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Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Favorite MALVANI Dishes

Malvan (Marathiमालवण) (also written as Malwan) is a town in Sindhudurg District, the southernmost district of Maharashtra. This culturally and historically important town is a Taluka place in Sindhudurg District. Malvan taluka consists of villages like Aangnechi wadiAchra, Khalchi Devli, Jamdul, Juva, Pankhol and Sarjekot. It is known for Sindhudurg Fort, its Malvani cuisine (rice and fish curry). It is known for its variety of mangos (Malvani Hapus - Alphonso). It is also known for sweets such as Malvani Khaja (Made from Gram - besan flour and coated jaggery) and Malvani Ladoos.A very important part of Malavni culture is a Malvani Dashavtar, a drama-play based on mythological stories. 

Several apocryphal and some more credible stories related to the name Malvan exist. Salt was produced in large quantity in the Malvan region. Salt producers use term Mahalavan to describe a region rich in salt, a compound word from "Maha" meaning great, and "lavan" meaning plantation (or salt). Another possibility is a phonetic derivative of the compound of "Mad" and "Ban", Malvani for coconut trees and garden respectively, relating to the large number of coconut trees in the region. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The cuisine of this region is popularly known as Malvani cuisine. Coconut, Rice and fish assume prime significance in the Malavani cuisine.

Kolambi Fry

Kolambi Masala

Kurli (Crab) Masala 

 Kombadi Vade 
(Chicken with dumplings of wheat or rice)

Surmai Fry
(King Fish)

Tisrya Masala Curry

Bombil Fry
(Bombay Duck)

And after all this a very special...

Sol Kadi 
(curry made from coconut milk and Kokum)

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