Who remembers Kareena Kapoor’s iconic dialogue from 3 Idiots?
“Tum Gujarati log itne cute hote ho… par tum log ka khana itna khatarnak kyun hota hai, dhokla, fafda, handva, thepla… aise lagta hai jaise koi missiles hai,” she said.
While the Gujarati dishes names do sound as mentioned in this dialogue but there’s no denying that the food is finger licking good. Gujju or not, here is a list of all the Gujarati food that every foodie must try right now. YUM!
From Dhokla to Dal Dokhali, these Gujarati dishes will make you a fan of Gujarati khana. Make it a point to taste these palatable dishes and indulge in their amazing flavours!
A vegetarian favourite among Gujarati dishes, dhoklas can be eaten as a snack, main course or as a side dish these are made up of fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. So all you need is some flavoursome chutney and chillies to eat these dhokla with.
An everyday dish for Gujaratis which is spicy and sweet! Eating this dal dhokli with rice will certainly make your day. It is also relished in Maharashtra and called as Varan Phal or Chakolya in Marathi. Its recipe include boiling thick wheat flour noodles in lentils (pigeon pea).
If your taste buds crave for street food every time then Sev Khamni will give you one more reason to have a cheat day. This tasty snack is made up by mixing khaman and sev (bhujia) with meethi or green chutney.
For the people who have a sweet tooth, this Gujarati dessert- Basundi is hard to ignore. Being one of the best Gujarati dishes, Basundi is made up from condensed milk, saffron and nuts. It is easy to make and has an incredibly pleasing taste.
Want something tasty and healthy for eating between your meals? Here’s the best Gijarati snack! Khakra is one of the best Gujarati food items to save you from your small hunger pangs. These crispy thin crackers are made up of mat bean, oil and wheat flour. Enjoy them with pickle, seasonings of your favourite spices or a cup of chai!
The most delicious Gujarati breakfast, Khandvi is basically made with thin layers of gram flour with buttermilk and rolled into a mush. It is seasoned with sauteed sesame seeds, spices, garnished with coriander, curry leaves, cumin, mustard, and coconut.
It has interestingly been named after the action that is used to shape the dough, these are basically breakfast fist cakes. They are also eaten as an evening snack along with tea to satisfy that mid-day hunger. Take a mixture of chickpea flour, bottle gourd, and spices, steam and pan fry them and finally season them. Without frying, it becomes a great snack for health-conscious people.
This is the king of all Gujarati dishes and is a special winter delicacy. Undhiyu is made with eggplant, crunchy muthiyas, potatoes, yam, green peas, bananas, and beans cooked slowly with buttermilk, coconut, and spices. It is served with shrikhand and is severed on Gujarati weddings.
Every Gujarati’s cheat-day breakfast, fafda is crunchy, fried chickpea flour snack and jalebi is a sweet deep-fried pretzel dipped in sugar. Together, it’s a match made in heaven. When you take a bite of the crunchy, salty, spicy fafda eat it with the jalebi because that combination of teekha meets meetha is yummy!
Lilva Kachori is a great winter and monsoon tea snack which adds that warmth to a cool day. They are balls of flour stuffed with a filling of pigeon peas along with green chillies, coriander and spices. The balls are rolled and fried and are served with tangy chutney. Can you imagine a cool monsoon evening perfected with this?
The Gujarati thali star is the kadhi and is distinctively recognised because of its white colour. It is made with sour curd, thickened gram flour and sweetened with jaggery or sugar. It has a thin soup-like consistency and can be enhanced with the addition of koftas or pakoras. Served best with hot phulkas or steamed rice, and is perfect for the summer as a cooling dish.
This dish is a soft fudge-like sweet made with sweetened gram flour, cardamom, nuts, and flavoured saffron. It’s a simple homely treat for the palate and was even said to be Lord Krishna’s favourite dessert and is hence made on Janmasthami. This is perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth.
This Gujarati dish is crispy and yummy dessert prepared on festivals or some special occasions. You can have them baked or fried as per your taste.
These are just some of the fave Gujju dishes that we love. So foodies, tuti pado (dig in.)
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