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Assal Puneri: 7 Authentic Maharashtrian Veg Thalis In Pune

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With restaurants serving international cuisines and having crazy themes, mushrooming in Pune, there are still hidden gems serving food from the state. You can taste the 'assal Puneri' or authentic Maharashtrian food at several dining halls across the city. Here is a list of restaurants to visit for a delicious Maharashtrian vegetarian thali this Gudi Padwa with family.

Durvankur Dining Hall

If you’re craving typical Marathi food, head to Durvankur dining hall in Sadashiv Peth. Popular among Punekars, they have three different menus for weekdays, weekends and Ganesh Chaturthi. A standard thali will have three veggies, kadhi, dal rice, dal khichdi, chapati, bhakri, thalipeeth, dahi wada, papad, cucumber salad and two sweets. On Sundays, the thali has puri and chapati, masala rice, dhokla, bhaji, three veggies, dahi wada, papad, salad and two sweets. The thali is for INR 300 but you can get an additional INR 20 discount if you finish the thali without wasting anything.

Krishna Dining Hall

A simple restaurant that represents the essence of food they serve, the authentic Maharashtrian delicacies at Krishna Dining are loved by one and all. Located on Law College Road, it serves unlimited thali for INR 350. The best part is that they change their menu twice a day, keeping the taste constant. The thali comes with one sprouts veggie, one dry vegetable and two gravies. With dal and rice, they also serve either pulav or khichdi. The thali also comes with freshly churned buttermilk, sweet dish and their speciality, the pancharatna raita made from cauliflower, peas, beans, and a few nuts. You can also choose from thalipeeth, chapati or puri.

Asha Dining Hall

One of the oldest dining places in Pune, Asha Dining Hall is on Apte Road is known for its healthy and homely food. The place serves lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The thali that costs around INR 160 consists of three veggies, three chapatis, dry potato sabzi, pulses, sweet dal with rice, curd, pickle, rasam and papad. Sabzis are served according to the season, including green leafy vegetables, making the  food very nutritious. They also serve their special upwas thali during the month of Shravan.

Shreyas Thali

One of the city’s legendary restaurants, this place on Apte road serves meals reminding one of mom-cooked food. Priced at INR 310, the thali has one dry sabzi, which can be any from katri batata, gobi batata, bhendi masala or a combination of everything. There is a gravy based veggie, made of bharli wangi, methi patal, palak patal and tomato rassa. There is a pulse veggie of their moong, matki, birdi or peas. Of course it will have amti, solkadi, two kinds of farsan, spicy veg curry and salad. The side dishes comprise of thalipeeth or chapati or palak puri or masala puri with masala bhaat, plain dal, buttermilk, papad, pickle and chutney. Also try their upwas thali for the same price.

Vasantpushp Dining Hall

Hungry but low on cash? No need to munch on snacks or opt for instant noodles. You can now enjoy a fulfilling Maharashtrian meal for just INR 230 at Vasantpushp Dining Hall situated opposite PL Deshpande Garden on Sinhagad Road. This neat and humble place serves Maharashtrian food with lots of love. We started with kokam sarbat, which was our welcome drink followed by khaman dhokla and matar kachori for starters before proceeding to the main course which consisted of spicy usal, aaloo sabji. leavy curry, and paneer kadai, dal, kadhi, koshimbir and two selections of Indian breads. There was delicious dal khichadi with loads of ghee along with papad included in the platter. For desserts, we were served ukadiche modak (a speciality during Ganesh Chaturthi) along with mango rabdi.

Vishnuji Ki Rasoi

Chef Vishnu Manohar, a famous name in Maharashtrian households, offers authentic and classic Maharashtrian dishes through his restaurant Vishnuji Ki Rasoi in Erandwane. The restaurant does not have a fixed thali menu. The only thing constant is the Maharashtrian cuisine. The menu is also different for lunch and dinner. The prices here from Monday to Friday are INR 250 and on weekend, it's INR 350.

Poona Guest House

A very well-known restaurant for their thalipeeth and puran poli, Poona Guest House is the best place for a good homely Maharashtrian thali. They have three varieties in thalis- normal thali (INR 160), Special thali (INR 210) and gramin thali (INR 210)- all of them contain special delicacies. The setting is very rustic and will give you wada-feels.