Nagpur food is an important part of its culture. The food is traditionally removed from the standard Maharashtrian fare and usually consists of simple items. A typical dinner menu includes just three basic food items. Rice, lentils chapattis or poli along with vegetable dishes are commonly eaten at meal times. However, the cuisine of the city has become well known for its use of ghee or clarified butter. The ghee is usually added to enhance the taste of the dishes served.
Both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food prepared according to the Saoji Varhadi tradition using black pepper, bay leaf and garam masala are the main ingredients used in the cuisine of the region. The use of khus khus as well as powdered coconut is extensive in the Nagpur food preparations too.