Travel and food go hand in hand. Often we encounter mouthwatering food items in our journey to new places. We all enjoy exploring a beautiful city while munching on some delicious food too.
Even though you will get everything to eat in Pune, these are some of the delicious food items to keep an eye for:
1. Kande Pohe: Kanda Poha makes an easy and super quick breakfast dish. Consisting of onions, poha, lemon, coconut, green chilies, cilantro, Kande Pohe is delicious, high fiber and energizing snack. We tried this a couple of times during our stay in Pune.
2. Misal Pav: Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra, India. It consists of misal and pav.
The final dish is topped with potato-chiwda mix, “farsan” or “sev”, onions, lemon and coriander. Personally, I didn’t like this dish. The one we had was swimming in lot of oil.
3. Chikki: Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet (brittle) generally made from peanuts and jaggery. There are several different varieties of chikki in addition to the most common groundnut (peanut) chikki.
Lonavala chikkis are most popular ones. I purchased few from Manganlal for my family and friends back in Bangalore.
4. Modak: For sweetlovers, this is a must try. The sweet filling on the inside of a Modak consists of freshly grated coconut and jaggery while the outer soft shell is made from rice flour or wheat flour mixed with khoya or maida flour.
The Modak can be fried or steamed. We chose to have mewa Modaks in the flavours of Mango, Chocolate, Kesar and Coconut.
5. Mastani: There are now more than 20 flavours of Mastani available, but if you are a sucker for tradition and originality, try the mango. Mastani is available in every corner of every market in Pune.
6. Vada Pav: I think I saw more roadside stalls of Vada Pav then Panipuri in Pune. I think it is the staple food of people in Maharastra.
Vada comes from the Marathi compound word batata vada, which means “potato fritter”. Pav is a derivative of the Portuguese word “pão”, which means sweetened bread.
7. Keema Pav: You won’t know what a real Keema Pav tastes like unless you have had it in Pune. It is a slight variation of Vada Pav. Instead of a Vada, they put cooked Keema[minced mutton] in between the Pavs.
8. Pav Bhaji: Everybody once in their lifetime have tried Pav Bhaji. It consist of a thick vegetable curry, fried and served with Pavs touched with butter.
The only thing enhances the flavor is a dash of lime on top of the vegetable curry.
9. Kanda Bhajji: At every corner in Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar, you will find road side stalls selling Kanda Bhajji [Onion Fritter].
They are the ideal snacks after a refreshing bath in waterfalls or stopping in between long drives. They best go with hot cup of tea.
10. Masala Corns: Masala Corns are taking over everywhere. From American sweet corns to roasted corns, you will find them in most of the tourist spots.
We happen to have these at a couple of occasions. during our monsoon visit to Pune. They not only taste yummy but keeps you warm apparently.
So, what are your best picks? Whenever you get a chance, don’t hesitate to try these delicious food items.
Hope you have a wonderful gastronomic time in Pune.
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