Malvan, a coastal region in Konkan has its own distinct way of cooking food. Usually the coastal cuisine of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa is called ‘Malvani cuisine’. This cuisine uses coconut in various forms such as grated, dry grated, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk. The end result is delicious aromatic food that is very popular especially with seafood lovers.
For those of you who have never eaten Malvani food, here is a quick guide to some of the most popular specialties. Make sure you try them!
Kombdi vade or murgh malvani
A great dish – this is a native dish of the Konkan region. The dish consists of traditional chicken curry including chicken pieces and bones, vade (fluffy fried dumplings made from wheat flour or nachni flour), onion, lemon and sol kadhi.
It is a refreshing appetizer drink served at Malvani restaurants. It is made from Kokum fruit, coconut milk flavoured with garlic and cumin. As the Konkani cuisine is spicy this drink gives a soothing effect.
Shark curry (also known as Mori Masala)
It is a highly popular dish along the Konkan coast. Mainly baby shark is used is this dish because of its firm meat. If you love seafood, you must try shark curry.
Malvani mutton curry
This is a popular dish throughout the Konkan region. It is a spicy dish and known for the various traditional spices used in its preparation.
Bombay duck fish is also known as Bombil. Fresh Bombay duck fish is very delicate and needs gentle handling while frying. The fish is dusted with semolina and crisp fried. Once fried to perfection, it is moist from the inside and crispy on the outside. It is very light on spices and has an amazing taste. Try this dish with steamed rice, dal fry and chutney.
A stir fried vegetarian preparation this bhaji is very popular in the Konkan region. It is made from unripe jackfruit chillies, coconut and spices. This often complements bombay duck fish curry.
Kaju Chi Amti
This recipe is made when the cashew season arrives in March. It is made from tender cashews with the typical malvani masala. It is a royal cashew curry made with all rich flavours and creamy texture.
This makes for a mouthwatering appetizer. It a unique style of cooking simple yet flavourful fried fish.
Maharashtrians are familiar with Ghavan. It is a fried pancake and specially popular in the Sindhudurg district. If cooked correctly, it should have a netted appearance. It is soft and delicious. It is served with black tea, coconut ras and spicy usal.
It is a sweet delicacy popular in southern Konkan. It is called ‘Khaproli’ because traditionally it is made on a terracotta frying pan called ‘Khapar’. It is made during Navratri. It consist of a fluffy pancake dipped in yellow sweet juice.
It is sweet deep fried delicacy and it is very popular in Maharashtra. Malpuas are simply irresistible and popularly eaten during Ramadan.