Gujarati Fafda Gathia

Dear Friends,

Many of you may know this is the most popular snacks in Gujarati family. It is most famous Gujarati dish loved by all young and adult, eaten during weekend breakfast/brunch.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
2 cup besan (gram flour)
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1/4 tsp asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking


1. Crush carom seed with mortar and pestle. Shift the flour.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add water, oil, crushed carom seeds and asafoetida. Mix it until mixer thickens around 2-3 minutes. In the same bowl, add besan gradually and continue mixing. Also add salt while you are mixing the flour. Make roti like dough.
Fafada dough

3. In a frying pan heat the oil. Make soft ball size balls from the dough. Use slight oil to grease your palm so dough does not stick.

4. There is a traditional way to make fafda but not many people know. This is how I do it. Cover small flat surface with plastic, spread little oil on it and put dough ball on it. Cover dough with another plastic and roll with rolling-pin. Roll carefully to little thinner than paratha thickness. Remove the top plastic, cut from all sides to make it rectangle and then make 4 to 5 straight cuts.
Roll fafda

5. Carefully pick up one piece at a time and drop in hot oil carefully. Fry 4 to 5 pieces at a time on medium heat. Fry till both the sides are slightly golden and cooked properly.
Fry fafda

6. Remove on a paper towel, and let it cool before storing. You can store this in airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature (of course, if it’s last that long…lol :)).

7. Serve it with Tea/Chai, fried chilies, raw papaya stir fry and mango or gunda pickle. Gujarati also like to eat Jalebi with it.

Have fun making this popular snacks and enjoy during the weekend brunch.

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Author: Bhavna's Food Journey

Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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