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8 simple recipes for popular Gujarati dishes

Gujarati food is a plethora of flavours anad have so much to offer in terms of taste, presentation and cooking techniques. A typical meal consists of rotli or bread made with wheat flour or millet flour, a shaak or a vegetable dish, dal, rice, a glass of buttermilk and a sweet dish. One common thing in most recipes from this area is that they all have a slight tinge of sweet in them – this is because jaggery is used in several Gujarati preparations. Besides the maincourse, farsaan or snacks are an important part of Gujarati cuisine too. Take a look at 8 simple Gujarati recipes including some tasty snacks, comforting one pot meals and a decadent dessert.


Theplas are a Gujarati staple and like a lot of other snacks these are super healthy too! The best part about theplas, besides the taste of course, is their high shelf life –making them perfect for picnics and as snacks while travelling. Just get out some chunda or pickle and enjoy these healthy, tasty and fuss free rotis on the go!


Dal Dhokli

Strips of whole wheat flour rotis cooked in a sweet spicy dal. A tempering of button red chillies and mustard seeds in desi ghee finishes the dish and makes it perfect for a comforting meal. This one pot meal is a Gujarati classic and a hit any time of the year.


Khaman Dhokla

You don’t have to be from Gujarat to have tasted a khaman dhokla. A thick fermented gram flour and yogurt batter steamed till it’s like a soft fluffy pillow. Cooled, cut into squares tempered with mustard seeds and garnished with fresh coriander and scraped coconut – a dhokla is Gujarat’s pride. This very same dhokla can be crumbed and served with accompaniments like assorted chutneys, fried green chillies and a delicious raw papaya salad in a different avatar known as khaman.



This is one of the most iconic Gujarati snacks. It is simple to just buy a batch of it (with some sweet crisp jalebi, ofcourse!) but making it at home is a whole lot of fun. Perfect the art of flattening the fafda dough between your palm and a worktop without breaking the fafda is something that will take some practice, but the crunchy homemade fafda is completely worth it.



This Gujarati specialty is made with a mix of delicious veggies that make an appearance during winters. Yams, brinjals, potatoes, surti papdi and tuvar lentils are cooked in an herby coriander and coconut masala. That’s not it, deep fried methi are what add besan muthias add oomph to the dish. 


Gujarati Kadhi

A bowl of hot steamed rice some this tangy sweet kadhi is one of the simples comfort food you can whip up at home. Unlike its Punjabi counterpart, this Gujarati kadhi doesn’t have deep fried pakodas, but instead thin strips of radish and potatoes in a silky smooth tempered yogurt gravy. Perfect for when you’re craving a light and comforting meal.


Char Dal ni Khicidhi / Bajra nu Khichdi

Made with a protein rich mix of 4 types of dal and rice this khichdi is flavoured with desi ghee, onions, mild spices and buttermilk. All you need is some achar and papad to go with it and this simple one pot meal gets made in minutes.



This mithai, like a lot of other Gujarati snacks is made with gram flour. The aroma of roasting the besan in desi ghee is enough to make your mouth water. After being mixed with dry fruits, set and cut into bite sized cubes these delicious sweets are irresistible and addictive!



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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.