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Maha Food Fest - Dilli Wants More

By Vijay Satokar
Apr 21, 2017
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 They called the experiment HOMAI- short for Home Makers' Initiative- to cater t the taste buds of the Marathi populace in the capital, always strved for authentic food from back home. 

So the  group decided to cook food at home and offer dishes that the Marathis in Delhi crave to eat- from Mumbai's Vada Pav to Nagpur's Saoji Chicken and 'Kombdi Vada', Konkan's delicacy. The  word spread and more dishes were lined up- Zunka Bhakar, Malvani fish, Puran Poli, Mumbai Bhel, Sabudana Khichdi and Sabudana Vada. 

As the 'Pav' available in Delhi is actually an apology for the Pav that goes with Mumbai's Vada Pav, it was decided to import Pav from Mumbai.  And the visitors loved it all. Initial estimates were that 150 to 200 but as it drew to a close over 700 had visited the Food Fest and many had go go back back as the families ran out of food. The visitors included almost whos who in Delhi. A Supreme  Court judge, top army, air force officials, lawyers, business people, diplomats...students, security personnel. 

There were suggestions galore. Why only one day? Make it an annual event. Dilli craves for Marathi food, as a non-Marathi, a lover of Maharashtrian food remarked after tasting dishes from various stalls.

The initiative was taken  by Sushama Satokar, Aarti Kulkarni, Maya Karanjkar, Alka Bhrushundi and Hemlata Kasture. More join in to make it a grand success.

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