Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas, is famous for its rich culture. But what makes the state distinctive and popular is its cuisine. Rajasthanis love their food and it is evident in their preparations. Dal Bati Churma and Laal Maas are the most famous dishes from the state. Every food enthusiast must have tasted them at least once. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete if you haven’t experienced their scrumptious dishes.
Dal Bati Churma
One of the most famous dishes from the state, no Rajasthani food is complete without D al Bati Churma. The round B atis dipped in ghee with Panchkuti dal and c hurma make for an appetizing combination.
You cannot talk about Rajasthani dishes without mentioning the crowd favourite, Laal Maas . Laal maans literally means ‘red meat’ and the dish got its name because of its red color. Traditionally, laal maans used to be made with wild boar or deer. This spicy dish gets its colour from the fiery red chillies. Best served with bajra rotis , this dish with plain rice won’t disappoint you.
One of the most popular Rajasthani dishes, ker is a wild berry that is tangy and peppery while sangri is a type of long bean grown abundantly in the desert areas of Jaisalmer and Barmer. Sangri is a mainstay during drought, when little else is available as it is 53% protein. Legend has it that long ago there was a famine in Rajasthan and the villagers found these two vegetables when all other vegetation had withered away. The villagers took these vegetables home and due to the scarcity of water cooked them in vegetable oil with spices. They ate this wonderful concoction with their bajra rotis.
Gatte ki subzi
Most of Rajasthani cusine came to fruition as a result of the arid conditions. For this dish you don’t need any fresh vegetables and that’s its speciality. This curry is made with gram flour dumplings (steamed and lightly fried) and tangy gravy made up of tomato, buttermilk and spices. It’s best enjoyed with rotis (Indian flat bread) and rice.
A special sweet dessert from Jaipur that is essentially a disc made from flour, soaked in ghee, milk and topped with sliced almonds. This sweet dish has a crunchy texture and is made in a mould. There are varieties of Ghevar that can be prepared from a plain, mawa and malai ghevar.
A variation of kachori, pyaaz kachori is prepared with a filling of onions, potatoes and spices. This puffy pastry is a sell out at every namkeen shop in Rajasthan. This breakfast snack is best enjoyed with sweet and sour tamarind chutney.