! :)

BTW, your post didn't appear in my google reader yesterday and I forgot it was a wednesday yesterday :P . When I checked the calendar today morning, I realised I missed something. :)

Dalicia said...

happy father's day to your hubby :)

Viji said...

Asha, felt as thought went for a trip to Bombay. Nice collections. You go in detail dear. Love reading your posts always. Viji

Nupur said...

What an amazing amazing entry! The bhakarwadi looks professional...so neatly made. What a neat idea to use soy beans for the usal. The rassa is very close to my heart :) and the stuffed bananas is a dessert that my mom always makes, so delicious!

FH said...

Roopa,welcome back!:)
Bhakarwadi recipe is not in SK's book.I got it from the other book and added Goda masala,it's great.Try this way too.Rasayana of course we know:)

Chris,I got some Banana peppers,Radishes and Green beans too.We are having many hot sunny days,so that helps too.I have 3 tomato plants.They grow too big and take over all the veggie patch!
Good luck with your's Chris:))

Sana,it's not hard at all.Try them.Make some Goda masala first.If you use self-rising flour,skip soda and salt,rest is the same.It's really tasty although store bought has slightly different taste of course:) Enjoy.

Aw...!!! Thank you,Sai.I love Bhakarwadis too.
"Maher" is such a good word.That's an honor for me!I am so glad I cooked all these,never knew Marathi cuisine can be so tasty!:))
Have a great week,hugs.

FH said...

Thank you Madhuri:))
I want to make Kalakand I used to eat in Dharwad! Hope I find a recipe for that.Try making Bkakarwadis at home,they are easy.

You are welcome Shi! You get to tour Indian states every month without flying or spending money!!Isn't it great?!;D
Enjoy and happy Father's day to your hubby too.Hugs:)

Hi Keshi.Every country celebrates these in different times,eh? Starnge!!We are planning to go bowling,we will see!:)
Some are Kshatriyas in Maharashtra,not all of them,they are mostly in Rajastan.
Have a good day:))

Oh lord!!!Hope not, Coffee! It's hard enough cope with one Kannadia husband!!;P
When you buy the tasty Bhakarwadis,you don't think of making them at home!:D Dessert is easy,make it.
My blog roll didn't show some posts too and I accidentally clicked on somebody and she has posted a new one 5 days ago!!Man! I felt so guilty!:D
Don't worry,I post only once a week,so plenty of time.

FH said...

Thank you Dalicia! I will pass it on!:))

Thank you Viji! I am loving RCI and learning about other states too.It's fun and educational.Glad you liked the goodies.Enjoy.Happy Father's day to your hubby:))

Nupur,so great to see you here.Glad you liked them all.I planned all these very meticulously!;D
Thank you for hosting.I learned a lot about M. history and I loved to create this post.
Have a great week. Hugs:))

indosungod said...

Asha love your Veggie Patch, green healthy and beautiful.

Bhakrawadi looks really tempting. HAve to try this soon. Egg Curry always a favorite. Bhareli Keli the way you describe make me want to cook it right away. Looking forward to your eggplant dishes.

FH said...

Thanks Indo! We are having a great hot temperatures here and also raining a bit,so plants grow luxuriously!:))
Try the dishes,specially dessert.They are yummy:))

Lisa Johnson said...

That dessert looks awesome! And your garden is in full bloom! Happy harvesting! ; ) Have a great weekend Asha!

Mishmash ! said...

I know I am late here...couldnt come for my wed buffet y'day :(

Btw, Is there any type of cuisine you havent tried yet? I seriously wish I was your neighbour, in which case you would give me a small share right? Trust me, I would not return the plate empty...i will treat you with kerala food.:) so what say, shall we relocate? :) All the dishes and photos look really good !


FH said...

Thank you Anali.Looking forward all the veggies I am going to get!:))
Have a fun weekend.

shn,deal!!!Bring on the Kerala food!:))
Thanks girl.No,you are not late,it's still Thursday.Take your time.
Enjoy the recipes and have a great weekend Hugs and kisses to you:)

Mandira said...

wow, what a treat, I like the banana dessert, quick and easy. I'll try it this weekend. the veggie patch looks amazing, your plants look healthy and happy :)

Chickoo said...

You are something, estu aduge madbidtheera, nanu north carolina ge move madtheenappa, ee recipes nodi nodi nange thadkolloke agtha illa. Nimmanege ootakke bandu bidtheeni.

