It is no enigma that Gujaratis are known for their love to travel and exceptional quest for food. This may be one among those reasons why Gujaratis are found all over the world and carry their culture and tradition wherever they are. Be it a hotel or a restaurant at well-known tourist places in India, one would find a Gujarati cuisine for sure. In case you visit Gujarat, do introduce yourself to the delectable cuisine here. But what they are, and what you should definitely not miss, we’ve listed down.
1. Methi Muthia
One of the many popular Gujarati snacks, methi muthias are made using methi seeds, wholewheat flour and chickpea flour. There are two ways you can make it in – steamed, and deep fried.
2. Khaman Dhokla
This looks very similar to Dhokla, but it’s not. Khaman is a healthy steamed snack that can be made instantly from freshly ground lentils (channa dal) or chickpea flour.
One of the much-loved Gujarati snacks, khandvi is also known as Patuli or Dahivadi and made with gram flour. Khandvi is also a popular snack in Maharashtrian cuisine. This rolled, bright snack is tempered with coconut, mustard seeds and curry leaves aand is a delight to serve with tea.
If you want to munch on something in the morning then Khakra is a good option. It is a very common roti shaped wheat cracker that Gujaratis enjoy their breakfast. Every household makes its own handmade khakra and has their recipes. Different spices and ingredients like methi, pudina, jeera adds different tastes to the Khakras. Gujaratis love to take Khakras with them on long journeys.
No Gujarati journeys, picnics, foreign trips or even business trips are complete without this ubiquitous snack. Made from gram flour, whole wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves and spices, these flatbreads are healthy snacking options with a long shelf life. Usually served piping hot with fresh curd, pickles or chundo, they make wholesome meals.
When accompanied by a cup of steaming hot tea, they also make a sumptuous breakfast or a great snack during the monsoon. Although the methi (fenugreek) ones are the most common, other varieties include palak (spinach), amaranth or muli (raddish) theplas-specially recommended for fussy eaters.
6. Sev Tamatar Nu Shaak
Sev Tamatar Nu Shaak is the Gujrati sabzi served in the main course especially in Lunch. The dish is made up of the puree if tomato and onion, it is stir for long time so that the flavour of Indian spices should get mixed properly. When the puree gets ready the sev which is available in the market easily, is dipped into it. And served with the Bhajra Roti which is a Gujarati bread made up of different type of atta. It is very famous and inviting main course dish of Gujarat.
Be it a breakfast, lunch or dinner, a Gujju would never deny the Handva offered to him/her. Handva, a member of Dhokla family has its own uniqueness which makes it appear and tastes differently than its ascendant Dhokla. Handva, a single layered thick bread is cooked either in pressure cookers or Handva cookers (yes, we have specially designed cookers for it here!) after applying a tadka of oil, mustard, cumin seeds, and curry leaves. Guard, peas, garlic, ginger, green chillies and coriander are the ingredients that make a great combination when served with pickle. We know, the ingredients itself are lip-smacking.
These deep fried wonders, can be made spicy, or plain savory. After all, your tea needs a buddy.
These are fried breads made of pearl millet flour (bajra atta). It lasts for days and days and it tastes the best when served hot.
10. Gujarati Samosa
This much-loved tea treat is stuffed with a chunky filling of peas sauteed with sugar and lime juice. A spicy, tangy snack that is hugely popular in not just Gujarat but all across the country and even beyond borders. Since you can experiment with the filling to stuff it with, we have many samosa recipes like aloo samosa to keema samosa. Perfect for evening snacks along with a hot cup of tea.
11. Gujarati Kadhi
When we are in Gujarat we are often served with a side dish called Kadhi. It is one of the most famous and refreshing Gujarati food. Even Barack Obama had a taste of it when he visited India. The main components of the dish are buttermilk or yogurt and gram flour. You may easily slurp down the dish because of its liquidity. The spices used commonly in the dish are asafoetida or hing, red and green chillies and chopped ginger. The mixture gets boiled and is also served hot. It is also said to be an amazing medicine for sore throats.
