To all Tasty Food loving Gujaratis – from the soul of my stomach
To all Tasty Food loving Gujaratis – from the soul of my stomach
By Himanshu Acharya
Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat, 15 January, 2010
By default, Gujaratis are food loving guys. They are always in mood of exploring new food spots and at the same time they don’t let go their original or you can say their fixed food spots. So keeping in mind the same, here I will give you some very popular food spots across whole Gujarat, not only in Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar. Readers are not only encouraged but requested to add their choices to this list for greater good. I mean please do comment more and more below this article and add more and more good places for food from all over Gujarat. Let’s do it together both increase sales of these guys and our west size (tummy).
Let’s start it with in traditional style, from holy place called “DAKOR”:
You all may have heard and tasted “MAGANVALLABH NA GOTA” from Dakor,, yes that’s very spicy in taste, very big, dark and served with curd opposite the Main temple in DAKOR. Many ladies buy “GOTA no LOT” from Dakor and later prepare that item at home. But Dakor’s taste journey does not end at this single place. I want to inform you about some other exiting food spots in Dakor.
There is one place called VADABAZAR in Dakor where there is one old temple under Banyan Tree, exact adjacent to that temple there is one traditional Gotawala called “CHETAN GOTAWALO”, who opens his shop only during morning hours of 8 to 11. But his Gota is excellent, I visits Dakor generally 4-5 times during a year, and till date I have hardly tasted MAGAN na gota 2-3 times but I visit CHETAN GOTA center each time without fail.
Second one is “BAHERA BOBDA’s VATIDAL NA KHAMAN”. This one is my most favorite food spot here as here you can find soft and very spicy Khaman. This person is totally Deaf and Dumb, he only talks with us in terms of finger pointing. There is a price list there, we have to point our finger toward 250G or 500G and he will pack accordingly. I can bet with you guys, you may buy Khaman from this place first because of soreness, but you will surely buy second time because of its taste. This place is near temple Gaushala, just ask anybody around the main Mandir and one would definitely show you the way, it is very near to main temple. If you go from Ahmedabad, both places come before the main temple.
I am from Gandhinagar and now would talk about peoples favorite food spot in this town.
In sector-21, there is one Saurashtra Pharsan House, in main Shopping Center. It is very famous and anyone in sector-21 can show you the way. Try here SAMOSA with his special Dalwali chutney. I have tested samosa at more than 100 places, but this one is unique in taste. I generally visit this place once a week. Specially Hot Samosa with chutney is really cool around 9AM.
In sector-6, near Gh-2 petrol pump, there is one Rickshaw standing after 4PM everyday, his VADAPAV and DABELI are excellent. He uses special garlic dry chutney for Vadapav. His Vadapav is 1000% times better than original Mumbai VADAPAV. I can tell you the same as I am currently staying in Mumbai for more than a year and eat Vadapav regularly.
In Sector-22, Panchdev ni Panipuri is good, this panipuiriwalo stands opposite famous Panchdev Mandir, and his panipuri is highest TIKHKHI(spicy) and tasty among all. Please note that many Pani puriwalas stand there, but you go to one where there is maximum crowd.
There is a TRIMANDIR (Dada Bhagvan one) near Adalaj chokdi. There is a restaurant in the Mandir premises, but go for BHOJANALYA of Mandir itself, which is some 200-300 meter away from Mandir, you can get the passes from Mandir office (near shoe stand), it is relatively very cheap (15-20Rs). They give very simple food but taste is really good, it is worth tasting once. You can use this facility if you are coming or going from Ahmedabad-Mehsana highway.
For Ahmedabad, I would like to hear from readers. But I can’t stop myself referring one very good spot for Ganthiya lovers residing in satellite, Bopal (new Ahmedabad).
Sanand is just 13KM away from Sarkhej, but this will be worth for food lover specially Ganthiya lovers. In sanand, on the main road itself (right side corner), near the Gadhiya Lake (talav), there is SAURASHTRA GANTHIYA HOUSE. His Ganthiyas are as usual but main thing is his chutney (capsicum crushed chutney and special power on the Ganthiya), which again I bet you will never find in original Saurashtra also. This one is my most favorite. You will surely not go to GANTHIYA RATH near to your house again once you taste this one.
