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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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Makai ka Dhokla
Recipe# 1981
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dhokla features corn inside-out! While the batter itself is made of maize flour perked up with curds and lemon juice for tanginess and other masalas for spice, the highlight of the recipe is the addition of crushed sweet corn kernels to the batter, which gives a nice, juicy texture and mild swe ....
Baked Methi Muthias
Recipe# 3561
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally muthias are either steamed or fried, but I have baked them here with just a teaspoon of oil and ended up with splendid results. A tasty way to get a light baked snack on the table with minimal effort. Fenugreek (methi) leaves used enriches this recipe with
Dabeli
Recipe# 2812
26 Nov 13

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
This is traditionally sold on the streets of gujarati towns. It is another version of vada pav made with a sweet and spicy potato mixture which is filled into a small burger bun and then topped with onion, pomegranate, fresh garlic chutney and sev. Instead of pomegranate, you can use black or gr ....
Tameta Muthia Nu Shaak
Recipe# 22149
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional treat from the kitchens of Gujarati , the Tameta Muthia nu Shaak will amaze you with its fenugreek flavoured muthias in a tangy tomato base. While the original recipe calls for oodles of oil, we have managed to recreate the same magic without a ....
Healthy Oondhiya
Recipe# 3569
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Startling though it may seem, here is a wonderful and healthy modification of the famous festive Gujarati dish which is ordinarily loaded with oil. I've changed this recipe and cut down on the oil along with the invisible fat which you get from coconut. The methi muthias added to this recipe are ba ....
Bateta Nu Shaak
Recipe# 2763
14 Nov 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An amalgam of green chillies, ginger and tomatoes cooked together with a traditional tempering offers a rich flavour to potatoes in this easy but tasty Bateta Nu Shaak. It is important to add a tablespoon of sugar to this preparation in order to bring out the myriad flavours. Making this dish in the ....
Vatana Makai Nu Shaak (  Jain Recipe)
Recipe# 7537
21 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Um, the magic starts with the simple tempering of cumin seeds and proceeds right through till the addition of soft and succulent coconut. Indeed, the Vatana Makai nu Shaak is one of the most flavourful ways to prepare green peas and sweet corn. While capsicum and tomatoes add volume and flavour to t ....
Vatana Makai Nu Shaak
Recipe# 4340
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Spice, flavour, crunch – whatever you seek in a subzi, you will find it in the Vatana Makai nu Shaak. A mouth-watering combo of green peas and sweet corn together with veggies like tomatoes and capsicum is perked up with a generous dose of crushed peanuts and succulent grated coconut. This delicious ....
Soya Panki ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33857
20 Aug 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Innovation is not just about finding new recipes every time. It is about rethinking old recipes with new ingredients and new cooking methods. That is how the microwave version of panki came to be. Much-loved by almost everybody, a panki is also a filling and wholesome snack that is easy to make, eas ....
Panchkutyu Shaak
Recipe# 4336
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Some traditional preparations have a timeless appeal, and this ever-popular Gujarati subzi is a typical example. Made of five different vegetables, aromatic and flavourful methi muthia, common spices and other everyday ingredients like green chillies, ginger and coconut, the Panchkutyu Shaak is a se ....
Mooli Thepla
Recipe# 3456
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional flatbread recipe from the heart of Gujarat, Mooli Thepla is made from a delectable dough of whole wheat flour reinforced with grated radish along with its leaves too. Curds are added to enhance the texture and flavour of the theplas, while chilli powder provides an enjoyable spiciness. ....
Cabbage Kachumber
Recipe# 35936
18 Feb 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An exciting alternative to the common kachumbers of cucumber, carrot, etc., the Cabbage Kachumber is a refreshing accompaniment that features shredded cabbage tempered like a traditional kachumber and perked up with lemon juice too. The addition of coriander powder enhances the experience for your t ....
Green Moong Dal and Spring Onion Paratha
Recipe# 3446
03 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Simple though it is to prepare, there is an exotic feel to this Green Moong Dal and Spring Onion Paratha. Prepared with wholesome whole wheat flour, these parathas are stuffed with a delicious combination of cooked green moong dal and crunchy spring onions, perked up with common spice powders. The s ....
Green Peas Dhokla ( Non- Fried Snacks  )
Recipe# 33267
16 May 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
Green peas dhokla, easy and delicious dhoklas that are made nutritious by the addition of green peas, which are full of fibre and also impart a nice green colour. Besan is a versatile ingredient that is used to make most farsaans. Citric acid crystals are added to impart the required tanginess to th ....
Masala Roti
Recipe# 22405
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, these Rotis are masaledar and delectably spicy! If you want them even spicier, you can add finely chopped green chillies. Whole cumin seeds impart taste and crunch to the Rotis, and you can also add carom seeds (ajwain) or sesame seeds for more crunch and taste. asafetida, whic ....
Oondhiya ( Pressure Cooker )
Recipe# 33348
16 Feb 11

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by Tarla Dalal
A classic Gujarati recipe, Oondhiya, with its exciting mix of veggies and spices, has withstood the test of time and become a hot favourite with many generations of Indians across the world. A colourful combination of vegetables and fenugreek-flavoured dum ....
Rasawala Dhokla ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 548
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If you have enough dhoklas on hand, then this delectable one-dish meal can be prepared quite fast! rasawala dhokla is nothing but khaman dhoklas soaked in a sweet and spicy rasa (a thin sauce). Add the dhoklas to the rasa and simmer it just before serving, to ensure that the taste, look and feel of ....
Cabbage Vatana Nu Shaak
Recipe# 35931
23 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Cabbage vatana nu shaak is an easy and quick vegetable recipe with the combination of two regularly used vegetables. In this shaak cabbage and green peas are cooked with indian spices.
Rasawala Bateta Nu Shaak ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 35777
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Whether in a gujarati household or a restaurant, no thali is complete without bateta nu shaak, which is everybody’s favourite despite its simplicity. It is amazing how common spices and ingredients like mustard and cumin seeds, coriander-cumin seed powder, ginger-green chilli paste, etc that are fou ....
Bajra Methi Khakhras
Recipe# 3457
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Wholesome khakhras of bajra and whole wheat flour perked up with fenugreek leaves, green chilli paste, and so on, this snack is a perfect accompaniment for tea. The bitterness of methi is surprisingly very pleasant in this creation. It makes you smack your lips and reach for another khakhra! You can ....
Singhada Sheera, Farali Singhara Halwa, Vrat Recipe
Recipe# 32565
20 Feb 14

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
Who can resist a ladleful of sheera, even on a fasting day! Well, why not. Here is a lip-smacking Singhada Sheera that is perfectly acceptable on fasting days as well. Roasting the water chestnut flour sufficiently, till it turns golden in colour, is very essential to bring out a rich aroma an ....
Lilva Rice ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 625
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Green field beans, long-grained rice and fresh green herbs, cooked in an earthen pot… the experience is truly heavenly! lilva or fresh vaal is available only during a season that lasts three to four months, so make the most of it while it lasts. The delicious green masala used in this recipe is trul ....
Fada Ni Khichadi ( Microwave)
Recipe# 2772
14 Nov 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A traditional khichdi made easier using the microwave and tastier by adding crunchy veggies. A basket of assorted veggies adds a riot of colours and flavours to the khichdi while a selection of spices and everyday ingredients like ginger and green chillies used in the right proportions impart immens ....
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