Delicacies’ That You Will Only Find in Pune

Shreyas is in Deccan Gymkhana. The décor is not their strong suit: but their Amti is their speciality. Amti is the dal that is made from tuvar dal, the top-note is a spice mix called Goda masala which is a right blend of khus khus, red chillies, desiccated coconut and dagadphool or stone flower, the secret spice that imparts the trademark taste to the amti of Pune.

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One of the treats that people take back from Pune is the Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwala's Bakarwadi. Chitale Bandhu is a brand that specialises in sweets and snacks. Every corner shop in Pune sells its own version of this tea-time favourite but nothing beats Chitale's.

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Parsi Delights and Shrewsbury Biscuits
Pune is the only city where you can always find your favourite Parsi delicacies, Marzorin, an old Parsi-run tea room in a charming heritage building. It is the creaking antiquity of the surroundings, the taste of the cold coffee that has not changed for decades, the softness of the chicken sandwiches and the richness of the mawa cake that has no competition. You can always pick Shrewsbury biscuits and mawa tea time cake from Kayani's Bakery.

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Vada pav
Try and have this yummilious vadapav along with Pudina chutney inside, which is served with fried chillies, onion and besan bondis.

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Misal makes for an amazing meal as it comes complete with some farsan, chopped onions and tomatoes, coriander and cucumber slices for that added freshness, along with classic accompaniments like a bowl of delicious rassa(gravy) and dahi (curd). Having spiced up your palate, you can cool it down brilliantly with a mango lassi.

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Iconic Food Joints In Pune That Must Not Be Missed!

Tiffin / Mess Food

Sadashiv Peth
Vahini Mess/Shree Mess
Karve Nagar
Mayur Mess
Deccan/Sadashiv/ Navi Peth
Chhatrapati Food Darbar (also locally known as CFD)
For Tiffin Service
Khau Galli Catering Services

  • Puran Poli (a sweet paratha with pulses/dal)
  • Amti (masala dal)
  • Pithla Bhakri (masala chickpea gravy with a stiff roti)
  • Varan Bhat (dal and rice)
  • Matki Ki Usal (masala sprouts)
  • Thali pith (a spicy chickpea based pancake)
  • Alu chi Vadi (steamed and fried potatoes)

There are a number of restaurants, as well as roadside eateries, in the city that serve local cuisine. Some of the hotels in the city also serve the local cuisine of Pune, India. There are also a number of restaurants in the outskirts of the city that offer the traditional food. However, if you are looking for the authentic taste, along with reasonable prices, then check out the restaurants in the following places.

  • Koregaon Park
  • J.M. Road
  • Fergusson College Road
  • Shivaji Nagar
  • Laxmi Road

  • Chivda: Spiced flattened rice. It is also known as Bombay mix in Foreign countries especially Great Britain.
  • Pohay: pohay or pohe is a snack made from flattened rice. It is most likely served with tea and is probably the most likely dish that a Maharashtrian will offer his guest. During arranged marriages in Maharashtra, Kanda Pohe (literal translation, pohe prepared with onion) is most likely the dish served when the two families meet. Its so common that sometimes arranged marriage itself is referred colloquially as "kanda-pohay". Other variants on the recipe are batata pohe (where diced potatoes are used instead of onion shreds). Other famous recipes made with Pohe (flattened rice) are dadpe pohe, a mixture of raw Pohe with shredded fresh coconut, green chillies, ginger and lemon juice; and kachche pohe, raw pohe with minimal embellishments of oil, red chili powder, salt and unsauteed onion shreds.
  • Upma or sanja or upeeth: This snack is similar to the south Indian upma. It is a thick porridge made of semolina perked up with green chillies, onions and other spices.
  • Surali Wadi: Chick pea flour rolls with a garnishing of coconut, coriander leaves and mustard.
  • Vada pav: Popular Maharashtrian dish consisting of fried mashed-potato dumpling (vada), eaten sandwiched in a bun (pav). This is referred to as Indian version of burger and is almost always accompanied with the famous red chutney made from garlic and chillies, and fried green chilles. Interestingly rarly vada pav are home made.
  • Matar-usal- pav: It is a dish made of green peas in a curry with onions, green chillies and sometimes garlic. Its eaten with a western style leavened bun or pav. Another form of Matar usal is made in konkan areas or by brahmins especially in Pune - this has a gravy of coconut, coriander, ginger-garlic and green chilly ground together and then fried into a Phodni. Some water and green peas are added and boiled till the peas are cooked and have absorbed the taste of all the condiments.
  • Misal Pav: Quintessentially from Kolhapur. This is made from a mix of curried sprouted lentils, topped with batata-bhaji, pohay, Chivda, farsaan, raw chopped onions and tomato. Also some times eaten with yogurt. Bread is a must.
  • Pav bhaji: This speciality dish from lanes of Mumbai has mashed steamed mixed vegetables (mainly potatoes, peas, tomatoes, onions and green pepper) cooked in spices and table butter. The vegetable mix is served with soft bun shallow fried in table butter and chopped onion. Sometimes cheese, paneer (cottage cheese) are added.
  • Thalipeeth: A type of pancake. Usually spicy and is eaten with curd.
  • Zunka-Bhakar: A native Maharashtrian chick pea flour recipe eaten with Bhakri.
  • Sabudana Khichadi: Sauted sabudana (Pearls of sago palm), a dish commonly eaten on days of religious fasting.
  • Khichdi: Made up of rice and dal with mustard seeds and onions to add flavor.
  • Bakarwadi: This spicy fried pastry is eaten as a tea time snack. Especially popular is that from Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale in Pune.
  • Bhadang: Spiced puffed rice.
  • Shira Semolina pudding
  • Chana daliche dheerde