If you are Amdavadi, then you may surely be knowing Mother Dairy located near Indira Bridge(Bhat). Here I suggest you to go for AMUL PIZA, which is originally made in the same mother dairy as this dairy is affiliated to AMUL. Once you taste this 40 Rs or higher pizza, you will surely forget US pizza and Pizza hut. I remember there was very small outlet outside the dairy gate some 3-4 years ago and they used to sell daily 40-50 pizza when they started. Today they sell nearly 400-500 pizza during weekdays and during weekend this toll touches to 1000 as well. It remains open during 8 am to 11 pm. Specialty here is their OWEN, which is very large and chain operated. You might have tasted Amul pizza somewhere else also, but then also I suggest you to taste it once at this place. Believe me, it’s different.
Now moving towards the Saurashtra region, there are many hotels on Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway. There is one in Chotila called LALA RAGHUVANSHI KATHIAWADI HOTEL, which serves real Kathiawadi food, specially in dark hours. In one thali they cater Rotla, Kadhi, Khichdi, special Wadhvani marcha, and lot many other things. It requires 2-3 people to finish one thali. Taste is very good.
Now in Rajkot, there is one famous BHELWALO on Yagnik road, rest readers have to add.
Now this one is from Kutch region, on the way to MATA NO MADH, just before the same (almost five kilometer before) on the turning there is one DHABA type hotel. Location is really good; some says District Collector also likes to eat here during the official visits in this region. Food is like full thali and chhas(full dish and buttermilk) with some very good sweet. There is a small hill exact behind the DHABA.
In Surat, LOCHO is famous but I like it least.
But you can find Fresh NEERO (one stage before it becomes TADI), near the SURAT railway station. There is one place called Neera Bhavan on first floor of building, where you can have fresh Neero in early morning also. Actually morning is the best time to have Neero. It tastes like carbonated Nariyel Pani.
There is also one shop (Jalaram Khichdi House) where you can find varieties of only KHICHDI on Rander road, near new Pani ni tanki, near Sahaj store.
In Vadodara, don’t miss kachori of MANGAL BAZAR. You should have taste it once. Also LILO CHEVDO is all-time famous, but you should beware of fraud one. Go for original JAGDISH, it really matters here in this case.
In Nadiad, near Santram Mandir, towards Dakor side, just opposite to one theater, there is one shop (I think its name is Yashoda), where you can find very good dry KACHORI (tuver wali – small round one) and SEV KHAMANI with special chutney.
In Khambhat, you might have heard about Khambhat’s HALVASAN and Suttarfeni, these both things are good here. But I would like to draw your attention towards one special thing which got enormous appreciation wherever I carry it (in Pondicherry also people like it). There is one shop called RK Chavana mart, which only sells PAPADIYU CHAVANU, I again bet you will not stop after eating one bite of this Chavanu. Be sure to go for original RK only which is situated at PITH area, near Zanda Chowk. Friends of mine who are reading this post will surely remember it.
In Ambaji, there is Mandir trust run Bhojanalaya, which is the best place to have a food there. It is situated on the main road.
In Surendranagar, Sikander ni SING (groundnut) is very famous on main bazaar road. Other thing is Rajeshwari Farsan’s SEV-MAMRA which is exported by them.
All above things are personally tasted by me at particular place, and not only once but frequently/whenever I got chance. I am sure real food/junk food lover has definitely read until this line and he will also write his favorite one from his own city in the comments.
But Above all, best food in the whole world I have ever tasted and tasted until writing this post is My Mother (who forgets salt, chilly and many thing frequently now because of age), my SAS (mother in law) and my wife’s had cooked food. I am saying this not only because of affection towards them, but really taste-wise they cook everything better then all above. Especially mother’s Undhiyu, SaS’s Punjabi dishes and wife’s Alu parotha, Dal dhokli (generally we eat once in a week) and many more things.
Aamir Khan can only tell you “AAL IS WEL”, but I will give the same by saying that “ALL ARE WELCOME” to my home for testing. Please populate this comments list so that this post becomes precious posts ever till date. Add maximum places so that everyone can be benefited.
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