Gujarati dishes are a blend of exquisite flavors, where sweet notes dominate most dishes; it is no surprise that Gujaratis are known for their perpetual quest for food. Gujarati cuisine makes for one of oldest culinary treasures of India and one can’t ignore the fact that their food is always high on nutritional value. The vibrant Gujarati cuisine is sure to excite your palate, read on.
#1 Gujarati Thali (a full plate meal)
This is not just a meal; it’s a sumptuous feast that you will never forget. The overflowing thali comprises an assortment of dishes that commences with farsans and ends with buttermilk. Sweet dish, buttermilk and aamras (seasonal) dominates the Gujarati platter. So, loosen your belt and dive right into the elaborate Gujarati thali the first chance you get!
The king of Gujarati dishes Undhiyu, is one of the reasons why a Gujarati waits for winter. This special winter delicacy is made from the fresh produce readily available in winter. This mixed vegetable dish is made with root vegetables, eggplant, muthiya (fenugreek fritters) and an aromatic blend of spices. Undhiyu and puri is the ideal combination during Makar Sankranti and weddings for Gujaratis.
#3 Khaman Dhokla
The sponge snack Unarguably, Dhokla is the most recognised Gujarati dish
This healthy, steamed dish made from ground lentils and chickpea flour, is garnished with mustard seeds, coriander leaves and sev. Served with fried chilies, green and a tangy tamarind chutney, Khaman Dhokla is traditionally served on a large green leaf called the Kesuda. The soft, fluffy Khaman is a healthy snack with an interesting blend of sweet and sour taste.
This delectable bite-sized snack is cooked with gram flour and buttermilk, rolled up in mushy goodness. The simple but aromatic garnishing of curry leaves, coriander, sautéed cumin, mustard and coconut gives it the added flavour. This delectable snack is liked by most but is tricky to prepare.
As we all know, any Gujarati family’s journeys, picnics, foreign trips or even business trips aren’t complete without this ubiquitous flat bread. Prepared with gram flour, whole wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves and spices, these flatbreads boast of a long shelf life along with being a healthy snacking option. It’s amazing how Gujaratis’ everyday meals comprise of nutritious foods. This dish is usually served with curd, pickle or a steaming cup of tea.
There comes another tea-time snack for you! This fist cake is prepared with a mixture of bottle gourd, chickpea flour and spices. This steamed delicacy makes for a perfect meal for the health conscious and it can also be pan-fried and seasoned for it to be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It is best relished with ketchup, mint chutney or tea.
Do we see you drooling already? The Gujarati cuisine has something for everyone. Offering a wide variety of dishes, each with its unique cooking style, myriads of pickles, farsans and chutneys, who would mind trying out some vegetarian food. There’s no arguing that Gujaratis are the best hosts, they don’t just feed you, they overfeed you.
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