FH said...

Thank you Mandira.Can't wait until I get my hands on the freshly cut veggies! Enjoy the dessert and the weekend:)

Kay said...

Asha, How I wish, I knew you when we lived in NC! I have been living inside your blog for quite a while, since morning.. :) You are like an old friend now.

And, It was nice to see your picture. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,

I was out of town for the past 2 weeks.Nice to be welcomed back with your maharastrian cuisine.Thanks for your regards(in paati's blog)

I love the quick dessert & the yummy bhakarwadis.I love your texas sheet cake & the jiffy apple salad(will try it soon)


FH said...

Hahaha!! Chickoo,you will have to move bag and baggage to here girl!:))
Thanks.Bari nododena,enadru madi ruchi nododalva!:D

Hi Kay,great to see you girl.You have been in my blog since morning?!That's great,hope you had your lunch:))
You are welcome to enjoy the blog,me and the recipes.

Hi Kate,I missed your Anbudan you know!;D
You are a fixture here for every post.Thought I would say hello thru' Paati!:))
Great to hear you are having a break.Thanks and enjoy all the recipes.Good to see you back!Hugs.

Sumitha said...

Ashakka all these are new dishes to me.They look so good.

I made both puliyogere and beans palya from your blog both were so delicious.The puliogere tasted so good just like the MTR ones.I remember long back,when I saw your puliogere pic i was so tempted to make it.I then forgot which blog I had seen it in,thanks to the google search in Indiras blog I was able to find the one I was looking for:)
the palya too was easy to make yet so very good.

How are the kids doing?Are they enjoying their vacation?

DEEPA said...

wow!!!ashaji .....as usualy excellent one ...yummy maharashtrian recipes ....all the best for the nomination ...I have voted for you ....good luck asha ji

Laavanya said...

What a wonderful set of recipes. I've never tasted Bhakarwadi but now feel like trying your after seeing this picture..

FH said...

Sumitha,glad you could find the recipes and enjoyed them too.Thanks for the feedback.Try Bhakarwadis,they are so tasty:)
Kida are enjoying the summer.They get out of the bed at 10am everyday!;D
We are planning short vacation in few weeks,since Arvind cannot get out more than a week.Hope you are doing well too:)

Thank you Deepa for voting.I don't think I will win but appreciate the nomination though!You are all great gals!:))Enjoy the recipes.

Laavanya,make sure you make it.They are delicious.You can use Goda masala with other veggies too.Hope you do,thanks:)

Kajal said...

WOW.....I love spicy Bhakarwadi…I remember when my father is go for his office work on Baroda then he always come with their most popular bhakarwadi…when papa is going at Baroda then we all waiting for bhakarwadi…Thanks for remembering........Bhareli Keli is very healthy and easy to make........Thanks for sharing.:)

Dhana said...

What a treat to see a vaalachi usal recipe with soy bean! I was just thinking of making vaalachi usal for the 1st time, so this is perfect timing!

Lotus Reads said...

Asha, having grown up in Mumbai I love the cuisine of Maharashtra, so I awaited this post of yours with baited breath and I am not disappointed!!!

I love bhakarwadi, but despite the recipe I am not sure I can make it at home...I lack the courage, lol!

Valachi Usal is another favorite of mine...my neighbor in Bombay used to send me a bowl of it regularly in exchange for a bowl of Punjabi chole! :)

Thank you very much for this glorious post..I so miss my Bombay now!

FH said...

Hi Kajal.Thank you for appreciating too.Many of us have great memories of Bhakarwadis!! Enjoy the dessert!:))

Hi Dhana,usal with Soya beans tasted great.I was experimenting with Soya baeans for the first time,turned out delicious.Try it but you can use any kind of beans as well.!:))

Have a great weekend both of you.

FH said...

With self-rising flour,Bhakarwadis quick to make.Usal in exchange of Chole!!Not a fair trade girl.Chole rocks!;D
I made all Maharashtrians home sick now and next month it's Punjabis turn!!!
Have a great weekend.Happy Father's day to your hubby:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I love your bhareli keli. I actually make an oatmeal breakfast that is similar with coconut milk, so I know I'll find this delicious. Thanks!

swapna susarla said...

hi ashaji
bakharwadi is looking great.wonderful dessert.never heard of this dish though i was in bangoloore.

