6 Healthy & Nutritious Gujarati Dishes That You Must Try!
Gujarati dishes are a blend of exquisite flavors, where sweet notes dominate most dishes; it is no surprise that Gujaratis are known for their perpetual quest for food. Gujarati cuisine makes for one of oldest culinary treasures of India and one can’t ignore the fact that their food is always high on nutritional value. The vibrant Gujarati cuisine is sure to excite your palate, read on.
#1 Gujarati Thali (a full plate meal)
This is not just a meal; it’s a sumptuous feast that you will never forget. The overflowing thali comprises an assortment of veggies and lentils, but the thali commences with farsans and ends with buttermilk. Aamras (seasonal), buttermilk and sweet dish (not so healthy, we know) dominates the Gujarati platter. So, loosen your belt and dive right into the elaborate Gujarati thali the first chance you get! For the health-conscious, thali makes for the perfect meal on your cheat day.
The king of Gujarati food is Undhiyu, is one of the reasons why a Gujarati waits for winter. This special winter delicacy is made from the fresh produce readily available in winter. This mixed vegetable dish is a healthy mix of root vegetables, eggplant, muthiya (fenugreek fritters) and an aromatic blend of spices. For a fussy kid that avoids eating veggies, this dish seals the deal for mums! Undhiyu and puri is the ideal combination during Makar Sankranti and weddings for Gujaratis.
#3 Khaman Dhokla
This healthy, steamed dish made from ground lentils and chickpea flour, is garnished with mustard seeds, coriander leaves and sev. Served with fried chilies, green and a tangy tamarind chutney, Khaman Dhokla is traditionally served on a large green leaf called the Kesuda. The soft, fluffy Khaman is a healthy snack with an interesting blend of sweet and sour taste.
This delectable bite-sized snack is cooked with gram flour, buttermilk and is rolled up in mushy goodness. The simple but aromatic garnishing of curry leaves, coriander, sautéed cumin, mustard and coconut gives it the added flavour. This delectable snack is liked by most but is tricky to prepare.
As we all know, any Gujarati family’s journeys, picnics, foreign trips or even business trips aren’t complete without this ubiquitous flat bread. Prepared with gram flour, whole wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves and spices, these flatbreads boast of a long shelf life along with being a healthy snacking option. It’s amazing how Gujaratis’ everyday meals comprise of nutritious foods. This Gujarati breakfast is served with curd, pickle or a steaming cup of tea.
There comes another tea-time snack for you! Muthiya (fenugreek fritters in English), the fist cake is prepared with a mixture of bottle gourd, chickpea flour and spices. This steamed delicacy makes for a perfect meal for the health conscious and it can also be pan-fried and seasoned for it to be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It is best relished with ketchup, mint chutney or tea.
Do we see you drooling already? The Gujarati cuisine has something for everyone. Offering a wide variety of dishes, each with its unique cooking style, myriads of pickles, farsans and chutneys, who would mind trying out some vegetarian food. There’s no arguing that Gujaratis are the best hosts, they don’t just feed you, they overfeed you.
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