Rajasthan is for its rich and royal history, you will find many historically famous monuments here. You will not only be amazed by its royal culture and architect but also the different type of famous foods it offers. The Rajasthani food is world famous for its taste, presentation and uniqueness. It offers a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, to sweet and savoury options, lets discover few of the quintessential Rajasthani dishes you can’t miss.
- Dal Bati Churma
The signature dish of Rajasthan. Rajasthani dishes are incomplete without Dal Bati Churma. The batis are crispy round-shaped dumplings which is soft from inside, dipped in ghee along with spicy daal and sweet churma. The daal is made with different lentils which are soaked in water overnight, churma is made up of crushed chapatis mixed with Ghee and sugar or jaggery. These three items; a deep-fried bati dipped in ghee, sweet churma and spicy daal makes incredible Dal Bati Churma and on a trip to Rajasthan if you have not tasted it, your Rajasthan tour packages is incomplete.
- Gatte Ki Sabzi
One of the easy to digest and popular traditional delicacy of Rajasthan, Gatte Ki Sabzi is made of fried or steamed gram flour (besan) balls cooked in gravy made up of buttermilk, tomato with different spices which results in delightful tangy flavour. This cury can be enjoyed with both rice as well as Indian bread (roti). Any of the typical Rajasthani thali is incomplete without gate ki sabji.
- Rajasthani Kadhi
Rajasthani Kadhi is different in itself, it is very easy to make and serve. There’s numerous version of Kadhi in India with difference in taste and unlike the kadhi of other states like Punjab and Maharashtra, the Rajasthani Kadhi does not contain pakoras, that’s why it is easy to make and serve. Rajasthan’s Kadhi is a very spicy and tasty yogurt-based paste, further thickened with gram flour. It has a pleasing fragrance and generally served with rice.
- Papad ki Subzi
The lack of rain which leads to shortage of water resulting in scarcity of vegetables is common in Rajasthan. But their love for spices and taste made them think out of the box and they found dishes that comes out to be a life saver whenever they run out of vegetables, Papad ki Sabji is one of such popular recipes. The roasted papads are broken and mixed with the gravy made up of gram flour, turmeric, chilli powder and chopped coriander leaves.
5. Bajra ki Roti with Lehsun Chutney
Bajra is black millet flour which is enjoyed in different states, but it is one of the most famous & exotic dishes of Rajasthan. Not only Bajra ki Roti but also Bajra ki khichdi is common in any of the Rajasthani platter. You can feel the aesthetic taste of Rajputana when the delicious dish goes down your throat. The bajra rotis cooked in villages over cow dung cakes are matchless in taste because of the awesome smoky flavour it gets. The rotis can be taken with different vegetables but the best way to enjoy it in Rajasthan is with Lehsun Chutney which is made from garlic, red chili powder, jaggery, lime juice and butter. It is also helpful in severe cold and beneficial for people with weak appetite.
6. Ker Sangri
It’s a spicy dish, a pickle which goes well with different foods, but famous in combination with Bajra roti. Ker Sangri is a combination of Ker a wild berry which is spicy and sangria is a type of dried beans famous in desert areas of Barmer and Jaisalmer. They are fried with local spices. As per the legends once there was a scarcity in Rajasthan and all the vegetables were withered, only these two vegetables were left. They took these vegetables home and due to the shortage of water cooked it with vegetable oil and spices. They ate this mixture with bajra rotis to thrive their hunger. Now, this dish is cooked with buttermilk or water.
7. Mirchi Bada & Pyaaz Kachori
Mirchi Bada & Pyaaz Kachori are one of the most famous snacks available in Rajasthan. They are available all over India but can’t be matched with the quality and taste you will find in Rajasthan. Mirchi Bada a spicy chilli cutlet made with the stuffing of potato and chilli served with mint chutney and tomato sauce. You can’t miss this fusion of sweet and spicy flavour. Pyaaz Kachori on the other hand is a kachori with a filling of onions, potatoes and spices, it’s a favourite breakfast snack from Rajasthan which is best enjoyed with sweet and sour tamarind chutney.
This is a popular disc shaped sweet prepared with ghee, flour, paneer and sugar syrup. It comes in a different variety and as per your preference you can select from the delicious Malai Ghevar, Mava Ghevar or Plain Ghevar. It’s a delight for people with sweet tooth and no Rajasthani ceremony is complete without this sweet dish.
When you have planned to buy a Rajasthan tour package , forget about dieting and don’t miss the amazing delicious foods it offers along with the royal culture.
This is a guest post by Devendra Kumar Pathak, a regular reader of goanand.com. All information is by the guest author.