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Top 08 Most Famous Traditional Gujarati Cuisine

Top 08 Most Famous Traditional Gujarati Cuisine

When you think of Indian cuisine, what comes first to the mind is Punjabi and South Indian dishes. However, tucked away in the West is a goldmine of tasty, mouthwatering cuisine and that corner is Gujarat. The best thing is all these dishes are vegetarian but rival non-vegetarian ones for being lip-smacking, finger-licking good. Try Famous Traditional Gujarati Cuisine and you will go for these in a big way while you visit Gujarat.

List of 08 Most Famous Traditional Gujarati Cuisine

01. Undhiyu


A winter recipe, this is especially savored on Uttarayan or Kite flying day on 14th January. The recipe is simple and is one of the Famous Traditional Gujarati Cuisine. You simply put together green beans, potatoes, Ratalu or Purple Yam, Whole Brinjals, green lentil seeds in a large pot along with plenty of oil, Garam Masala, Red Chilli Powder, turmeric and salt and let it stew on low heat.

What makes the difference is the addition of “Muthiya” or balls made of coarse wheat flour to which you add fenugreek leaves and fry them in oil before adding to the Undhiyu. Healthy, nutritious and something you can eat by the plate, Undhiyu is just plain delicious and filling.

02. Sev Khamani

Sev Khamani

A delicious snack or a filling food, Sev Khamani is dear to Gujarati hearts and can be yours too. It is made by soaking chickpeas or Chana Dal, grinding to a paste and then spreading it in a container which is placed in a steam cooker. After that the cooked gram dough is broken into small pieces.

Next one gives it a Tadka of mustard, ginger, chili paste and sugar. This is added to the cooked gram dough pieces. Next comes the important part which transforms into a lip-smacking snacks. You garnish it with sev, add pomegranate seeds generously, a sprinkling of green chopped chillies and plenty of coriander leaves with lemon juice sprinkling. It is best eaten with grated raw papaya and coriander mint chutney.

03. Shrikhand


One of the tastiest and easiest things to make, Shrikhand will leave you feeling satiated. Hang curds in a cloth until whey is drained after which you add sugar and keep churning the mix to a smooth paste.

You can add powdered cardamom seeds or Kesar strands for flavoring and embellish Shrikhand with almonds, cherries, cashew, or even ripe mango pieces. Chill and eat with piping hot puris.

04. Khandvi


This is another mouthwatering snack from Gujarat. It is made by making a thick batter of gram flour paste that is spread on a plate and steam cooked. Once cooked you let it cool and make vertical cuts.

Then you roll up each strip and put it aside. Make a tadka of red dry chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, and Jeera seeds and pour it over the rolls. Garnish with grated green coconut, coriander leaves, and a dash of lemon juice. Goes well with fried green chilies and chutney.

05. Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli

A simple, healthy, nutritious and filling meals you can make at one go. Soak dal for an hour and bring to boil with plenty of water. While it is boiling, knead some dough with plain wheat flour, roll it out and cut into diamonds. Slip these diamonds into the boiling Daal and let cook for ten minutes.

Add some tamarind juice or better still, kokum juice extracted by soaking dry kokum in water, salt to taste and some Red Chilli and turmeric powder. Make a Tadka of mustard seeds, garlic pieces and ginger pieces and some curry leaves and add to the Dal Dhokli simmering on the stove. Remove. Let cool and enjoy.

06. Handvo


This can be a snack or a meal. You make a coarse flour using rice, Chana and Urad. Make a batter using buttermilk and let it ferment overnight. Make a paste of ginger, garlic, green Chillis and Jeera powder and add to the batter which is then poured in a greased dish and baked until outer surface is crisp. Add Tadka of mustard seeds, Jeera seeds, curry leaves and the dish is ready.

07. Patra


This treat is made using colocasia leaves also known as elephant’s ears leaves. The rib portion is sliced off. You make a batter using gram flour and add some caraway, cumin seeds and red curry powder and salt to the batter. This thick batter is spread on the leaves.

The leaves are rolled and tied with string after which they are steamed. Slice the steamed rolls. Then make a Tadka and pour on this delicious, healthy and nutritious Patra. Garnish with coriander and grated green coconut. Eat with chutney of your liking.

08. Sev Tomato Curry

Sev Tomato Curry

This is a staple Gujarati curry you can make in a hurry. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, a few garlic pods, curry leaves and grated ginger. Fry until it smells nice and add asafetida. Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook. Add salt, a little bit of sugar, Red Chilli and turmeric powder and water and make a medium gravy. Remove from heat. Put some in a dish and top with a half cup of Sev. That’s it. Simple and delicious curry.

The list of lip-smacking cuisines doesn’t end here as Gujarat is known for diversity and hence the state offers you numerous dishes to treat your taste buds but we have compiled only a few of them.

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