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Gujarati cuisine
Gujarati cuisine
refers to the cuisine of Gujarat, a state in western India. Despite having an extensive coastline providing wholesome seafood, Gujarat
is primarily a vegetarian state due to the influence of Jain vegetarianism. Many communities, however, do include seafood, chicken, and goat in their diet.[1][2] The typical Gujarati thali consists of rotli, dal or kadhi, rice, and shaak/sabzi (a dish made up of several different combinations of vegetables and spices, which may be either spicy or sweet). The thali will also include preparations made from pulses or whole beans (called kathor in Gujarati) such as mung, black eyed beans etc., a snack item (farsaan) like dhokla, pathra, samosa etc. and a sweet (mishthaan) like mohanthal, jalebi, doodh pak etc. Gujarati cuisine
Gujarati cuisine
varies widely in flavour and heat, depending on a family's tastes as well as the region of Gujarat
to which they belong. North Gujarat, Kathiawad, Kachchh, Central Gujarat
and South Gujarat
are the five major regions of Gujarat
that contribute their unique touch to Gujarati cuisine. Many Gujarati dishes are distinctively sweet, salty, and spicy simultaneously.


1 Staple foods 2 List of Gujarati dishes

2.1 Breads 2.2 Rice 2.3 Vegetables (Shaak/Subzi) 2.4 Side dishes (Farsan) 2.5 Snacks (Nasta) 2.6 Dal
(pulses) 2.7 Mithai (sweets) 2.8 Condiments 2.9 Spices and seasonings

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Staple foods[edit]

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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 commonplace. 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[3], even though pockets of the state consume chicken, eggs and fish. Flat bread prepared with Bajra has nutritional value similar to other foods based on flours.[4] 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 Diwali.[citation needed] Gujarati cuisine
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.[citation needed] 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"[5] 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[6] or Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa
Antonio Costa
[7] Modi himself has been said to prefer Khichdi.[8] even when visiting overseas[9], something that opposing politicians sometimes mocked.[10] List of Gujarati dishes[edit] Breads[edit]

Bajri no rotlo

Puran Poli

Bajri no rotlo: Thick millet flour flatbread usually grilled over coals. 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.[11] 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
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.

Rice[edit] In addition to plain rice, Gujarati cuisine
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. Doodhpak: 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
(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.

Vegetables (Shaak/Subzi)[edit]

Bateta nu shaak (potato curry) Bateta sukhi bhaji (dry potato) Bateta Kanda nu shaak ( Potato
and onion curry) Bateta Ringan nu shaak ( Potato
and Eggplant
Curry) Bateta Guvar nu shaak ( Potato
and Cluster beans curry) Bateta Chawli nu Shaak ( Potato
and glossary long beans) Lasaniya Bateta (Garlic flavored 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
& 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[12] Gathoda nu shaak Guvar nu shaak (cluster beans curry)


(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
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
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)[edit]



Farsan are side dishes in Gujarati cuisine.

Dabeli (A bread stuffed with the spicy masala mixture)[13] Bhajiya (Deep fried savoury snacks. A popular variety is pakora.) Dal
Vada (Deep fried savoury snacks. A popular variety is Dal
Pakoda.) Locho
(famous Surti variety made from chickpea flour ) Aloo Puri
Aloo Puri
(Another famous Surti variety) 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
(Steamed cake made primarily of rice flour.) Handvo
(Steamed cake made of rice flour, beans, yogurts, and calabash.) Kachori
(A deep fried dumpling made of flour and filled with a stuffing of yellow moong dal, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and ginger.) Khaman
(Steamed cakes made out of gram flour, garnished with green chili pepper and cilantro.) Types Of Khaman : Nylon Khaman
& Vati Dal
na Khaman Khandvi (Roll made of gram flour and yogurt topped with mustard seed, cilantro, and Grated coconut.) 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
(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
topped with crispy, fried gram flour.) Vegetable handva (Serve it hot either with chutney or tomato sauce or pickle.) Dal
vada, Vaati dal na bhajiya Makai no dana ( Corn
chevda) Khichdo Bhel

Snacks (Nasta)[edit]

Khandvi, a popular Gujarati snack (Farsan).

Most nasta (singular nasto) are deep fried and made with Gram Flour.

Chakri Chorafali Fafda Ghanthia Khakhra Mathia Sev (palak Sev, Aloo sev) Sev mamra Lasaniya mamra Dhokla Porbandar khajli KHANDVI Methi sakarpara Methi Muthia Ragda Pettis Nachni Methi Muthias Tuver lilva kachori Khichu


Moong Dal Meethi (Sweet) kadhi Kadh (an intermediate between kadhi and daal) Tuer dal Mix dal

Mithai (sweets)[edit]




Mohanthar (Gramflour Fudge)

Adadiya Jadariyu Sutarfeni Kansar Maisur Halvasan Malpua Keri no ras Basundi Ghari Ghughra Ghebar or Ghevar Son Papdi Magas (or Magaj) Sukhadi Mohanthar/Mohanthal (gram flour fudge) Gud papdi (Gol papdi) ghaum ni sev (wheat flour sev) Ronvelia Penda Barfi Ladu Shiro Ghooghra Jalebi Shrikhand Sweet Sev Lapsi Doodhpak Shakkarpara Kopra paak Gaajar halwo Dudhi no halwo gur Kaju katri Gulab jambu Velan lapsi Beet no halwo Moong dal Halwa


Chutney Raita Athanu Papad Kachu[citation needed] Chhundo Chhas ( Buttermilk

Spices and seasonings[edit]

Kokum Aambli or Aamli (Tamarind) Gođ (Jaggery) Chaat
Masala Hardar or Havej ( 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
- leaves and seeds) Phoodino or pudina (Mint) Soonth (ginger powder) Laving (cloves) Mitho limbdo (curry leaves) Dhanano ( Coriander
seeds) Singadana (Ground Nuts)

See also[edit]

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Tarla Dalal (1999). The Complete Gujarati Cook Book. Sanjay & Co. ISBN 81-86469-45-1.  Robert Bradnock; Roma Bradnock (2001). Rajasthan & Gujarat handbook: the travel guide. Footprint Travel Guides. ISBN 190094992X. 

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