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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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Vaal Ni Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 618
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Vaal ni dal is an interesting and unique preparation of field beans, that is prepared often in guajarati households. The raisins contrast and complement the choice of spices used in this recipe. When served with rice and a good choice of sweet, vaal ni dal qualifies as festive fare!
Ghughra, Vatana na Ghughra, Green Peas Ghughra
Recipe# 551
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Whether deep-fried for the indulgent or baked for the health-conscious, ghughras make tea-time significantly more interesting! fry the ghughras just before serving as they tend to get cold and soggy after a while. You could also try the healthier alternative of baking the ghughras at 200ºc for ....
Bhungara Bateta
Recipe# 42561
27 Jun 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Jazz up your day with a portion of spicy Bhungara Bateta, an all-time favourite street food of Gujarat. This is a preparation of baby potatoes, cooked with a plethora of spicy ingredients like ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder, and more. ....
Chola Methi Dhokla
Recipe# 145
22 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A wholesome and tasty snack, which can be served for breakfast too, the Chola Methi Dhokla is a real gem from Indian cuisine. ....
Sev Usal
Recipe# 42573
27 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
One of Gujarat’s favourite street foods, the Sev Usal is an unimaginably scrumptious treat, with a mind-boggling array of textures and a vibrant burst of flavours – every aspect of it justifies its timeless popularity! Boiled vatana is cooked with a tongue-tickling curry, made of tangy tomatoes, ....
Khatta Dhokla Using Homemade Flour
Recipe# 42589
21 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Here’s a quick and easy way to make your own dhokla flour at home, and use it to make tasty dhoklas. This dry flour can be ground within minutes in your own kitchen using just two ingredients and a regular mixer-grinder. By blending the dal and rice to a fine coarse texture, which is neither coa ....
Batata Vada ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 570
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Batata vada is another gujarati dish that has broken all geographical and cultural barriers to become world-famous! nothing but crisp potato fritters encased in a gram flour batter, these are enjoyed occasionally by all… while some even go a step ahead and make it a part of their weekly or even dail ....
Mixed Kathol ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 619
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mixed kathol features a wonderful combo of pulses cooked and presented the gujarati way. Kathol is part of the ‘jaman’ served during the festive seasons, but it is also made regularly in gujarati households throughout the year.
Tarkari Khichdi
Recipe# 22155
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, this dish brims with Tarkari (vegetables) and the nutrients that they contain. To add to the goodness of vegetables, moong dal is also a rich source of protein, folic acid and zinc. An interesting combination of health and taste makes this dish a must-try!
Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 630
17 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Theplas are an inherent part of Gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travellingand for picnics! When you anticipate a busy fortnight, you can make a larg ....
Moong Dal Khichdi, Gujarati Recipe
Recipe# 621
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Moong dal khichdi is very popular as a comfort food. It is sure to soothe you and make you feel better when you are off colour, especially if you are down with a fever or stomach ache! Dal and rice cooked together with peppercorns and flavoured with ghee, it is a light and healthy meal despite t ....
Rajma Dhokla
Recipe# 33277
04 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This awesome recipe brings together a healthy ingredient with a healthy cooking method, and all in an extremely tasty way! A true tempter, the Rajma Dhokla looks appealing and tastes great. It is als ....
Fada ni Khichdi ( Zero Oil Dal Chawal Recipe)
Recipe# 22156
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think beyond lapsi and upma, and try this nutritious meal with broken wheat. All it requires is a little modification to the traditional
Sev Tameta, Rasawala Sev Tameta
Recipe# 4341
16 May 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Sev Tameta is an easy to make, sweet-tangy Gujarati subzi made by tempering tomatoes with cumin seeds and curry leaves. Deep-fried vermicelli made using gram called as sev is added to give a crispy texture to the subzi. Add the sev just before serving to a ....
Moong Dal and Paneer Chila ( Healthy Snacks)
Recipe# 5645
09 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Chila is the perfect pair for your evening tea. Easy and quick, it is also healthy. Tasty by itself, this Moong Dal and Paneer Chila requires no accompaniment, which makes it easy to serve as an
Yam Raita, Farali Suran Raita Recipe
Recipe# 33294
20 Feb 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think beyond the traditional cucumber when making raita. How about using boiled and mashed yam? you are sure to love this unconventional accompaniment.
Yellow Moong Dal Khichu
Recipe# 41299
14 Apr 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Khichu fans claim it to be the tastiest snack in the world! Indeed, piping hot khichu, with its doughy consistency and soothing taste, is sure to warm your soul and remind you of home. While khichu is usually made with grain-based flours like rice flour or jowar flour, here we present an interes ....
Microwave Mug Dhokla Recipe, Khaman Dhokla
Recipe# 42510
21 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Succulent and tasty khaman dhoklas ready in minutes, this is just perfect to appease sudden hunger pangs! The Microwave Mug Dhokla is a kind of quick, no-fuss dish that you can prepare instantly without advance planning and without sweating in the kitchen. It is as easy as mixing a batter, filli ....
Shrikhand ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 35789
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Shrikhand is a magical transformation of simple curds into a delicacy, by a simple procedure. It involves no cooking and is a standard feature of sunday meals, festive menus as well as faraal foods! things get even easier as it can be made in advance and stored in the freezer for close to 15 days. U ....
Phulka Recipe, Indian Chapati Recipe
Recipe# 4392
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chapatis or phulkas is the daily bread for millions of Indians . No meal is complete without them and yet many find them difficult to make. These are called so because they swell up with steam while being cooked. They are cooked first on a dry hot tava, then he ....
Magaz
Recipe# 4214
22 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Magaz is a melt-in-the-mouth mithai made with the energizing combination of besan, sugar and ghee. The rich flavour of this laddoo-like sweet depends on how well you cook the besan. It is important to roast it uniformly, till a rich smell comes. Keep stirring it so that it does not char. The proport ....
Soya Methi Dal Dhokli
Recipe# 7453
12 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dhokli, a traditional Gujarati favourite is transformed into a diabetic-friendly treat by using whole-wheat flour, soya flour and fenugreek leaves. Combined with wholesome toovar dal, these healthy dhoklis are a sumptuous one dish fare for one and all. Although prepared with minimal fat, and without ....
Panchamel Khichdi
Recipe# 36123
15 Mar 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Wholesome and filling, the Panchamel Khichdi is more than a meal in a bowl! With rice and four different dals, cooked along with a basketful of crunchy vegetables, tomatoes and spice powders, this Khichdi features myriad textures, flavours and colours, making it a delight to behold and relish.
Masala Chai Or Masala Tea
Recipe# 40555
09 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Curling your fingers around a steaming hot cup of Masala Chai, slowly sipping the invigoratingly flavoured and aromatic beverage, is like spending quality time with a friend! It can soothe you when you are unwell, rejuvenate you when you are tired, and revive your spirits when you are bored. Turn to ....
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