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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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Buckwheat Dhokla, Kutto na Dhokla
Recipe# 22348
22 Feb 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Lots of nutrition comes to you in the form of this stomach-friendly dhokla. The batter is easy to make – just measure the buckwheat, mix it with curds and let the batter soak for 2 hours. The non-fermented batter also makes this Buckwheat Dhokla a good option for those suffering from acidity. Ju ....
Crispy Karela
Recipe# 4332
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The pleasant sweetness of jaggery and the enticing charm of poppy seeds and cashewnuts tone down the bitterness of bitter gourd to an extremely enjoyable level, in this special dry subzi. Sweet, with a dash of spice, this unique subzi tastes really awesome, but what is even more special than the ....
Garam Golpapdi
Recipe# 4943
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is also called sukhadi in some parts of Gujarat. This is a version of Golpapdi , that is served warm and not cut into the traditional diamond shaped cubes. The trick to making this version is to add the gur after the wheat and ghee ....
Amiri Khaman ( Non - Fried Snacks )
Recipe# 33327
16 May 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This recipe was invented with the intention of making good use of leftover khaman dhoklas! They are crumbled, tempered with garlic and mixed with pomegranate seeds and coconut. Serve garnished with sev and relish its unique flavour. Those who do not like garlic can omit it.
Radish Moong Dal Chilas ( Iron Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35072
18 Oct 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A delicious recipe that makes use of radish leaves, whole moong and low-fat curd. Radish leaves are high in calcium, iron and carotenoids, while the moong adds enough protein and fibre into your meal. Eat them hot!
Baked Oondhiya
Recipe# 53
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Gujarati oondhiya cooked in the original style and served in an earthen pot with delicious chutneys and sauces.
Palak Methi Puris
Recipe# 3563
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These low calorie puris are a great way of disguising dark green leafy vegetables. Palak and methi are both very good sources of vitamin A which is necessary for maintaining a healthy vision and glowing complexion. Though baked only with 1 teaspoon of oil and not deep fried, these puris are really ....
Panki ( Microwave Recipe)
Recipe# 4885
20 Aug 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Small rice pancakes steamed in-between banana leaves makes a great snack. The microwave version of the panki uses less oil compared to the conventional cooking method.
Chhuta Moong Dal
Recipe# 39755
30 Mar 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Unlike the usual dal preparations, this is a dry dish made with moong dal pepped up with a simple tempering and common spice powders. Chhuta means separate, and the beauty of this Gujarati delicacy lies in being able to feel each grain of the moong dal in your mouth. In order to achieve this, you mu ....
Gobi Vatana Subzi, Cauliflower Vatana Nu Shaak
Recipe# 40690
17 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This recipe unleashes the full potential of common spice powders that are available in every kitchen. Watch how simple ingredients work together to transform cauliflower and green peas into a mouth-watering subzi that will make a simple meal of
Pesto Dhokla, Basil and Walnut Rava Dhokla
Recipe# 40931
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Dhokla, the ever-popular Gujarati snack, gets an Italian makeover in this recipe. A quick-fix dhokla batter made with semolina, is perked up traditional Italian pesto paste, which is a blend of basil, walnuts and garlic perk ....
Dabeli Bhajiya
Recipe# 40935
09 Jun 17

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Dabeli is Gujarat’s answer to vada pav. It is a sandwich-like snack in which bread is perked up with a sweet and spicy potato filling. Dabeli Bhajiya is an interesting variant of this favourite street food, wherein the potato packed bread is deep-fried to make crisp bhajiyas, and served with peppy c ....
Teekha Gathiya
Recipe# 41212
24 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Gathiya is a classic Gujarati deep-fried savoury snack, which is made of gram flour flavoured with ajwain. This version of the ever-popular tea-time snack also uses a dash of chilli powder to make it a little more spicy. The aroma of carom seeds and the mild spiciness of chill powder are very enjoya ....
Lilva Kachori, Winter Fresh Toovar Kachori
Recipe# 41418
27 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Lilva Kachori is a traditional kachori made with a stuffing of fresh toovar and green peas perked up with ginger and green chillies. A dash of lemon adds to the chatpata taste of the stuffing, making this a really exciting snack to bite into on a cold winter’s day. The flaky and crisp kachor ....
Gujarati Raw Papaya Chutney, Kacha Papaya Sambharo
Recipe# 41992
22 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Bored of serving kachoris and samosas with the same old green chutney and sweet chutney? Try your hand at making Raw Papaya Chutney, a tongue-tickling Gujarati accompaniment. Here, grated raw papaya is cooked with a traditional tempering of mustard, curry le ....
Soya Methi Theplas
Recipe# 38845
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Very famous gujarati delicacy that is usually made with wheat flour and besan, i modified with adding soya flour and it yet tastes the same. Methi is the key ingredient that imparts the unique taste of theplas and mask the flavour of soya flour. Fresh curds renders softness to the theplas, make them ....
Coconut -  Coriander Masala
Recipe# 38225
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Coconut-coriander masala is a basic gujarati masala used in vegetable recipes like oondhiya, walor muthia nu shaak, turiya paatra etc.
Multigrain Methi Thepla, Breakfast Recipe
Recipe# 42287
30 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Thepla is one of the most-loved breakfast dishes in Western India. With a homely, rustic flavour and wholesome, satisfying mouth-feel, theplas are often flavoured self-sufficiently with green chillies, etc., so that in the busy morning hours you do not have to worry about making any special acco ....
Zero Oil Purple Mogri Raita
Recipe# 42276
31 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Radish pods of different varieties are available in India only during the winter months. They have a unique taste, which is enjoyably spicy, and can be cooked in various ways. Here, we have made a scrumptious and refreshing Zero Oil Purple Mogri Raita with the purple radish pods. Spiced up with ....
Zero Oil Green Mogri Raita
Recipe# 42277
29 Nov 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The Zero Oil Green Mogri Raita has a very appetizing flavour and tempting good looks, with the green colour of the radish pods contrasting against the creamy white curds. Just a dash of spice powders and black salt is enough to spruce up this raita, as mogri is naturally tasty. You can also ....
Purple Mogri Raita
Recipe# 42278
29 Nov 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Have you been accosted by delightful mogris in the market this winter? Well, mogri is a delicious winter vegetable that is available in India. Known as radish pods, it is a special crop and is available in colours like purple and green. Mogri has a delightfully spicy taste, which must be enjoyed ....
Rajgira  Buckwheat Brown Rice Flour Khakhra
Recipe# 42547
14 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Khakhra is one of the handiest snacks to have whenever you feel the need for a quick bite! It is also filling, so you can even take it along in your tiffin box. Guess what, the khakhra also provides a wonderful opportunity to sneak in a lo ....
Banana Sambhariyu, Gujarati Dry Banana Subzi
Recipe# 42477
05 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Banana Sambhariyu is a typical Gujarati preparation of bananas cooked with a special freshly-made masala that combines coconut with green chillies, ginger and spice powders. It has a fresh aroma that is sure to kindle your appetite, and once you taste the fo ....
Gunda Nu Shaak
Recipe# 42596
26 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
‘Gunda’ is a small, berry-like fruit harvested from cordia shrubs. It is seasonal, and when it becomes available in the summer months, the Gujaratis really go gaga over it! An all-time favourite ingredient, gunda makes very tasty pickles and yummy subzis too. Gunda nu Shaak is a classic
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