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 Gujarat Street Food

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

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Gujrat Street Food, Roadside Food

Apart from the rich culture and heritage, Gujarat is known as a haven for foodies. Gujarati's are ardent food lovers. Be it a wedding or a fasting day, they believe in grand feasts. As much as they enjoy home- cooked meals, they enjoy food on the streets and high-end restaurants.

Each city in the state of Gujarat serves some or the other delicacy. Locho, Amiri Khaman , Cold Cocoa from Surat, Ganthia from Bhavnagar, Dabeli from Bhuj, Bhungara Bateta from Rajkot, Sev Usal from Vadodara and the list goes on. Gulp down these amazing street foods with a glass of Gujarati beer - Masala Chaas . Also, Piyush is a famous beverage from Gujarat. 

Gujarati Farsan Street Food

Snacks like Dhokla, Thepla, Patra and Khandvi are popularly sold around in farsan shops. Patra is made by steaming colocasia leaves. A smooth paste made by mixing besan and spices is applied on the leaves and steamed and finally tempered with mustard seeds and sesame seeds. You can also make mini patras by using small leaves to make small rolls and deep-fry them till crisp. Check our Gujarati farsan section to learn more about it.

If you walk down the busy streets of Gujarat, you will find Chai Tapri's all around. Just like Mumbaikars have Brun-maska to chai, Gujarati's relish fafda with their cup of tea. Fafda is deep-fried, besan snack cooked till crispy. Accompanied with Raiwala Marcha, a special kadhi like chutney called as Fafda chutneyKacha Papaya Sambharo. Sundays call for special breakfast of Jalebi-fafda, melt in the mouth sweet chaashni dripping Jalebi with crumbly, salty fafda, they sure are a match made in heaven.

Misal to Maharashtra, Sev Usal to 
Gujarat. Tadkawala Usal drizzled with sweet chutney, garlic chutney and green chutney and topped with onion, potato, carrot, sev and coriander makes for a delicious, satiating chaat.

Dabeli is an iconic snack from the street of Gujarat especially the Kutch region. You will find Dabeli stalls dotting the roads, be it a narrow lane or big streets. Boiled, mashed aloo cooked in a tangy, sweet, spicy Dabeli masala and stuffed between chutney loaded laadi pav and cooked on a tava with loads of butter till crisp. It is finally garnished with masala peanuts, sev, pomegranate, onions. The genius amalgam of softness and crunch, sweet and spicy is sure to amaze you. Check our recipe for Dabeli with Homemade Dabeli Masala and relish it.

Winter Special Gujarati Street Snack 

Come winters and you will see markets flooded with 'Ponkh/Hurda'. These are small, green, tender jowar seeds that can be eaten as it is or roasted and cooked into various delights. Ditch your kurmura and make this healthy, chatpata Ponkh Bhel . It is also a famous roadside snack in Surat, try this Basic Surti Ponkh a tongue-tickling combination of tangy and sweet. You can also transform them into lip-smacking Ponkh Bhajiya or Ponkh ChillaLilva Kachori is another lip-smacking winter delight made using fresh toovar. 

Do try these amazing food when you are in and around Gujarat and share with us your experience. Till then, Happy Cooking!



