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Punjabis have a larger than life image and their culture, music, foods and their dances are all celebrated and liked across the country. In Gujarat too there is a lot of love for all things Punjabi whether it is the food or the Bhangra, Punjabi songs or even their penchant for doing things on a big scale. Gujaratis have their famous garbas where the whole community dances for 9 days of Navratri and Punjabis also have their bhagra and gidda dances in which also the whole community participates.
As far as food is concerned, the 2 cuisines - Gujarati and Punjabi are very different but still, there is a lot of love for Punjabi food here in Ahmedabad so whether it is Shahi Paneer or Stuffed Paranthe, Chole or Pulao the vegetarian Gujarati loves vegetarian Punjabi fare. Also, Punjabi non-vegetarian food like Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka are loved by most non-vegetarians here.
List of top 5 restaurants serving Punjabi food in Ahmedabad:
Jassi De Paranthe
This is one of the most popular places for Punjabi cuisine and of course the dozens of paranthas on their menu.
This restaurant has four outlets – Vastrapur, Prahlad Nagar, Naranpura and Odhav. It is very popular with Gujaratis and is run by a Punjabi person whose family is settled in Ahmedabad. Most of their dishes are made using their family recipes.
Price for 2: Rs 650
Saffron is also a chain of restaurants serving authentic Punjabi cuisine. They have outlets in Navrangpura, Gurukul, Paldi, Subhash Bridge, Bodakdev and Chankheda. They are known for their Paneer based dishes and vegetarian biryanis. It is open for lunch and dinner.
Price for 2: Rs 700
Sarson Da Saag and Makki Roti
Aloo Tikki Chaat
This newly opened vegetarian Punjabi restaurant serves authentic dhaba-style food including Chole, Rajma, Shahi Paneer, Palak Paneer, Sarson Da Saag and Makki Roti along with dozens of different dishes. In winter they also serve Gajjar ka Halwa and other winter varieties. It is located off Sindhu Bhavan Road. It is open for lunch and dinner.
Price for 2: Rs 1200
The restaurant located on Drive-in Road. It serves Punjabi dishes which are popular everywhere like Aloo Tikki, Dahi Bhalla, Rajma Chawal, Punjabi Kadhi Chawal, etc. They also have Shahi Paneer, Dal Bukhara, Kulcha, Chole, Batura and lots of other dishes. It also serves Delhi street food apart from Punjabi dishes.
Price for 2: Rs 600
Located in Vastrapur area, Punjabi by Heart is a restaurant which serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. This place is open for lunch and dinner. It serves Butter Chicken, Khadai Paneer, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Veg Dum Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani and lots of other Punjabi varieties.
Price for 2: Rs 650
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.