My travel diary of 2017 started with Vibrant Gujarat and as luck would have I got a chance to visit this state twice in a span of one months. From road trips to staying at 100 years old haveli, everything was worth the visit here. Gujarat has always been on the International map for its art and culture, but one cannot ignore the hospitality and warmth and Gujarat Street Food that swept me off my feet.
I have always heard / seen the colourful craft but this visit gave me a chance to see a different side of this state, but what took me by much surprise as the variety of street food that here. From Khakra to Fafda to Dhokla to Dabeli to Surti Locho to Khaman to chai this place is a heaven when it comes to street food lovers.
As a kid whenever I used to travel by train and had to share the seat with a Gujarati family I knew the journey would food filled because of the Gujju Nashtas that they always pack. And yes during my road trip this time which saw us going from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and then head to Devpur to the White Dessert Rann and Mandvi – the street food was the main highlight of the six day trip.
The moment we landed in Ahmedabad, on a friends recommendation we made our first stop at the Jail Bhajiyas – yes, these amazing bhajiyas at the RTO circle are made none other than the inmates of the Sabarmati Jail. Their Methi Bhajiya are worth the wait that we had to do. Served with kadi it’s was very satisfying. Priced at Rs 40 a plate these bhajiyas just won my heart.
As I was still carving for more, I decided to head to Oshwal, another snack pitstop. With an extensive snack menu I stopped myself at sev usal – a medley of various sweet, spicy and tangy flavors. Priced just at Rs 80 my tummy was overloaded. Topped with glass of butter milk I was sorted for my next journey.
As we passed the state and national highways of Gujarat one thing I realised that with a bare minimum of Rs 30 – 40 in your pocket you will not go hungry. Every time we stopped at any market place by the highway I was taken aback by the variety of street food that was available.
I had eaten dabeli earlier , but this cone dabeli came a surprise to me. Not the usual dabeli which is stuffed in breads, this cone dabeli was creation of the new generation of street vendors.
All these and more were relished in the company of hot chai. The chai there had a distinct and different taste and being a Tea person I had left all count how many I had in all these days. I figured out that these roadside snacks was a part of every Gujarati household and not munching on them was something they can’t think of. So as the saying goes when in Rome be a Roman, so when in Gujarat I adapted to that.
I am sure inspite of hogging on amost all of them, I must surely missed few for this time. Lets keep those names reserved for my next trip to this vibrnt state. In short it’s bellyfull of happiness in just Rs 50 and smile guaranteed.