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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
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Ponkh Chila Recipe
Recipe# 42435
24 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ponkh, or tender, juicy pods of jowar is a special winter crop that is very famous in Gujarat. Only for a short duration in winter, it is possible to harvest young jowar grains that are so juicy and tender. Hence, the Gujaratis feel quite upbeat about it, and even throw parties to celebrate the ....
Khatta Dhokla, Gujarati Farsan
Recipe# 2413
17 Dec 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Although several ready mixes are available to do the job quickly, these cannot match the taste of traditional Khatta Dhokla made with a homemade batter. Here, we show you how to make authentic Khatta Dhokla using a batter of rice and urad. Seasoned with black pepper and chilli powder, this steam ....
Cabbage Jowar Muthias, How To Make Muthia At Home
Recipe# 33147
16 May 08

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Mooli Muthia, Gujarati Radish Muthia Snack Recipe
Recipe# 33320
16 May 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
Mooli muthia, I love making muthias of different varieties, as they are steamed and easy to make. Not only that… they are an ideal way to incorporate flours and vegetables in your daily diet. These muthias taste good with radish and radish leaves, while curds contribute to the flavour of this ....
Buckwheat Dhoklas
Recipe# 5282
17 Nov 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Buckwheat Dhokla, Faraal Buckwheat Dhokla
Recipe# 3547
17 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Buckwheat Dhokla combines taste and nutrition in an easy-to-cook form. A batter of buckwheat is perked up with curds, ginger and green chillies to make soft and tasty dhoklas. Though the buckwheat needs to be soaked for two hours, the batter does not require any fermentation afterwards, so y ....
Masala Puris Served with Curds and Chunda, Masala Puri for Breakfast
Recipe# 40885
22 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These flavour-packed puris are perfect to have for breakfast when you are in the mood for something traditional, but don’t have enough time to prepare an elaborate spread with accompaniments and all. A simple dough of whole wheat flour is pepped up with everyday spice powders, which give the Mas ....
Cabbage Jowar Muthias
Recipe# 3554
26 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Muthias are an all-time favourite snack for Gujaratis, but for some people they may be very new. These are steamed dumplings that can be made with 2 or 3 kinds of flour combinations and can be flavoured with different vegetables like methi, mooli (radish), bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki) etc. ....
Khatta Dhokla, Gujarati Recipe
Recipe# 546
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
The ‘khatta’ in the name is the dominant flavour of this dhokla, and this sourness is brought about by adding a little sour curds. Although dhoklas taste good at room temperature too, serve them hot with green chutney and tea for a classic and complete package! Also try other dhokla variants ....
Farali Dosa, Faral Foods Recipe - How To Make Farali Dosa, Faral Foods
Recipe# 33292
20 Feb 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
There are several forgotten gems from South Indian cuisine, which people are vehemently attempting to bring back to the fore now. This delicious Farali Dosa is an example. While people commonly make regular dosa or quick-fix ones out of wheat flour or semoli ....
Lapsi, Pressure- Cooked Broken Wheat Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 33374
16 Feb 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Corn Panki ( Saatvik Recipe)
Recipe# 1508
23 Sep 13

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by Tarla Dalal
Corn panki is a popular Gujarati snack made of a corn and rawa mixture that is cooked between two banana leaves – pankis lure the diner with the innate aroma of fresh leaves which get incorporated into the pankis when they are cooked. In fact, pankis get their name because they are made in a paan (l ....
Mixed Dal in A Microwave
Recipe# 678
20 Aug 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Dal is one of the main sources of proteins for vegetarians, and hence a part of the staple diet of most Indians. This wholesome, non-spicy recipe pools in the goodness of three varieties of dal—moong, masoor and ura ....
Pineapple Basundi
Recipe# 3603
10 Jan 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The rich and intense flavour of boiled milk tinged with enchanting spices like saffron and cardamom, is uniquely coupled with freshly-grated pineapple in this innovative Pineapple Basundi. The flavour of pineapple is quite strong in this dessert, as the fruit is grated rather than chopped. Make ....
Bateta Chips Nu Shaak ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 598
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The potato is really a wonder ingredient, which can slide beautifully into gourmet dishes as well as into daily fare! bateta chips nu shaak is a calorie-rich delight that is popular in wedding and festival menus. The sweet, sour and salty blend of flavours caused by the tempering of cumin, poppy and ....
Valor Papdi Nu Shak, Winter Sabzi
Recipe# 41454
02 Feb 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The Valor Papdi nu Shak is a homely and tasty winter subzi, which tastes great with chapatis. Fresh and juicy valor papdi is cooked with a traditional tempering of mustard seeds, and flavoured with a mix of taste-givers like garlic paste and green chilli paste. Coconut adds to the taste of this ....
Batata Chips Nu Shaak
Recipe# 4335
16 May 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Completely unique, the Batata Chips nu Shaak is sure to enthrall your taste buds with its amazing crunch and irresistible flavour. Crispy fried potato strips are tossed with sautéed cashews, aromatic seeds and spice powders to make a wonderful shaak that combines beautifully with rotis, puris or ste ....
Oondhiya, Undhiyu, Gujarati Undhiyu Recipe
Recipe# 602
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Oondhiya is a classic Gujarati preparation of vegetables and fenugreek dumplings cooked in an aromatic blend of spices. A traditional recipe that is very popular in surat, the original version requires hours on end! Here, we have presented a faster version using ....
Methi Papad
Recipe# 4330
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Methi Papad is a mouthwatering delicacy that provides you a clear taste of Gujarati cuisine – simple yet irresistibly tasty! A thin sauce like preparation with fenugreek leaves and a traditional tempering, is topped with shredded papads and served hot with roti, puri or rice. Remember to add the pap ....
Sabudana Kheer, Indian Dessert for Fasting
Recipe# 42247
16 Nov 17

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Sabudana Kheer is a tasty and satiating dessert , ideal to have on fasting days. Made of sabudana cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich taste and interesting mouth-feel. As it kee ....
Bajra Methi Khakhras ( Nutritious Recipe For Pregnancy)
Recipe# 22466
21 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Get an instant energy boost with these bajra and methi khakhras, the ideal anytime-snack! when you're feeling peckish or looking for a healthy breakfast option, reach for these crisp and tasty khakhras.
Purple Mogri Stir Fry
Recipe# 42279
29 Nov 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The vibrant colour and mouth-watering flavour of mogri is sure to delight every diner! An exclusive winter vegetable, you must not miss out on mogri when it is in season. It can be enjoyed in many forms like raitas, subzis and stir-fries. Perked up with a simple tempering of mustard seeds and as ....
Multigrain Methi Thepla Dough
Recipe# 42288
13 Dec 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Dough and batters are the busy homemaker’s best friends! When you have some handy, you can use it to quickly conjure up a wholesome breakfast on a busy morning, or a tasty dinner after a tiring day. Here, we show you how to make Multigrain Methi Thepla Dough, which stays good in the fridge for a ....
Dhokla Subzi
Recipe# 38909
23 Sep 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
While the dhokla subzi is a brilliant accompaniment for rotis, it can also be served as a one-dish meal as it features a wholesome gravy with turai and sweet corn, topped with pieces of protein-rich dhoklas.
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