It’s safe to say that the third edition of the Marathi food festival organised by Mitraangan – Maharashtrians of Hyderabad succeeded in bringing the traditional Maharashtrian flavour into the city. The event was organised as a part of Women’s day celebrations and had 31 food stalls, all put up by Maharashtrian homemakers in the city.
Something like a giant potluck! Interestingly, this time, the festival also concentrates on bringing out the nutritional value of the dishes served with nutrition chart breaking down the number of calories and the kind of proteins, vitamins, etc accompanying each stall.
Priced at nominal amounts between Rs 20 and RS 25, each stall represented one particular region of Maharashtra – the infamous wada pav from Mumbai, Kolhapuri misalpav, kothmirwadi from Vidharbha, Ukdiche modak from Konkan region, Marathwada’s traditional Puran poli, sabudana Khichadi, to name a few.
Talking about the response, Anitha Kulkarni, who had put up a Puran poli stall said, “I’ve been a part of this festival for three years now and I’ve observed that there is an obvious increase, both in the number of people attending the fest, and the number of people participating.”
Talking about the event, Ambarish Lahankar, co-founder of Mitraangan said, “Since it celebrates and honoures womanhood, almost all the stalls are put up and presented by women, while their husbands broke the stereotypes by providing backend support, something like a role reversal.” The participants ranged between the age group of 18 to 70 years,” he added.
While the festival was a gigantic spread of Maharashtrian delicacies, the cherry on the top was the ice cream stall that served spices sprinkled over guava-flavoured ice cream, giving off the same taste as eating the fruit. Talking about this interesting addition, stall owner Vishal Patil explained, “Guava is at its flavoured best when we eat it along with these spices.
So, I thought, why not try it with its ice cream equivalent as well. It was a risk, but, it paid off beautifully.” And rightly so, the stall had been wiped clean of guava ice cream not long after the festival began, forcing them to restock.