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West Indian Cuisine

A huge part of Western India is cosmopolitan in its food habits,but there is still plenty of traditional fare to be had. From Gujarat comes dhokla and farsan, Maharashtra has its bhelpuri and vada pav, Goa is world famous for spicy sorpatel and vindaloo curries.... A veritable feast!

Tamatar Ki Machchi - Fish in Tomato Curry
Tamatar Ki Machchi is a light, tasty fish curry that is easy to prepare. Here's the recipe...

Bunt Kori - Mangalorean Bunt Chicken Curry
Simple and delicious Bunt Kori is one of my western Indian favorites. Learn how to cook it...

Kori Ghassi - Chicken Ghassi - Mangalorean Coconut Chicken Curry
A gorgeous and delicious coastal Indian curry, Kori Ghassi tastes great with freshly made rotis or Neer Dosa!

Parsi Chicken Farcha - Parsi Style Fried Chicken
An Indian version of American Southern Fried Chicken, Parsi Chicken Farcha makes for a delicious appetiser! Try it...

Crab Curry
I love Crab Curry! Here is a a simple easy to follow recipe that makes a delicious curry....

Chops Hara Masala - Lamb Chops in Green Masala
Chops Hara Masala or Lamb Chops in Green Masala is a popular Parsi dish. Learn how to cook them...

Salli Boti - Meat Curry with Potato Sticks
Learn how to make delicious, Parsi Salli Boti curry with my easy-to-follow recipe...

Chicken Sukka - Chicken Sukha - Dry Chicken Curry
This dish from coastal, western India combines elements and ingredients of both the Malabari and Goan styles of cooking. Though it is a dry dish with very little gravy, Chicken Sukka tastes really nice with plain boiled rice! You can even serve it with hot Chapatis. Add a green salad and you'll have a well-rounded meal.

Goa Sausage Pulao
Hot and tangy Goa Sausage tastes delicious no matter what you combine it with! In this easy to cook pulao, it makes for a delicious, wholesome meal.

Recipes from Maharashtra
As is the case with all other states, Maharashtra has its own distinctive cuisine and a host of tasty foods to pick from. In Maharashtra, coastal areas are famous for Malvani cuisine (fresh coconut-based hot and sour curries with fish and seafood) while the interiors have the more frugal, Vidharba cuisine which uses a lot of dry coconut. Bring a taste of this state to your table with my recipes f…

Malai Prawns (creamy prawn curry)
Malai Prawns (creamy prawn curry)

Sorpatel
Sorpatel

Bhelpuri
Almost as famous as Bollywood in India, bhelpuri is the favourite snack of Mumbai's masses.

Prawns Rawa Fry (semolina batter-fried prawns)
Prawns Rava Fry (semolina batter-fried prawns)

Mackerel Raechad
Mackerel Raechad

Fish Xacuti
Fish Xacuti

Goan Fish Curry
Goan Fish Curry

Sabudana Vada (sago patties)
Sabudana Vada (sago patties)

Pork Vindaloo
Pork Vindaloo

Fresh Prawn Pickle
Fresh Prawn Pickle

Vindaloo Masala Recipe
Vindaloo Masala Recipe

Raechad Masala
Raechad Masala

Kayree Panha (raw mango drink)
Kayree Panha (raw mango drink)

Shengdaana Lehsun Chutney (peanut garlic chutney)
Shengdaana Lehsun Chutney (peanut garlic chutney)

Dhokla (steamed gram flour snack)
This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India is popular all over the country. Serve it with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.

Vada Pav
Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra in Western Indian, Vada Pav has iconic status in India.

Chivda
Make this crispy, crunchy snack ahead of time and store in an air-tight container. It's perfect for times when you have an attack of the munchies.

Sabudana Vada (sago patties)
This snack from Maharashtra in western India is great for cold, rainy days as an accompaniment to hot Masala Chai (spiced tea)!

Gujarati Recipes

Hot and dry Gujarat in India's west has its own distinct cuisine. It is known for its slight sweet touch (at least a pinch of sugar is added to most dishes!) and is traditionally entirely vegetarian.Thaali (a large plate) is the Gujarati style of eating and a meal can consist of as many as 10 different vegetable dishes, rice, chapati (Indian bread) and sweets! The Gujaratis love a snack and cook a huge variety of them. These are collectively known as Farsan.

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