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Gujarati Food, anyone?

I'm looking for an Indian restaurant in the area that specializes in Gujarati food. My boyfriend is from India and he's craving a Guju meal something fierce. The best we can find is a decent Thali. Until I learn to cook the stuff, help!

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  1. According to Wiki, Gujarati food is primarily vegitarian. So not knowing where you are located I will suggest Mango Grove in Columbia, MD. It is mainly southern Indian style, all veggie, and very tastey. I think there is another veggie place in Langley Park, MD. Also try calling the Embassy for suggestions.

    1. They have both a North Indian and South Indian Thali at Saravana Palace in Fairfax. All-around, a very high quality restaurant.. Check out the menu at the link below, but please report back if you go.


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      1. re: Steve

        Guju (Western Indian) food is mostly veggie, but otherwise not that similar to most South Indian food; your pickings for real Guju food in this area will probably be slim. Some options:

        * Nirvana used to have a rotating "region of India" buffet thing going on, and their Guju buffet was pretty good.

        * I remember someone saying that Mirchi Wok up in Columbia had some Guju dishes.

        * The Google says that there's also a Guju society in DC that holds regular events, so your BF could probably find some food that way: http://dcsamaj.com/ .

        1. re: sweth

          There is a Western India section to the menu at Passages to India in Bethesda.

      2. There is a little grocery store with a small restaurant inside that serves Gujarati food in Baltimore called Pavan Foods. It's 8904 Harford Rd near Putty Hill. It has a few tables in back and a lunch buffet, plus a sweets display. The food is decent, more like family than restaurant cooking (so probably just what the bf is looking for), and I've been there many times. The buffet is very small, with two or three items, and sometimes is better than other times, but is always what I'd call honest food--not always superb but usually solid and sometimes quite excellent. The same women have run the kitchen for years. I like the Padpri Chat and the masala dosa if I'm ordering off the menu (actually just some signs on the wall).

        1. Any luck finding good Gujarati food in DC? I'm craving some home cooked food.

          1. I guess the real question is: why would anyone ever want Guju food? Haha, just kidding. Now I'm gonna run before my Guju friends hunt me down....

            In all seriousness, I found Guju food to be a very aquired taste. Much moreso than Hyderabadi food or South Indian food. It took me years and years of eating at Guju households to finally appreciate it.

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            1. I have an excellent Gujurati cookbook that I ordered from India. It's called Gujarat Nu Jaman and is by Devaki Bubbar.
              Spicy Garden in Catonsville (near Patel bros) has decent masala dosa. Haven't tried their other stuff.

              Spicy Garden
              6400 Baltimore National Pike Ste 170B, Catonsville, MD 21228

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              1. re: nyfeiman

                Having tried there other stuff, I recommend only the masala dosa, but even the condiments that come with it aren't that good.

              2. I would love any updates on this thread topic, as I love Gujarati farsan and thali.

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                1. re: luckyfatima

                  Our visits to Pavan have always been very satisfactory. The last time we took our out-of-towner guests with us and deluged the place, the kitchen had to call in for reinforcements! The food took a little while and was staggered, but they made sure all the kids got served first.

                  We have tried, on various occasions - the thali (good value), gole-gappas (I get these every time I go there), papri chaat, gobi-aloo, masala dosa, mixed-veg uttapam (my fave!) and the mithai from the counter. The only thing i was not too happy with was the paratha, but that's only because I prefer the thick Punjabi style parathas to the thin Guju ones. But the kids ate them well.

                  We have also tasted the dhokla, which is fantastic and the aloo bondas and kachoris. The latter two we took to reheat at home and I baked them instead of frying them, my bad.

                  As for the farsan, they have a variety on sale, we have tried a few, especially the papdis and the thick sev. Mithai is good, the jalebis are skinny and crunchy. Ok, this review is making me hungry, I better go convince DH that he needs to eat at Pavan tonight.......

                  1. re: TiaMay

                    Is this Pavan Foods in Parkville, Maryland? The one mentioned up thread. It's like an hour and a half away from me, but if I am ever that way, I will be sure to check it out.

                    1. re: luckyfatima

                      @luckyfatima - yes Pavan Foods is in Parkville. It is a bit of a drive even for us, especially since their store section is a bit bare, so we go there just for the food, and the snacks, and the mithai..........