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Food in Rajkot

Cuisine of Rajkot
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The city of Rajkot is well known for its quintessential gujarati cuisine. Primarily a vegetarian cuisine due to strong influences of Jain vegetarianism and traditional Hinduism, it varies widely in flavour and heat and had a typical blend of sweet, salty, and spicy, all at once creating a wonderful medley of flavours and spices.

Delightfully delicious, the cuisine here can be described as a combination of pulses and leafy vegetables flavoured with spices, often accompanied by rice and/or a variety of breads. One of the popular dishes of Rajkot is 'Khichdi', an incorporated mixture of rice and lentils, which is usually served with 'Kadhi', a sweet and savoury yoghurt curry with chopped vegetables and spices. Rajkot is the commericial and cultural capital of Gujarat, and its local cuisine does not disappoint.

A Typical Meal in Rajkot

Food in Rajkot
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The typical meal in the city of Rajkot is called a Gujarati thali - simply put, a medley of dishes and accompaniments served together on a large steel platter or 'thali', The traditional dishes in a thali include a preparation of lentils called dal, Khichdi and Kadhi, two or three variety of vegetable preparations, and shaak - a dish made from different vegetables and spices. Most of the dishes border on the sweet side, while others are tangy or spicy. Sometimes, jaggery is used as an alternative to sugar, often for health conscious people.

The sweet flavour is often used to counteract the naturally bland or tasteless flavour of the staple vegetables. During mango season, a liquidy dish comprised of fresh mango pulp is often an integral part of the meal. During the winters, one of the most popular breads are made of wheat flour, garlic chutney and onion, and are called Bhakri. In most households, the preparation of a thali is dictated by basic dietary rules borne of traditions - For example, Kadhi is often accompanied by a lentil preparation, and the dessert accompanying it is often dairy based. These tried and tested combinations are followed quite religiously by the people of Rajkot, and are believed to facilitate ideal digestion. Many Gujarati families also consume moong dal on Wednesdays.

Popular Dishes in Rajkot

Popular Dish of Rajkot
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In modern times, the citizens of Rajkot city have become increasingly fond of spicy and fried dishes. The city’s cuisine is also distinctive in its wide array of small, side dishes that are designed to complement the main course and are served alongside it, called farsaan. Some farsaan are also consumed as snacks or light tea time meals by themselves.

  • Basundi
  • Ghari Ghevar 
  • Halvasan
  • Malpua
  • Keri no ras
  • Puran Podi
  • Shrikhand

On the festive occasion of Diwali, or other such similar festivals, a few snacks like Cholafali, Matthi, Soonvali and Ghoogra are prepared.

Farsaan (Snacks)
  • Khandvi
  • Daal Dhokli
  • Fafda
  • Farsi Falafel
  • Ganthia
  • Dhokla
  • Hahdwoh
  • Kachori
  • Khakhra
  • Khaman Dhokla
  • Khichdi
  • Lilva Kachori
  • Muthia
  • Sev Khamani

Shaak and Daal: Vegetables and Curries
  • Kadhi
  • Undhiyun

  • Bajri roti
  • Bhakhri
  • Dhebara
  • Mixed Thepala

Restaurants in Rajkot

There is a wide and diverse assortment of dining places in Rajkot that serve a variety of cuisines. Many chefs in Rajkot have come up with dishes that represent the fusion of Western and Gujarati food. A few popular restaurants include Adingo Foods, Chatpata Fast Food and Cold Drinks, Rajmandir Fast Food and Mehul’s kitchen, to name a few. For tasty pizzas, one can visit the Pizza Hut or U.S. Pizza outlet in the city. Moris fast food and restaurant is a multicuisine family restaurant. Kotecha Chowk in Rajkot has many options for breakfast items as well.

Thus, offering a variety of delectable and delicious dishes, the city of Rajkot can cater to almost any tourist's taste buds. The gujarati cuisine is a must-have for everyone who visits this city!

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