8 Famous Dishes From Rajkot To Enjoy Kathiyawadi Cuisine

Rajkot, a city in West central Gujarat is known as a hub for commerce and traditional handicrafts but it also has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine. It lies near the centre of the Kathiawar peninsula and Kathiyawadi cuisine is characterised by its simplicity and blend of sweet, sour and spicy flavours. Many areas of Kathiawar have dry or harsh weather conditions, leading to a lack of vegetation. As a result potatoes, millets, brinjal and tomatoes are some of the more commonly used vegetables in the cuisine. 

In Rajkot, a typical meal is the Kathiyawadi Gujarati thali. The traditional thali includes dal, kadhi, khichdi, sabzis and a shaak, which is a dish made with different vegetables and spices. Most of the dishes lean towards the sweet side, but some are tangy or spicy. Jaggery is sometimes used instead of sugar.

Thali preparation in households follows basic dietary traditions. For instance, Kadhi is often served with lentil preparation, and the dessert is usually dairy-based. These combinations are followed with dedication in Rajkot, believed to aid in ideal digestion. On Wednesdays, many Gujarati families also include moong dal in their meals.

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Here are 8 dishes you can’t miss out on when in Rajkot.

8 Famous Dishes Of Rajkot

1. Halvasan

Originating from Khambhat (once Cambay) Halvasan is a popular sweet confection made from coarsely ground wheat flour, ghee, and jaggery. It boasts a rich, dense consistency and a distinctive taste, making it a cherished dessert in the region. Often served during special occasions, Halvasan reflects the cultural and culinary richness of Rajkot.

2. Handvo

This savoury cake is a unique dish hailing from Gujarat. Made from a blend of rice, lentils, and vegetables, usually bottle gourd, this nutritious and flavoursome cake is typically baked or steamed. Its wholesome ingredients and delightful taste make Handvo a favourite among locals, enjoyed as a snack or part of a meal.

3. Undhiyu

An absolute favourite during the cold winters Undhiyu is a mixed vegetable dish that showcases the vibrant flavours and produce of Gujarat. The name comes from the word “undhu” meaning upside down in Gujarati referreing to the traditional method of cooking it underground in upside down earthen pots. It features a mix of seasonal vegetables, methi dumplings (dhokli muthiya), and a blend of spices.

4. Dal Dhokli

Eate across Gujarat and Rajasthan, this simple, comforting dish combines wheat flour dumplings with lentils, offering a wholesome and satisfying meal. The dumplings are simmered in a spiced pigeon pea stew, creating a delightful harmony of textures and tastes. This dish is a staple in many households, providing nourishment and warmth.

5. Rotla-Oro

This dish is made up of two parts. Rotla which is a type of unleavened bread made with bajra flour and Ringna No Oro, a classic Kathiyawadi recipe made from roasted brinjal, onions and tomatoes. It’s traditionally simple fare eaten by the state’s farming community but is loved in most homes for its simplicity as a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

6. Sukhdi

This sweet winter confection is crafted from a combination of wheat flour, ghee, and jaggery. This easy-to-make treat is not only delicious but also provides an instant energy boost. Sukhdi is a popular choice for celebrations and festive occasions, symbolising joy and sweetness.

7. Dhokla

A well-known dish across Gujarat and beyond these steamed fermented cakes made from gram flour are a well-known snack. The light and spongy texture, combined with a subtle tanginess, makes Dhokla a versatile snack or breakfast item. Served with chutneys, it is a staple in many households.

8. Poodla

These thin, fermented rice flour pancakes are a favourite breakfast dish or anytime snack. It is often made in different flavours and can be made sweet or savoury with ingredients like onions and coriander, which lend a burst of flavour to this simple yet satisfying dish.