Gujrati Food - When in Ahmedabad, Eat what Gujratis Eat

While we were in Gujrat for Garba season, we had also thought of trying local food and one very first day,  we identified few places where we should take a snack/meal break while walking around Old Ahmedabad. We took few shorter breaks on our way for breakfast, snacks and lunch. Gujrati food is very different from it's neighbouring states in India and that makes it worth trying & exploring what it offers to your tastebuds. Old Ahmedabad has lot of places to try authentic Gujrati food and not only older part of the town, but there are some pretty interesting places in other parts of the city.  This blogpost takes you through the food journey in Ahmedabad city along with some details about things you can try during different times of the day for breakfast, lunch, evening tea/snacks and dinner.

While we were in Gujrat for Garba season, we had also thought of trying local food and one very first day,  we identified few places where we should take a snack/meal break while walking around Old Ahmedabad. We took few shorter breaks on our way for breakfast, snacks and lunch. Gujrati food is very different from it's neighbouring states in India and that makes it worth trying & exploring what it offers to your tastebuds. Old Ahmedabad has lot of places to try authentic Gujrati food and not only older part of the town, but there are some pretty interesting places in other parts of the city.  This blogpost takes you through the food journey in Ahmedabad city along with some details about things you can try during different times of the day for breakfast, lunch, evening tea/snacks and dinner. 



Let's talk about breakfast options which are commonly available across Ahmedabad City. In this post, we will avoid mentioning places as we haven't explored that well to claim that we can recommend one place over other.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Interesting tour of Hutheesing Jain Temple    Some of the popular breakfast things which you find commonly in Ahmedabad are - Fafda-Kadhi, Jalebi, Aaloo Poori, Lilva Kachori, Gota, and I am sure I must be missing few other things we could see on the streets, but couldn't identify.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Modhera Sun Temple - A Brilliant Place to see in Gujrat, India    During breakfast, we opted for one plate of Fafda which is served with Gujrati kadhi, one plate of Aaloo Poori and some Jalebi which was served with Rabri. Everything tasted different except Jalebi. Fafda is a crunchy & deep fried, which is consumed with Gujrati Kadhi. I couldn't appreciate Gujrati Kadhi with Fafda (probably because of sweet taste which doesn't align with default expectations), so I ate Fafda without Kadhi and had tea with it.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Sidi Sayyed Mosque - A small structure located at an ignorable location in Ahmedabad    Aalo Poori also tasted very different with some sweetness in potato gravy as well. The chillies served with breakfast were quite interesting. I had one poori only with the green chilly.

Let's talk about breakfast options which are commonly available across Ahmedabad City. In this post, we will avoid mentioning places as we haven't explored that well to claim that we can recommend one place over other. 

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Some of the popular breakfast things which you find commonly in Ahmedabad are - Fafda-Kadhi, Jalebi, Aaloo Poori, Lilva Kachori, Gota, and I am sure I must be missing few other things we could see on the streets, but couldn't identify. 

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During breakfast, we opted for one plate of Fafda which is served with Gujrati kadhi, one plate of Aaloo Poori and some Jalebi which was served with Rabri. Everything tasted different except Jalebi. Fafda is a crunchy & deep fried, which is consumed with Gujrati Kadhi. I couldn't appreciate Gujrati Kadhi with Fafda (probably because of sweet taste which doesn't align with default expectations), so I ate Fafda without Kadhi and had tea with it. 

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Aalo Poori also tasted very different with some sweetness in potato gravy as well. The chillies served with breakfast were quite interesting. I had one poori only with the green chilly. 

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If we talk about Gujrati snacks, you commonly find Gota in small to bigger shops and it's Gujrati Pakoda. We tried them a few times and interesting all the time, they were very different - some had thick besan with very few veggies & some were full of seasonal veggies. I am still figuring out what was the default recipe, but should that matter? Probably not - these experience give a flavour of food to travelers and that's more important. Next time, I will try to find some old shop which has been selling Gota for many years to see how original Gota tasted. 

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Apart from Gota, common snacks of Gujrat are - Dhokla, Khandvi, Handvo, Undhiyu, Thepla, Fafda, khaman etc. Availability depends upon the shop you are in. There are lot of small shops which serve fresh fafda, jalebi etc but may not have all the variety, while some of the bigger shops would offer a reasonably good variety of snacks. 

During the trip, we had our meal at various dhabas around the highways of Gujrat but sensed that most of the dhabas just serve food which is neither gujrati nor north india. We were unlucky to find good food places while on the move between the cities of Gujrat. I am sure there must be good places around highways, which we missed.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Travelling Camera in Gujarat || Exploring the Remains of Harappan Culture in Lothal    With that, we have a lot to explore in Gujrat and hence more opportunities to try Gujrati food soon.     Related Blogpost from Gujrat - Rani no Hajiro - An interesting place to explore in Old Ahmedabad, Gujrat    Related Blogpost from Gujrat - One day Trip around Ahmedabad - Adalaj ni Vav, Modhera Sun Temple, Patan's Rani ni Vav & Gandhinagar    Related blogpost from Gujrat - Panoramic Views of Modhera Sun Temple, Gujrat (India)

During the trip, we had our meal at various dhabas around the highways of Gujrat but sensed that most of the dhabas just serve food which is neither gujrati nor north india. We were unlucky to find good food places while on the move between the cities of Gujrat. I am sure there must be good places around highways, which we missed. 


With that, we have a lot to explore in Gujrat and hence more opportunities to try Gujrati food soon. 




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