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Gujarati Recipes

Gujarat has a wide-ranging cuisine, which includes everything from sweets and snacks to subzis and one-dish meals. The farsaans and mishthans especially are much-loved aspects of Gujarati cuisine. It is an amalgam of flavor and mostly vegetarian. Gujarati Recipes like Khaman Dhokla, Bhatia Kadhi, Dabeli and Patra have an unmatchable and unique regional touch.

Dal Dhokli
Dal Dhokli

Come lunchtime and Gujaratis do not like to settle for anything less than a balanced meal, which they fondly call the “Dal Bhaat Rotli Shaak” combo. But, when in a hurry, one-dish meals like Dal Dhokli will come to your rescue. Let’s talk about the different aspects of the grand Gujarati thali. It generally consists of rotli (roti)/puri ,dal/kadhi, shaak (subzi) , bhaat (rice), farsaans with a wide range of chutneys, kachumber, homemade athanu (pickles) and finally mishtaan(sweet) to end the meal on a sweet note. Meals are incomplete without a bowl of curd or glass of buttermilk.

Vagharela Bhaat
Vagharela Bhaat

A stack of leftover rotli, rotla, rice or khichdi are transformed into delicious treats like Whole Wheat Roti Chivda, Wagharelo Rotla, Bhaat Na Poodla. Crunchy on the outside and chewy inside, this flavourful Khichdi Pakoda is made by enhancing moong dal khichdi with besan, sesame seeds and coriander, shaping this ‘dough’ into balls and deep-frying till nice brown and crisp. Dahiwali Roti is a zesty soup-style breakfast made with a balance of refreshing ingredients like bland buttermilk, sweet jaggery, spice powders and finally an aromatic tempering. At times of emergency or in a mood to eat something spicy instead of the basic dal-bhaat, this tasty Vagharela Bhaat can be made in a jiffy with a handful of ingredients that are easily available in our kitchen shelves.

Phoolwadi Recipe
Phoolwadi Recipe

Tea-time or Diwali, if the kitchen shelves are not filled with air-tight containers hoarding suka nasta (dry snacks), it’s not a Gujarati house. Chakli, Chivda, Nimki, Shakarpara, Namkeen Shakarpara, Khakhra, etc. are some jar snacks that come to rescue when hunger strikes. You can even take them to work and relish anytime! Coarse besan mixed with spices to make cylindrical rolls, that are deep-fried to make delicious Phoolwadi is a crispy snack that tastes amazing with a cup of hot chai. Also, fafda/ ganthia are other savory snacks that are popular tea accompaniments. My grandmother prepares snacks like Papad Poha, Sev Mamra in bulk and stores in an airtight container so that we can munch on it whenever we are hungry. Along with this, a wide variety of farsaans or snacks prepared on different occasions and to entertain guests, but also enjoyed with tea on any normal day. Soft, steamed dhoklas, pankis, deep-fried kachoris, ghughra, masala puri, tava-cooked pudla, simple delights like khichu, dabeli,… the list is endless!

Golpapdi
Golpapdi

Gujaratis are hardcore sweet lovers. Dabbas of laddoos, Golpapdi or Mohanthaal are always present in the kitchen. Also, special occasions are celebrated with rich desserts like Basundi, Shrikhand, Fada ni Lapsi, Doodh Paak. Try your hand at Gujarati special mishthans and enjoy with your friends and family!

Gujarati Shaak

Phulka smeared generously with ghee / Chapati / Bhakri with a texture similar to biscuit is a quintessential part of most Gujarati meal especially lunch. These flatbreads are accompanied with shaak made using vegetables especially local produce,combined with an array of spices, a dash of jaggery or sugar and sometimes tamarind too. These subzis are tongue-tickling because they believe in balancing the khatash-methash (sour-sweet) flavours and can also, be enhanced by the addition of Gujarati farsaans like muthia, patra and sev.

