Last updated: October 26, 2022, 06:00 IST
GUJATI NEW YEAR 2022: Gujarati New Year or Bestu Varas is celebrated today on Wednesday, October 26. Like all festivals, food is an important part of the celebration. From the spicy food of Punjab, which is meant for strong people, to Rajasthani dishes that make the best use of gram flour and milk, every state in India has its own generation-old cuisine.
Today, on the occasion of Bestu Varas, we bring you one of the most ‘strict vegetarian dishes’ with an unusual mix of sweet and savory – Gujarati cuisine. Although Gujarat has absorbed many outside influences over the centuries, the cuisine has remained much the same. The grand spread of Gujarati flavors can be tasted in the very popular ‘Gujarati Thali’.
Aside from the savory foods and sweets, the state has a great assortment of chutneys and pickles. A Gujarati meal is a delicate balance of flavors – salty and spicy, sweet and sour, and crunchy and tender. Here’s a look at some delicious dishes to add to your spread.
Khandvi made with gram flour is one of the most loved Gujarati snacks. It is also known as Patuli or Dahivadi. Khandvi is also a popular snack in Maharashtrian cuisine. You can temper the snack with mustard seeds, coconut and curry leaves. Serve it with hot tea.
It would be a shame to prepare Gujarati food and not bring Dhokla. The soft and spongy dhoklas cannot be missed on any surface. This Gujarati snack is loved all over the country and is cooked in many ways. Dhoklas are not only tasty, but also healthy. Usually it is made with gram flour, but you can also cook it with oats and ragi. Choose a colorful chili temper to amp up the flavor.
This thin and flavorful Indian bread is made from whole wheat flour, kneaded with methi, spices, chilies, yogurt and a dash of sugar. They taste best with tea.
- hand vo
This savory tea cake is soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. It is healthy because handvo is cooked by mixing butternut squash (lauki) with buttermilk, flour, coriander, peppers, lentils and rice. The recipe takes about 30 minutes, so you can serve them with a chutney of your choice.
- Aam Shrikhand
Shrikhand is a simple, soothing and luscious Gujarati dessert, made with hung curds. Mango with Shrikhand is simply a mouth watering combination. You can also make a regular shrikhand, filled with a rich, creamy flavor, and coat it with elaichi powder.
Samosas are one of the beloved tea treats. Gujarati samosas are filled with a thick filling of peas, which are fried with sugar and lime juice. This spicy, spicy snack is popular not only in Gujarat but all over the country and even beyond. You are free to experiment with the filling.
- Dal Dhoklic
Popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Dal Dhokli is comfort food. Seasoned whole wheat dumplings simmered in a vibrant curry. The ingredients of the curry include tuvar dal, garlic, peanuts, kokum and turmeric.
Doodhpaak or you can call it a rice pudding. The desert is nutritious because it is a combination of milk and rice. The cardamom and saffron give flavor and aroma to the dish. It is garnished with almonds to make it look attractive.
This traditional sweet dish features grated, flaky rice flour that has been roasted in ghee. Sugar is added to form a sweet cotton candy. Use chopped pistachio and almonds as a garnish. To enhance the taste, you can also add cardamom to the dish.
This addictive snack is often made at the time of Diwali and is very easy to prepare. Usually people make a pile of namakpara and add sugar coating to half of it. This is an age-old snack that is consumed year-round in some households.
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