Top 10 Most Famous Gujarati Dishes With Recipes ( #2 has Iconic Fan base)

When talking about India’s rich cultural heritage, food plays an integral part in it. From North India to South India, the country has different flavors to offer. These traditional flavors not only serve as a visual treat but also represent the culture of various Indian states.

When talking about famous Indian cuisines, we cannot miss mentioning the famous Famous Gujarati dishes. However, if you want to try the authentic Gujarati flavors, you must visit this state and not the sweet shops near you selling them.

During my visit to Gujarat, I made it a point to try only the local food for breakfast, lunch  & dinner. Not only I loved them but when I got back home, I learned to cook most of these recipes too.

These top 10 Famous Gujarati dishes that are equally popular in other parts of the country as well. You will find a quick recipe to prepare with step by step instructions under each dish. Do give it a try & tell us how it turned out.

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 Famous Gujarati Dishes

Gujarat is located in West India. Gujarati spices and flavors are something that stands out the most when talking about traditional Indian food.

Vivid flavors are offered in different parts of the country, and you are most likely to fall in love with all of them.

Gujarati cuisine is a hearty mix of Sweet, Savory & Tangy. All the Popular dishes of Gujarat has a hint of sweetness in it. In fact, this is the most prominent factor to identify a Gujarati dish.

The majority of the people in the state are vegetarian, and hence the variety of food for vegetarians is more. You can experience sweet and savory flavors in a single dish.

We have included a mix of items in different categories like snacks, Main course & dessert. These dishes are hugely popular in Gujarat. Although, the number of non-vegetarian dishes is really limited yet we have incorporated a popular Chicken dish on our list.

  Food Course Type
1. Dhokla Snacks Vegetarian Dish
2. Thepla Snacks Vegetarian Dish
3. Muthia Snacks Vegetarian Dish
4. Undhiyu Main Course Vegetarian Dish
5. SevTamatar Nu Shaak Main Course Vegetarian Dish
6. Gujarati Kadhi Main Course Vegetarian Dish
7. Dal Dhokli Main Course Vegetarian Dish
8. MurghanuShaak Main Course Non-Vegetarian Dish
9. Doodhpak Dessert Vegetarian Dish
10. Sutarfeni Dessert Vegetarian Dish

 

Famous Gujarati Dishes- Snacks

When in Gujarat, begin your day with an excellent delicious breakfast or snack that will keep you energetic for the rest of the day.

Listed below are some of the famous Famous Gujarati Dishes snack items that’ll refresh your mood and will give your morning a great start.

Here are the top 10 Famous Gujarati dishes with recipes that you must try once in your life.

1. Dhokla

dhokla

Dhokla is something that we all have heard about and tasted at least once in our life. Referred to as the King of Gujarati Snacks, it is a fermented rice and chickpeas dish and a great breakfast option.

It is considered one of the healthiest & kid-friendly Indian foods. It is quick & easy to prepare & can be eaten at any time of the day.

It is fluffy and light-weight and is served with different chutneys. This dish among the top 10 must-try Famous Gujarati dishes is packed with health benefits as it is light-weight, free of cholesterol, and extra spices.

Method of Preparation:

  • The main ingredients of the dish are fermented chickpeas and rice.
  • In a bowl mix chickpea flour, rice, salt, water, lemon juice, and baking soda.
  • Let the batter ferment for an hour or two.
  • Allow some water to steam in a pan.
  • Grease a utensil and pour the dhokla batter in it.
  • Cook the batter on low flame for around 20 minutes and check it with a knife if it is completely cooked.
  • Garnish the cooked dhokla with grated coconut, chilies, mustard seeds, and curry leaves by tempering them in hot oil. Your dhokla is ready to serve.

Price: approx INR 100 for 10 pieces

2. Thepla

aloo paratha

If you are looking for a healthy breakfast that is a Famous Gujarati dishes you must-try, then this is the best dish for you.

A light snack, thepla is made up of wheat flour, gram flour, and spices. You can also customize the dish and can have it hot with pickle, curd, or chutneys.

The dish is rich in protein as it is made of gram flour. Also, the customization can help you add other healthy ingredients like oats, chickpeas, green vegetables, and much more.

Method of Preparation:

  • Knead a soft dough with wheat flour, gram flour, and the required spices.
  • Let the dough rest for around 20 minutes.
  • Make small portions and roll them to flatten it slightly.
  • Cook it on a medium flame on tawa from both sides.
  • Cook till you notice golden brown spots on it.
  • Drizzle some oil on each side and stack them in kitchen tissue to maintain the softness. Serve them with curd, pickle, or chutney.

