Delhi is a paradise for street food, authentic Mughal dishes, and sweets. This place is a mixture of different culture and traditions. It is sometimes also referred to as the food capital of India. In India, each state has its own unique culinary flavours and famous dishes. To name few—Bihar is famous for litti chokha, Gujarat for Khichri, Maharashtra’s puran poli, etc. And to taste these all dishes in one state is not possible. But in Delhi it is possible. There are all state Bhavans in Delhi which have their canteens serving authentic traditional food. (ALSO READ: Why You Should Visit Diggin Cafe in Chanakyapuri?)
And on one fine Sunday, I visited Maharashtra Sadan for dinner. This was my first visit to any state Bhavan but it is no less than any palace. The modern marvel of architecture reflects Maratha princely palaces. From inside the whole Bhavan looks so beautiful and greenery. (ALSO READ: First Heritage Homestay of Goa)
Then I headed towards the canteen and must tell you that it is more of a modern café. Maharashtra Sadan is a place where you find a range of thalis such as Vidharva Thali, Western Maharashtrian Thali, and Marathwada Thali among others. One can also ask for Parsi Thali, which is really good. Do not forget to taste shrikhand.
However, I started with soup and paneer tikka. It was yummy and stratifying. It is like must have item if you come here. I loved the ambiance here as it was very calm, relaxing. Not like any other restaurant.
Then next I ordered my dinner for which I asked them to bring saoji egg curry, rice, chappati, and pappad. Saoji egg curry is a pure Maharashtrian dish made from garam masala (pure). No tomato is used and that is why it is a bit spicy. I loved the taste and it was yummy. Properly cooked and was smelling heaven.
There are many more dishes like saoji paneer, saoji aloo gobhi, saoji chicken and many more. All these are Marathi dishes and you can have it. I am not a thali fan so that’s why I ordered dishes separately and enjoyed. But you can order thali and they are too amazing in taste. The one who was serving was also very courteous and were serving with a smile.
These state Bhavans are super pocket-friendly. If you are in Delhi and have not visited these bhavans then you are missing something. Give these places a try and believe me you will not regret going there.
How to reach: Maharashtra Bhavan is near India Gate. The nearest metro station is Barakhamba. You have to show an identity proof at the entrance gate for security reason.
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