FH said...

Hi Susan,Oatmeal and coconut milk sounds great! With little honey and cardamom pd,you got a Indian dessert too.Enjoy:))

Hi Swapna.Rasayana is usually made at home by mom's and grandmom's,so many ppl do not hear of it.Sometimes,you get prasada made of Bananas in temples,it's similar to this dessert.Try it:)

Prema Sundar said...

I haven't tasted anyof these Asha. They all look soooooooooo nice . I liked the Step by step pics of bhakarwadi. I really wonder how u come up with wonderful recipes all the time. The dessert also looks good and easy. thanks for all these recipes Asha. Hope u have a wonderful weekend.

sunita said...

Asha,is there any cuisine that you can't cook with equal finesse...I doubt it...

FH said...

HeHe!! You know,there is Oriya RCI!! Don't have a clue about what to cook!!
Thank you Sunita.Have a great weekend:))

Bharathy said...

I wanted to view the thendli palya first.....but where,s it..its ther indexed in food blog desam..and I cant find it here..:)
Love the maharashtrian ARRAY..:)

FH said...

Hi Bharathy.Thanks girl:)
Tendli palya is in the archive. Click on the archive 2006 arrow on the sidebar,and then August.Scroll down to find it in the bottom.It's tasty,hope you try it:))

FH said...

Hi Prema,I just got your comment.Thank you.I like read a lot and come up with really good dishes which represent that state.Most of the time,somebody has the same recipe.That's ok too!:)
Glad you enjoyed it.Happy Father's day to your hubby and have a great weekend.We planning some fun stuff like bowling,will see:)

Anh said...

Asha, you always cook up a storm!

FH said...

Thanks Anh!:))
It's fun exploring each state and it's cuisine!:)

Linda said...

Garden's looking great, Asha! Just had to pop in and tell you egg rassa is done. It's soooooooooo spicy and sooooooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!:)

FH said...

Glad you liked it Linda.Hope your kids liked it too,may not be used to spicy dishes!
Kolhapur is a city in Maharashtra which is famous for spicy gravy like this with special red hot chillies.I cut the chillies way down for my kids!:))
Thanks for feedback,enjoy.

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha!!!
Bhakarwadi looks soooo beautiful. My son love this very much.
All the other times too look fantastic!!!!! Lovely collection of Maharashtrian recipes. Thanks for sharing this Asha. I am going to take blogging break!!!

Nee said...

Hey Ashamma,
Bhakarwadi is a BIG favorite of mine. Noone I know can go to Pune without me begging for some from there! I have to try this recipe out...!


Mahek said...

you must share your secret with me how do you find time to enthusiastically participate in so many events and make the appropriate food and write about it.
i really appreciate you you are great!!!

FH said...

Hi MT.Yp are welcome and thanks.Make Bhakarwadis for your son at home,it's easy enough.Have a great break.It's Summer,everybody is on break!:))
Come back soon though.Hugs.

Hi Nee.Good to see you.I heard about the famous Pune Bhakarwadi too.I have only tasted the ready made one from the Indian groceries here which are little hard to chew.Hope you make it at home,they taste great.Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and kisses!:))

Pooja said...

oh my God! Bhakharwadi ....! just the otherday while shopping here i saw bhakharwadi , but felt that it iis not fresh... and told my friends over here with me , that i will find somewhere to make it , and here you are ...! wow, its just like a gift from you for me. haven been on blog since a while , and when opend your page found this.... i m sooooooooooo happy...:D ! gonna try this soon and will let you know for sure.
Maharashtra cuisines looks great :) .
Love you

FH said...

Mahek,great to see you.Hope you are doing well there.
Well..I try my best to choose authentic dishes from each state.Sometimes it's hard bcos some dishes are common to many states.I am happy with this though.Glad you liked them:))

Pooja,great to hear from you.You are in US now! YAY!!!
It's true,Bhakarwadis you get here are not at all.They are easy to make.I forgot to write few Ajwain there in the recipe,I will add.Try at home,far better tasting than store bought ones.
Have a great time there girl,love you too.Hope to see you blogging soon.Hugs:))

Revathi said...

Thats soooo thoughtful of you to wish Ravi on fathers day..Wishing you hubby a great great fathers' day today ???

FH said...

