Falling in the Kokan region, it is surely re-known for spices and non-vegan food. Being a hard core-vegetarian, I take you on a vegan tour of the coastal beauty!!
Thaali peeth :A strictly not-to-be-taken literally delicacy!! It’s the yellow paraatha-looking beauty that lies on the plate. Made up of flour of 5 pulses, finely chopped onions and green chillies. The dough is prepared, a half an inch thick chapatiis rolled and fried. It is cooked on a low flame it is served hot with curd and green chutney. The crisp and hot spicy taste will surely take you to another world!!
Misal Paav: You may feel you are back in Mumbai on seeing misal served with paav here in Dapoli.But you just cannot miss taking the big-bite! Misal is a spicy veg-curry, generally made up of tomatoes, potatoes and peas. While it is served with butter buns, its topped with farsaan or sev and finelly chopped onions.
BEWARE!! Keep a bottle of chilled water handy..You may need it to calm your senses after a few bites!
Thaalipeeth and Misal paav are favorites on the breakfast menu!
Soul-Curry(locally popular as Sol kadhi): At a first glance it may look like a glass of Rooh-afzah drink, but is much different. Being a North Indian, I was forced to compare it with buttermilk or chaach. Soul curry is a glass full of Kokum juice and coconut milk with a pinch of salt. It’s a bit sour and more tangy. I got to learn, kokum due to its cooling properties is much used in many dishes in the region. The drink helps in keeping the body hydrated and cool, prevents heat stroke!
Soul-curry is a must have !
The truly Indian Happy Meal: After long un-tiring day ask a hungry vegetarian craving for a complete meal how this simple plateful looks. The answer you would probably hear will be YUMMYLICIOUS . There is sevaiyaan to soothe your sweet-tooth, the kokan special super spicy pickle, soul curry to dilute the spicy taste, coconut-carrot fried salad , Simplest yellow-dal , bland caulifower-potato veggie and oh-so-round chapattis. The best part about the food here is, it is simply tossed with cummin seeds and fresh coriander, yet the coastal flavor soaks you in the taste.
The hamlet is reknown for production of kokum, cashew nuts (kaju), mangoes and jackfruit. The non-vegans, don’t be disheartened, there is even much on your platter. Just wanted to say, it wasn’t less for us too!!
Not only food, it is even a visual treat for people bitten by travel-bugs. There is much to see, feel and experience! The next blog will tell you more about the heaven it is.
Till then..Happy INDULGENCE!!