Malvani cuisine is the standard cuisine of the South Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa. Although Malvani cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian, there are many vegetarian dishes. Although it is an independent cuisine, it overlaps Maharashtrian cuisine and Goan cuisine. Malvan is a town in the Sindhudurg district on the west coast of Maharashtra.
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 and garlic. Some dishes also use kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind, and raw mango (kairi). The Malvani masala, a form of dried powder masala, is a combination of 15 to 16 dry spices. This masala is coarsely ground and stored in jars to be utilized when required. However, not all of the cuisine is hot and spicy; the Konkanastha Brahmin style of food is an example of less spicy food.
Kombdi vade (कोंबडी वडे), or chicken Malvani, consists of the traditional Malvani chicken curry (including chicken pieces with bones), vade (like a puri, which is a fluffy, fried bread of Jowar or rice and lentils flour), onion, lemon, and solkadhi.
Mori masala (मोरीचां मटण) or shark curry is popular along the Konkan coast.
Solkadhi (सोलकढी) is an appetizer made from coconut milk and kokam. It is usually served with kombdi vade, fish, and mutton Malvani.
Bangda fry (तळलेलो बांगडो) is a popular dish, especially in Mumbai. The head of the bangda (mackerel) fish is removed and discarded and the other part is fried as a whole.
Malvani mutton curry (मटणाचो रस्सो) is a popular dish throughout the Konkan region. It is similar to Chicken Malvani except that the spices are slightly different.
Kavda curry (कवड्याचां मटण) is made from a local Konkani bird, the khavda.
Bombil fry or Bombay duck fry (तळलेलो बोंबिल) is a popular dish, especially in north Konkan regions such as Mumbai and Raigad.
Paplet saar (पापलेट सार) is a dish consisting of pomfret cooked in traditional Malvani fish curry.
Phanasachi bhaji (फणसाची भाजी) is a vegetarian dish, made from raw jackfruit, chilies and grated coconut.
Kaju chi or fakachi usal(काजुची किंवा फकाची उसळ) is a spicy curry of cajus (cashews).