Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism. The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat. The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion. The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.
Heat oil in a pan. Add potatoes, salt and a little water. Mix well and add dabeli masala, lemon juice, half cup of sweet tamarind chutney and sugar. Mix and cook till the moisture is absorbed. Transfer the mixture into a plate and spread it..
Sprinkle masala moongphali, coconut, pomegranate pearls, black grapes, half the sev and coriander leaves over the top.
Slit the pavs horizontally without cutting through. Spread red chilli-garlic chutney, a layer of the stuffing, sweet date and tamarind chutney, onion and sev in between the two halves.
Place the stuffed pavs on a hot tawa. Press slightly and toast on both sides, with Nutralite, till done.
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