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Pune Cuisines

Pune the cultural capital of Maharashtra is the vibrant and exotic city with a mixed blend of cultural traits and modernization. This city is a paradise for tourists, especially food enthusiasts. The traditional cuisine of Pune is prepared the Maharashtrian style, using ground nut oil, green chillies, cloves, garlic, pepper and cardamom. The major constituents include Jowar and Bajra, apart from regular wheat based food.

Whether you are a vegetarian or a non vegetarian, a street foodie or an urban diner, local food lover or a continental connoisseur, Pune has something to offer to everyone. So you will find mouthwatering gastronomical pleasures of your taste almost in every area of the city, ranging from road side stalls, fast food eateries, restaurants and five start hotels. You can try out a host of specialized Indian dishes like Maharashtrian, Udipi and Kolhapuri as well as international gourmet meals like Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean and many more as per your individual tastes and preferences. Your visit to Pune is definitely incomplete without savouring famous native food items like Vada Pav, Shrewsbury Biscuits and Maharashtrian Thali.

Vada Pav:

This is one of the most liked and quickly appetizing snacks of Pune. High in taste and low in price, Vada Pav is served with special Indian chutney. There are many shops, which are very well known for selling Vada Pav. As the local saying goes, you visit to Pune is meaningless if you leave without knowing the taste of Vada Pav.

Shrewsbury Biscuits:

These special biscuits are quite popular in India due to their distinctive taste. Available at Kayani Bakery, the best bakery in Pune and the only shop selling Shrewsbury biscuits, people come from far and near and stand in long queues to buy them.

Maharashtrian Thali:

A thali is a preset menu and typically includes about 10-15 Maharashtrian dishes such as potato vada with chuney, surali wadi, toor dal, vegetable curry, buttermilk, salad, roti, spicy rice, and tomato sauce to name a few. If you are keen to taste local delicacies, then you must surely try out Maharashtrian Thali.

Pune is also famous for its delectable snacks, enjoyed equally by locals as well as the tourists. Few of these are:

  • Thali pith (a spicy chickpea based pan cake)
  • Pithla Bhakri (masala chickpea gravy with a stiff roti)
  • Varan Bhat (dal and rice)
  • Amti (masala dal)
  • Puran Poli (a sweet paratha with pulses/dal)
  • Alu chi Vadi (steamed and fried potatoes)
  • Matki Ki Usal (masala sprouts)
  • Bhelpuri (puffed rice with tangy sauces and vegetables)
  • Misal (beans with vegetables and savoury snacks)
  • Kachchi Dabeli (spicy potato stuffed between bread)

Since Pune has people from multicultural backgrounds, one can find cuisines from almost all the parts of India and rest of the world. Over last five years, numerous international eateries and food joints have opened their outlets here. In fact, Pune is fast becoming a host to some national and international food festivals.

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