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What is it like to grow up in a typical Gujarati household?

(Cross posted on my Quora profile)

I have written this post from a general Gujarati household perspective. However, there is a huge bias towards how I was brought up. So, please don't generalize it to all Gujjus.

And comments are welcome! :)


Food

Breakfast or school tiffin includes thepla, khakhra, fafda-jalebi, poha and upma. My mom would rarely give me something which is not homemade (bread, etc).Lunch has a typical north Indian meal but has its own unique taste and texture. Thin rotis, sweet daal, a couple of vegetable curries, curd / buttermilk, and a farsan (Gujarati snack, generally fried). Farsan can include patra, dhokla, bhajiya, gota, etc.Evening snacks can have either of the farsan.Dinner is usually light, and depends on the household. Some might have lunch menu all over again, or otherwise simple stuff like khichdi, vesan, etc or non-gujju food like pav bhaji, idli, dosa, etc.Mango is given supreme importance in summers. A Gujju must eat mango properly for those two months…