Khakhra in Ahmedabad: History, Types And Top 5 Must-Visit Spots

When you think of Indian snacks, more often than not, you’re probably thinking about something from Gujarat. Gathiya, fafda, dhokla, the state boasts so many snacks that have become household favourites, there are too many to count. In Ahmedabad, the largest city of the state, there is one snack that is universally loved and can be found on every street. Khakhra. The crispy crunchy, wafer thing sheets are a favourite all over the country but can all be traced back to Gujarat

Origins of Khakhra

Gujaratis have a longstanding tradition of venturing far and wide, primarily for trade and sometimes even to establish new homes in foreign lands. These journeys were often long and arduous, so they needed something delicious to sustain them along the way Many of these Gujarati merchants were vegetarians, including followers of Jainism, who adhered to strict dietary laws and they needed to carry food that was both vegetarian and capable of withstanding months of travel. 

Before the era of chemical preservatives, there were two traditional methods of food preservation: using acidity and salt or sugar to deter bacteria or removing all moisture to create an environment where bacteria couldn't thrive. The latter method gave birth to the khakhra, a roti pressed and cooked until it became so dry that it stays fresh for extended periods.

Traditionally, khakhra was a homemade snack crafted by Gujarati women as part of their daily cooking routine. It was a means of repurposing leftover rotis, rolled thin, sprinkled with spices, and roasted to crisp perfection. As urbanisation and changing lifestyles swept through India, the demand for convenient, ready-to-eat snacks surged. These once thrifty snacks have become a booming industry, enjoyed by people worldwide.

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Khakhra's Modern Popularity

Today, khakhra has transcended its humble origins and is cherished not only in Gujarat but across India and even on the global stage. It serves as a standalone snack, often accompanied by tea or other beverages. Additionally, it has found a place in Indian street food, acting as a base for chaats, or as a crunchy companion to a variety of dips, chutneys, and pickles.

5 Types Of Khakhras To Try

1. Masala Khakhra: 

The classic variety of khakhra, this is probably the flavour that’s best known worldwide. They are made by blending whole wheat flour with an array of typical Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, and red chilli powder. The dough is rolled out into thin sheets and roasted until it becomes crispy. This khakhra offers a spicy and tangy taste that pairs perfectly with tea or chutney.

2. Methi Khakhra: 

One of Gujarat’s favourite spinoffs, it incorporates dried fenugreek leaves into the dough, infusing it with that slightly bitter flavour that only methi can bring. Fenugreek not only adds depth to the taste but also contributes to the khakhra's distinct aroma. These khakhras are a popular choice among those who appreciate a flavour journey in their snacks.

3, Jeera Khakhra: 

India’s kitchen darling, cumin seeds, are the star ingredient in jeera khakhra. These seeds impart a warm and earthy flavour to the khakhra, making it a favourite for those who prefer a milder spice profile. The Jeera Khakhra is versatile and pairs well with a variety of dips and spreads. Cumin is also a great digestive which gives these khakhras a healthy edge. 

4. Bajri Khakhra: 

For a gluten-free khakhra option, Bajra khakhra is a great choice. Made from pearl millet flour, which gives it a distinct nutty flavour and a coarser texture. Bajra khakhras are an excellent choice for those with gluten sensitivities or those looking for a different taste experience.

5. Cheese Khakhra

There are hundreds of ‘fusion’ khahkras around to sample including novelties like the pani puri khakra, but cheese is a fan favourite choice among the new-age khakhra varieties. Dusted with a layer of cheese powder, it makes for a finger licking combo that merges the best of east and west. 

Top 5 Places For Khakhra In Ahmedabad

1. Induben Khakhrawala House

Established in 1964, Induben Khakhrawala House is famous in the city and one of the oldest khakkra makers around.  It was founded by the innovative housewife, Induben Sumanbhai Jhaveri, who transformed the food industry with her vision. They offer a diverse range of Khakhras, including traditional handmade Khakhras, nylon Khakhras, combo Khakhras, and Khakhra shots.  

Address: 100A, Swastika Society cross Road, Commerce Six Road, Swastik Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009 

Timings: 9:30 am to 9 pm, Monday to Sunday  

Cost for two: Rs. 250 

2. Khakhra King  

As the name suggests, this is store and outlet exclusively dedicated to selling khakhra in every shape size and flavour. All their Khakhras and Mukhwas items are famed for being delicious. With a stand-and-dine style, ordering on the go or planning a quick bite is the most popular way to relish their goodies.  

Address:  LL7 Balaji complex, Opp Gokul Hospital, NR Sardar Center, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015 

Timings: 10:30 am to 9 pm, Monday to Sunday 

Cost for two: Rs. 200  

3. The Vaishalee Gruh Udyog

The Vaishalee Gruh Udyog boasts a wide variety of delightful Khakhras, making it a preferred choice for those watching their diet. They also offer a tempting range of sweets. As manufacturers of Khakhras and other Gujarati food products, authenticity and affordability are guaranteed. You can even purchase their products to take away and enjoy at home.

Address: 10, New Amitkunj Flats, Panchayat Circle, Gulbai  Tekra, Ahmedabad 380006 

Timings: 10:00 am - 8 pm Monday to Saturday; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Sundays  

Cost for two: Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 

4. Falguni Gruh Udyog

What started as a modest home business led by family matriarch Srimatiben Zaveri has now spanned 3 decades to be a booming business. With over 80 varieties of khakhra to offer, this store is a must visit if you’re looking to find something unique. Everything from your regular masala khakhra to special rice-based dosa khakhra and a whole range for their gluten-free customers, you’re sure to find something fun you want to try. 

Address: Shop No 1, Hirak Complex, opposite Shakti Enclave, Nehru Park, Mahavir Nagar society, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015

Timings: 9:30 am - 9 pm

Cost for two: Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 

5. Mahaveer Nasta Gruh

Estabished in 1970, this farsan and speciality destination has become one of Ahmedabad’s hotspots for quality khakhra. It offers up a wide range of Gujarati snacks and namkeen but true fans go straight for the khakhra. It opens early for those looking for a great start to their day and on Mondays it’s open until the wee hours to provide your late night snacks. 

Address: Awadachowk Opp Hanumanji Temple, Dhandhuka, Gujarat 382460

Timings: 8 am - 5 pm

Cost for two: Rs. 300 to Rs. 400