gujarat street food

Amiri khaman is nothing but a spicy tea-time snack made of crumbled khaman dhoklas tempered with garlic and mixed with pomegranate seeds and coconut. Why, we can even say that this recipe was invented with the intention of making good use of leftover khaman dhoklas! Serve garnished with sev and relish the unique flavour of this quick recipe. Those who do not like garlic can omit it. Here are some more Gujarati farsan recipes like Doodhi Muthia , Rice Panki , Dakor na Gota , Damni Dhokla , Ghughra and Khandvi that can be had as a snack or as a side dish to complement the main course.
 by Tarla Dalal
Peek into a secret treasure from the traditional households of gujarat! a special recipe prepared on the occasion of holi, dakor na gota is an age old recipe that hails from the village of dakor in gujarat. Although the recipe involves deep-frying, it is otherwise quite easy to prepare as the ingredients are common ones, and the batter can be easily prepared without any grinding or fermentation. Serve with khajur imli ki chutney to add to its appeal.
 by Tarla Dalal
Jazz up your day with a portion of spicy Bhungara Bateta, an all-time favourite street food of Gujarat. This is a preparation of baby potatoes, cooked with a plethora of spicy ingredients like ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder, and more. It is quite spicy and leaves a warm after-taste – and that is how it is supposed to be. To balance the spiciness, this potato preparation is served with crispy long fryums. The combo is simply awesome, and definitely a must-try! You can also try other Gujarati treats like Patra or Phoolwadi
Patra, fame is not easily earned, and if this recipe is so popular, it must be because it combines those rare qualities of flavour and good health! colcocasia leaves are very nutritious as well as tasty, especially if made into patra – a smooth paste of besan with spicy, sweet and sour flavours is applied over the leaves, rolled and steamed. This requires skill and practice; however, it is easy once you start doing it. You can also make mini patras by using small leaves to make small rolls. Some people like it plain piping hot from the steamer without tempering while some prefer it with the tempering. Healthy and tasty as the cooked option might be, the best way to have patras is fried! deep fry the cooked patras till crisp and have them with tea or sweet and sour chutney.
 by Tarla Dalal
If somebody asks you to make Khandvi, they are probably testing your cooking skills! This delectable Gujarati snack, made of a besan and curd batter, is one of the tastiest foods you can sink your teeth into. Appearing like tightly-rolled up sheets, neatly cut and tempered attractively, the visual appeal is so strong you just cannot pass the plate by without picking one. However, this delicacy also needs a bit of practice to master. This recipe will help you all the way through, making sure you get it right.
These dhoklas are so soft and spongy that the reference to nylon is really apt! What is more, this recipe is also very easy to implement if you follow these simple instructions properly and practice it a bit. The addition of fruit salt to the batter, and water to the tempering, are the two main factors responsible for the super-soft and spongy nature of this dhokla. Temper just before serving, for the perfect “100/100”!
 by Tarla Dalal
One of Gujarat’s favourite street foods, the Sev Usal is an unimaginably scrumptious treat, with a mind-boggling array of textures and a vibrant burst of flavours – every aspect of it justifies its timeless popularity! Boiled vatana is cooked with a tongue-tickling curry, made of tangy tomatoes, crunchy onions and peppy spice powders. This ragda is then topped with juicy grated veggies and crispy sev, to make the Sev Usal, which is enjoyed with soft laddi pav. A filling and tasty treat, this is on everyone’s must-try list. Have a go at other popular street foods like the Dahi Ragda Chaat or Stuffed Ragda Patties
 by Tarla Dalal
The Ponkh Bhel is a regional and seasonal speciality, made with a Gujarati delicacy called ‘ponkh’. During a brief period in the winter months, the jowar or white millet grain is very tender and juicy. At this stage, it is called ponkh. These tender seeds are harvested and roasted or cooked in other ways. Generally, in the villages, the ponkh is picked from the fields and cooked then and there. There is a general mood of celebration, a party is thrown, and friends, family and neighbours are invited to come and have a taste of this young seed! Here, we have used juicy ponkh seeds to make a chatpata bhel, which everyone will relish. And it is so easy to make too – you just need to toss all the ingredients together! You can also try other bhel recipes like Corn Bhel or Moong Bhel .
 by Tarla Dalal
Available in the shops and streets of mumbai, this famous pattice is made with a crunchy-creamy peanut and coconut stuffing.
 by Tarla Dalal
Like all traditional bhajias, kand na bhajia is also made by deep-frying thin slices of purple yam dipped in a gram flour batter. However, the coriander seeds, sesame seeds and the freshly-ground pepper powder that are added just before frying give it an edge over its counterparts! serve this on a rainy day, accompanied by a cup of piping hot tea or coffee to enhance the experience.
Fafda is a traditional Gujarati snack, which is kind of like a test of one’s cooking skills! This crispy besan snack requires a lot of practice, and once you master the art, it shows your culinary prowess. You need to shape and loosen the dough tactfully, and also have to fry the Fafda on a medium flame. Otherwise, it will remain soft and not become crispy and golden brown like we need them. However, Fafda is completely worth the effort and time you spend, and the outcome will be much appreciated by everybody apart from your own satisfaction and pride of biting into homemade Fafda! You can also try other Gujarati dry snacks like Shakarpara and Masala Khakhra .
