Basundi To Modak: 6 Classic Maharashtrian Sweet Dishes To Try
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It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Maharashtrian cuisine is a melting pot of many cultures. From fiery curries to scrumptious desserts, Maharashtrian cuisine is a proper amalgamation of flavours and cooking techniques. Maharashtrian cuisine offers a delightful range of desserts that showcase the state's rich culinary heritage. These sweet dishes are too delicious and something a sweet lover can’t say no to. If you have a special love of classic Maharashtrian desserts, it is your chance to try these desserts. Have a look:  

Puran Poli 

This popular sweet dish from Maharashtra has been ruling the hearts of people for ages. It is basically a sweet flatbread made with a filling of chana dal I.e., split chickpeas, jaggery, and aromatic spice and nuts. Traditionally, puran poli is made during festivals and special occasions but you can enjoy it at any point. 


Shrikhand is a popular sweet dish not just in Maharashtra but in Gujarat too. It is a creamy and delicious dessert made from strained yogurt or hung curd, sugar, and flavored with cardamom, saffron, spices as well as nuts. It's often served chilled and is an absolute comfort dessert. 


Prevalent during Ganesh Chaturthi, modak is a traditional sweet dish which is Lord Ganesh’s favourite. These are actually rice dumplings made with a filling of coconut, jaggery, and sometimes nuts and cardamom. It is easy to make and when served with a spoonful of ghee, it tastes delicious. 


If there is a rich and thick milk-based dessert popular in Maharashtra, it could be no other than basundi. Made up of reduced milk with added sugar, cardamom, saffron, and nuts. It could be served chilled and often served with puris. This thick sweet dish can take away all your worries. 


This steamed pudding-like dessert is made of milk and is called Kharvas. This traditional Maharashtrian dessert is flavoured with cardamom and saffron. With a consistency similar to custard, this milk pudding is delicately sweet and can be consumed after a meal.  


Also known as gujiya, nevri and pedakiya, this is a popular Maharashtrian dessert known for its crispy texture. It is a crescent-shaped treat traditionally made with a classic filling made up of coconut, jaggery and dry fruits.