The traditional Gujarati food is primarily vegetarian and has a high nutritional value. The typical Gujarati thali consists of varied kinds of lip smacking dishes. Gujarati cuisine has so much to offer and each dish has an absolutely different cooking style. Some of the dishes are stir fry, while others are boiled. Gujarati food is more often served on a silver platter. Gujaratis use a combination of different spices and flavors to cook their meals and this is what makes their food truly exotic.
The traditional Gujarati thali mostly encompasses rotli, dal or kadhi,
sabzi also known as shaak and rice. People in Gujarat eat one or the
other type of curry along with rice and roti in almost every meal
Gujarati dishes usually have a very subtle taste that makes it truly
distinct from other Indian cuisines. Lot of emphasis is laid on
maintaining hygiene while cooking. Most of the Gujarati dishes are
sweet, while others have a quite larger concentration of sugar as
compared to salt and spices. Sometimes, jaggery is used as an
alternative to sugar.
Gujarati food is highly energy efficient and thus do not cause much of
fuel wastage. The staple food of Gujarat consists of homemade pickles,
chhaas (buttermilk), salad etc. main course includes vegetables which
are usually steamed and dal. Vaghaar is a blend of spices, which is
purified in hot oil and then added to the dal. To prevent the body from
becoming dehydrated, lot of salt, sugar, tomato and lemon is used.
Gujarati cuisine differs from season to season depending on the
availability of vegetables. People in the urban areas are starting some
new eating trends. In the summer season, spices such as black pepper and
its constituent spices are used in lesser quantities. People fast on a
regular basis and limit their diet to milk, nuts and dried fruits.
In the modern era, more and more youngsters have started developing
taste for oily spicy food. Even, the modern chefs are coming up with
fusion food concept by combining Gujrati food and Western food.
Desserts, which were in the ancient times offered only on festivity or
some special occasions, have now found their way in the daily meals.
Popular Gujarati Dishes