Gujarati cuisine shines in every part of the country. No matter whatever city you go to, there would be at least one or two delicacies that would represent the large number of variants that Gujarat is enriched with. Their names might sound weird or difficult to you but once you try them, you would certainly want to have them again and then the name and the picture of the dish will not vanish from your mind ever.
While a lot of places serves some mind blasting Gujarati dishes but none of them will have the taste to die for unless and until you try their authenticity at their own home. And mind you Gujarati people are big time food lovers, so in case you see some revamped dishes here and there, it won’t be a matter of surprise.
Dhokla should be considered the national food of Gujarat and in the same respect, you will also be able to spot numerous Dhokla lovers, not just in Gujarat but almost all cities of the country. This heavenly delicacy made up of fermented rice and split chickpeas will definitely give you some gastronomical pleasure.
Often misunderstood as Parantha or puri but the preparation is slightly different. Wheat dough is mixed with methi, spices and a little bit of oil and that gives it the perfect consistency it has. It is typically served with pickle and/or curd. It is usually the first option of every Gujarati traveler to pack in a tiffin box and relish while on the way.
It is a mind-blowing fusion of different vegetables, spices, and dry fruits. It is usually prepared during the famous kite festival in Gujarat. One specialty of Undhiyu is that it can either be eaten with puri, chapatti or all alone. The taste will be still as mouthwatering as ever.
Rotlo is a kind of flat bread made with Maize or millet flour. It is eaten with onions, green chilies, buttermilk and basically any vegetable you can pair it up with. For some explosions of flavors, it is brushed with hot ghee and jaggery which makes it absolutely irresistible. Bhakri is also one kind of thick flatbread made from different types of flours and eaten with curd, chutney, baingan bharta, vegetables, and rice.
This quick yet delectable recipe is something that you won’t be able to resist. It is a typical red tomato curry with onions and topped with green coriander. And after the curry is prepared it is finally topped with sev. Sev is a deep fried snack made from gram flour. The crunchy sev and the tangy tomato curry are one of the best combinations you are going to witness.
Khandvi is a very popular Gujarati snack made up from gram flour and curd. It is an ideal snack for those who want to go for a light and healthy snack. It is generally served with green chili chutney and tamarind or date chutney. A single piece of Khandvi is when dipped in your favorite chutney will be your straight pathway toward heaven.
By looking at the Khakra, you won’t be able to guess the enormous amount of flavor it contains. It is a dry thin bread made with cumin seeds, spices, and methi. This is a healthy as well as a tasty recipe that can be relished at any time of the day, be it breakfast, along with lunch or dinner. It is available nowadays in many flavors where flavored spices are spread on the top of Khakra.
Want to have the best of both worlds? Try Khaman. It is one flawless combination of sweet and spicy. It is made up of fermented gram flour mixture which is later topped with sugar syrup, fried mustard seeds, and chilies. It is the ideal dish for those who want their sweet as well as spicy.
This crunchy street food is so mouthwatering that you wouldn’t be able to wait and think about your health for a second. It will take you to the world of zests when it will be served with steaming hot jalebis and fried green chilies. Fafda along with chilies will explode flavors in your mouth while jalebi will pamper your tongue giving all the pleasure in the world.
Non-vegetarians often think that vegetarians eat some leaves and grass and nothing else. Well, if leaves taste so darn good, I am ready to have them every day. It is a dish where gram flour and spices are spread on arbi or colocasia leaves whose end products are tasty as hell and healthy as well. These leaves are easily available anywhere and are too cheap.
This is the most popular snack where gram flour added with spices is deep fried. As a snack, it is served with fried green chilies and chutney and apart from that, it is eaten after dipping it in tea and milk.
Dabeli is the Indian style burger except it is too delicious. It was originated from the Kutch region in Gujarat. The pav is stuffed with mashed potato, spices, ground nuts, pomegranate seeds, etc. it is usually served with green coriander chutney and tamarind chutney. It is as lip-smacking as it sounds.
Or more popular by the name ‘methi ka gota’ is a deep fried fritter which is stuffed with spices, and methi leaves. It is typically served with sweet chutney or ketchup and fried green chilies. If you are too health conscious, it is better that you keep a safe distance from it or else you won’t be able to resist it.
This festive snack is widely made and consumed during the season of Diwali in Gujarat. It is a crunchy snack served with green sweet and sour chutney. The light snack can be consumed at any time of the day and with this, you can add one more delicacy to try in your bucket list.
This tea time snacks can be made up of different kinds of Indian flours. It is then stuffed with curry leaves, sesame seeds, and Mustard. To add a pinch of some more taste, fry it in hot oil and you are ready to relish the most amazing dish that you can.
All the sweet tooth people, gather around because here’s the real deal. Ghughra is a dessert which is usually prepared during festivals and occasions. It is an Indian dumpling stuffed with dried fruit, Khoya, sugar, etc. you can either bake this dumpling or deep fry it according to your health preference but either way, one thing is for sure, it will remain as mouthwatering as it is.
Just the mere name would have watered the mouth of many reading this. Shrikhand is one amazing dessert of Gujarat. It is basically curd and sugar processed into perfection. And to add the glory that it already has, it is topped with dry fruits, saffron, etc.
Another relishing dessert in the books of many but this gram flour fudge holds a special importance as it is prepared during festive seasons, not that at other times it is unavailable but during such times it is widely made and consumed. It has a tinge of the flavor of cinnamon that gives it the magic and because of that, it becomes completely impossible to avoid it.
Gujarat is basically like a pilgrimage for sweet tooth reason being it the home of Doodhpak. When rice is cooked in the goodness of milk and later added into saffron and dry fruits, it gives birth to a dish that no foodie can deny ever. It is one such treat to your tongue.
While we are talking about sweet milk and desserts, here’s one more dessert that is important to mention. Basundi is the milk based dessert which is prepared with thickened milk, almonds, Pistachios, sugar, and saffron. It is high in calories and fats but if you are lookia ng for healthy substitute, you can replace it with low fat milk and sugar substitutes.
It is not a specific dish but a variety of dishes served together in a Thali. So basically, it is the entire Gujarati cuisine served in a thali. It consists of Bajra rotla, Khichdi, sev tamaatar, Kadhi, Gol and Ghee, Bharela ringan and Chaas. It is literally everything you would need in your plate and much more.
Another member of the Dhokla family. However, it has its own uniqueness that will make it taste differently from the Dhokla. Handva is basically like a cake which is not sweet but crispy and namkeen. A batter or fermented rice and lentils is fried on a pan to make it golden and crispy and cannot be missed at any cost. It is a single layered thick bread made in cookers and after that, it is shallow fried in mustard, cumin seeds, and curry leaves. Guard, peas, garlic, ginger, green chillies and coriander and then after all of it when it is served with pickle, that’s when you have a taste of heaven.