The king of Gujarati dishes Undhiyu (and of course Uttarayan) is the reason why a Gujarati eagerly awaits winter. It derives its name from the Gujarati word undhu, meaning inverted, it is a classical Gujarati dish made in an inverted clay pot. It is a special winter delicacy made from the choicest of fresh produce readily available in winter.
Common ingredients include eggplant, crunchy muthiyas (fried chickpea flour dumplings), potatoes, yam, green peas, bananas and beans, slow-cooked to perfection with buttermilk, coconut and spices. Undhiyu served with puris and shrikhand is a common occurrence during Gujarati weddings.
Khichdi sounds like the food of patients. But the case of Gujarat is different from this. The Khichdi made is Gujarat is so delicious that no one can say it is made for patients. The Gujarati Khicdi contains the ingredients like tamatar, pyaaj, kadi patta, mirchi and Indian spices. The special kadi is made like the shahi kadi. It is served with aloo ki kachri with is deep fried in olive oil.
A common food of many in the state of Gujarat now is becoming an attraction in hotel menus of other states too. Rotlo is bread made of Maize/Millet flour, often taken along with raw white onion, green chillies, Ringan Odeo and butter milk. The combination is surely irrefutable, but Rotlo when combined with jaggery and hot Ghee is totally unbeatable.
15. Patra/Alu Vadi
Who knew that a bunch of leaves could taste so darn good? P.S. This dish is popular in the Maharashtrian cuisine too.
16. Dal Dhokli
It’s a sweet, spicy, comfort food for every Gujarati. Dal Dhokli, also known as Varan Phal or Chakolya in Marathi, is made by boiling thick wheat flour noodles in lentils (pigeon pea). It is usually eaten with rice.
17. Aam Shrikhand with Mango Salad
Shrikhand is a simple and soothing Gujarati dessert made with hung curd. Mango with Shrikhand is a heavenly combination one can have in summers! Shrikhand being a creamy and luscious Indian dessert is paired with the king of fruits.
18. Lilva Kachori
Winter is a great time for the Gujaratis and a time for festivals. This savoury snack will keep you munching until you finish the whole plate. The kachori filling used in these is fresh toovar and green peas. Certain spices like green chillies, hing, ginger make it more appetizing. After the kachori gets its filling, it goes to have a good deep fry. Immediate consumption is always necessary to enjoy the crispy and flaky outside and the tasty inside.
Made hugely popular by the daily soap ‘Taarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma’?, this is (almost) every Gujarati’s dream cheat-day breakfast. Fafda is a crunchy, fried chickpea flour snack, jalebi is a sweet deep-fried pretzel made of wheat flour and dipped in sugar. Together, they are a match made in heaven. When you take a piece of the crunchy, salty, spicy fafda and eat it with a piece of the crunchy, sweet jalebi, you are sure to be in food heaven. Have a fried chilly or a whip of the dry papaya chutney with this combination, and your taste buds will burst away to glory. Almost every street corner in Gujarat, esp. Ahmedabad has a shop selling these. On Sundays, there are huge queues outside farsan shops, for an indulgent breakfast of this heavenly duo.
Dabeli is the type of modern Vada pav. It consists of vada which is made up of aloo and besan deep fried in the olive oil. The bun of Dabeli is easily available in the market. It is a famous street food in Gujarat. Usually all the student returning from school and collages eat dhabeli. It is very light to eat any time. The main thing in the dabeli is that it is served with the fresh anar dana because the combo of sweet and salty is more interesting to eat.
21. Sev Khamani
Sev Khamani is a traditional Gujarati dish which is very easy to make at home. It is originally from Gujarat. It is made up of the khaman dhokla. The khaman dhokla is crushed and shallow fried in the 2 table spoon butter and mixed with Indian spices and served hot with tea or coffee. The snack of Gujarat is so amazing that the demand of sev Khman is increasing day by dat. It is also served with the garnishing of sev means the namkeen.