Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 8
Dish: Mini Gujarati Thali
Gujarat is a state in the North-Western coast of India. It is known locally as Jewel of the West. Gujarat is the home of many many freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, successful entreprenuers like Dhirubhai Ambani (Reliance Industries), Azim Premji (Wipro Limited) and Jamsetji Tata. Gujarat played an important role in the economic history of India.
Cuisine: Gujarat is primarily a vegetarian cuisine due to the influence of Jain vegetarianism and traditional Hinduism. When i think of Gujarat, I think of the wide variety of dishes they have. There are so many snack items, so many breads, so many of everything. Gujaratis travel with bags full of snacks wherever they go and most of them are probably homemade. Adding a little sugar or jaggery to some of the dishes is common in Gujarat, the sweet flavor is believed to neutralize the slightly bland taste of the vegetables. Sweets (desserts) are extremely popular too in Gujarat.
Staple Food: Wheat, Rice, Lentils
Specialties: There are hundreds of Gujarati specialties, here are a few: Handvo, Muthia, Patra, Undhiyu, Khandvi, Dhokla, Kachori so on and so on.
For my thali, here’s what I made:
- Simple Gujarati Bhindi nu shaak (Okra Curry)
- Sev Tamatar nu Shaak (Tomato Curry)
- Gujarati Aloo nu shaak (Potato curry)
- Gujarati Osaman Dal
- Lauki Muthiya
- Jeera Rice
Gujarati Bhindi nu Shaak: I added spices that my Gujarati friends used to use in their dry curry recipes to make this simple curry.
Sev Tamatar nu Shaak: Recipe courtesy Rajani @ mykitchentrials.
- Add the sev just before serving.
Gujarati Osaman Dal: This is a very flavorful dish which is sweet, tangy and crunchy.
Recipe adapted from DK’s Chefinyou.
Lauki Muthiya: Recipe is here.