One of the oldest culinary treasures of India, Gujarati cuisine is mainly vegetarian. The real essence of Gujarati food lies in the use of spices and veggies. There is a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, each with its unique style of cooking, farsans, chutneys, pickles and foods having high nutritional value. Because of the hot and dry climatic conditions, the use of sugar, lemon and tomatoes are quite common as these foods keep the body hydrated. The prominence of ingredients like lentils, yogurt, gram flour and sesame seeds is another feature that sets Gujarati dishes apart. Relish the flamboyant Gujarati food with the following traditional dishes.
Undhiyu is a regional Gujarati dish prepared during the renowned kite festival of Gujarat. A mixture of winter veggies like potatoes, coconut, banana, surti papdi, methi, brinjals and spices, this traditional dish is the hallmark of Gujarati Vegetarian cuisine. Gujarati Undhiyu is wholesome and completely healthy. Generally preparing Undhiyu takes a lot of time and effort. The word ”Undhiyu” is derived from the Gujarati word “undhu” meaning upside down. This entire dish is cooked in earthen pots. The pots are sealed and placed upside down in a fire pit dug in the ground. The slow cooking in the earthen pots gives a rustic flavor to the dish.
Every state in India has their own way of making kadhi which is a yogurt based gravy dish with gram flour/ besan added to it and tempered with spices. A staple in almost every household, Gujarati kadhi is a delicious curry with traces of sweetness. This cooling curry is best to escape the heat. Garlic, green chillies, cloves, buttermilk, yogurt, gram flour, ginger, dry fenugreek, black pepper and asafoetida are the ingredients that make it delicious. Mostly served with soft chapatis, khichdi or thepla, Gujarati Kadhi offers the similar effect as the medicines for sore throats when served hot.
Dal Dhokli is a traditional Gujarati cuisine which is prepared by cooking wheat flour dumplings in thin Gujarati Dal. Dhokli is made from whole wheat flour in which dough is prepared by adding few spices, rolled into thin circles and cut into diamond shapes. They are then added to the simmering dal and cooked till they turn soft. Dal Dhokli should be served warm with a ghee drizzled on top. It can be relished with steamed rice and roasted papad.
The millet and bajra flour is widely used in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The chapatis made from these flours are very healthy and taste slightly different from that of wheat flour. A common food in Gujarat, Rotlo is now becoming an attraction in hotel menus of other states as well. Rotlo is basically a bread made of millet/maize flour, often had with raw onion, butter-milk and green chillies. The rotis were traditionally prepared in small earthen stove known as ‘Chulha’. Rotlo, when combined with melted ghee and jaggery is completely unbeatable.
Sev Tameta nu Shaak
It’s a famous Gujarati cuisine prepared with green tomatoes cooked in delicious tangy gravy, served with some crispy sev. A typical tomato Indian curry is simple, healthy and easy to cook. This tempting dish would burst more hunger cramps in your stomach for sure. Sev Tameta nu Shaak is served with chappati or bajra roti. The shaak taste nice with bread too.
Though Bhindi is not loved by all, however, Gujarati mothers have proved that bhindi can be one of the most amazing and tasty to the core dishes that ever existed. Only spices, okra (bhindi), gram flour, salt, and oil is used. Rinsing, drying, and stuffing does take time. Slit the bhindi a little, stuff the masala made of gram flour and other spices and fry. Bharela Bhinda is an excellent side veggie dish with dal and rotis.
It’s a healthy sweet made from strained curd. This traditional sweet of Gujarat is also known as “Matho”. Having thick, creamy, smooth consistency, Shrikhand is low fat and is mostly flavored with cardamom, diced fruits, and saffron. It’s a dessert which is converted from ordinary curd into a delicacy along with a variety of flavors that make you lick your fingers.
So the next time you plan to visit the state of Gujarat, ensure that you eat all of these because travel is incomplete without good food. Also, don’t forget to share these delicacies with your foodie friends! Keep eating!