For the modern user who may like to get more familiar with these preparations in Maharashtrian cuisine, a range of general labels in terms of the chronological location of each dish is provided. Thus one may be able to tell whether in general the preparation has a traditional origin or if its usage is more contemporary. A somewhat subtle distinction is made between ‘Modern’ and ‘Contemporary’ in that the former’s origin is more located in the changes that happened to local Indian cuisines over the last 40-50 years. Contemporary cuisine is meant to refer to those preparations that have become popular over the last couple of decades as use of a limited number of newer, mainly non-local, vegetables grew. For example, cauliflowers or cabbage dishes. A further data point is provided for those who may be interested in actually preparing a particular dish in terms of whether it requires any ‘prep’ or advance preparation before the actual cooking is started.
© Pravin Masalewale, 2020