Shaak is how the Gujaratis call their subzis. With a unique combination of spices, a dash of jaggery and sometimes tamarind too, the shaaks have many tongue-tickling dimensions. Gujaratis also make use of a wide variety of veggies ranging from walor to kand in their dishes.
Sometimes, savouries like dhokli, muthia, patra and sev are also added to the shaak to make them unique and interesting. Perk up boring subzi like Turiya and Fansi by adding dhokli to it. Dhokli is a characteristic ingredient of Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine. Sev Tameta is a popular Gujarati shaak made using tomato. The addition of jaggery balances the tanginess from tomatoes. Turiya Paatra and Dhokla Subzi are other unique subzi that are wholesome and satiating.
Gujarati Mixed Vegetable Shaak
An extravagant preparation of five types of vegetables cooked in a Gujarati style coconut-coriander masala. The combination of vegetables with methi muthia makes this Panchkutiyu Shaak comparable to Oondhiya, a classic Winter delicacy made in every household. It consists of a wide range of seasonal vegetables stuffed with masala and cooked in a pressure cooker. Traditionally it is prepared underground in a clay pot. Sambhariyu is a traditional, irresistible shaak made by stuffing vegetables with an exciting sesame-tinged coconut and coriander mixture, and cooked in its own juice. You can even use a single vegetable and make it , depending upon the availability and preference. Try your hand at these native specialties and relish them with garma garam puri or ghee smeared soft rotli.
All things potato
Come lunchtime and Gujjus do not settle for anything less than a balanced meal, which they fondly call the “Dal Bhaat Rotli Shaak” with a glass of chaas or a bowl of curd. Bateta/Batata or aloo is one versatile ingredient that tastes amazing in all forms. It also works well with other vegetables to make a delicious shaak. Kobi Batata Nu Shaak, Tendli Batata nu Shaak, Karela Bateta Nu Shaak are some delicious, easy to make shaak. A pinch of sugar along with the spices balances the flavor and transforms the duo into a satiating delight!
Potato strips deep-fried and tossed in an array of spices this Bateta Chips Nu Shaak is popular in wedding and festival menus. We generally call “Bateta Nu Shaak” an emergency subzi because it is quick to cook and also made with easily available ingredients when you forget to buy vegetables. If you don’t like the dry preparation, make this Rasawala Bateta Nu Shaak that complements roti/thepla as well as khichdi.
Subzis like Sukhi Aloo Bhaji and Aloo and Kand Rasawala Shaak can be eaten during fasts with rajgira or Kand puri.
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