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Flavours of Gujarat

Gujarati cuisine is one of the most celebrated cuisines in India. Each dish with a distinct taste and an exclusive name for sure! Most of their dishes have a slightly sweet flavour to it, just like the sweetness in the Gujaratis. If you are travelling with a Gujarati friend, you are lucky to enjoy the homemade delights along because their foods have the best shelf life. Street foods and snacks are the saviours that can be eaten anytime and anywhere to keep you going.

We thought we will give you the recipe for a traditional Gujarati meal which is sure to gain a spot in your hearts!

Too many to start with: There is an endless list of snacks and starters in this cuisine to choose from. The Pinwheel Khandvi is a twist to the traditional Khandvis- extremely soft and delicious which melts in your mouth with each bite. They are prepared with gram flour and yoghurt, stuffed with green chutney and cheese with a tempering of mustard seeds to leave a beautiful aftertaste. Another popular starter is White Dhokla, made with Ural dal and rice, this yoghurt based snack tastes best when served alongside dhaniye ki chutney.




Shaak speciality: They have a range of sabzi preparations with a distinct style. The Sing nu Shaak recipe has spicy thick gravy prepared with buttermilk and spices topped with drumsticks, tastes best served with hot chapatis. The traditional, Sev Tameta nu Shaak is a must-try dish when trying out a Gujarati meal. Crispy sev with juicy tomatoes make a great combination with aromatic spices. Try them both, you will love them.


Kadhi rice or Dal rice? Both are exceptionally loved by all Indians and it’s a hard choice to make between them, ALWAYS! But, have you tried the Jain Moong ni Kadhi, loaded with nutrients of dal and a flavourful tempering added to the usual kadhi, makes it taste even better. The Gujarati Dal is another classic, simple and subtle sweet taste with some jaggery. Serve them both with piping-hot rice and you’re good to go!


Time to roll: Gujaratis make their roti out of bajra, jowar, gram flour etc. The Bajra na Rotla is the typical roti which comes from rural Gujarat and is healthy to eat. Make them crisp and drizzle some ghee on it to get a perfect experience. We sure won’t miss mentioning the Theplas, a staple in any Guajarati household. This Mixed Dal thepla will get ready in a jiffy but last for long. Prepared with cooked dal and fresh fenugreek leaves and cooked till golden on both sides.  


Khichdi made exciting: Though we have been eating Khichdis all our lives but Gujarat has its own delicious versions of Khichdi. This Char Dal Ni Khichdi has a medley of 4 varities of dal and rice. Super healthy and gets ready in a jiffy. The other option for you is the Waghareleli (Masala) Khichdi, which has a flavourful tempering and masaledar taste for you to enjoy!


Mazedaar Mithais: Gujarati food has a sweet flavour in all their dishes but their mithais are a class-apart. Basundi, a sweet with thickened milk and aromatic kesar topped with crunchy nuts are heavenly. Mohanthal is rich besan burfi which will be a sad regret to miss out on! It’s very popular meetha amongst Gujaratis and is extremely delicious!


There are many more Gujarati recipes for you to check out on our website www.sanjeevkapoor.com Hope you will enjoy the full course Gujarati Thali and let us know whether it was a saras experience or no!

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.