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 chutney, Kacha 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 Chilla. Lilva 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!