Thursday, 15 December 2016

Top 20 delicious Gujarati Dishes that you must try when you visit Gujarat

Gujarati diaspora can be found in 129 of 190 countries listed as sovereign nations by the United Nations. Isn't this fabulous! With them, they not only carried their culture and tradition, but also their typical food worldwide. The only thing that comes to my mind is the amount of food gujju's carry with them when they travel. The sheer amount and variety of food and efficacy with which it's served is truly amazing. After Punjabi and South Indian food, gujarati food is the most popular culinary style in India. Each and every region namely North Gujarat, Kutch, Kathiawad and South Gujarat have their own unique touch and recipe style in Gujarati food.

In case you visit Gujarat, be sure that you don't miss these yummy dishes I have listed down.

1. Undhiyu

Undhiyu, a very popular Gujarati dish, is prepared during Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan – the kite flying festival of Gujarat. A mixed vegetable dish comprising of root vegetables, raw banana, eggplant and muthiya (fenugreek fritters) and spices. Undhiyu along with Puri and Jalebi is the most ideal combination for Uttarayan for all Gujaratis. Health consious people can try Matla Undhiyu (Umbadiyu), which is well cooked in an inverted hot pot. This traditional dish is popular in South Gujarat. Cooked for lunch or dinner, it can be relished with roti or parathas.

2. Handvo

Handvo, a pan cake like dish, is made from rice, lentils, sesame seeds, spices and vegetables.  It is often made with a bottle gourd filling, though many other vegetables can be added. It is a traditional Gujarati snack enjoyed with Green Chutney. It tastes super!

3. Locho

Locho, a very popular South Gujarat street food, is made of mixture of coarsely ground lentils and flat rice. The dish derives its name from its loose Consistency and irregular shape. It is often seasoned with oil, butter, Sev, spices, coriander, onion etc and is served with lemon juice, chutney , onion and sev (gram flour noodles). Locho is eaten all over Gujarat however Surat city is famous for its Locho. Now a day variety of Lochos are sold e.g. Butter Locho, Cheeze Locho, Garlic Locho etc.

4. Papdi no Lot / Khichu

Hey people on low calorie diet, Gujaratis also have substitutes for health conscious people and here is healthiest and easy to make snack for you. Khichu or 'Papdi no lot' is baked dough made of rice flour, green chillies, salt and cumin seeds. It is served with a tinge of oil and red chilli powder.

5. Khandvi

Khandvi is a popular Gujarati evening time snack which is rolled and cut into bite sized pieces which just melts into your mouth. It is primarily gram flour and youghurt that is slow cooked. It is usually garnished with fresh coconut and coriander leaves. A single piece of Khandvi, dipped in Green chilli-garlic chutney would just make you want to eat more and more!

6. Dhokla

Dhokla symbolizes a Gujarati and people here are considered to be a Dhokla lover. This is also a steamed snack comprising of fermented dal and rice mixture and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Today many versions of dhokla are available in the market be it the Sandwich dhokla or Khatta(sour) dhokla. All the versions are relished by everyone.

7. Khaman

Khaman is often confused with dhokla, as both have size and shape up to a great extent. Khaman is made of besan (gram flour) and dhokla is made out of rice and lentil flour, resulting in a distinct texture and taste. khaman is more flufflier and spongy than dhokla because it has a slightly higher content of soda. Khaman can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack. It is soft and fluffy with mildly tangy sweet and sour taste. You will surely love it!

8. Thepla

Often to be considered as a form of Parathas, however, a little different. Theplas are mostly made of wheat, spices and Green leafy Fenugreek mixed well in dough. It is the best breakfast an ideal Gujarati would wish for with a cup of Ginger tea. Every Non – Resident Gujarati swears to carry a packet of it while returning back, as these can be stored for long durations.

9. Dhebra

It is often confused with Thepla. Dhebra consist of bajra or jowar flour whereas Thepla are made from mainly wheat flour. Dhebras are rolled into smaller discs whereas theplas are rolled into big discs like roti. Dhebras are shallow fried whereas theplas are fried with lesser oil. Only similarity between them is they have fenugreek leaves. Be it Dhebra or Thepla both are yummy, tasty and makes a great snack.

10. Muthia

The name,'Muthia' is derived from the way it is made, from the 'gripping' action of the hand. It is basically made up of chickpea flour, methi (fenugreek), salt, turmeric, chili powder combined together which is either steamed or fried. Other varieties are made by using coarse flour of wheat and leafy vegetables such as amaranth, spinach, Luni or grated bottle gourd or peel of bitter gourd (karela). After steaming, they are tempered with sesame seeds and mustard seeds

11. Mathiya

Mathiya looks like papad but its taste is different. It is very crispy, crunchy and has spicy and salty flavour. It is a must in festivals like Diwali. The snack often sprinkled with red chilli powder is a great combination. Mathiya is too popular that nowadays, it is ordered online.

12. Fafda

This sweet-salty combination preferred street food in Gujarat. Fafda is basically long strips made from a dough of gram flour and spices. It tastes best with Kadhi (thick gravy made of gram flour and yoghurt), fried green chillies and raw papaya chutney. Fafda with Jalebi makes a great combination. You can find this in every street corner of major cities in Gujarat.

13. Mohanthal

Mohanthal is Indian desert prepared during auspicious occassions specially during Diwali. It is prepared in a large thaal or plate which gives it the name. This traditional dish is a mixture of Gram flour, khoya, milk and dry fruits.

14. Sev Tameta nu Shaak

Sev tameta (tomatoes) is a spicy curry made of tomatoes and onion, garnished with green coriander and a Gujarati snack- Sev (deep fried snack made of gram flour). All our non-Gujaratis will love this kathiyawadi dish for sure!

15. Khakhra

Khakhra is Originated from the state of Gujarat, as part of Jain Gujarati cuisine in India. It is a thin crackers made from mat bean, wheat flour and oil. There are many varieties of Khakhra such methi, jeera, Bajri, Math and masala to name a few. It is perfect for an evening snack and will stay fresh throughout your long trip.

16. Dabeli

Dabeli, also known as Kutchi Dabeli or Double Roti is a spicy snack originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat. It is made by mixing of mashed potato and dabeli masalas, putting that mixture between the pav (bun burgar), garnised with roasted peanuts and pomegranate, and served with chutneys made from tamarind, date, garlic, red chilies, etc. It is extremely good for people who crave for spicy and chat-pata food to eat.

17. Methi na gota

Methi  na gota or methi pakora, made of green Fenugreek and gram flour mixture is the street food of Gujarat. The most famous Gota's are from Dakor a village in Gujarat. It’s quite like the Batata Vada of Maharashtra, but different and yummier!

18. Chorafali

A traditional Gujarati snack usually made during annual Diwali festival. It's sour and spicy taste, seasoned in chilli powder and dry mango powder, has created a great demand and the reason it is now available as a street food too. It is one of most irresistible snack for street food lovers.

19. Lilva Kachori

Lilva Kachori, a spicy and delicious dumplings are made of green pigeon peas as stuffing and plain flour. It is widely consume as winter tea time snacks with Green Chutney or tangy tamarind chutney or tomato sauce.

20. Doodhpak

Doodhpak is a dessert dish, a kind of rice pudding made from milk, rice, saffron and nuts, accompanied by pooris. The milk is slow-boiled to thickened and sweetened and the dish is garnished with chopped almonds. This Gujarat dessert is difficult to resist.

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