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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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Fada ni Khichdi ( Lower Cholesterol)
Recipe# 5300
02 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A simply, wholesome, flavourful creation made of fibre-rich bulgur wheat, veggies and moong dal, the Fada ni Khichdi is a wonderfully tasty way to keep cholesterol levels under check. Those wishing to lower ch ....
Jowar Khichu ( Non- Fried Snacks )
Recipe# 33307
16 May 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Jowar khichu, a traditional jowar flour snack flavoured with spices and garlic. If you wish to make this recipe ahead of time, remember to sprinkle a little water before reheating it in the microwave. Sesame seeds add crunch, while garlic and curds enhance the khichu’s flavour. Baking soda mak ....
Suva Chana Dal
Recipe# 5705
04 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes, the right combination of nutrients works better than a single supplement in overcoming a shortfall. In boosting haemoglobin levels for example, a combination of iron and protein will do the job better, as in the case of this Suva Chana Dal where the former brings in protein to support the ....
Masala Rice with Stuffed Vegetables
Recipe# 1583
24 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Stuffing vegetables with masala mixtures before sautéing is a common practice in Indian cuisine, as it imparts a deep and lingering taste to the vegetables, which may then be served as such or added to rice dishes or gravies. In this delicious preparation of Masala Rice with Stuffed Vegetables, the ....
Makai ni Khichdi (  Corn Recipe)
Recipe# 31007
27 Jul 08

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Need a khichdi in a hurry? Well, this Makai ni Khichdi is perfect for such times. As it is made with crushed sweet corn kernels, cooking time is minimum, but flavour is maximum as it is enhanced thoughtfully with green chillies and a tempering of readily available ingredients. Cooking the corn kerne ....
Handi Khichdi
Recipe# 22154
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is cooked in a traditional Indian deep iron pan called "handi". It is believed that cooking in iron utensils increases the iron content of food, however rice is also naturally rich in iron, so you can be double sure that this recipe will boost your haemoglobin levels. Marinating the vegeta ....
Stuffed Brinjal and Onion Khichdi ( Zero Oil Recipe)
Recipe# 22159
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Another dish with a combination of stuffed vegetables and khichdi, which are mixed together and pressure cooked till done. You can use vegetables of your choice or whatever is available at home. Not only is this dish colourful and palatable, the horde of ingredients makes it nutritious too. Masoor d ....
Bharvan Baingan Khichdi
Recipe# 22157
23 Mar 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
An interesting way to serve brinjal and khichadi! 'Bharvan' means stuffed, brinjal are stuffed with a spicy mixture of besan, coconut and spices. It not only adds spice to the otherwise bland khichadi but also perks up the flavour of the dish. Although slightly higher in calories a small portion of ....
Sukhi Karela Subzi
Recipe# 7460
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A fantastic recipe that makes karela appeal to all! This Sukhi Karela Subzi is an interesting way to consume potassium-rich karela, which helps to control blood sugar levels by increasing the action of insulin in the body. Although we have not added any sugar to this recipe, the little amount of oil ....
Masala Chawli ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32824
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An innovative recipe of chawli or lobhia beans served in a gravy that is flavoured with tomatoes, mint and kasuri methi.
Whole Wheat and Methi Khakhra
Recipe# 39290
11 Sep 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Khakhras have been one of the healthiest snack options since time immemorial. Is it the crispness, the flavouring or the slow-cooking process that makes it so delicious, we cannot say, but overall the outcome of this recipe is just fantastic! Extremely healthy with fibre-rich wheat and iron-rich met ....
Green Tomato Kadhi
Recipe# 35917
23 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Green tomato kadhi is tangy and spicy kadhi with combination of green tomatoes and green chillies. It is thickened with coconut. Serve hot with roti or rice.
Bhatia Kadhi ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 610
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, this kadhi recipe hails from the bhatia community. It is a sweet and sour version made with cooked toovar dal water, curds and vegetables. This interesting combination of ingredients makes all the difference—be it in terms of taste or aroma. You can even add sliced potatoes to ....
Mini Nachni and Bajra Khakhra
Recipe# 5685
21 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mini Nachni and Bajra Khakhra is a crispy snack that is full of Iron and fun! Loaded with iron-rich nachni and Bajra Flour, this snack also scores high ....
Fansi Dhokli ( Healthy Subzi Recipe)
Recipe# 6401
23 Mar 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A characteristic ingredient of Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine, dhoklis made of besan add body to a subzi while also enhancing its taste. The musky aroma and nutty mouth-feel of these ajwain-flavoured dhoklis are a pleasure to the palate. In Fansi Dhokli, dhoklis made of whole wheat flour and besan ....
Lapsi Methi Muthias
Recipe# 3557
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Another fibre rich snack that abounds in iron and vitamin A. These delectable muthias are sure to keep you 'full' for a long time. These are slightly more crumbly than regular muthias because of the broken wheat, but I guarantee you will love them.
Gujarati Suva Kadhi
Recipe# 4815
14 Jun 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A homely preparation made using chopped dill leaves, besan, curds and other flavour enhancers, one portion of the Gujarati Suva Kadhi is good enough to provide a quarter of a day’s calcium requirement. Curd is an excellent source of calcium, and when you combine it with dill leaves, it gets even ric ....
Masala Rotis (  Low Cholesterol)
Recipe# 5287
17 Nov 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Made with a dough of wholesome whole wheat flour and besan bound together with calcium-rich curds, this sumptuous roti is made all the more tasty and healthy by the addition of exciting and nutritious veggies like sweet corn, potatoes and spinach. It is so tasty, you do not even need a dal or subzi ....
Buckwheat, Moong and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 3506
14 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is light for the stomach, yet filling and nourishing. They often say soup is good for the soul, but I would say, "Khichdi is good for my soul". The aroma of this khichdi is irresistible, as it has been cooked with the aromatic spices. Buckwheat is commonly called as kutto or kutti no daro. T ....
Panch Dhan Khichdi
Recipe# 22449
11 Nov 08

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 by Tarla Dalal
Panch Dhan Khichdi features an extremely appetising mixture of rice with five kinds of lentils that provide the expectant mother with essential vitamins B1 and B3. Loaded with ample fibre, this khichdi is also quite filling. Common ingredients and spice powders, which will be available in every kitc ....
Karela Bateta Nu Shaak
Recipe# 35914
05 Jan 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Karela batate nu shaak vegetable will be liked by all the non- karela lovers also as the bitter taste does not dominate the vegetable. Make the karelas crispy and enjoy this with roti and kadhi for a complete meal.
Vitamin Khichdi ( Protein Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35066
18 Oct 10

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is one meal but multi-nutrient! it is packed with vitamins and proteins that are found in abundance in paneer, moong sprouts and dalia. The veggies, masala and curd ensure that you have a delicious, and healthy meal.
Vaal Ni Dal No Pulao ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 624
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Rice and sprouted vaal waltz together to make a delectable one-dish meal! you can also make this pulao with only garlic and red chillies. Whichever way you make it, remember that the specialty of this dish is that it is to be cooked in oil unlike other rice preparations, which are usually cooked in ....
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