1 Staple foods 2 List of Gujarati dishes
2.3 Vegetables (Shaak/Subzi)
2.4 Side dishes (Farsan)
2.5 Snacks (Nasta)
Dal (pulses) 2.7 Mithai (sweets) 2.8 Condiments 2.9 Spices and seasonings
3 See also 4 References 5 External links
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Staples include homemade khichdi (rice and lentil or rice and mung bean), and chaas (buttermilk) and pickles as side. Main dishes are based on steamed cooked vegetables with different spices and dals that are added to a vaghar, which is a mixture of spices heated in oil that varies depending on the main ingredients. Salt, sugar, lemon, lime, and tomatoes are used frequently to prevent dehydration in an area where temperatures reach 50 °C (122 °F) in the shade. It is common to add a little sugar or jaggery to some of the 'Vegetable dishes and dal. The sweet flavour of these dishes is believed to neutralize the slightly bland taste of the vegetables.
Gujarati Thali, a variety filled traditional dish served in Gujarat
The cuisine changes with the seasonal availability of vegetables. In
summer, when mangoes are ripe and widely available in market, for
example, Keri no Ras (fresh mango pulp) is often an integral part of
the meal. The spices used also change depending on the season. Garam
masala and its constituent spices are used less in summer. Regular
fasting, with diets limited to milk, dried fruits, and nuts, are
In modern times, some Gujaratis have become increasingly fond of very
spicy and fried dishes. There are many chefs who have come up with
fusions of Western and Gujarati food. Gujaratis are predominantly
vegetarians, even though pockets of the state consume chicken, eggs
Flat bread prepared with Bajra has nutritional value similar to other
foods based on flours. Common meals in villages near Saurashtra
during the cold winters consists of thick rotis, termed bhakri, made
of wheat flour, garlic chutney, onion, and chaas.
Sweets (desserts) served as part of a thali are typically made from
milk, sugar, and nuts. "Dry" sweets such as magas and ghooghra are
typically made around celebrations, such as weddings, or at
Gujarati cuisine is also distinctive in its wide variety of farsan — side dishes that complement the main meal and are served alongside it. Some farsan are eaten as snacks or light meals by themselves. Gujaratis will often refer to dal-bhat-rotli-saak as their everyday meal. For special occasions, this basic quartet is supplemented with additional shaak, sweet dishes, and farsan. A festive Gujarati thali often contain over a dozen items. Dietary rules restrict the permissible combination of dishes. For example, if kadhi is to be served, then a lentil preparation such as chutti dal, vaal, or mug ni dal will also be included. The sweet dish accompanying kadhi will likely be milk or yogurt–based, like doodhpak or shrikhand. However, a yogurt-based raita would not be served with such a meal. Festive meals based on dal will typically have a wheat-based sweet dish like lapsi or ladoo as the sweet accompaniment. Many Gujarati families make and consume moong dal in their diet on Wednesdays. There are established combinations of spices that some believe to facilitate digestion, that are eaten with different foods. In coastal Gujarat, the Kharwa community has developed a cuisine consisting of fresh and dried fish. Common seafood are pomfrets, khandwas, gedadas, surmai, prawns, crabs, lobster. and narsinga (calamari). Gujarati thali is sometimes seen as being "no-frills" even though it can be elaborate. India's current prime minister, Narendra Modi has often arranged Gujarati food for his special overseas guests like Shinzo Abe or Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa
Antonio Costa  Modi himself has been said to prefer Khichdi. even when visiting overseas, something that opposing politicians sometimes mocked. List of Gujarati dishes Breads
Bajri no rotlo
Bajri no rotlo: Thick millet flour flatbread usually grilled over
Makai no rotlo: Thick corn flour flatbread usually grilled over coals.
Bhakri: Made with whole wheat flour, thicker than Rotli, crispy.
Phulka rotli (Also called rotli or chapati): Made with whole wheat
flour, rolled thin.
Juvar no rotlo: Thick sorghum flatbread.
Parotha: Fried whole wheat flatbread.
