Welcome to Varan Bhaat!

Welcome to Varan Bhaat!

As any good Maharashtrian will testify, Varan Bhaat is soul food indeed! (For the uninitiated, this means Daal-Rice.)

This blog is filled with nostalgic memories and the flavours of my childhood.

Perhaps it’s a sign of age that as I wander through these memories of sunny kitchens, I can still see the puffed phulkas, jars of pickles drying in the summer sun, taste the tang of coconutty curries, smell steaming pots of crabs, sizzling kadhais of fried pomfret and ravas.

My resolve to recreate these for Rohan strengthens with every recipe I can find and recreate.

Indian food that is popular outside the country represents a tiny fraction of what you would eat in India. And Maharashtrian food is less familiar even to most Indian palates. (Mumbaikars, Vada pav and missal do not count.)

This blog, however, is meant to be quite specific. It is my effort to gather family recipes from a cuisine that belongs to a microcosmic community of Maharashtrians known as the ‘Pathare Prabhus’.

Don’t expect to Google the term to find out more. The tiny Wiki article you will come across does not even begin to do justice to this people.

The PPs (as they are referred to) are a Maharashtrian community from Mumbai, India. Legend has it that this community is one of the oldest residents of the island of Mumbai. A progressive community that loves its food and culture and values education, family and the vibrant PP community. PPs love celebrations and find joy in life.

I hope I am able to take Rohan on this enticing and soul satiating journey of discovering Pathare Prabhu food and that I am able to do justice to this jewel of a cuisine.

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

George Bernard Shaw, I couldn’t agree with you more.

About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.. I have inherited my love for baking, cooking and experimenting in the kitc
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7 Responses to Welcome to Varan Bhaat!

  1. Pinaki dhairyawan Naik says:

    Eagerly awaiting the recipes……I’m a PP married outside the community……lots of good wishes

    • Thanks, Pinaki! I’m half a PP, married outside the community and currently outside the country as well. I’m quite excited about this project and look forward to sharing a good collection of recipes. I’m quite encouraged by your response and will start uploading my favourite ones to begin with!

    • Hi Pinaki,
      After a year’s maternity leave I’m back in action and have started adding recipes to the my blog for PP recipes. Hope you like them and look forward to your comments!

  2. shanayatales says:

    Hi Monica, Came across your blog through B-A-R. I am not a Maharashtrian, however I am in love with the cuisine. I am so glad that I found your site.
    -Shantala

  3. Shilpa says:

    Hi! The receipes are lovely…am a CKP…the receipes are so near to what my mother makes (she is a SKP)…loved your blog…

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