Dads are always underestimated,aren't they Revathi,compared to moms?:))
They don't express much but we better make them feel good at least today!;D
Enjoy.Thank you,Arvind had fun too, went bowling and shopping!:)

Anonymous said...

Great recipes...ohhh I am learning so much abour regional cooking...great recipes and new names which I am learning all the time...ohhh where do I start ben, great recipes as always...~pondering~...thanks for a great post...take care

FH said...

Hi Dilipbhai,I am leaning too and having great fun while at it!:))
RCI is a great event.I am glad to participate.Hope your weekend is going well.Happy Father's day to you.

SJ said...

Oh my goodness! Your Bhakarwadis look "to die for"! They look so good I can only imagine what they taste like (Chitale Bandhu in Pune - watch out!). Iloved vaal but don't have the time or mpatience to remove the chilka from each one, your soy version looks as good - I'll try it for sure sometime.

Jyothi said...

Hi Asha, sorry for delay comments. Quite busy. But truly your's maharashtra recipes are looking so yummy and delicious. Bookmarked this page. Wanna to try some recipes. I love the egg gravy. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes.

BTW really very happy to see your valuable comments at my blog. Keep on coming.

Anonymous said...

Asha - You are just so smart! I can't get over how much you seem to know about everything!

Anjali Koli said...

Wow Asha you have outdone yourself with this post. Wah bakar wadi, bharli keli....mouthwatering.

Lakshmi said...

Hi Asha, All these days i was under the impression that bakarwadis are from Gujrat(I only tasted them for the first time in Ahmedabad). That was a knowledge update for me. They look yum, bookmarked them. Will try them this weekend.

FH said...

LOL! Sj,I don't think Chitale Bandhu is in any danger of losing business although local grocery store's packaged Wadis lost my business!
Sweet tasting Soya beans worked great in spicy Usal.Try it:)

Jyoti,that's ok.Lot of bloggers are on break too these days!As long as I am here,I will visit you for sure:)
Linda already cooked Egg curry and liked it.Give it a try.Thanks.

Kristen,come on! You are embarrassing me!:D
Thank you.I read a lot about things before I put up in the blog.So far ,It's working!:))

FH said...

Anjali,glad you liked them! Coming from you,I am honored!:))I made Bhakharwadis for the first time.They were so tasty,I will never buy them here again.Bharli Keli was divine!I am in love with Maharashtrian food now!:)

Hello fellow Mysorean!:)
All the Gujarati snacks are fabulous,aren't they? But this one belongs to Maharashtra and what a tasty snacks they are!!
Hope you try.Dessert was great too.Hope you had a great weekend:)

Vini K said...

wah wah !!kya baat hai Asha..those bhakarwadis look absolutely beautiful.I got to bookmark this one right away.and what a fine spread of Maharashtrian food!yum yum:)

Vini K said...

BTW,your veggie patch looks great Asha.Looks like blogging is inspiring everyone into gardening too.Good thing,except that I can't do gardening as I don't know how long I am going to stay in one place.And I will have a hard time leaving all my beloved plants if that happens when I have a nice little garden!

Sheela said...

Asha, wow! Bhakarwadi is new to me and looks so tempting I have to try it!

On an aside: I really want to thank you for your encouraging comments on my recipes and DMC posts, very gracious of you. Many times I blog hop and tell myself I will come abck to leave comments and it just gets forgotten, this time, I wanted to make sure I write you a big Thank You!

FH said...

ViviK,thanks Make some Bhakarwadis at home,they are easy.
I understand what you mean.When we were in UK,we moved every 6 mints.It was so hard get attached to anything.Fortunately,moving is over for us!:)) You could have some herbs in pots though.Enjoy:))

Hi Sheela.You are very welcome.I love your blog.Like me,you cook Indian and others cuisine too and very good at that as well!:)
My blog hopping gets out of hand sometimes too!That's why I have stopped blogging and commenting on the weekends.It's hard,believe me!;D
Have a great day and enjoy the recipes,specially Bhakarwadis:)

Priya said...

These are pretty new recipes for me Asha. Thanks for sharing.

FH said...

Hi Priya,you are welcome.Try the dessert!:)

Mona said...

Hello Asha! I tried to vote for you but they are asking for some user Id & password I am not sure what that means.Do tell me how to go about it!

& yes I told my sisters Z [ living in LA] & N [dubai] about your website & they are amazed & very pleased with what they see!

FH said...

