Gujarat Famous food/Snack | You must try when you explore Gujarat

Gujarat located on part of western coast of India, A State that is home to serval architectural wonder and its famous for spirited culture and rich heritage, state that is famous for its delicious, mouth-watering cuisines. Gujarat is home of the pure Asiatic Lions, it offers a spectacular view of scenic beauty ranging from Great Rann of Kutch to hills of Saputara, apart from scenic beauty it has Somnath temple that has 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva that draws thousand of devotees to it.

Gujarati cuisines is one of the most famous and oldest Culinary jewels of India and key factor is vegetarian cuisines. It offers a wide variety of vegetarian cuisines, each has its own uniqueness from crispy texture, to some amount of sugar in each dish, it is fill with burst of flavours and has array of colors. Welcome to part of India where Gujarati Cuisines not only fills with flavours in it but, has sweet taste in every dish of it. A traditional Gujarati meal serves on silver platter that comprises of ghee rotis, sabzi/shaak, dal/kadhi, rice, farshan, chutney, and homemade pickles. One of the most amazing things about Gujarati peoples is when they travel anywhere they don’t eat the fast food they pack own homemade food and carry with them. Now let’s take a glimpse of well-known Gujarati dishes. 

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Here, is the list of Gujarati Cuisines that you must try when you explore Gujarat state and don’t miss them:

  •      Khaman – Fluffy snack

  •      Thepla – Thin fenugreek Paratha

  •      Fafda Jalebi – a combination of sweet aromatic and crunchy salty texture

  •      Undhiyu – mixed vegetable dish

  •      Handvo - sweet & savoury cake

  •      Patra – a blend of spice, salt and sweetness 

  •      Gujarati Kadhi – a mixture of sweet and sour

  •      Sev tameta nu Shak – a flavourful dish 

  •      Surati Ghari – sweet and pecan nuts with Ghee

  •      Khakhra – Crunchy non-fried flatbread

  •      Dabeli – Roadside famous snack

  •      Chorafali - Diwali special

  •      Khandvi - soft round shape layers rolls

  •      Doodh Pak - Gujarati variant of rice pudding.

    Khaman – Fluffy snack

A very tasty and healthy steamed snacks made from lentils and chickpea flour. A dish very similar to Dhokla. It is spongy item and has higher content of soda in it. The Khaman is usually cut into cubes and garnished with coriander, mustard seeds, chopped green chilly. It is serves with chutneys. It is topped with sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste), pomegranate that enhance the taste of Khaman. The perfect mix of sweet and salty taste in each bite of Khaman making it a favourite snack of Gujarat. The other variant of Khaman is also very famous snack that is made up of Khaman Dhokla and it is known as Sev Khamni. The Khaman Dhokla is crushed and shallow fried in butter and mixed with Indian spices and garnished with sev and pomegranate. The sev Khamni is same snack as Khaman. But, the recipe and taste is differs a lot.

Thepla – Thin fenugreek Paratha

Thepla is world famous snack. No Gujarati journeys, picnic, outings and even Business trip is completed without this unique snack. It is made from gram flour, whole wheat flour, and fenugreek leaves (Methi). This flatbread is very healthy and tasty snack. Thepla can be preserved more than one week. It is serves with pickle or hot masala tea. Whether it’s tea time, Breakfast time, or any free time one thing is sure, Gujarati’s can’t live without the Thepla.

Fafda Jalebi – a combination of sweet aromatic and crunchy salty texture

The Fafda Jalebi is sweet and crunchy salty Gujarati snack that is available in every street of Gujarat. Fafda is crunchy snack that is made from fried chickpea flour, turmeric and carom (ajwain) seeds. The best combination of sweet and salty crunchy taste and with crisp of sweet jalebi and filled with aromatic of rose sugar syrup that makes it more flavourful in taste. The Fafda Jalebi serves with dry papaya chutney. On Sundays, there are huge queues outside farshan shops. People enjoy their Sunday breakfast with Fafda Jalebi in Gujarat.

Undhiyu – mixed vegetable dish

The king of Gujarati Dishes Undhiyu (Uttarayan special - kite festival). it is a dish which is very easy to make anytime. it is made with a melange of winter veggies like brinjals, surti papdi, potatoes, crunchy muthiyas (fried chickpea flour dumplings), green peas, bananas and beans including all Indian spices. All mixtures that enhance the flavours of Undhiyu and serves with roti and buttermilk.

Handvo - sweet & savoury cake

A savoury tea-cake that is crispy on outside and soft on inside. Traditionally, prepared over charcoal or in pressure cooker. A healthy mix of bottle gourd (lauki) along with mix of buttermilk, flour, coriander, chillies, lentils and rice. The Handvo is sometimes made on pan-fried to make crispy and golden texture and seasoning with sesame seeds that gives it more flavour to Handvo. It serves hot with green chutney and Hot masala Tea.

