Malvani cuisine is the cuisine of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern parts of West Karnataka. Malvan is a town in the Sindhudurg district on the west coast of Maharashtra.
Malvan being a coastal area in Konkan, it has its own distinct way of cooking food. Malvani cuisine uses coconut liberally in various forms such as grated, dry grated, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk.Many masalas have dried red chilies and other spices like coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, etc. Some dishes also use kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind, and raw mango (kairi).
I got introduced to this cuisine through my Marathi friend and I should thank her for that. The curry is really delicious and different from my usual Meen Kuzhambu (Fish Curry) of Tamil nadu.
Malvani cuisine is a little similar to Goan cuisine in terms of most of the ingredients used. But wait and watch for the Goan Fish curry recipe too that I tasted very recently at my Goan friend’s place.