Food in Gujarat can be an explosion of flavors. Not just vibrant and distinct, but Gujarati cuisine is equally colorful
Like every other traditional cuisine, even the Gujarati cuisine has been misrepresented mainly with regards to the diversity of its offerings. Still, most of the people would think that Gujarati cuisine is limited to dhokla, khakhra, khichdi, and thepla. However, this is not all true. Now, we aren't saying that all these four food items are an integral part of Gujarati food culture, there’s definitely more to the cuisine than that. Gujarat, a jewel of western India, has a delightful journey of its cuisine.
Gujarat’s historical roots can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. The presence of different rulers over the many centuries of its history, Gujarati cuisine has the influence of many varied cultures. Also, the state has an arid climate all around the year. It is scorching during the summers, very humid during the monsoon, and mildly pleasant in the winter. Warm and dry are the prominent attributes that don’t just shape our climate, but our cuisine too!
Gujarat has many variations in its cuisine as well. One can savor the distinct flavors of Kathiyawad, Kutch, Surat, and Amdavad. With the enormous religious influence in the region, one would find most of the cuisine comprising of Vegetarian delights.
The Four Pillars of Gujarati Food Culture
Forming part of the region known as Saurashtra, major cities such as Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, and Junagadh all comprise the Kathiyawad region. Since it shares a border with the neighboring state of Rajasthan, it is fair to say that Kathiyawadi cuisine is heavily influenced by Rajasthani cooking. In general, the food is quite spicy as opposed to the majority of Gujarat, where sweet flavors are an overriding influence. Highlights of Kathiyawadi cooking include the Sev Tameta nu Shaak. Another prominent Kathiyawadi dish is ringna no oroh . An amalgamation of flavors from a few cities and influences from across the border, Kathiyawadi cuisine is deliciously diverse.
The city of Surat, which is located in the southern region of Gujarat, is recognized for its love of food, be it fine-dining or cheap street food. The most popular dish to emerge out of Surat is undoubtedly the undhiyu. Undhiyu is a seasonal dish, made only in winter due to the availability of Indian flat beans and purple yam at that time of the year. Then there’s Surti locho, a favorite street food which is mixed with chili, ginger, and garlic, and served with a smattering of chutneys. Ghaari is a famous sweet dish from Surat made with dry fruits, mawa or thickened milk, and sugar. Surti cuisine gives one a glimpse of the rich traditional dishes that have gained immense popularity all over and are heartily loved by all the people.
The biggest city in Gujarat and former capital, Ahmedabad is definitely one of the state’s foodie hotspots. Street food culture is rampant here, and you can find some delightful snacks and quick bites along with a plethora of mouth-watering sweets in every nook and cranny of this city. The menu includes golas especially popular in the summer. Another crowd favorite is the jalebi. In terms of savory dishes, there is the dhokla and a similar dish called khandvi, also made of gram flourbatter, which is cooked to a thick paste and then spread out and rolled. It is also served with chutney.
The cliché of all Gujarati food being sweet can most certainly be blamed on Amdavadi cuisine, and the people of the city wouldn’t have it any other way!
The dry, arid region of Kutch plays host to some individual dishes as well. A lack of leafy green vegetables dictates the food choices in the region. You can’t talk about famous Kutchi dishes without mentioning the dabeli. Other popular Kutchi dishes include bajra na rotla. Khaja, a dessert reminiscent of baklava is also made here. The cooking of Kutch pays testimony to this trait with the adaptability and innovation showcased in its portfolio of dishes.
Other Popular Dishes
Apart from the flavourful regional delicacies, there is also a long list of dishes that are made and consumed up and down the state. So what are some of these snacks that are so popular in Gujarat, and other dishes that are consumed en masse in the state? Here is a comprehensive list –
- Dal dhokli
- Pickles (Athanu)
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