Patra – a blend of spice, salt and sweetness

A very popular Gujarati snack recipe that is made from Colocasia leaves that is stuffed with Gram Flour (besan batter), with other ingredients and the leaves that are rolls and steamed. The taste of Patra is very flavourful. you must try Patra whenever you explore Gujarat.

Gujarati Kadhi – a mixture of sweet and sour

What to say about Gujarati kadhi, it is known by every person around the world. The Gujarati Kadhi is most famous kadhi in all over world that is made from Dahi (Yogurt), gram flour, and spices. A routine dish in almost every household of Gujarati. A perfect combination of spice and sweet-sour taste. The taste of curry enhances when ghee vagar (Takda) poured with mustard, cumin seeds, and garlic paste. It serves with hot Basmati rice. Simple to make and easy to eat.

Sev tameta nu Shak – a flavourful dish

A good tomato flavour that can be found in every bite of Sev Tameta nu Shak. A very few of Gujarati dish that is blend of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy flavour in one go. it is garnished with freshly chopped coriander and crispy sev. It is easy to make and delicious to eat, it serves with breads like Ghee Roti, Thepla and Parathas. 

Surati Ghari – sweet and pecan nuts with Ghee

The Surti Ghari is very famous in all over India. Ghari is made from Milk, ghee and batter with sweet fillings that is moulded in round shape. It is coated with Ghee and garnished with pecan, Pistachio and other nuts. The Ghari is mostly famous in the Diamond and textile city of India famously known as ‘Surat’. Suratis consumed around 1 lakh kg of Ghari every year on Chandani Padva. The Ghari is consumed during the festival of Chandani Padva.   

Khakhra – Crunchy non-fried flatbread

Khakhra is light snack that is served in evening snacks in every Gujarati House. It is thin flat bread and a very popular Jain cuisine made of mat bean, wheat flour and bit of oil. It is crispy, non-fried snack that is healthy to eat. It can be preserved for many days and taste best when serves with Tea. A lot of variety of Khakhra is available from crisps Methi, masala being the most common ones. You will find lot of exotic flavours of Khakhra such as Pav-Bhaji, Pani-Puri, Pizza, Garlic bread, Chaat masala, Manchurian and lot more in many famous Farshan shops of Gujarat

Dabeli – Roadside famous snack

Dabeli snack have root originated in Kutch, Gujarat. It’s a sandwich like snack made with bit of spicy potato fillings with peanut and mix with different chutneys in between pav. It’s topped with sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste), chopped onions, spicy peanut, and pomegranate seeds that makes it more flavourful in taste. it is served with spicy green chutney and tamarind (Imli) chutney that gave immense tasty flavour to Dabeli. Dabeli is Gujarat Modern Vada Pav.

Chorafali - Diwali special

Chorafali is same as Khakhra but the recipe and taste are very different than Khakhra. It has crunchy texture and garnished with spice powder. It is made from flours like urad flour, gram flour, spice powder and Black salt, etc. it is deep fried in hot oil. Tossed with dried spices at end, the delicious snack is ready to eat. One of the most Popular Diwali Snack of Gujarati People.

Khandvi - soft round shape layers rolls

One of most lovable Gujarati Snacks, Khandvi is also known as Patuli. It is made from batter consisting of gram flour, yogurt, turmeric and ginger paste. It is seasoned with sautéed sesame seeds and few other spices. Khandvi is also popular snack in Maharashtrian cuisines. This rolled, vivid snack is tempered with coconut, mustard seeds and curry leaves. The look of khandvi is very beautiful but, it is very tricky to cook. The rolls are very fascinating and attractive.

Doodh Pak - Gujarati variant of rice pudding

Doodh Pak is other variant of rice pudding. It is a sweet dish made up of milk. The Doodh Pak consist of boiled rice, saffron and dry fruits in it. The Doodh Pak is generally made at the time of festival and distributed as sacred food (Prashad) to the people. It can be eaten on room temperature or at cold temperature. It is taken as desserts or in dinner. The Doodh Pak is originated from Gujarat.

Now, I have shared a glimpse of Gujarat Famous food/Snack. From fluffy to thin Paratha, Sweet to Crunchy salty Texture, Mixed vegetables to spicy, sweet and sour taste, Ghee coated garnished with nuts to Gujarati variant of Rice pudding.   Mark on your checklist list and implement it each one of them at least once in life. Happy Eating folks! Keep Exploring new places! Try new delicious, tasty and flavourful Gujarati Cuisines. when you visit Gujarat. (Vibrant Gujarat).

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