Price: approx. INR 50 for 2 pieces

3. Muthia

Muthia

Another Famous Gujarati dishes you must try as a snack item once when in Gujarat is Muthia. It can be eaten both as morning breakfast and an evening tea time snack.

The dish is cooked by steaming and then fried. It is a crumbly and soft dish that can be customized either with fresh methi leaves or milk as per your choice. Both the ingredients are a rich source of calcium.

Method of Preparation:

  • Gram flour, Wheat flour, salt, turmeric, chili powder, fenugreek, and oil are the main ingredients of this dish.
  • The method of preparation of this dish is simple.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add oil and knead a soft dough.
  • Let the dough rest for around 15 minutes.
  • Once the dough is ready, divide it into small walnut size balls.
  • Flatten the balls with your palms to give the desired shape.
  • You can steam them or fry them as per your choice.

Price: approx. INR 150 per kg.

Must-Try Famous Gujarati dishes- Main Course

4. Undhiyu  Undhiyu

Next in the list of top 10 Famous Gujarati dishes, you must try is Undhiyu. It is not only tasty but also an easy-to-make dish.

Apart from having a great taste, it also has a variety of health benefits. It is a mixed vegetable sabzi, which is cooked with a lot of Indian spices that give it a lip-smacking taste.

It is a perfect combination of prebiotics, amino acids, and cleansing bacteria. Also, the vegetables added to it make it a rich source of essential nutrients.

Method of Preparation:

  • The key ingredients of the dish are the vegetables.
  • You can add the veggies of your choice.
  • Peel and rinse all the vegetables.
  • Take packed methi leaves, and gram flour in a bowl and mix them well.
  • Add baking soda and spices to the mixture.
  • Add some sugar to enhance the taste.
  • Add some water and make a batter to make small ball sized portions.
  • Cook the vegetables and the balls prepared in a pressure cooker for a few minutes.
  • The dish is served mostly with pooris.

Price: approx. INR 160 per plate

5. SevTamatar Nu Shaak

SevTamatar Nu Shaak

Making next to the list of Famous Gujarati dishes you must try for the main course, SevTamatar NuShaak is served mostly for lunch.

Served mostly with Bhajrarotis, it is quick to make and mouth-watering dish. This Gujarati dish is a perfect blend of Indian flavors and spices.

Made with simple and basic ingredients, it provides an ample amount of calories required from a meal with overdoing it and still keeping it light-weight.

Method of Preparation:

  • The main ingredients of the dish are tomatoes and sev.
  • To make this dish heat some oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds in the oil.
  • Add some finely chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilies and saute them till they turn golden-brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook them.
  • Add salt, sugar, turmeric, red chili powder and cook on medium flame.
  • Add some water and cook until you get a tomato puree. Add sev and garnish with coriander leaves.

Price: approx. INR 50 per plate

6. Gujarati Kadhi

Kadi

Every state in India has a special kadhi to offer all the food lovers out there. Gujarati Kadhi is one such famous Famous Gujarati dishes you must try.

It is made of curd and gram flour. It is served with chapattis as well as with rice and is a light-weight dish. Easy and quick to make it is a rich source of protein as it is made up of gram flour.

Method of Preparation:

  • The main ingredients of this dish are gram flour and curd.
  • These ingredients, paired with spices, give the kadhi a unique flavor.
  • In a bowl, mix gram flour, chilly-ginger paste, curd, sugar, and salt.
  • Mix to make a smooth mixture.
  • Fry the ingredients. Bring the curd and water mixture to boil, continuously stirring the mixture to get rid of lumps.
  • Once the kadhi is boiled, garnish it with fresh coriander.

Price: approx. INR 150 per plate

7. Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli

As the name suggests, dal dhokli is a combination dish that is made up of channa dal and besan (gram flour). It is a highly nutritious dish as the dal in the dish is rich in protein.

It is a famous Gujarati dish you must try, especially when in Gujarat so that you can experience its rich and lip-smacking flavor.

It is a healthy and nutritious dish as it provides sufficient nutrients required by the body. Also, it is a good source of nutrients, even for children.

Method of Preparation:

  • Channa Dal and gram flour are the main ingredients of this healthy dish.
  • To make this dish, you first need to boil the channa dal.
  • Add some jaggery, water, and lemon juice and bring the dal to boil.
  • Knead a soft dough by mixing wheat flour, gram flour, salt, turmeric, vegetable, and water.
  • Roll a thin chapatti and cut it into small pieces.
  • Add the chapatti pieces in the cooked dal, and some water.
  • Cook it till the dough is cooked properly, and the dal is thick is consistency.
  • Temper the cooked dish with curry leaves, green chilies, cumin, and mustard seeds, and serve hot.

