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Bring in Gudi Padwa with these Maharashtrian delicacies

The festive fervour is knocking on our door and it's time to clean, decorate, shop, and prepare for another great day of fun and celebration. Whether it's with your family or friends, the festival of Gudi Padwa is supposed to be spent with your close ones, relishing the relations and joy it brings to each one of us.


According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of a new year and fresh harvest. This event is celebrated across the nation in various ways. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, people celebrate this time as Ugadi, Assam celebrates Bihu, and West Bengal celebrates Poila Baisakh while Gudi Padwa is the most celebrated festival in the state of Maharashtra.


The word ‘Gudi’ stands for Lord Brahma’s flag and ‘Padwa’ stands for the first day of the phase of the moon. On this day, you will notice a Gudi being hung on almost every household as it is believed that this flag wards off evil and brings prosperity, happiness, and good luck into the house. This festival also signifies the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and his subsequent coronation after 14 years of exile.


Similar to any other festival, this too is celebrated with an enormous spread of food and here we are, bringing to you a list of food items that will enhance your celebration:


Puran Poli

The state of Maharashtra is known for this dish all over the world. Prepared with chana dal, besan, ghee, and the goodness of Jaggery, every bite of this dish will lead your taste buds to the pathway of deliciousness. A fresh, hot plate of puran poli will make your celebration a definite success.



Typically eaten with hot puris, Shrikhand is one such dish that perfectly defines simplicity with taste. Prepared with hung curd, sugar, cardamom, and saffron, this dish is as simple as it gets in terms of preparation. It can also be customised with your favourite flavours of mango and strawberry.


Kothimbir vadi

Bites of crispy delight, Kothimbir Vadi is a dish that you will find available at every Maharashtrian house throughout the year. This festival particularly makes the dish taste even better than it already does. Prepared with besan, coriander, and spices, it makes for a perfect evening snack. Serve it hot with a cup of tea and watch your guests enjoy each bite.


Sabudana vada

Another snack that the state of Maharashtra is known for, Sabudana Vada makes for the perfect crispy snack that is relished by all. Prepared with tapioca pearls, peanuts, and potatoes, every single bite defines crispy goodness. Not just in Maharashtra, but this dish is known by many across the globe.


Apart from these delicious delicacies, there are many other dishes that one could prepare during this celebration including Basundi, Aloo Vadi, Gulab Jamun, Aamras, Modak, among many other delectable dishes.


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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.