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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Khandvi -- Simply Savoury

Time for a traditional Indian dish then. I guess you already know this, but let me reiterate, India is a BIG country. And the diversity of the different states and regions is just mind boggling, even for someone like me who was born here. So, things are no different when it comes to food and eating habits across regions--huge differences. And that's the best part. No matter what, your taste buds would never get tired of sampling the same fare again and again.

This dish I am going to talk about now, comes from the western Indian state of Gujarat. Gujarati food is mostly vegetarian, yet very unusual from cuisines in the rest of the country, and rather delicious at the same time. One of all time favourites is the Gujarati snack called Khandvi. This is a fairly unpretentious looking dish. Soft rolls made with gram flour and garnished with finely-shredded coconut and fresh coriander leaves.

What I like about Khandvi is it's light on the stomach, not very spicy, yet extremely delicious. And simple though it may seem, it's not all that easy to make. That's not to dissuade you from trying it though. The sheer scrumptiousness should be enough reason to try it out at home. In fact, I even found a recipe so you could that.



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