Puran poli (Also known as vedmi):
Whole wheat bread
Whole wheat bread filled with sweet Chickpea
Chickpea daal filling usually made for special occasions. Puri: Made with whole wheat flour, deep fried. Thepla/dhebra: Made with a mixture of flours, pan fried, mildly spiced, usually contains shredded vegetables. Poodla (sweet): Made with a mixture of flours, pan fried.
In addition to plain rice,
Gujarati cuisine also includes rice based dishes such as:
Biranj: Steamed rice flavoured with saffron, sugar, and dried fruit.
Khatta-mittha bhaat (sour and sweet rice): Rice, boiled with potatoes
and spices, yellow in colour and accompanied with lemon peel.
Rice pudding made by boiling rice with milk and sugar, and flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, or almonds. It is typically served as a dessert. Khichdi
Khichdi (rice & a dal): Cooked like porridge accompanied with ghee, yogurt, and pickle. Pulao (rice with vegetables) Khichu: Kneaded rice flour made by heating it with water, salt, green chillies, and cumin.
Bateta nu shaak (potato curry)
Bateta sukhi bhaji (dry potato)
Bateta Kanda nu shaak (
Potato and onion curry) Bateta Ringan nu shaak ( Potato
Potato and Eggplant
Eggplant Curry) Bateta Guvar nu shaak ( Potato
Potato and Cluster beans curry) Bateta Chawli nu Shaak ( Potato
Potato and glossary long beans) Lasaniya Bateta (Garlic flavored Potato
Potato curry) Bharela Ringan (stuffed dry Eggplant) Bharela bhinda (stuffed dry okra) Bharela karela (stuffed dry bitter gourd) Bhinda nu shaak (dry okra) Bhinda Bateka nu shaak (dry Okra
Okra & potato) Vatana bataka nu shaak (potato and peas curry) Cholaa nu shaak (black eyed peas curry) Chawli Ringan Bateka nu Shaak (glossary long beans, brinjal and potato curry) Dhana capsicum nu shaak (dry coriander, capsicum and chickpea flour curry) Dudhi bateta nu shaak (bottle gourd and potato curry) Ringan bateta nu shaak (eggplant and potato curry) Dudhi chana ni daal nu shaak (bottle gourd and split black chickpea curry) Dudhi ganthia nu shaak (bottle gourd) Dudhi mag ni dal nu shaak (bottle gourd and mung bean Curry) Dudhi nu shaak (bottle gourd curry) Fansi ma dhokli nu shaak (French bean curry with Dumplings) Fansi nu shaak (dry green bean curry) Ganthia nu shaak Gathoda nu shaak Guvar nu shaak (cluster beans curry)
Kadhi (curry made from buttermilk chhash and gram flour, usually either sweet or tangy) Kanda bataka nu shaak (onion and potato curry) Karela nu shaak (bitter melon curry) Kobi bateta nu shaak (dry cabbage and potato curry) Keri nu shaak (Mango curry) Kobi Papdi nu shaak (dry Cabbage
Cabbage and broad beans curry) Mag nu shaak (mung bean curry) Methi nu shaak (fenugreek) Methi bateta nu shaak (fenugreeek potato curry) Panchkutiyu shaak (five-vegetable curry consisting of ridge gourd, potato, bottle gourd, eggplant, and green peas) Parwal bateta nu shaak (pointed gourd and potato curry) Ringan nu shaak (eggplant) Ringan no olo (roasted eggplant mashed curry) Sev tameta nu shaak (curry made of green (unripe) tomatoes) Sambhariyu Shaak (Stuffed Ivy gourd, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes and eggplant curry) Tameta bateta nu shaak (tomato and potato curry) Tindoda nu shaak (ivy gourd curry) Tindoda batetanu shaak (ivy gourd curry) Tameta muthiyanu shaak Palak nu shaak ( Spinach curry ) Undhiyu: A mixed vegetable casserole that is traditionally cooked upside down underground in earthen pots fired from above. This dish is usually made of the vegetables that are available on the South Gujarat coastline during the winter season, including (amongst others) green beans, unripe banana, muthia, and purple yam. These are cooked in a spicy curry that sometimes includes coconut. Surti Undhiyu
Undhiyu is a variant that is served with puri at weddings and banquets. Again it is a mixed vegetable casserole, made with red lentils and seasoned with spices, grated coconut, and palm sugar in a mild sauce. It is garnished with chopped peanuts and toasted grated coconut, and served with rice or roti. This dish is very popular all over Gujarat, and most Gujarati families eat it at least once a year on Makar Sankranti. Val papadi nu shaak (Flat bean)
Side dishes (Farsan)
Farsan are side dishes in Gujarati cuisine.
