Rajasthan, the land best remembered for its culture, heritage and unprecedented stories of valour and courage also boasts of one of the best cuisines in the world. It won’t be an exaggeration to call it a foodie’s paradise. Distinctive and super healthy, Rajasthan’s love for food is pretty evident in the variety of dishes found here. Here is a list of must-try dishes one must taste while on a visit to the land of Maharajas, for your trip is not complete without digging into authentic Rajasthani food.
Dal Baati Choorma
If this is your first visit to Rajasthan yours will be counted incomplete without trying the local delight dal bati churma. The staple and famous dish of Rajasthan includes bati a baked flour ball that is immersed in ghee and served with the special dal. Churma, on the other hand is a dessert, made in a variety of flavours and served along with the main course.
This special desert vegetable in a combination of dried berries and beans cooked with yogurt and Indian spices. Rajasthan being a dry state has had a dearth of fresh vegetables, hence they use much of flours, grains and pulses. With lots of spices, oil and yogurt it gives a tangy taste, similar to a pickle. This is made with generous amount of oil and spices and is very good to carry for traveling as it stays fresh for 2-3 days without refrigeration
Gram flour is mostly used to make kadi ,subzi and snacks in this hot and dry state. But at the same the Rajasthani chefts also dish out delectable desserts from the flour. Besan Barfi also popularly known as Mohanthaal is a nice, gritty sweet which can keep fresh for longer duration and a favourite summer dessert.
A very famous yoghurt dish that completes a meal for every North Indian is Raaita. The purpose for it to be served along with the meal is to balance out the taste of spices in your food and enhances its flavour. The mild and salty boondi mixed with sweet and sour yogurt makes a mouthwatering combination.
All of us have had kadi many a times and each one of us love it in its different avtars. The Rajasthani version is a pungent and spicy one which will give your taste buds a kick start. This light and healthy dish is one of the staple diets and goes well with a variety of chappatis and rice alike.
Badam ka Halwa
Prepared with almonds, suji, sugar and ghee, it is one of the most likeable dishes and of the state and said to be made best in home’s kitchen.
Aam ki Launji
An warped form of pickle made of raw mangoes is a delicious replacement of typical pickles in summers. Apart from heat-immunity it is popular for it characteristic taste. It is prepared with fennel and nigella with sweet and sour gravy texture
It is sweeter version of kachori, and filled with dry fruits and khoya. After frying it is immersed in sugar syrup. It is said to be a must-try.
Pyaaz Ki Kachori
Another variation of kachori, pyaaz kachori is prepared with a filling of onions, potatoes and spices. Served with sweet and sour tamarind chutney this is the most popular breakfast dish here
Besan dumplings are first filled with generous amounts of spices and then either deep fried or boiled giving different variations to this popular dish. The dumplings are later simmered in yogurt curry. The spicy, thick gravy tastes awesome with all kind of chappatis.
Gujia is a sweet dumpling made with suji or maida flour, wheat flour and stuffed with khoya. Commonly known as a sweet savored during festivals.
This is a Rajasthani sweet traditionally associated with the Teej Festival. It is disc-shaped sweet made with all-purpose flour and soaked in sugar syrup. There are many varieties of Ghevar, including plain, mawa and malai ghevar.
Posted On : 10-04-2016