by Pallavi Purani

gujarati food

Beetroot Methi Theplas

Beetroot Methi Theplas

Beeetroot and methi together were a marriage made in heaven. The earthy beets against the slightly bitter and edgy methi leaves were gorgeous with the bajra and whole wheat flour. I was floored the first time I tried it. Now it is a staple at my and even my mother’s and his mother’s home.

Makai Nu Cheen – Creamy Corn

Makai Nu Cheen – Creamy Corn

Makai Nu Cheen essentially sweet corn cooked in milk and spiced with ginger and green chillies. However you may use the packaged corn. You will need to blend it with a little milk till it is of an almost-puree consistency. Leave some chunks as they are like flavor bombs in the mouth. This dish is hearty, keeps long and is a family favorite.

Kansaar

Kansaar

Every Birthday in the family is celebrated with an offering to the God. I made kansaar for husband’s Birthday yesterday. This broken wheat sweet aka Kansaar is made with finer broken/cracked wheat and jaggery. like all prasaads, one cannot taste this before offering. This recipe if from Baa and mami all the way from Vadodara. The main difference between Kansaar and Laapsi [The rajasthani cousin] is the size of broken wheat. In Kansaar a finer kind is used and laapsi uses a bigger one. Also the wheat is roasted in ghee for laapsi while in kansaar we only coat it…

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Muthias come is a lot of forms, deep fried, steamed, steamed or steamed and stir fried. They are a power house of whole grains, vegetables and are sturdy health wise. I have found a super simple way to make a keep muthia’s base ready to use. Once it is available, it takes almost 10 minutes to assemble dinner/snack. I used Moong dal, tuver dal, cracked wheat and chana dal as the base. To this I keep adding flours like jowar, bajra, ragi etc to make the muthias. Keep the lentils and kansaar mix as a ready to use. I always…

Methi Kansaar Muthias

Methi Kansaar Muthias

Muthias are steam and stir fried dumplings. They are made in a lot of ways. My favorite one has cracked wheat, methi leaves and yogurt. In my attempt to make breakfasts more wholesome, this dish was born. Kansaar is finer version of broken wheat/bulgar. The sourness from the yogurt compliments the methi leaves and also makes the muthias softer.

Tuvero Dhokli

Tuvero Dhokli

I took sometime to adjust to the idea of dhokli. It was one of the earliest things that my sister in law helped me to learn. Since it is a family pleaser, it was good to learn. 🙂 Tuvero or Pigeon peas are full of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus as well as potassium. It is a widely used grain in Gujarati cuisine- fresh and dry both. The dried version is soaked and then cooked in a cooker. Dhokli is the love of life for the husband. The pillow-y dough is cooked in spiced water which reduced beautifully to a velvet texture.

Tuver Seeng ni Kachori #BM38

Tuver Seeng ni Kachori #BM38

I have spoken about tuver sing here and here. 🙂 It is a fabulous vegetable and is very close to gujju hearts.

Surti Papdi Bataka nu shaaq

Surti Papdi Bataka nu shaaq

Surti papdi or valor look like peas but the cover and seeds are harder than the peas. People in the western part of India love this vegetable and have it in various form.

I: Idada

I: Idada

Aah straight from the heartland of sweet, sour, savory food. Gujarat. 🙂 I am falling in love with the cuisine. Idada is a snack that is very close to Idli batter from Southern India.

Bajra Jowar Na Muthia

Bajra Jowar Na Muthia

Muthia is a steamed cake of sorts. It can have a lot of variations like bottle gourd, methi, corriander, cabbage and so on. Usually people make it in gram flour but I gave this one a twist and made it with Jowar and bajra flour. What a stunner.