I’m Urvashi and I’m a Gujarati girl!
I set up this blog because I keep getting asked for recipes I make at home for my family and those I have grown up with.
My family is originally from Rajkot in the Gujarat region of India. Many of them emigrated to East Africa, like my maternal grandfather for example, so my food is also influenced by African culture and flavours too.
Gujarati food is simply spiced. It’s not overly hot or complex in spices and many dishes do not use garlic or onion because of the influences and teachings of the Swaminarayan faiths. There is a heavy Ayurvedic influence in our food and I’ve grown up with words of wisdom passed down from my mother, grandmothers and aunties. I’ve passed this on to you to consider too where relevant in the blog posts.
I also thought this site would be a good way to preserve traditional Gujarati recipes for my daughters. They are of mixed race as my husband is English and growing up in a very multicultural England. I’m exposing them to a wide range of food which is the opposite to how I was brought up. I had ‘shak’ (curry) or dhal every day with ‘rotli’ (chapattis). I don’t think I ate pasta until I was a teenager! This is the complete opposite to what I eat now. It’s a blend of lots of different flavours and inspirations from my travels so from time to time I might incorporate that in my recipes for you too.
I hope you enjoy the recipes on this site. If there are any specific ones you would like to see please do leave a comment below.