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 by Tarla Dalal
A breakfast of Fafda served with this Besan Chutney is every Gujarati’s idea of a perfect start to Sunday or any holiday. It may be made at home or bought readymade. Also enjoyed on Holi and other holidays this awesome chutney amazes you with its brilliant flavour and mouth-feel. What makes it unique is that it’s homely yet there’s something special about it. The tempering of ginger and green chillies and the final touch of lemon give the besan chutney a superb taste. Thr Fafda Chutney tends to thicken after a while so add a little water before serving if required. Team up the fafdas with Jalebi and Gujarati Raw Papaya Chutney .
 by Tarla Dalal
The aroma and flavour of any homemade masala is a notch higher than store-bought ones because it is both fresh and pure. Dabeli Masala is no exception. Homemade Dabeli Masala has a really appetizing aroma and fabulous taste, which makes your Dabeli extra special. Dabeli is a scrumptious snack from the Kutch region, which is very popular on Mumbai’s roadside food scene. It features ladi pav sandwiched with a horde of ingredients like mashed potatoes, pomegranate and masala peanuts, all flavoured excitingly with Dabeli Masala. Serve the Dabeli made with homemade Dabeli Masala immediately after preparation to enjoy the fresh texture and vibrant burst of flavours. You can also try other popular street foods like Ram Ladoo, Delhi Street Food Chaat or Bread Aloo Chaat, Bengali Street Food .
Whether deep-fried for the indulgent or baked for the health-conscious, ghughras make tea-time significantly more interesting! fry the ghughras just before serving as they tend to get cold and soggy after a while. You could also try the healthier alternative of baking the ghughras at 200ºc for 30 minutes instead of frying. However, remember that even the baked version should be served immediately else it will harden over time. While the ghughras are typically half-moon shaped, you can also make them in other shapes too, if you wish to! Serve Ghughras as farsan in a Gujarati thali set menu like Panchkutiyu Shaak , Rasawala Chana , Rotlis , Raiwala Marcha , cutney and Shrikhand .
These khatta dhoklas are very quick and easy to make. Although dhoklas taste good at room temperature too, serve them hot with green chutney and tea for a classic and complete package!
Lilva Kachori is a traditional kachori made with a stuffing of fresh toovar and green peas perked up with ginger and green chillies. A dash of lemon adds to the chatpata taste of the stuffing, making this a really exciting snack to bite into on a cold winter’s day. The flaky and crisp kachori with an excitingly spicy stuffing, is a must-try recipe in the winter months, when fresh toovar is available in the markets. You can also try other kachori recipes like Khasta Kachori Chaat , and Mawa Kachori .
 by Tarla Dalal
Gujarat is known for its many snacks that are a treat to the palate even while being friendly to the stomach! here is another such easy to make and easily digestible afternoon snack that is so popular that it is even sold on the streets of gujarat. Rice khichu is so named because it has to be served really hot, when it is soft and aromatic. However, serving it in the traditional way with oodles of raw oil can turn this healthy snack into an unhealthy one. So, we suggest you shape it with an interesting mould, and top it with just a little bit oil before serving. A word of caution - when making this dish, stir in the flour quickly to avoid lumps.
 by Tarla Dalal
Need an excuse to start your day with some chocolate? add it to this cocoa milkshake! this cold confection makes a good substitute for coffee, especially when the weather is hot and you don’t fancy a hot beverage or a cooked breakfast.
 by Tarla Dalal
Piyush tastes like nectar, and nothing short of it, especially on a hot summer’s day when you are on a fast. This faraal recipe keeps you full for quite some time, as it is made with sumptuous ingredients like shrikhand and fresh buttermilk. The assortment of spices used, especially kesar, give the drink a very rich hue and flavour. We have garnished with pistachios, as they contrast in colour and show up well against the Piyush, but you can use other nuts as well. Some more cooling drinks to enjoy on days you are fasting - Thandai , Coconut Kewra Drink and Minty Mango Delight .
An ubiquitous drink, which is available all over the country in shops and eateries small and big, the Masala Chaas is an instant refresher. The black salt, spice powders and other ingredients added to the whisked curds result in a revitalizing rush of flavour that is sure to boost your energy levels! Make sure you serve the chaas chilled to get the ultimate effect. Although pre-packaged Masala Chaas is readily available from different brands, nothing can beat the flavour of a freshly-made glassful. So, make sure you try it. Do try other Indian drinks like Amlana, Cardamom Lassi, Nibu Pani, Saunf Sherbet and Khus Drink. Enjoy how to make Masala Chaas recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
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Gujarat Street Food
 on 28 Jun 18 11:42 AM

Hamari Delhi chaat jaise popular hai, waise hi Gujarat ki chaat bhi lajawab hai. My wife makes khaman, katta dhokla, dabeli, khandvi very often in evening snacks. Amiri khaman is my favourite which she makes for me when khaman dhokla is made. On special occasion Patra bhi banayee jaati hai lunch ya dinner ke saat.