If you are a foodie and love Indian food, Surat should top of your list. Surat is known for things other than its flourishing diamond and textile industry too. The variety of the foodstuff here will amaze you. From Gujarati specialities to Bombay pav bhaji, Surat offers it all. Suratis are hard core foodies. Even if you are not an outdoor person, the enthusiasm and energy of Suratis will rub off on you.
Surat is essentially a vegetarian place. Here reside people who do not even consume eggs and then, there are the Jains, who do not consume anything with onions and garlics in it. Hence, there are very few restaurants offering non vegetarian food.
Locho: Popular gujarati recipes with the strange names like locho,as name reflects is specialty of Surat.It is a famous street food of Gujarat,specially Surat. It is very tasty and spicy you can enjoy it anytime. It can be made using split Bengal gram,Split Black gram And flattened rice (poha).
In Gujarati, Locho actually means ,something fishy,actually there is a interesting story behind it,that once,a chef ,by mistake added more water to the khaman batter,so it turned out little bit more softer and mashy then regular one ,so he yelled,”arre aa to locho thai gayo (Oops, this turned out to be mess) and in order to hide his mistake, he served that dish,along with some tasty and colourful toppings,which the customers fell in love with and thus this dish was born.”
Methi Thepla: Gujarati flat breads made from fenugreek leaves, whole wheat flour along with some spices. This is a healthy snack recipe that you can munch on any time of the day. This thepla recipe is perfect for those kids who do not like to eat leafy vegetables. Spread mango chunda (a form of a pickle) lightly on the thepla, roll the thepla over and give it to kids, they will happily eat it. This way you can include greens in their diet as well as yours.
3. Handvo: Handvo is a baked dish made from various dals/lentils and rice, sesame seeds and spices. The batter is prepared from lentils and rice and is usually fermented overnight. This is a baked dish. Hence the Handvo batter is traditionally baked in a special steam cooker. It is also possible to prepare handvo in an oven. The handvo batter can also be used to make khatta dhokla, yet another famous Gujarati dish. And which can be easily found along the street side in Gujarat.
4. Malai Kulfi :
Mawa: Traditionally, khoya is prepared from fresh milk in small lots i.e. 4-5 kg of milk per batch. A wide variation in the COMPOSITION and quality of khoa occurs from batch to batch. Good quality khoya usually has a white or pale yellow colour, free from burnt particles, has a pleasant flavor, firm body and smooth texture. Khoya is used as a base material for the preparation of variety of sweets like burfi, penda etc.
Malai is a South Asian term for clotted cream or Devonshire cream. It is made by heating non-homogenized whole milk to about 80ºC (180ºF) for about one hour and then allowing to cool. A thick yellowish layer of fat and coagulated proteins forms on THE SURFACE, which is skimmed off. The process is usually repeated to remove most of the fat. Malai has about Half butterfat. Buffalo milk is thought to produce better malai because of its high fat content. People from far and wide visit Gujarat for its food and the famous Malai Kulfi which can be found on the streets of Gujarat.
5. Chaats: The original Chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, gram bean and spices. Other popular Chaat varieties include the Aloo ki Tikkis (mashed potatoes garnished with onion, coriander, hot spices and dash of curd), Bhel puri, Dahi puri, Pani puri, Dahi vada, Papdi Chaat, Fruit chaat and Sev puri. The common elements for preparing the Chaats are Yoghurt or dahi, chopped onion, coriander, sev (small dried yellow noodles) and Chaat masala. And is one of the commomly eat-street food in Gujarat. Chaat are popularly eaten at snack time and is also a light food especially liked by the children for their spicy, tangy flavour
All these street must have got your taste buds to tickle and have made your mouth water. But the best place to have these things is in Gujarat especially Surat.