India is a land of diverse cultures & local foods representing every state. From Rogan Josh of Jammu & Kashmir to Meen Kulambu of Kanyakumari, there is something special in every local cuisine of Indian states. If you are a true Indian foodie, exploring the variety of street food in any region you wish to visit would be interesting. Since our state of focus is Maharashtra, we bring you a compiled list of delicious Maharashtrian cuisines you should savour when planning a trip to Kolad.
Like many other cities, including Mumbai, Lonavala, Nashik, Mahabaleshwar, Khandala, or Panchgani, Kolad has become a noted tourist attraction with its famous water sport, white river rafting. Besides this, there are other outdoor sports like ziplining, snorkelling, scuba, hiking, camping, canyoning, & rappelling to enjoy in this small hamlet of Maharashtra. Apart from all these activities, there are places in Kolad you would love to explore. But what adds more excitement is trying out the local Maharashtrian cuisines at its eatery joints. When visiting Kolad for your vacation, do not skip feasting on the popular foods here.
Top delicious Maharashtrian cuisines you should taste in Kolad
Below is the list of the famous local Maharashtrian delicacies you must taste when dining at Kolad eateries.
- Pandhra Rassa
Pandhra Rassa is one of the top delicious Maharashtrian cuisines you will find in the nearby restaurants of Kolad. The dish originates from Kolhapur, one of the best places in Maharashtra, famous for Kolhapuri sarees & footwear. Returning to Maharashtrian cuisine, it is made with a chicken or mutton broth with the base of coconut milk, cashew paste, chopped onions, chilli, & spices.
The next on the list is Bombil, a very spicy dish that every foodie would love to savour. Also known as Bombay Duck, it gives a pungent smell when cooked. As the name suggests, it will make you understand that it should be made with duck meat, but it is not. This is rather like fish food. The ingredients included for its preparation include pieces of bombils, garlic cloves, red chilli powder, salt, 1 & 1/2 cup rice flour, & oil.
- Kothimbir Vada
Kothimbir Vada is one of the tastiest delicacies you cannot miss in restaurants at Kolad. This snack is prepared with a mixture of coriander leaves, besan, & water with addition of Indian spices. Before serving it is steamed to give it a cake-like structure. After its preparation, it is served with spicy chilly & mint chutney.
- Pav Bhaji
When hiring the local catering vendors for your destination wedding in Kolad, you can get pav bhaji included to let your guests munch on this delicious yet popular Maharashtrian street food. Called the Prince of Street Food, this delicacy is very favourite among the Maharashtrian locals.
- Misal Pav
Another very popular street food of Kolad you must taste is Misal Pav. It is prepared with Misal, a spicy curry made of moth beans & pav, a traditional Indian bread roll. It is garnished with various munchies, including aloo lachha, farsan, & sev. This delicacy is served with a glass of milk topped with coriander leaves & lemon.
- Keri Aamti
To beat the scorching heat of summer in Kolad, Keri Aamti is the best delicacy shield. This spicy thick gravy is also known as Kairichi Aamti, prepared with raw mangoes & Indian spices. When finally prepared, it is served with steamed white rice. The blend of spicy fragrance with the tangy flavour of raw mangoes brings a fantastic taste when consumed.
Thalipeeth is also a famous Maharashtrian food served in the eatery joints of Kolad. Locals prepare it with ‘bhajanee’, a special flour containing roasted grains, bajra, wheat, legumes (chana & urad), jowar, & rice. To enhance the taste, the dough is mixed with coriander leaves, onion chops, spices, & vegetables.
- Puran Poli
Puran Poli, a type of Indian sweet flatbread, is one of the famous traditional cuisines in Maharashtra, made with dried coconut, cane sugar, nutmeg powder, chana, & jaggery. The dish finds its importance in festive occasions & other grand celebrations.
- Pudachi Vadi
After tiring your daytime sightseeing of top attractions in Kolad, Pudachi Vadi is the best evening snack to reignite your strength. It is made with dried coconut, chilli powder, coriander leaves, & other Indian spices. Locals fill this mixture into the outer coating of gram flour. After deep frying, this dish is served as an evening snack with a hot cup of masala tea.
When discussing traditional food items in Maharashtra, modak is a favourite sweet for many people in this Indian state. It holds a mythological significance in being the best-loved sweet item of Lord Ganesha. That is why at the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, this sweet is made with different flavours, including kesar, pista, & chocolate.
Plan your luxury stay in Kolad to savour local Maharashtrian cuisines
Now that you have an overview of local Maharashtrian delicacies, we suggest a better staycation in Kolad, from where you can explore the top attractions of this hidden gem of Maharashtra, plus stuff your mouth with the local delicacies mentioned in the listing. This is jüSTa Rudra Resort & Spa, one of the best luxury resorts in Kolad that features 58 spacious rooms equipped with world-class amenities to ensure a convenient & luxurious stay for its guests. The other leisure amenities included here are a swimming pool, spa, & multi-purpose court to enjoy multiple sports activities.
To enjoy culinary experience, the resort welcomes you to its Konkan Café & Bar, a multi-cuisine restaurant offering traditional Maharashtrian cuisine & international flavours. It is one of the top-rated restaurants in Kolad to have a memorable dining experience. Every recipe here is made with pure dedication & love to make their guests happy. You can also enjoy a sunset evening by sipping beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) & variety of snacks at its poolside dining. Make your evening more exciting with your hot cup of coffee or tea at its enchanting bonfire with your loved ones sharing stories, laughing under the star-lit sky.
Kolad is a hidden gem of Maharashtra that tourists have least explored. But now it has gained traction in pulling tourist footfall for its famous white river rafting sport, & other adventure fun as well. Besides sightseeing all the major attractions here, travellers must also not miss out on savouring the delicious Maharashtrian cuisines at the local eatery joints of Kolad. For your comfy staycation, we have recommended a luxury resort equipped with all kinds of world-class amenities to make your stay memorable.