The Rajwadi land of Rajputs is a paradise for foodies out there. Rajasthani cuisine ranges from tangy drinks to spicy starters, mouth-watering sabzis, and crunchy bread along with added delights of chutneys, achars, papad, and chhach.
For those who are on the lookout for variety, Rajasthan has a lot to offer. In fact, as you travel from one part of the state to another, you’ll find that every region has something unique to offer, which reflects in its food as well. The cuisine of Rajasthan offers a fabulous variety of mouth-watering dishes. Rajasthani uses ghee for cooking most of the dishes. It is also known for its spicy curries, delicious sweets, and for its tempting, fiery lal maas.
Not to forget the delicate desserts and rich crunchy delights that melt in your mouth instantly! Here are 10 delicacies from the land of the Maharajas that you should not miss when in Rajasthan.
DAL BAATI CHURMA
If there has to be an official dish of Rajasthan, Dal Bati Churma would be the one. This delicious platter comprises a combination of three different items namely a spicy Dal, a deep-fried Baati, and a mouth-watering churma. The three combined together – baked baati, dal, and jaggery mixed churma make a hearty and scrumptious meal. No trip to Rajasthan is complete without trying this classic dish.
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. Ker Sangri is a kind of pickle. This tangy side dish goes well with Bajra roti.
No celebration in Rajasthan is complete without this classic sweet signature dish be it Teej and Gangaur. It is a disc-shaped sweet cake made with all-purpose flour and soaked with sugar syrup. This sweet dish has a crunchy texture and is made in a mold. This dessert is traditionally associated with the festival of Teej.
GATTE KI SABZI
Gatte Ki Sabzi is fried or steamed gram flour (besan) balls cooked in curd gravy with lots of Indian spices, resulting in a delicious tangy flavor. It is one of the best preparations anyone can have in Rajasthan. Typical Rajasthani food platters are almost incomplete without gatte ki sabzi.
The Kadhi of Rajasthan is a spicy and tangy yogurt-based sauce, further thickened with gram flour. For some added kick, add gram flour Fritters (besan pakoras). It’s as light and delicious as it is fragrant and often served with rice. It is an appealing choice on an “I really need a break from dal day”.
A popular spicy snack from in and around Jodhpur has not only found a place in almost every snacks shop of Rajasthan but has also gained much popularity in other north Indian regions. It is a deep-fried puff stuffed with spicy onion that is usually relished with sweet and sour sauce of Imli (tamarind).
Mirchi vada is a mouth-watering snack from Jodhpur, which finds its place on the breakfast menu of most eateries in Rajasthan. The masala aloo filling stuffed in pepper and deep-fried to perfection, Rajasthani Mirchi Vada tastes best when served with tangy tomato sauce.
Commonly known as a sweet savored during Holi, The majestic Gujia just had to be from the state of Royals. Curated with a tenderness of mouth-melting sweetened khoya and crushed dry fruits. It is specially made and consumed during Teej, Holi, and Chhath Puja.
Imarti is a flower-like sweet Dessert, deeply-fried and loaded with sweet syrup. It is a popular dessert that looks like Jalebi but has a different taste. You will not find anyone saying no to the mouthwatering royal Imarti. It is so soft that it melts in your mouth.
Rajasthan is famous for its rich culture and hospitality all over the world. But what makes the state distinctive and popular is its cuisine. Rajasthani’s love their food and it is evident in their preparations. When a guest arrives in the house of a Rajasthani, he/she is served food in a proper manner. As per the famous saying “Atithi Devo Bhava,” in Rajasthan, a guest is considered equal to God. So welcoming a guest is no less than welcoming and worshiping God! Their welcoming style will take your heart, and it will make you visit there again.
Does it excite you? We know it did, so whenever you give a visit to Rajasthan, don’t forget to witness its amazing culture, hospitality, and delicacies. To know more about Rajasthan stay tuned with Rajasthan Revealed.