Cuisines Of Gujarat : An Absolutely Different Cooking Style !

Hi..I am Lalit Chandran, a very simple guy from Jaipur and to be frank I have never traveled anywhere outside India. But the fact is I love traveling and whenever I get a respite from the garment export business, I plan a trip to some historical destinations in India. Ahmedabad was a city that was on my mind, since it was also home to our father of the nation, Gandhiji. I have a good history books collection and I have read the glory of the wonderful historical monuments and ashrams like Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. I am also a foodie so I took an active interest in knowing about the cuisines of Gujarat, and what I read made me pre-pone my journey! I couldn’t wait to enjoy the Gujarati thali, which was very colorful and appetizing from the pictures I saw in the books!

Gujarati thali
Gujarati thali | Image Resource : perfectroundchapatti.co.uk

I just wanted to enjoy the local cuisine in its true authentic form so I visited some local eateries and avoided eating from the star hotel which I was staying! Some of the renowned restaurants for authentic Gujarati thali were Vishala, Dadima, Athithi, Rajwadu, Pakwan, etc. I chose Pakwan and the owner of the restaurant told me that Gujarati thali included primarily only vegetarian dishes and had roti, dhal, rice , shaak( which I found was cooked veggies in the form of curry) , and it had also roasted papads, pickle, buttermilk, sweets like laddoo, etc.

Since I was a person with an irresistible sweet tooth, I enquired about the sweet dishes that were famous here. The server told me I could try out Basundi, Halvasan, Malpua, Shrikhand, Soonvalli, and the list went on and on! If this was not Paradise, nothing else was! Though I was nearing my 40s I forgot it for a day and decided to try most of them and there are no words to describe this sweet experience! I always found that when I visited ancient cities, the traditional food that I could eat from these places were no match for the modern pizzas and other snacks that the youngsters are now so fond of!

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

I am hoping sharing all my adventures will help raise awareness about our ancient heritage and maybe help preserve and protect these remnants  of India’s glorious past. Feel free to leave your comments. "

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