Malvani cuisine

Malvani cuisine is the standard cuisine of the South Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa. Although Malvani cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian, there are many vegetarian delicacies. Although it is an independent cuisine, it overlaps Maharashtrian cuisine and Goan cuisine. Malvan is a town in the Sindhudurg district on the west coast of Maharashtra.

Malvan being a coastal area in Konkan, it has its own distinct way of cooking food. Malvani cuisine uses coconut liberally in various forms such as grated, dry grated, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk.

Many masalas have dried red chilies and other spices like coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, etc. Some dishes also use kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind, and raw mango (kairi).The Malvani masala, a form of dried powder masala is a concoction of 15 to 16 dry spices. This masala is coarsely grounded and stored in jars to be utilized when required.

However, not all of the cuisine is hot and spicy. The 'Konkanastha Brahmin' style of food is quite bland yet very tasty and vegetarian too.

Fish dishes dominate the Malvani cuisine. The fiery seafood curries may be a bit too spicy for some people but are quite tasty. The Malvani cuisine is very similar to Goan or coastal South Indian cuisine.The cuisine,particularly the seafood dishes are quite popular in the metropolis of Mumbai[1]

Solkadhi is a pink colored appetizer drink made from the kokam fruit (Garcinia indica) and Coconut Milk, often drunk after particularly hot and spicy Konkani / Malvani meal as it is very soothing.[2]

Important Dishes

Main course

  • Kombdi Vade (कोंबडी वडे) or Chicken Malvani is a non-vegetarian dish, which is quite popular in Maharashtra. The dish consists of the traditional Malvani chicken curry (including chicken pieces with bones), vade (like a puri, which is a fluffy, fried bread of wheat and nachni flour), onion, lemon, and solkadhi.
  • Mori Masala (मोरीचां मटण) or Shark curry is a highly popular dish along with the Konkan coast.
  • Solkadhi (सोलकडी) is soup, highly popular in Konkan. It is made from coconut milk and kokam. It is usually served with Kombdi Vade, various fish delicacies and Mutton Malvani.
  • Bangda Fry (तळलेलो बांगडो) is a popular dish, especially in Mumbai. The head of the Bangda (mackerel) fish is removed and discarded and the other part is fried as a whole.
  • Malvani Mutton Curry (मटणाचो रस्सो) is a popular dish throughout the Konkan region.[3] It is similar to Murgh Malvani except that the spices are slightly different.
  • Kavda Curry (कवड्याचां मटण) is an extremely delicious dish made from a local Konkani bird called "Khavda".
  • Bombil Fry or Bombay Duck Fry (तळलेलो बोंबिल) is a popular dish, especially in north Konkan regions such as Mumbai and Raigad.
  • Paplet Saar (पापलेट सार) is a dish consisting of Pomfret cooked in traditional Malvani fish curry.[4]
  • Phanasachi Bhaji (फणसाची भाजी) is a vegetarian dish, made from Jackfruit, chilies and spices.
  • Kaju Chi Aamti (काजुची आमटी) is a spicy curry of cajus (cashews).
  • Prawn curry (कोळंब्यांचा रस्सा) [5]
  • Kolambi Fry (तळलेली कोळंबी) is a common dish of prawns marinated in spices and rolled in a mixture of rice flour and semolina before frying
  • Kalya Vatanyanchi Chi ussal (काळ्या वाटाण्यांची उस्सळ) is a black peas curry made using coconut and Malvani Masala

Breads and cakes

  • Dhondas or Cucumber Cake is a baked preparation made from cucumber, rava, and jaggery.
  • Ghavan or Ghavane is a fried pancake and is especially popular in the Sindhudurg district. Its has netted appearance and soft feel. Soft. These are made of thick iron tava(pan). Ghavane is served with black tea, coconut ras, chawali usual, chikan rassa.
  • Khaproli (खापरोळी ) is a sweet dish, highly popular in southern Konkan. The dish consists of a fluffy pancake dipped in yellow sweet juice.
  • Tandalachi Bhakri (तांदळाची भाकरी ) is a Bhakri made of rice flour. It is the Malvani equivalent of the Maharashtrian Jowari Bhakri or Bajri Bhakri, which is popular throughout the Deccan.
  • Ras-Poli is a sweet deep-fried delicacy, highly popular in Maharashtra. The dish consists of a fried pancake served with sweetened coconut milk.
  • Amboli: Generally called Poli. Made on bida. Preparation of the rice floor is same like idli, not ready mix idli. The flour is kept overnight for more fluffy. Delicious bread is served with any usual, chicken, mutton, coconut chutney.
  • Shevaya + Ras : This is soft rice noodle. A special tool 'shevaga' is needed to make shevaya. Balls of rice floor are well cooked in boiling water and pressed hot in shevaga. soft white noodles are served with delicious coconut ras.


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  2. Prof. Sanjay Agnihotri (27 May 2012). "पापलेट, कोळंबी, सरंगा, सोलकढी..." [Pâplet, Kolambi, Saranga, Solkadhi]. Sakal (in Marathi). Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. Kapoor, Sanjeev; Kapoor, Alyona (2003). Simply Indian. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. p. 75. ISBN 9788179911150.
  4. Chapman, Pat (2007). India--food & cooking : the ultimate book on Indian cuisine. London: New Holland. p. 40. ISBN 978-1845376192.
  5. Kapoor, Sanjeev; ; Kapoor, Alyona (2000). Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana khazana : celebration of Indian cookery. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. p. 35. ISBN 9788171546800.
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