Known by names like Diamond city and Silk city, while the map calls it Surat and we call it “The foodie’s paradise”. And rightly so, for Surat brings the most delicious street foods on their plates for you! From Chennai’s Dosa to Bombay‘s Vada pav and Delhi‘s Chaat, Surat has all that you can want and many more exquisite delicacies of Gujarat. So the next time you’re anywhere near Gujarat, take your time out to visit Surat, walk those lanes with hawkers by the footpath selling some toothsome food items, and experience the bright yet casual culture of Gujarat. Can’t figure out what to eat and what to miss? Well, folks, we are here to help you out with a delectable list of dishes from the streets of Surat!
A funny story follows the invention of Locho. While preparing the usual Khaman, an irregular consistency led to another dish coming out, the Locho which tastes surprisingly tasty and mouth-watering. You can find it on every hawker’s menu list and has a mild sweet spicy taste. Served with green chutney and crispy sev, Locho is a popular snack among our Gujju brothers. You can even find amazing varieties of Locho like Schezwan and Italian Locho. A popular food center called Jaani’s serve the best Locho in entire Surat.
2. Surti Sev Khamani
Want to eat something that simply tickles your taste bud? Then Khamani is the dish for you. Made from Chana dal and variety of spices mixed into it, Khamani has a spicy tangy taste that you would want to relish even after going away from Surat. Surat’s famous Khamani is spiced up by their unique combination of ingredients like ginger, a little sugar, chillies, Garlic and pepper powders. Garnished with the popular besan Sev, the dish is extremely popular for breakfasts and evening snacks.
People on diet, be alert! Ghari will tempt you to just forget about all the calorie counting and soon you will find yourself stuffing the delicious sweet dish of Gujarat. Prepared in pure ghee and stuffed with assortments of dry fruits, nobody can stop just at one. Ghari holds a special place in the hearts of Suratis who prepare these at home during their popular festivals and celebrations. Vendors sell thousands of Ghari every year, which itself is a record. You can go to any store serving sweets and find the tasteful dish ready to become the favourite of many!
A combination of 8 special vegetables grown in Surat, when cooked for hours, make the traditional vegetable casserole of Surat, known as Undhiyu. The dish derives its name from the Gujarati word “Undhu”, which stands for being upside down. The vegetables are stirred well upside down in special earthenwares to give Undhiyu its exquisite succulent taste. The recipe is passed on from generations in every household of Surat. So, the next time you visit a Gujarati restaurant, don’t forget to order this traditional dish of Gujarat served in the best authentic way.
The Bhajiyas served near the footpaths of Surat city have a variety of categories yet each different from the other. Visit these stalls opposite Iscon mall to pamper your taste buds with the best varieties of Bhajiyas in the world! They range from Aaloo Bhajia, Kanda Bhajia, Chilly Bhajia, Ratalu Bhajia, Tameta Bhajiya and more. The feeling of eating near the footpaths with glittery lights of the malls and streetlights, in the open air, is simply amazing, to say the least! One must try eating near these footpath stalls of Surat and experience the footpath eatery system where people come with their families, spread their mats on the footpath and sit there to eat and relax .
6. Ponk Vadas
The winters bring Ponk Vada to Surat that is as delicious as they sound. The crispy hot snack uses Jowar as its main ingredient and is a toothsome yet healthy dish you can have every winter evenings. The people of Surat relish those cold foggy evenings spent eating Ponk Vadas throughout their lives. While you are in Surat, visit one of the roadside vendors to enjoy the delicious snack with Sev and green Chutney. There is something different about eating on those roadside stalls whose taste can never be found in lavish hotels.
Ask the people who ever stayed in Surat during their student life and they’ll tell you how to enjoy Collegian in the best way! Collegian made its way into every student’s heart with its tangy crunchy taste and ease to prepare. Easily available at every vendor’s stall, Collegian is made from peanuts, onion, tomato and chilli with crunchy sev dressing. Outside every college of Surat, one can easily find students walking, chit chatting about their days and eating Collegian together.
8. Nan Khatai
So you want to take Surat’s memories with you as the trip ends? Well, this is the one thing you must pack with you while returning. Let your friends and family know why Surat should be called as “Food Capital of India”. Nan Khatai is an Indianized version of cookies with almond toppings. The eggless biscuit melts effortlessly in the mouth and thrills the taste buds with its crispy sweet taste. A popular snack with tea in the house of every Surati.
9. Ice Dish
We all are familiar with Ice Golas that are very popular in every part of the country. But our Gujju friends needs the best of the bests when it comes down to food, which led to the invention of Ice dish, which is simply a makeover version of Ice Gola yet so much better! They usual gola is dressed in vanilla ice cream, a generous amount of cream, dry fruits and different flavours to make this unique dessert. The next time you’re throwing a party back at home, try Surat style Ice Dish to make your party the talk of the town.
10. Rassawala Khaman Dhokla
People of Surat take their time out to visit the Chowk which serves the best Khaman Dhokla dipped in a spicy gravy with of course the dressing of sev. Rassawala Khaman Dhokla is another variety of Khaman, a very popular street food of Surat city that has a fan following all across the globe. You can try preparing this at home, but people say they never get the taste of streets of Surat.
Other than these delectable choices of street foods, don’t forget to try one of the meetha pans of Surat with slush stuffing! Surat’s pan gives a tasteful twist to the authentic traditional pan dish. So, when are you booking your tickets for Surat?
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