I have spent most of my life being told that I do not look, act, or speak like a Maharastrian – a group of people from the Western Ghats of India. This is slightly surprising as genetically as I am a 100 percent Marathi, with ancestors on both sides being nothing else for hundreds or even thousands of years.
However, the same friends who say this roll about laughing when I encounter Maharashtrian food in their presence. Why? Because my genes start doing a quick march and I turn into a Marathi Monster. I love, love, love Marathi food – varan bhath, masala bhath, waalachi usal, thalipith – I could go on and on.
What is disturbing though is that the son is acquiring the same taste for Marathi food. Disturbing, because now I have to share, and sometimes hand over, my thalipith to an upstart who is only half a Marathi. Humph!
For the uninitiated – thalipith is a thick pancake that is made from spicy flour comprising channa dal, black dal, rice, cumin and a bit of wheat flour. As you can imagine it is almost nigh impossible to get it here in the UK. The online Indian grocer www.idtadka.com has the flour, I think, but a quick online chat to ascertain whether this was actually the case revealed that the “support staff” had absolutely no idea, not a clue, and more cruelly – they asked me if I was a “seller”. But you can check their product here
Anyway, should you get your hands on the flour – here is a quick recipe. And make sure you have the finished article with a healthy dollop of butter!