OondhiyaOondhiya

Gujarati’s believe in eating seasonal vegetables and make elaborate preparations like Oondhiya and Panchkutiyu Shaak with a myriad of native vegetables and special combinations of spices to season them, resulting in homely and satiating dishes. Dry subzis are generally combined with batata (potato) to make delectable delights like Kobi Batata Nu Shaak, Tendli Batata nu Shaak, Karela Bateta Nu Shaak. They even eat a lot of kathol (pulses). Khatta Moong/ Sukha Moong on Wednesday and Rasawala Chana on Friday are a fixed menu at my home and I believe it is consumed this frequently in every Gujarati household. Vaal Ni Dal, Mixed Kathol, Masala Chawli are other popular Kathol cooked on a regular basis. A side of Gujarati Dal, Khatti Meethi Dal and Kadhis like Bhinda ni Kadhi and Dapka Kadhi are some of the everyday favourite fluid preparations to make food easier to ingest. Check our Gujarati Dal & Kadhi section to explore more delicacies from this region.

Gujarati Recipes, Rotis

Methi TheplaMethi Thepla

Thepla is a popular Gujarati flatbread that is an important part of their travel food bag because they stay fresh for almost over a month. They can be perked up with the addition of nutrient-rich vegetables like methi, mooli, doodhi to make Methi Thepla, Mooli Thepla and Doodhi Thepla. Also, you can add multigrain flour to gehun ka atta and make Multigrain Methi Thepla. As I mentioned earlier, they love seasonal produce , be it vegetables or fruits. Come summers and most households are seen enjoying keri no ras (aam ras) with garma garam puri or Padvali Roti which is an authentic flatbread made with a pair of the rotis layered for rolling and cooking, in order to make thin rotis that can be cooked perfectly without crisping them on a tava.

FajetoFajeto

Also, they make Fajeto that is a special type of curry made by combining mango pulp with dahi and besan and finally tempered with aromatic ingredients. Shrikhand is replaced by Aamrakhand and refrigerator are stuffed with Doodh Keri. Bajra no rotlo with Ringana no olo , jaggery with safed makhan is a classic Gujarati winter special. Rotla can also be made using jowar or nachni flour, ensure you roll the rotlas uniformly to make them puff up. They can also be blended into smooth powder and cooked with ingredients like onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies, to make Wagharelo Rotla which is surely an irresistible dish.

Chaas is aptly called a Gujarati’s beer since the meal is incomplete without it. Also, Komal is another refreshing, delightful beverage made by combining curd and coconut milk, mildly spiced with chillies. Similar to the Punjabi sweet lassi, Piyush is an authentic Gujarati drink made using shrikhand and buttermilk, this thick and luscious drink is simply irresistible!

Gujarati Recipes, One Dish meal

Appease your hunger and pep up your mood with mouth-watering Gujarati one-dish meals. Khichu is an authentic Gujarati snack, soft, melt in the mouth, it has a soothing taste, and is sure to warm your soul. A drizzle of oil and sprinkle of red chili powder or koro sambhar perks up the taste. This one-dish meal is quick and easy to make, usually made with grain-based flours like rice flour or jowar flour, try this different variant Yellow Moong Dal Khichu and enjoy it hot.

Mixed Dal Handvo

Handvo is a traditional savory cake made by mixing a myriad of vegetables, an array of spices and mixed dals/flours. Mixed Dal Handvo, Moong Dal Handvo, Mixed Vegetable Handvo, Potato Handvo are some varieties you must try! Looking for a sumptuous meal to prepare in a jiffy after a long day? Fada ni Khichdi made with nutritious broken wheat and yellow moong dal simmered with vegetables and spices is quite wholesome and takes not more than 25 minutes. Ek Toap Na Dal Bhaat is another Gujarati rice-dal combination dish cooked together with vegetables and spices.

Moong Dal Khichdi
Moong Dal Khichdi

Dinner generally consists of simple khichdi made by combining dal and rice. They can even be enhanced by substituting/adding vegetables, pulses and various spices to make different preparations. The humble Moong Dal Khichdi is surely my comfort food. Khichdi ke chaar yaar – dahi, papad , kadhi aur achaar is rightly said! Instead of moong, you can even make Toovar Dal Ni Khichdi, Bajra and Moong Dal Khichdi that take hardly any effort. Also, kathiyavadi popular Ram Khichdi, or the royal Badshahi Khichdi, nutritious Panchamel Khichdi are some other variations that you must try!

