Being located in the Western region of India, the State of Maharashtra is bordered by the States of Telangana and Chhattisgarh in the East, Madhya Pradesh in the North, Gujarat in the North West, Goa and Karnataka in the South……. Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman also have common borders with Maharashtra…… Arabian Sea is in the West.
Maharashtra can be generally divided into five regions…… And each of these regions have distinct cuisines of their own…..
Konkan – Konkani Cuisine, Malvani Cuisine
Desh (Paschim Maharashtra) – Deshastha Cuisine, Kolhapuri Cuisine
Khandesh – Khandeshi Cuisine
Vidarbha – Varhadi Cuisine
Marathwada – Marathwada or Dakhini Cuisine .
Because of it’s strategic location, Maharashtra has always attracted Migrants from far & near……. Sindhi & Punjabi migrants from Pakistan, Parsis, Bene Israelis, traders from Middle East & Europe, etc. have brought in their food styles ,from times immemorial, to influence the cuisine of Maharashtra….. Influences of the neighbouring States is also there.
Thus Maharashtra Cuisine has various indigenous and influenced cuisines.