Maharashtra is a state in western India with a rich culinary heritage, not to mention it’s the land of sev puri, bhel puri, dahi puri, pani puri, and vada pav – a bunch of popular street food, which the entire world has lapped for their rich flavour and taste. But Maharashtrian cuisine is not just about vada pav or chaat, Maharashtrian cuisine is full of healthy, delicious, and flavourful dishes that are weight loss friendly too. In this article, we list down 5 popular Maharashtrian dishes that can be had as snacks too, check them out below
1. Poha: Also, called as kanda poha, it’s a nutritious, filling, easy-to-digest breakfast and snack option that’s made from flattened rice, potatoes, onions, peanuts, etc. It hardly takes a few minutes and requires just basic ingredients. There can be approximately 150 to 200 calories in 100 gm of poha depending upon the amount of cooking oil and ingredients involved. Also read: “Is Poha Good For Weight Loss?”
2. Misal Pav: Misal Pav is a spicy, rich, and extremely flavorful breakfast and snack option which is made from sprouted lentils, onion, tomatoes, and a few spices and is usually served with pav (we would recommend 100% whole wheat or sourdough bread). There are up to 280 to 300 calories in one plate of misal pav.
3. Thalipeeth: Thalipeeth is a flatbread that is highly nutritious because it is made with a mix of different flours (such as jowar, bajra, and besan), along with spices, and chopped onions and coriander. It is usually served with yogurt, pickle, or chutney, and is a delicious and extremely healthy treat. One thalipeeth may just have 100 calories.
4. Ratalyacha Kees: It’s a lesser known Maharashtrian dish made with grated sweet potato and tempered with cumin, mustard, green chillies, ginger, turmeric, hing, and garnished with lemon and coriander leaves. It gets made within minutes and is an extremely healthy snack. There are just under 100 calories in 100 gm of boiled sweet potato and the other ingredients are all low-calorie spices!
5. Steamed Kothimbir Vadi: The main ingredient in steamed Kothimbir Vadi is, yes, you guessed it right, coriander leaves! It’s made by mixing coriander leaves (kothimbir) with besan and adding basic spices for flavour like ginger-garlic paste, cumin, turmeric, salt, etc. Add water to make a smooth batter and steam it for 20 minutes. After steaming, let it cool down, and cut it down into diamond shape. You can eat the dish as it is with any chutney of your choice or shallow fry on pan for a few minutes with minimum amount of oil. Although, people do deep fry this vadi, if you are trying to lose weight, we would recommend stopping at the steaming process itself because frying would increase the calories a great deal.
Well, these are just a few of the many delicious snacking options from the state of Maharashtra. Made with simple, basic, inexpensive ingredients, they are weight loss friendly too. Having said that, there are plenty of other tasty options to try from Maharashtrian cuisine, you would love them all! Most importantly, if you are desperately trying to lose weight, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app for your weight loss diet plans.
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