Let us discover many more such marvels of this cuisine!

Try Our Other Gujarati Recipes articles given below…
87 Gujarati Faral Recipes
50 Gujarati Dal Kadhi Recipes
198 Gujarati Farsans Recipes
48 Gujarati Kachumber Chutneys Pickles Recipes
63 Gujarati Khichdi Rice Recipes
70 Gujarati Mishtan Mithai Recipes
85 Gujarati Shaak Sabzi Recipes
40 Gujarati Rotli Recipes
Happy Cooking!


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Bateta Nu Shaak, Batata Nu Shaak
Recipe# 601
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bateta nu shaak is one of the most popular Gujarati foods, made in almost every household. A wonderful combination of sesame seeds, curry leaves and ginger-green chilli paste giver a very distinct flavour to the otherwise bland potatoes. Lemon juice and co ....
Masoor Dal with Rice
Recipe# 1388
14 Jan 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The protein contained in rice and dal complement each other to give a higher quality protein which is the corner stone of our nutritious meal. Be sure not to rinse the rice more than required to remove the dirt since excess washing will result in loss of vitamins.
Mooli Dhokli
Recipe# 4338
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dhoklis get much more tastier when radish is added to the whole wheat flour and besan dough along with the spice powders. Just make sure you squeeze the juice out of the grated radish before adding it to the dough, so that it does not get soggy. This Mooli Dhokli recipe is a double radish treat, bec ....
Masala Bhaat, Microwave Maharashtrian Masala Bhaat
Recipe# 2774
14 Nov 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This Maharashtrian recipe of rice, tendli and peas, simmered with spices makes a great meal by itself.
Rasawala Chana ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 35786
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ummmm. . . . Here is a sweet tangy kathol preparation that leaves your taste buds with food memories. Besan adds the required thickness to the kathol, but remember to sauté the besan on a slow flame till brown or else it will impart a raw taste to the kathol. Do not make this recipe too much in adva ....
Stuffed Bajra Roti ( Gluten Free Recipe )
Recipe# 1380
23 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Stuffed bajra roti, looking for something to lower blood cholesterol levels? here’s an exotic version of the humble bajra roti, stuffed with a paneer, methi and tomato mixture that makes this a scrumptious delicacy. The fibre in bajra binds with the cholesterol and fats and ensures that it is ejecte ....
Moong Dal Dhokla (  Low Calorie Healthy Cooking)
Recipe# 1385
03 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Moong Dal Dhokla, is rich in zinc, folic acid, iron and protein. Adding v ....
Green Moong Dal Handvo
Recipe# 40125
03 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Handvo is a traditional Gujarati dish made with different kinds of batters. In this mouth-watering version, we use a batter of green moong dal perked up with mixed veggies. Small amounts of semolina and besan provide the perfect texture to the handvo while ingredients like green chillies, ginger and ....
Samo Khichdi
Recipe# 40689
04 Mar 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is as simple as can be, but tastier than you can ever imagine! Samo Khichdi, a faraali recipe that can be had during fasting days as well, is made by quickly sautéing all the ingredients together and cooking them for less than 10 minutes! Ginger and green chillies give this khichdi an el ....
Jowar and Sesame Khakhra
Recipe# 39153
21 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Homemade khakhras are much, much more tempting that the store-bought ones. Just the aroma of these mildly spiced flour-based crispies cooking on a tava or khakra maker is enough to draw each member of your family to the kitchen. It’s all the magic of slow cooking, which enhances the flavour of the f ....
Palak Kofta Kadhi
Recipe# 37972
21 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The palak koftas are the highlight of this recipe! They transform a simple, everyday kadhi into a more special dish, which can be enjoyed by the family and also served to guests. Make sure you squeeze out the water completely from the spinach after blanching, before adding to the besan mixture ....
Strawberry Yoghurt ( Healthy Heart)
Recipe# 8704
23 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Nothing can beat the luring aroma of strawberry, and nobody can pass a dish of this dainty fruit without picking one! Thankfully, this vitamin-packed fruit is as healthy as it is tasty. Here is a lovely Strawberry Yoghurt made with low-fat curds to curb excess fat intake, making this treat acceptabl ....
