• Jayesh Paranjape

Manohar Fast Food: Your Marathi Food Fix in the City!

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Photo courtesy: Manohar Fast Food

If you are looking for pure Marathi food cooked almost the way it is cooked in Maharashtrian homes, then head to Manohar Fast Food in Karve Nagar.

Over the past few years, a lot of Marathi food joints have come up in Pune, thanks to non-Punekars or Non-Maharashtrian wanting to sample the diverse Marathi cuisine. One of our top picks for simple, home-cooked styled Marathi food and snacks is Manohar. Started more than 15 years back by Makarand and Madhuri Date, Manohar Snacks is housed in the premises of Manohar Marriage Hall which is famously known as Mehendale Garage among Punekars.

Your visit to Manohar should ALWAYS start with a bowl of Sabudana Khichadi. Everything else can then follow. The khichadi here is simple with perfect combination of well-soaked Sabudana, chilies, jeera and of course crushed groundnuts. To balance the khichadi, dahi is served, as is customary in all Marathi households! Once you’ve had your fill of Sabudana Khichadi, you can then move on to the Thalipeeth served with dahi and mango pickle and Misal Pav which is spicy, but still has a tinge of sweetness!

If you’ve made your way to Manohar around lunch-time, you won’t be disappointed. Out of their lunch menu, our picks would be Shev Bhaaji with Poli and Pithla, Zunka and Bharli Wangi with Bhaakri. Not to forget the delicious Upvaas Thali on Sankashti Chaturthi (An auspicious day dedicated to Ganesh, when devotees fast) every month!

For the sweet-tooth in you, they have only two sweets on the menu and both are highly recommended. Puran Poli which is served with tuup (ghee) and milk and shira cooked in ghee. We simply love the ghee overload here!

Take our word and head to Manohar for your Marathi food fix, pronto! By the way, did you know that famous food critic and WhatsHot Delhi author Marryam Reshi simply loves the Sabudana Khichadi at Manohar. Her trips to Pune are never complete without a breakfast here!

Address: 31/1, Mahendle Garage Compound, Erandwane, Pune

Contact: 020 25456745

Costs: ₹30 onwards (Nothing is more than ₹130)

Timings: All days - 8 AM to 10 PM

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