A full range of Gujarati cuisine can be found in the city of Ahmedabad, which is especially famous for its savoury snacks. Here’s a list of tasty treats that are ‘must-haves’ for that authentic local flavour.
Gujarat is famous for its farsan (snacks) and the Amdavadi’s love for snacks is legendary. Khaman, a soft, fluffy sweet-sour savoury cake is sold from street carts as well as in special farsan shops. It is made from besan (chickpea flour) and served with fried green chillies and often with a tangy tamarind and jaggery or date chutney. The khaman has many variants including the nylon khaman with nylon sev. Try the khaman at Das Surti Khaman in Mani Nagar. This no-frills joint is also known for its khandvi – another savoury snack made of gram flour, yoghurt and spices tightly rolled into bite-sized pieces.
This typical Gujarati rice flour dough is cooked on a charcoal stove. The khichu simmers throughout the day giving it a smooth delectable texture. The main ingredients are rice flour, green chillies, cumin seeds and salt which are cooked in a pot of simmering water. The khichu is served mixed with groundnut oil and topped with pickle masala. This humble but delicious dish is a must-have at Gujarat’s garba venues during the Navratri festival. Try out Puribaas’ inconspicuous stall in Mithakhali Gam.
The city loves its ice cream and there is no dearth of branded and non-branded varieties to choose from. Ashrafi’s tagline ‘King of Kool Kulfi’ rings true as many residents head to one of Ashrafi Ni Kulfi’s outlets post dinner on summer evenings to indulge in the rich, creamy delicacy. You are sure to want a sampler of the extensive choice of fruit-based as well as nut-based selection including malai kulfi, custard apple, mango, badam-pista-kesar or rajbhog, chocolate, strawberry and more.
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Kharek is a dried date coated with various kinds of churan (digestive powders). The popular digestive variety is ‘hajamahajam’ with a coating of special spice masala. Kharek’s sweet-salty-spicy taste, a favourite of the Gujarati’s taste buds, takes care of it all. You’ll find this on street carts at Manek Chowk and Law Garden.
Mutton Keema Samosa
No trip to the city is complete without trying Bera’s keema samosas. With eight branches all over the city, Bera has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian samosas. Try the crisp and crunchy mutton keema samosas encased in a paper-thin pastry and spiced just right.
The mini samosa at Maharaj on Stadium Road comes in three varieties; stuffed with vatana (dried green peas), potato or moong dal served with a special sauce and fried green chillies. They will pack them for you to take back, ready to eat or half-fried which keep well in the freezer for months.
Bhajiya (pakora) is a favourite Gujarati snack often served on a piece of newspaper with a few fried green chillies, from roadside carts. The oldest and trademark shop Raipur Bhajiya House is at Raipur gate. Their spicy assortment of potato, chilli and onion bhajiya is the most popular.