Khatti Meethi Papdi, Dhokli Subzi, Valor Papdi Subzi
Recipe# 22211
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An all-time favourite from the kitchens of Gujarat, the Khatti Meethi Papdi is a delicious subzi that combines besan dumplings and walor papdi with everyday spices. Although it uses common ingredients, this valor Papdi Subzi has a unique texture and mind-blowing flavour because of the way it is ....
Bajra Roti in Kadhi
Recipe# 22445
11 Nov 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Keep anaemic at bay with this super-tasty and satiating Bajra Roti in Kadhi. This delicious recipe features sumptuous bajra rotis suspended in a tongue-tickling and easy-to-cook kadhi. Bajra is rich in iron, and very effective in keeping up your haemoglobin levels. That makes this a wonderful ....
Kand Stir Fry, Purple Yam Stir Fry
Recipe# 213
23 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
When purple yam (kand) is in season, don’t we all try to find as many recipes as possible to make with it? With its lovely colour and delicious taste, this vegetable is generally enjoyed by the whole family. Here is another recipe to add to your kand collection. Kand Stir Fry features purple y ....
Dahiwali Moong Dal Khichdi
Recipe# 39567
20 Sep 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No time to prepare khichdi and kadhi? Here is a delicious recipe that combines the goodness of both in one bowl. Made with rice, yellow moong dal and curds, along with everyday spices, the Dahiwali Moong Dal Khichdi has the lingering flavour of curds and an inherent simplicity and lightness that mak ....
Khatti Meethi Dal, Sweet and Sour Zero Oil Dal
Recipe# 22170
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Great taste without oil! If that’s hard to believe, just try this recipe first. This Khatti Meethi Dal features a very different combination of ingredients. You might never have tried adding roasted beaten rice to a dal recipe, but you will be amazed by the brilliant texture and flavour that it give ....
Sambhaar
Recipe# 3440
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sambhaar plays a versatile role in the preparation of many spicy pickles. It is a blend of split mustard seeds (rai na kuria), chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. To make the sambhaar slightly moist, I have added mustard oil. This sambhaar is very handy when making instant pickles a ....
Nutritious Chaklis
Recipe# 7582
14 Jun 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
Unlike traditional chaklis, this version makes use of less butter and a combination of flours to make them crisp and nutritious.
Methi Moong Dal Dhokla
Recipe# 33274
16 May 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Methi Moong Dal Dhokla, are generally healthy, no doubt, but this is an even more nutritious version, as the dal is used with the skin and a leafy vegetable is also added. Besan is added to bind the ingredients. Moong dal is rich in proteins, folic acid etc. , making this a nutri-scrumptious d ....
Khatta Urad Dal ( Zero Oil Urad Dal Recipe)
Recipe# 22173
14 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
A lip-smacking preparation of wholesome urad dal, perked up with calcium-rich curds and pungent ginger, garlic pastes. Although it makes use of minimal ingredients, the Khatta Urad Dal has a distinct, tongue-tickling flavour that you are sure to relish. The highlight of this recipe, as t ....
Green Peas Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks )
Recipe# 33281
16 May 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
Green pea panki is a popular Gujarati snack made of a rice flour batter that is cooked between 2 banana leaves. Green peas added to the panki batter make it look more appealing and enhance its fibre value. Serve these steamed hot pankis with green chutney.
Whole Rice Khichu
Recipe# 40398
11 Sep 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Khichu is a traditional savoury dish made with rice flour, perked up with whole spices like jeera and spice powders like sambhar powder. It is enjoyed hot, when its texture is gooey and soft. Here, we recreate the same recipe with whole rice. Whole Rice Khichu has the same comforting texture, and is ....
Methi Na Dhebra ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 565
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
An iron and fibre-rich snack made with fenugreek leaves and bajra flour, methi na dhebra is so scrumptious that the plate will be empty in no time—so, take my advice and make more than you think is needed! served with curds, this makes an ideal afternoon snack. Although this is a tava recipe, i must ....
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