One of the interesting aspects of Indian cities is their food culture; unique to each city and appetizing nonetheless. When it comes to the best food in Ahmedabad, a variety of Gujarati snacks like dhokla, fafda, and khandvi usually top the list. Here we have listed some of the famous food items for food-loving travelers in the city.
A popular Gujarati delicacy often eaten for breakfast or as a tea-time snack, Khakhras are everyone’s favorite. Crispy and crunchy; khakras are made with wheat flour. Roasted khakras are available too and you can indulge in this healthy alternative without a second thought about your diet. Khakras come in different flavors, from spicy to salty (sometimes sweet too). InduBen Khakhrawala is known to serve the best khakhras in Ahmedabad. You can taste more than 50 varieties of Khakhras here. While a khakra is delicious without any accompaniment, these crunchy delights taste even better when relished with curd or a pickle of your choice.
A staple Gujarati snack, dhokla is a soft and fluffy cake made with a fermented batter of lentils and rice. Salt, sugar, and a mix of spices also go into the batter, and hence dhoklas taste sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time. This steamed snack is high in health quotient and light on the tummy. Usually served with green coriander chutney and red chili chutney; dhoklas or Khaman-Dhoklas (another variation of dhoklas) are available at every food outlet in the city. 36 Live Dhokla Centre, situated adjacent to Amrapali Lakeview Tower, is among the best places to eat this delicious food in Ahmedabad.
Come monsoon; the food joints where hot dal vadas are dished out, will be teeming with food lovers enjoying them with a cup of tea during the rains. Dal Vadas are similar to the pakoras. Gujarat’s moong dal vadas are made with split yellow and green gram. The lentils are coarsely ground together with chilies, onions, ginger, and garlic and then the tiny balls of the batter are dropped in oil for deep-frying. The golden-brown fritters are crisp from the outside but spongy and fluffy from the inside. If you are booking flights to Ahmedabad for a monsoon trip, don’t fail to try dal vadas on a drizzly evening!
If you belong to the category of foodies who love to eat gulab jamun and ice cream together, then we recommend that you give Fafda Jalebi a try. This popular food in Ahmedabad is a combination of two different food items – crisp Fafda (a savory snack) and soft Jalebi (sweet). Most Ahmedabadis swear by this yummy snack, which is usually served with salad and curd or rabdi.
Another popular Gujarati food item, Khandvi is a delicious snack prepared in a unique manner. The batter made from gram flour, curd, chilis, ginger paste, salt, and turmeric is cooked slowly till it gains a thick consistency and this is then spread evenly on a huge plate and topped with seasonings. Upon cooling, it is cut into thin strips and rolled up to form Khandvi. This food item is called Suralichi Vadi or Patuli in Maharashtra.