The streets of Ahmedabad are a vegetarian foodie's delight. Though there are many dishes derived from the northern and southern parts of India, the city adds a unique flavour of its own to them. There are many non-vegetarian options here as well.

Thepla

One of the most popular Gujarati dishes is thepla that is prepared from gram flour, all-purpose flour, fenugreek leaves, green chilli, ghee (clarified butter), yoghurt and spices. Quite simple to make, it is majorly eaten as a breakfast dish or a tea-time snack.

Khandvi

Khandvi is a sort of rolled pasta that is made from gram flour. It has a soft butter yellow colour and is a delicious delicacy. Also called patuli and dahivadi, it is a steamed snack. It can be made from buttermilk or yoghurt also, in which case it is referred to as dahivada. Khandvi is generally served with green chillies and garnished with grated coconut, ginger, mustard seeds and coriander leaves.

Nylon Sev

Consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles, sev is a popular snack eaten in this Gujarati city. It is made of chickpea flour paste and seasoned with cayenne, ajwain and turmeric and then deep-fried.

Undhiyu

Undhiyu is a mixed vegetable dish and a hallmark of the Gujarati vegetarian cuisine. This curry contains fried vegetables and chickpea dumplings that are bathed in spicy masalas.

Gujarati Thali

The harmony of blending sweet and salty dishes demarcates Gujarati food from other Indian cuisines. While a Gujarati thali (a complete plate of all types of food) can have as many variations and combos as there are cuisines in this country, a traditional thali will consist of three vegetables, a dish made from sprouted pulses, rice, kadhi (curd-based curry), another dal, a sweet dish, Indian bread, poori (fried Indian bread), papad (papadam), in addition to salad, chutney and a pickle. A Gujarati thali is considered to be a balanced diet.

 

Gujarati Thali

Dal Vada

Dal vadas are a very popular snack in Ahmedabad and are best enjoyed with evening tea. These fritters made of yellow or green moong dal (lentil) and ginger, garlic and green chillies are deep-fried.

Fafda

Fafda is a crunchy snack made of gram flour and laced with carom seeds and black pepper. It is generally served with green chilli and papaya sambhar or besan chutney.

Dhokla

Made with fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas, dhokla can be eaten for breakfast. It works well as a main course, as a side dish, or even as a snack. It is garnished with coriander and sometimes, grated coconut.

Khakhra

This is the perfect snack to be savoured as breakfast or with evening tea. Crunchy and crispy, khakhras are one of the specialties of Ahmedabad. These thin crackers made of wheat flour, oil, and mat beans can be enjoyed in various forms: as sada (plain), mari (pepper), or nachni and khichdi (a slightly sweet khakhra made from khichdi).