Commonly eaten with tea or as an appetizer, Farsan may refer to a broad range of savory snacks in Gujarati cuisine. Snacks of all shapes, sizes, tastes, and textures are an essential element of the Gujarati diet.
Dhokla, khandvi, fafda, thepla, gathiya, and a host of other mouthwatering dishes make up Gujarati Farsan. Dhokla, for example, is a steamed cake with a soft and spongy texture prepared from fermented rice and chickpea flour. Khandvi is a velvety and smooth rolling snack made from gram flour. Fafda is a crisp snack made from gram flour dough, and it goes particularly well with jalebi, a sweet and salty confection.
Thepla, a flatbread made with wheat flour, fenugreek leaves, and other spices, is a delicious and convenient on-the-go snack. Gathiya is a gram flour dough snack that resembles crispy noodle and comes in a wide variety of tastes and textures.
Spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chile are often used to season Farsan dishes, resulting in a delicious balance of flavors. These sweets are popular in homes, but they are also widely available on the streets of Gujarat and are sold commercially.
Gujarati Farsan exemplifies the inventiveness of the local cuisine by providing a wide variety of snacks appropriate for every occasion, from everyday enjoyment to joyous gatherings.