Do you also get an appetite when you see Kadhi, Khadvi, Fafda or Jalebi? We know, you do. Gujarati cuisine is infact one of the oldest treasures of India and majorly vegetarian. It has a unique cooking style and offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. Gujarati chutneys, pickles, farsans and snacks are high on nutritional value but the real essence lies in the use of vegetables and mild spices. Gujarati food has an exquisite blend of flavors but sweet notes dominate the most. Gujarat is a hot state that is why use of sugar, tomatoes and lemons is quite common to keep the body hydrated. Above all, Gujarati food is a palate pleasing combination of sweet and sour flavors.
Here are the top dishes of Gujarati cuisine
1. Gujarati Samosa : The most loved tea treat stuffed with peas. It is a spicy, tangy snack that is hugely popular in not just Gujarat but all across the country. You can experiment with the filling of your choice and stuff it in the samosa. You can have aloo samosa, keema samosa or cheese samosa and have it with a hot cup of tea.
2. Khandvi: Those tangy rolls. Yum. It is popularly known as Dahivadi or Patuli and is made with gram flour. It is tempered with coconut, mustard seeds, curry leaves and heeng and is served with tea.
3. Gujarati Kadhi : Famous among every Indian family, it is a lovely kadhi with sweet and tangy taste. Gujarati curry is great to escape the heat with cool and refreshing flavor.
4. Dal Dhokli : A comfort food also known as Varan Phal or Chakolya. It is also popular in Marwar region of Rajasthan and a staple dish in all over Gujarat. Dal Dhokli has spiced whole wheat dumplings simmered in a curry made up of tuar dal, garlic, peanuts, kokum and turmeric.
5. Handvo: A crispy and savoury tea cake that is soft inside. Handvo is a healthy mix of bottle gourd, flour, lentils and buttermilk. Handvo is tempered with mustard and heeng and is made is just 30 minutes. It is an easy and quick recipe and you can serve it with chutney of your choice.
6. Dhokla: Everyone loves this ultimate Gujarati food. Soft and spongy dhoklas are one of the most loved Gujarati snack across the country and are made in multiple ways. Traditional dhoklas are made up of besan, ginger garlic paste and chilli lemon tempering. Dhoklas are usually served with green chutney and tomato ketchup.
7. Shrikhand : We always keep the dessert for the last. No one can afford missing this dessert. It is popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra and is often served as prasad in temples during pujas and festivals. This has delicious yogurt with a rich flavor of elaichi powder. Made with just a handful of ingredients and absolutely no time, Shrikhand recipe is as easy as it can get.
These Gujarati food recipes can be easily made at home and be served as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try making them and let us know how you like them.