Gujarati culture and food are an important part of India’s diverse culture. North Gujarat, Kathiawad, Kachchh, Central Gujarat and South Gujarat are the five major regions of Gujarat that contribute their unique touch to Gujarati cuisine. Here are 20 Gujarati food items that should be tried by everyone.
Khandavi is snack in Gujarati as well as in Maharashtrian cuisine. It is liked by everyone but mostly by people who are fond of lightly spiced food. It is made of gram four and yougurt and is generally served with green chutney.
Undiyu is the regional speciality of Surat. It is a mixed vegetable dish with spices. Different states have their own dishes that are especially made during the kite festival and Undiyu is made during the kite festival in Gujarat. It is very popular among the people of Gujarat. The great flavour of Undiyu is a treat to the tongue.
Shrikhand is a traditional sweet of Gujarat as well as Maharashtra. It is made of hung curd and is flavoured with saffron, cardamom and pistachios. Shrikhand is a dish that once eaten, will never be forgotten.
4. Gujarati Kadhi
Gujarati Kadhi is a variation of the Kadhi, which is an important dish in many states. Yogurt, butter milk, gram flour/maize flour, garlic, ginger, green chillies, black pepper, clove, asafoetida and dry Fenugreek are used to make the Gujarati Kadhi. It is served with rice, chappati or thepla and is an important part of the Gujarati Thali. One should to definitely take the great taste of the Gujarati Kadhi and try to find how it is different from its other variations.
Dhokla is made with a batter of fermented rice and split peas. It is generally fried with cumin seeds and served with green chutney. Dhokla is sweet and namkeen in taste. It is undoubtedly one of the most known and loved dishes of Gujarat.
6. Dal Dhokli
Dal Dhokli is is a Rajasthani, Gujarati and Maharashtrian dish made by boiling thick wheat flour noodles (dhokli or phal) in a pigeon pea stew (dal or varan). It is believed that Marwari who migrated to Gujarat invented this dish. It is a staple dish in Gujarat. Everyone visiting Gujarat should keep this item in their list.
Thepla is made of methi, mooli, dhudhi, potato, mixed vegetable or garlic but the methi thepla is traditionally most popular. It can be enjoyed together with dahi (yogurt), red garlic chutney and chhundo (sweet mango pickle). Thepla is great in taste and is loved by people across the country.
Fafda is one of the most popular snacks of Gujarat. It is rectangular in shape and is made of besan. It is served with green chutney and fried green chillies or paired with jalebi. The local shops in Gujarat sell it in breakfast and fandango definitely deserves to be on your breakfast plate.
Handvo is a vegetable cake-like dish which has bottle gourd and other vegetables. It is extremely popular among the people of Gujarat. You should at least taste Handvo once in your life.
It is made from colocasia leaves (taro, kesuve or arbi) stuffed with rice flour and flavourings such as spices, tamarind, and jaggery (raw sugar). it is equally a part of the Konkani cuisine, Malvani cuisine and Maharashtrian cuisine as it is of the Gujarati cuisine.
It is made up of chickpea flour, methi (fenugreek), salt, turmeric, chili powder. Muthiya is shaped liked sausage. It is supposed to keep bowel movement regular. It has great taste that will stay with you.
12. Lilva Kachori
Lilva Kachori is a traditional Gujarati snack which is perfect for winter and monsoon season. The stuffing of it made from fresh green pigeon peas.
13. Sev Tameta Nu Shak
It is a new Indian style curry which is sweet and sour in taste. This dish is made with tomatoes, onions and Indian spices. It is garnished with sev. Different flavours of this dish dissolve in the mouth and create an irresistible taste.
Khichu or Khichiyu is a dough for making papad, however, because of its great taste, it is also consumed as a snack. It is generally made of rice flour or even with some innovation, that is, Bajra Khichu.
Mohanthal is a special sweet of Gujarat which is specially made during Raksha Bandhan. It is basically besan barfi that has loads of dry fruits inside it. Mohanthal is very popular and will provide absolute satisfaction to your sweet tooth.
The crunchy Gota, made of green Fenugreek and gram flour, is a street food of Gujarat. It is similar to Aaloo Wada of Maharashtra. Gota is like pakoda, methi ka pakoda, saunf ka pakoda, can be also considered as fried balls.
17. Murghanu Shak
Murghanu Shak is a chicken dish which is a mixed taste of sweet, tangy and sour. It also has potato and drumstick in it. While the food in Gujarat is generally vegetarian, it is an absolute favourite of people who like non-vegetarian food.
Dabeli has originated from the Kuchchh region of Gujarat. It is made of boiled potato and dabeli masala and put inside two buns. It is served with chutney and is a popular snack in India. Dabeli cannot be missed because who doesn’t like street food and especially when it is something as tasty as this one.
Locho is steamed Gujarati Farsan (Snack /Side Dish) originated in Surat. It is made from Gram Flour. Locho is erred with onion and green chutney. It is a street food that should not be missed by anyone traveling to Gujarat.
It is a semi-liquid dessert made of thickened milk, almonds, Pistachios, sugar and saffron which is similar to the North Indian Rabdi. It is often made on Hindu festivals such as Kali Chaudas and Bhaubeej (Bhai Dooj). Different styles of basundi are also prepared, such as sitaphal (custard apple) basundi and angoor basundi (basundi with smaller kinds of rasgullas). It is a must try for everyone’s to pamper their sweet tooth.
21. Chaap ne Bataka roast
It is a roasted lamb dish. Lamb is marinated with several ground spices paste and roasted over potato wedges. The potato wedges are also covered with the same paste. Chaap ne Bataka roast is a part of the Gujarati Kshatriya cuisine.
Bhugo was earlier made from minced partridge, a type of small bird but it is now made of Chicken due to unavailability of Partridge now. It is an extremely dry dish so that it can be prevented from growth of fungus and kept for a longer time. The dish is wrapped in muslin cloth after baking to take out extra water. Bhugo is originally from the Kutch region of Gujarat. It can also be added to gravy or soup for a different taste.
23. Egg Gotala
Egg Gotala is made from eggs, tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic and pav bhaji masala. It is widely available in the streets of Gujarat. Egg Gotala is an interesting snack of mashed eggs and is served with pav. It can be considered as an interesting variation of the regular pav bhaji.
24. Patra ni Machli
The dish is made from pomfret or sea bass fish. The fish is first marinated and coated with green coriander and coconut chutney, and then steamed after wrapping in banana leaf. It is a dish of the Parsi community and often served in weddings and other functions.
25. Gharab nu Achaar
It is a seafood dish. ‘Gharab’ is the Gujarati word for fish roe. The fish roe is covered with red chillies, pickle spices and vinegar. The spicy and tangy taste of this dish calls for a try.
Khakhra is a cracker snack common to Gujarati and Rajasthani culture. It is crunchy and people enjoy having it with spicy or sweet chutney, tea or milk. Khakhra has different varieties made from fenugreek (methi), cumin (jeera), garlic, ajwain, bajri, pudina. Mungdi is a sweet type of Khakhra.
27. Gujarati Puda
It is made with gram flour, semolina, shredded green pepper, coriander, ginger, vegetables, spices and yogurt. The ingredients are mixed and baked on tawa. It can be eaten as a snack. It is also known as vegetarian omelette or as the Gujarati pancake.