Dabeli (A bread stuffed with the spicy masala mixture)
Bhajiya (Deep fried savoury snacks. A popular variety is pakora.)
Dal Vada (Deep fried savoury snacks. A popular variety is Dal
Dal Pakoda.) Locho
Locho (famous Surti variety made from chickpea flour ) Aloo Puri
Aloo Puri (Another famous Surti variety) Chaat
Chaat (A mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, and spices topped with chutney, cilantro, and yogurt.) Dahi vada (Fried dumplings soaked in yogurt and topped with salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper.) Dhokla
Dhokla (Steamed cake made primarily of rice flour.) Handvo
Handvo (Steamed cake made of rice flour, beans, yogurts, and calabash.) Kachori
Kachori (A deep fried dumpling made of flour and filled with a stuffing of yellow moong dal, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and ginger.) Khaman
Khaman (Steamed cakes made out of gram flour, garnished with green chili pepper and cilantro.) Types Of Khaman : Nylon Khaman
Khaman & Vati Dal
Dal na Khaman Khandvi (Roll made of gram flour and yogurt topped with mustard seed, cilantro, and Grated coconut.) Khichu
Khichu (A thick porridge-like mixture made of rice flour and seasoned with cumin seeds. Once prepared, the mixture is often topped with oil, cayenne pepper, and salt.) Lilva kachori (A variety of kachori made with pigeon peas.) Patra (Patarveliya) Methi na gota (Fried fenugreek Dumplings) Muthia
Muthia (Steamed dumpling made of gram flour, fenugreek, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. The steamed dumpling can also be stir fried with Mustard Seed.) Pani puri (A round hollow flatbread that is fried crisp and filled with potato, and black chickpeas and topped with water seasoned with mint and green chili pepper, and tamarind chutney.) Sev khamani ( Khaman
Khaman topped with crispy, fried gram flour.) Vegetable handva (Serve it hot either with chutney or tomato sauce or pickle.) Dal
Dal vada, Vaati dal na bhajiya Makai no dana ( Corn
Corn chevda) Khichdo Bhel
Khandvi, a popular Gujarati snack (Farsan).
Most nasta (singular nasto) are deep fried and made with Gram Flour.
Sev (palak Sev, Aloo sev)
Nachni Methi Muthias
Tuver lilva kachori
Moong Dal Meethi (Sweet) kadhi Kadh (an intermediate between kadhi and daal) Tuer dal Mix dal
Mohanthar (Gramflour Fudge)
Keri no ras
Ghebar or Ghevar
Magas (or Magaj)
Mohanthar/Mohanthal (gram flour fudge)
Gud papdi (Gol papdi)
ghaum ni sev (wheat flour sev)
Dudhi no halwo gur
Beet no halwo
Spices and seasonings
Aambli or Aamli (Tamarind)
Chaat Masala Hardar or Havej ( Turmeric
Turmeric powder) Kothmir (Coriander) Elaichi (Cardamom) Garam Masala
Garam Masala (Mix of dry spices, roasted and made powder) Hing (Asafoetida) Jeeru (Cumin) Kesar (Saffron) Lilu marchu (Green chilli) Lal marchu (Cayenne pepper) Methi ( Fenugreek
Fenugreek - leaves and seeds) Phoodino or pudina (Mint) Soonth (ginger powder) Laving (cloves) Mitho limbdo (curry leaves) Dhanano ( Coriander
Coriander seeds) Singadana (Ground Nuts)
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