Surat is synonymous with good food. Imagine having to pick the top 10 foods to eat in Surat. It seems nearly impossible for us. Trust us when we say that we had a tough time listing it.
Here are the 10 top foods to eat in Surat in random order-
The best food, your stay at Surat is incomplete if you have not tasted Undhiyu. This lip-smacking dish is now available throughout the year, but nothing can beat the freshness of this delicacy in winter.
Do not be surprised to know that an entire street in winter gets dedicated to selling ponk varieties in Surat. From Ponk vada to bhel, have it with limbu-mari ni sev or lasan sev. This tender Jowar seeds will leave you craving for some more.
Said to be invented by mistake, the Locho dish has made its place permanently in the heart of Surtis. Have it with sev, raw onion and chutney and you will have a tasteful explosion in your mouth.
4. Surati Thali
A local saying goes “Surat nu jaman, Kashi nu maran” meaning you will attain salvation if you eat food in Surat and die in Kashi (Varanasi). So, the best start to taste Surat food is by gorging on the rich Surat thali. Need we say that it will be an awesome experience in itself?
5. Sev Khamani
People outside Gujarat may have heard of Dhokla, but many have not heard of Khamni. The Khamani batter is cooked in a kadai and not steamed and this is what differentiates it from the Khaman. A generous amount of sev sprinkled on top and Khamni is ready to be relished and cherished.
In winter, as you start nearing Surat from the Mumbai highway, get ready to notice roadside stalls selling a tasty dish by the name Umbadiyu. This beautiful dish is a combination of simple spices, fresh winter vegetables, and a wild herb baked in an earthen pot. Have it once and the taste will linger on in your mouth for a lifetime.
Navratri or the Chandni Padwa in Gujarat is incomplete without eating Ghari. This sweet delicacy is made of khova, dry fruits, nuts, and loads of ghee. This, undoubtedly, gets a ten on ten in taste.
The Parsi population has had a big influence on the food culture of Surat and the Irani bakeries are standing proof to it. Surat has some old bakeries managed by Parsis and the nankhatai is something that you cannot miss here.
9. Aloo Puri
Originated in Surat, Aloo Puri can be had as a tea-time snack. Tiny puris topped with gravy of peas, onions, spices, and chutneys make this snack a most-sought-after food in Surat. You can have it every day and still be wanting some more.
10. Khawsa (Khao Suey)
This popular street food is a beautiful combination of Indian and Burmese flavors. The main ingredient is noodles and coconut soup. Have it hot and you will remember this dish every time you think of Surat.
Some more that we would like to include in the top foods to eat in Surat are:
Come to Surat on Dussehra to get a gist of what value Fafda and Jalebi combination holds to the local residents here. People stand in queues to have breakfast of fafda-jalebi on this day and this tradition still continues religiously.
Writing about Surat food is incomplete without mentioning Dhansak dal, Patra ni Machhi, and so on. These delicacies are best had in Parsi hotels in the city. Parsi food is a delight for non-vegetarians since the options are many.
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