Gujarati Food Recipes with Pictures

Gujarati Food Recipes with Pictures

Gujarat is a state on the West Coast of India most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula. The wide coastline and numerous ports provide the state with a huge amount of seafood but as the majority of people residing in Gujarat do not consume meat, the authentic dishes are usually vegetarian. Compared to the spice loaded and bright red colored Indian dishes, Gujarati food has a very subtle taste that makes it extremely distinct from other Indian cuisines.  Most of the Gujarati dishes are sweet while rests have a very close sweet to salt ratio. Gujarati cuisine also use a lot of Vaghar in the dishes, which is a mixture of spices heated in oil/ghee which changes depending upon the main ingredient.

Here is a list of 10 Gujarati food recipes with pictures:

 

KHANDVI

Khandvi

Khandvi also known as Patuli , Dahivadi or Suralichi Vadi  is one of the most loved Gujarati snack. They are prepared from gram flour, yogurt, different spices and sugar.  Turmeric powder is added to the batter to give it the eye catching yellow color. Khandvi are tightly rolled into bite size pieces and glazed with a “Chauk” prepared from coconut, mustard seeds, coriander and chilies. Its unique sweet and sour taste makes it irresistible.

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THEPLA

THEPLA

Thepla is a soft Gujarati flat bread usually prepared from wheat flour mixed with gram flour and with other spices. It is popular as a breakfast dish paired with Dahi, Achar or Chutney .It is also served as a side dish with main course or as a late afternoon snack. To increase their bench life the flour for Theplas is bound into a stiff dough using milk instead of water, and with extra ghee/oil. Gujaratis usually carry Theplas with them during travelling.

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PURAN POLI

PURAN POLI

Puran Poli or Vedmi is a flatbread stuffed with sweet lentil filling prepared from chana, wheat flour, cane sugar cardmom powder and ghee. Sometimes chana is replaced by toor dal. This sweet bread goes well along the spicy ad tangy achars. They are prepared during festivals as well for normal meals.

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GUJARATI KADHI

GUJARATI KADHI

It is a Gujarati version of Kadhi prepared from buttermilk or dahi and gram flour. It is an essential part of the Gujarati cuisine. Compared to the Punjabi Kadhi, it is lighter in taste, consistency and color. This sweet and spicy Kadhi goes well with a bowl of hot Gujarati Khichdi.

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FAFDA

FAFDA

It is a popular Gujarati snack. Fried, Crispy, Crunchy that’s exactly what a Fafda is. Made from besan and laced with carom seeds and black pepper it makes a perfect tea time munchy.

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UNDHYU

UNDHYU

It is a mixed vegetable dish that is a regional specialty of Surat, Gujarat. The name “Undhiyu” comes from the Gujarati word “Undhu” meaning upside down as the dish was traditionally cooked upside down underground in earthen pots. The taste of the dish changes seasonally as the freshly available vegetables are incorporated in its preparation. This spice coated vegetable dish is usually served with poori (indian round fried bread).

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GUJARATI KHICHDI

GUJARATI KHICHDI

Gujarati Khichdi also known as Vaghareil  Khichdi is a Gujarati comfort dish. Prepared from simple rice and moong dal it is a very light dish.  The aromatic vaghar (Gujarati word for tadka ‘tempering’) of garlic cumin seeds, curry leaves and ghee adds an amazing flavor to the Khichdi.

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HANDVO

HANDVO

It is a vegetable cake originated from Gujarat. It is usually prepared gram flour and bottled guard (Lauki) but other vegetables can also be used to make this. Sometimes crushed and fried peanuts are also added to this. It is served hot with spicy pickles.

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DHOKLA

DHOKLA

Looking for a light but flavorful snack? Dhokla is your answer, made out of rice and chickpea flour some baking soda is added to the batter and is left for few hours to ferment then it is steamed and cut into rectangular fluffy pieces. A lime and sugar liquid is poured over it and a coriander, coconut and mustard seeds tempering perfectly balances the taste. It is usually eaten during breakfast or as a light snack pared with some fried chilies and green chutney.

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BASUNDI

BASUNDI

Basundi is a sweet dish prepared by reducing the milk to a thick consistency and adding sugar, saffron, cardamom, pistachios and some other dry fruits. It is similar to the North Indian Rabdi but is a bit less thick than that. It is usually made during festivities and is served chilled.

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