Foodies, Assemble! Mahalaxmi Saras Mumbai 2019

If you want to experience the best of rural Indian culture (especially Maharashtrian cuisine), please do yourself a big favor and head to the Mahalaxmi Saras expo at MMRDA Grounds in BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai starting 22nd January this year!

Back in 2014, on the morning of 31st of December, my aunt casually mentioned to me about this expo – and while most of my friends were looking forward to grand NYE plans, i was sold on the simplicity of getting to experience some authentic ‘gaavran‘ (rural cuisine) and handicrafts from across India under one roof, making it a melting pot of cultures and indigenous cuisines.

Since then, i’ve been looking forward to Saras every single year!


Mahalaxmi SARAS 2019 dates:
22 Jan – 4 Feb, 2019

महालक्ष्मी सरस 2019 जानेवारी 17 – फेब्रुवारी 4, 2019
ह्या दिवसांतर्गत आयोजित केले जाईल

Sneak preview of what you could expect:

Water zorbing & kids’ zone, at the entrance!
Kolhapuri ‘jhanjhanit‘ misal pav – don’t miss this!
Roasted ‘hurda’ – my TOP favorite snack. Tastes like corn on the cob, only better.
I always start with this and LOVE it. This year (2019), i found this only at Stall No. 24

What is ‘hurda’ and how to have it

Original local Maharashtrian cuisine
Food that comes straight from the origin – what i love best about Mahalaxmi Saras.
Surmai aka King Fish
Fresh, fried king fish!
Thaalipeeth‘ accompanied by jaggery, lentils, ‘thecha’ and yogurt
Fresh ghee laden puran polis

An initiative of the Government of Maharashtra to provide a marketing platform to rural entrepreneurs and artisans, Mahalaxmi Saras is an annual exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts, handlooms and food products.

In its 16th year now, Mahalaxmi Saras 2019 will be held from
22nd January – 4th February, 2019
at BKC, Mumbai.

Mahalaxmi Saras 2019 – My Tips & Picks

  1. Try the freshly roasted hurda at Stall NO. 24
  2. Ensure you get fresh stuff – offer to wait for fresh food being prepared.
  3. This year, i’ve been here twice, and the second visit was with my friend, Chef Amrita Kaur. We tried some yum new things including ‘dikli‘ – which looks like a vegetarian patrani machchi – essentially it is rava soaked in imli (tamarind) water overnight, along with spices and onion and garlic and then steamed atop a jamun leaf, which beautifully blends together all the khatta-meetha-teekha flavors.
  4. The other unique thing we found was ‘maas vadi‘ or besanvadi – besan stuffed with onion, white til and spices.
  5. For dinner, i joined my cousins and my aunt (the hero who first introduced me to Mahalaxmi Saras!) and our favorite at the table was a ‘khava poli‘ – think puran poli, but made with khava instead!
  6. Try some authentic Goan food at the Streeshakti NRLM Stall (my favorite was the chicken xacuti with pao).
  7. Stuff i shopped for included bamboo spoons & some yummy dried wild apple at the Nagaland stall, wheat puffs, ber (fruit) and of course, a cloth bag to dump it all in.
Amrita tries thaalipeeth with vaangyaache bharit (baingan bharta)
dikli = rava soaked in imli water overnight, with spices. then steamed over jamun leaf.
khava poli
The Nagaland stall

Saras 2017 Vlog by Arun (fellow blogger)

महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स Online: महालक्ष्मी ‘सरस’ प्रदर्शन २०१९

For more information and updates about the event,
check out the official website at

I’ll be visiting the expo regularly while it is on, and sharing live stories on my Instagram, so don’t forget to follow me there!

How to reach: When you enter BKC, take the left at McDonald’s
Timings: 10 am – 10 pm
Recommended / Best times: 11:00 am – 01 pm / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Mahalaxmi Saras is on till 4th Feb, 2019.
Happy Shopping, Bon appetit & have fun!


Exotic Gringo (Kaushal Karkhanis)

Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.

Blog Comments

Such a very warm and sweet event 🙂 Ill surely go and try 🙂

absolutely! definitely an event i will look forward to annually. did you finally go?

Is this started from 17 or 22nd ?? Lil confused.

hi Prashant. it’s starting from the 22nd – they revised the dates, hence there is some confusion around. but the good thing is that it’ll be now on till the 4th of Feb.

Visited fourth consecutive time and it is as fabulous as every year. Great food from all corners of Maharashtra, superb organic staples, clothes and variety of products. Just loved it.

This post has fired my appetite and now I’m hungry. VERY hungry :). Great post and food shots.

🙂 i’m glad and can’t wait for this fair to return!

Totally worth it ! Hurdyacha thalipeeth n dahi dhapate were different than regular one we make at home.

such a very good event…. all foods were lovely, tasty and yummy… lots of varieties were there in such one event… spl thalipith and all chiken dishees as well as rajasthani dishes also yummy

Sir we can also start such event at central park kharghar.already built food cort and large area is available.many people of differnt religions daily visit place.if we start event in raigad kharghar bhactgat will sure get income on daily basis too.thanku dr joshi.9423824249

We prefer bandra west near Lilavati hospital why you shifted to Bkc sir last when exhibition in bandra west we went 2-3 times with family n friends. So requesting you please keep in Bandra west.

i agree with you Sujata, but i am not associated with Mahalaxmi Saras in any way at all – i just genuinely love it and i miss the old location too. hope you do visit the fest and have a great time anyway 🙂

Hello… can anyone tell me till what time the exhibition is open… last year it was 10 am to 10 pm.

hi! though the timings remain the same, i’d recommend reaching as earliest you can in the evening, as stalls exhaust supplies towards the end of the day. it would also be most crowded on weekends and post 8:30 pm, so try to reach before that to make the most of it.

Very nice Article. Awesome pictures 🙂
Glad u liked the Mahalaxmi Saras 2019.
i was a part of Management Volunteers Team for this (2019) year.
We all try to do our best to help the hardworking women learn new things each year, so that it will be beneficial for all Self Help Groups.

If you need any help in future Mahalaxmi Saras regarding “What’s NEW this year?”, feel free to stop by at Control Room. Team is always ready to help out.