Price: approx. INR 120 per plate

8. Murghanu Shaak

Murghanu Shaak

The majority of people living in Gujarat prefer eating vegetarian food. However, there are non-vegetarian Famous Gujarati dishes that all the non-veg lovers need to try.

Murghanu Shaak is made up of chicken and vegetables. ‘Murg’ or chicken is marinated with choicest of spices to impart rustic flavors.

The dish is cooked with yogurt and spices to give the dish an exotic savory taste. This dish is a good source of vitamin C.

Method of Preparation:

  • Chicken and yogurt are the main ingredients of this Gujarati dish.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat some oil and add whole spices.
  • Cook the spices for a minute or two and add onions.
  • Cook the onions and add spices.
  • Add tomatoes and cook them for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken, potatoes, and pour a cup of water.
  • Cook the vegetables and the chicken till they are entirely cooked.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapattis.

Price: approx. INR 200 per serving

Famous Gujarati Dishes-Desserts

Indians are fond of desserts and sweet dishes. No Indian cuisine is complete without a good variety of dessert options for all the foodie Indians.

Gujarat also has some of the most famous sweet dishes in its bucket. Here are some must-try Famous Gujarati dishes desserts that you need to savor upon during your next trip to Gujarat.

9. Doodhpak

kheer

A must-try Gujarati dessert, Doodhpak is a rice pudding that is not only a tasty treat but is also a healthy sweet dish that you need to try once when traveling to Gujarat.

Rice pudding or Kheer, as it is commonly called, has different variants throughout the country. Different versions of rice puddings are cooked in different states of India & all are equally delicious.

This dish is a perfect combination of taste and health. Saffron is good for health and so are nuts. Milk which is the key ingredient is a rich source of calcium.

Unlike in other states where rice pudding is usually in semi-liquid or liquid state, Dhoodhpaak has creamy & thick consistency. The addition of Cardomom powder, saffron & other dry fruits make it super rich & full of flavor.

Method of Preparation:

  • Milk, rice, saffron, and nuts are the main ingredients of this Gujarati dish.
  • Soak basmati rice for around 20 minutes.
  • Simultaneously soak some almonds for an hour. Once done, grind almonds to make a smooth paste.
  • Add a few strands of saffron in warm milk.
  • In a deep bottomed pan, add milk and bring the milk to boil.
  • Once done, add the almond paste and the soaked rice.
  • Cook for around 40-50 minutes on a low flame, stirring the mixture continuously.
  • Add saffron milk and sugar. Cook and add nuts of your choice.
  • The consistency of the dish is thick.
  • Once in desired consistency, turn off the flame. Refrigerate it for some time and serve chilled.

Price: approx. INR 150 for two glasses.

10. Sutarfeni

sutarfeni

Last, in the list of top 10 Famous Gujarati dishes, you must try is the traditional Gujarati sweet dish called Sutarfeni. It is similar to ‘Pheni’ prepared in Rajasthan. It could be eaten with warm milk for the fudgy flavor.

It is one of the most famous Gujarati sweet dishes that are rich in flavors and taste and is popular among food lovers. It is so light weight that it literally melts in your mouth.

The moderate amount of sugar syrup used in this dish makes it tasty yet healthy. The pistachio powder or whole pistachios used are also a good source of antioxidants and promote gut bacteria.

You can find this dish at most of the sweet marts in the state. In case, you are ordering a ‘Gujarati traditional Thali’ make sure they sure you a good serving of Sutarfeni.

Method of Preparation:

  • The main ingredients of the dish are sugar syrup and katafi (shredded dough).
  • Make single strand sugar syrup and let it cool.
  • Take katafi and cover it with a damp cloth.
  • Take a few strands at a time making small circles of the sugar syrup.
  • Arrange them on a tray and deep fry for approx. 40 seconds.
  • Dip the fried circles in sugar syrup.
  • Drain the extra sugar syrup and sprinkle some pistachio powder on it. You sutarfeni is ready to be served.

Price: approx. INR 150 for 5 pieces

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Conclusion

Gujarat has an important place in Indian history. Apart from the state having a historical and economic advantage, it offers a variety of traditional food. Whenever you are planning to visit the state, make sure to explore the famous local foods.

Famous Gujarati dishes are a good combination of classic flavors, spices, and health benefits. They are easy to cook & appeals to people of all ages.

Several Famous Gujarati Dishes are mouth-watering and manage to attract all the food lovers towards them. From snacks to drinks to sweet dishes, there is something for everyone.

Garima Nag
A compulsive traveler, voracious reader & habitual fashionista. Love to explore, live & laugh. Read More

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