Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira Khan, is all set to marry Nupur Shikhare on January 3. They got engaged in November last year, and their pre-wedding fun began with a Kelvan ceremony. This is when the bride’s side visits the groom’s place to give their formal approval and shower blessings on the couple. Now, here’s the delicious part: the Kelvan ceremony is all about the fantastic food. Families whip up a mix of traditional dishes and sweets to welcome everyone, making it a grand feast showcasing the local flavours. You will find all sorts of vegetarian and non-vegetarian treats, desserts, and snacks, serving as a symbol of generous hospitality.
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In a recent post, Ira shared a series of pictures from her Kelvan ceremony which showed her enjoying a traditional meal with her fiance Nupur. As we take a look at the table, it is evident that there are at least six utensils filled with an assortment of authentic Maharashtrian cuisine. During the gathering, Ira made an attempt to speak in Marathi, and her words translated to, “I can speak Marathi now, and I can…” (inaudible). She captioned the post, “Kelvan 2! Ukhana 2! I love him so so much.” Take a look:
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In the comments, Sanya Malhotra and Sara Tendulkar left heart emojis. Rhea Chakraborty and Mithila Palkar called them “Cuties.” Ira’s cousin Zayn Marie gushed, “Omggg soooo cute you guyysss.” Nupur Shikhare commented, “I love you.” Are you a fan of Maharashtrian food? Here are some of our popular dishes and their recipes:
1. Puran Poli
This sweet flatbread is like a dessert. The outer layer is made from whole wheat flour, and the filling consists of chana dal (split chickpeas), jaggery, cardamom, and nutmeg. It’s often enjoyed during festivals and special occasions. Check out the recipe here
2. Vada Pav
Sometimes referred to as the “Indian burger,” it features a spicy potato fritter coated in gram flour, served in a pav (bread roll) with chutneys. It’s a beloved street food in Maharashtra. Click here for the recipe.
3. Varan Bhaat
This is a simple and wholesome dish, consisting of plain steamed rice (bhaat) served with a flavorful and mildly spiced lentil soup (varan). The varan is usually made with toor dal (pigeon peas) and is often flavoured with a tadka (tempering) of mustard seeds, cumin, and ghee. Recipe here.
4. Zunka Bhakar
Zunka is a dry preparation made from gram flour, spices, and aromatics. It’s typically served with Bhakar, a rustic unleavened flatbread made from millet or sorghum flour. Zunka Bhakar is a popular and hearty Maharashtrian meal. Click here for the recipe.
5. Kanda Poha
Kanda Poha is flattened rice seasoned with mustard seeds, turmeric, and curry leaves, along with onions and often topped with grated coconut. It’s a quick and tasty breakfast option. Check out the recipe here.