Hi Mona,they ask for what?! I didn't know that! Don't get bothered about it,it's not that important.It's just a collection of whole lot of bloggers nominating each other and nobody wins or may be one does eventually!:D
Thanks girl!Now I have even more LA and Dubai fans!!:))
Hope you had a great weekend:)

Anonymous said...

This is great spread for Maharashtra cuisine Asha. I love those bhakarwadis. I have been thinking of making them for a long time now, but somehow never did :(.

Off topic...My parents are coming here next week. So we were busy all the time preparing for a east coast trip which we wil be going next week :).

Life said...

hello ashaji :)

how ru ?? i am doing gr8..back after long time...

my fav dish is USAL AND MISSAL ...they are most delecious..here in mumbai one famous "VINAY HEALTH HOME" is there..there we get one of the most delecious missal and ussal...if u ever come here..i will take u there..

its pleasure to be here as always..

Take Care

FH said...

Hi Shilpa,YAY! Your parents will have a blast here,I am sure.Try not to arrange too many trips as we tend to do sometimes with guests.Relax at home and cook for them!Enjoy the company:))
Try Bhakarwadis,they are so yummy.Your mom could help.Looking forward to your mom's recipes!:))

Hi Vikas,good to see you buddy.Usal and Misal sounds fabulous.I will deftly love to try it!
Hope it's not too hot there at this time.Our Summer starts here officially from tomorrow!Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

You always set up your shots so beautifully like that seashell for spice. Bhakarwadi sounds interesting.

So So Simple said...

You are a character...love the interactive garden. You are clever.
Won't be making any of your eggplant dishes yet they are so expensive here at the moment all imported. But will look at this in our summer.

Sahana ShamaRao said...

Excellent recipes Asha! I tumbled upon your blog/site today while I was searching for a different kind of Rajma recipe. Are you from Karnataka?? Do you post a lot of Karnataka recipes too.

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes

Dhana said...

ooh, i initially thought this was shikran, but on reading further sounds even better than shikran!

Priyanka said...

Love the bhakarwadi and bhareli keli. My mom makes a slightly different version of the bhareli keli- she calls it keroli. Instead of coconut milk, she sautes shredded fresh coconut in ghee, adds saffron, cardamom and some nuts and fills this in the banana slits and sautes them in ghee too.

FH said...

Thanks Pearl.I try my best.
Vegetarian dishes are pretty hard take photos and make them look good:))

Thanks Gilly!;D
Try them in Summer,not many like Eggplants.

Hi Sahana,I was on vacation,couldn't reply you earlier.Yes,I am from Mysore,B'lore and Hassan.I do have many K'taka dishes,these are for an event about Maharashtra.I am hosting Karnataka in Sept,you will get many K'taka dishes.Hope you will be back and say hello:))

FH said...

Hi Dhana,it tastes so good.Hope you try this too.Blog about Shrikaran,sounds good:))

Priyanka,Keroli sounds wonderful!:)
I will try that version too,thanks so much.I loved Bhakarwadis too,so yummy.That was the first time I tried it as well,came out so good.


I love Bhakarwadi ...I would force all my friends in Maharasthra to get atleast one pack for me whenever they went home :-) ...ur post brought back great memories ...
thanks to u now i know how to make them too ...will definitely try them sometime .....I have just started blogging ..got just 2-3 recipes right now..but god willing ..will have a lot more in due course .....do have a look and let me know what u think ....

FH said...

Hi S,thanks and welcome to the blogging world!:))
Bhakarwadis are really tasty ,aren't they? Home made is even better if you have Goda masala handy.
I will visit you later.Happy blogging!:)

D said...

Hi Asha,
Soya beans usal turned out yummy. Thanks again!

FH said...

You are welcome Deepa. This Goda Masala is my favorite recipe!:))

Anonymous said...

Hi,the kolhapur egg curry looks great.Shall try it,only if you could answer my queries it woud be great:
1)tomato sauce is the bottled sweet sauce?
2)have we to roast all ingredients for the coconut paste.also dry or with oil?

FH said...

Shilpa, tomato sauce is just plain sauce we get here in cans,Plum tomatoes or use few fresh tomatoes and grind it to paste.
If you don't roast the spices before, fry in the pan just before adding the liquid, other wise it smells raw.
To roast, I usually don't use any oil although recipe says you fry in oil. Without oil, dry roasting is fine too. Enjoy!:))