Indians love eating and when it comes to Indian cuisines, the love becomes even stronger. Food from Rajasthan is not limited to the state and enjoyed by people everywhere. But the fact remains that if you want to get the authentic taste, you have to be in Rajasthan.
The state has a huge variety of main course dishes, desserts and snacks. There are way too many to list here so we are presenting the food items that are the most popular and are highly tempting-
Everybody even remotely interested in Indian food knows about this integral part of Rajasthani cuisine. Bati is basically a baked ball of whole wheat flour. You even get Bati stuffed with veggies and dry fruits.
Daal is a spicy preparation of lentils which completes Bati. Mirchi Ke Tapore is another side dish made of green chillies which is served with Daal Bati.
Laal Maas or Red Mutton is a delight for every non-vegetarian foodie. The spicy dish was a favorite of royals and still enjoys a dedicated following. Laal Maas is very hot and spicy thanks to a whole lot of red chilies added to it.
Gatte Ki Sabzi
Besan or Chickpea flour dumplings are the main elements of this curry. These dumplings or Gatte are dunked in the thick gravy and taste heavenly with both Roti and rice. For a royal twist, Gatte are filled with nuts and dry fruits too. This richer version is known as Govind Gatte.
Besides Gatte Ki Sabzi, Gatte ka Pulao (rice) is also a delicious take on Gatte.
Papad Ki Sabzi
Ever imagined that the crispy Papads can be turned into curry? Well, you will not be able to resist Papad soaked in yummy gravy.
Rajasthan specializes in turning crispies into curries as you will even find savory curry made with Besan Sev only in this state. Both these curries find perfect match in hot chapattis.
This mutton recipe is a little on the sweet side. The cashew-nut gravy and curd lend a truly indulgent taste to this curry. Safed Maas has flavors of cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cardamom.
Ker is a berry while Sangri is a kind of bean. These two are combined to create a tangy dish that is a must in every Marwari wedding. This is a side dish which can enhance the flavor of any meal.
Kadhi is cooked in different styles in many regions of India. Rajasthani Kadhi is made with Besan like most other varieties of Kadhi but it is spicy. It is made even tastier with the addition of besan pakoda.
If you see kadhi without Pakodas in Rajasthan, don’t be surprised as it is served without them along with daal bati and snacks.
Mangodi KI Sabzi
Mangodi is prepared with paste of grounded moong daal & spices and then dried under sun for a few days. These mangodis are then used to make a curry with spicy gravy. Enjoy the sabzi with rotis.
Daal Bati finds its perfect companion in the decadent flavors of Churma. Churma is made with whole wheat flour, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. Churma tastes great whether enjoyed in its crushed form or as laddoos.
These little ‘pancakes’ quoted with nutty sugar syrup are the ultimate indulgence. Malpuas are quiet heavy on stomach but no one can stop at just one. They are made even richer when served with Rabdi (sweet condensed milk).
Another Pure Rajasthani indulgence, Ghevars are made only during Saawan (rainy months) so you have to visit the state in July, August to treat yourself. Ghevars are made with paneer (cottage cheese), flour and sugar syrup. Dry fruits and cream make Ghevar irresistible.
This sweet kachori filled with Mawa (condensed milk) is something that you can’t say no to. This calorie bomb will make you want to cheat on your diet every day.
Made of Besan (chickpea flour), Mohan Thaal has a very smoky taste that comes from roasting besan on low heat for a long time.
Also known as Makkhan Vada, this sweet treat is made of flour and sugar syrup. It is decorated with dry fruits and doesn’t has any other ingredient added to it but the flaky texture and luscious taste will make you fall in love.
Alwar Ka Milk Cake
Who doesn’t know about this heavenly sweet? Milk Cake is made with milk cooked on low heat. You may get milk cake anywhere in country but the one from Alwar is the best. Also try Mishri-Mawa which is something between Rabdi and Milk Cake.
The spicy kachoris with a filling of onion and potatoes are the most popular snacks in Rajasthan. Deep fried Kachoris are served with kadhi or mint-coriander chutney and are truly mouthwatering.
It is made of fresh chilies that are way bigger than the normal ones. Chilies are slit and stuffed with yummy spiced potatoes. The stuffed chilies are then coated with besan paste and deep fried. Mirchi Vada is enjoyed best with mint and tamarind chutneys.
These crispy, savory discs are very popular in Rajasthan. Kalmi Vadas are made using a batter of Chana Daal (split black gram) seasoned with ginger, coriander, green chilies and asafoetida. Enjoy them for breakfast or as evening snack.
We are sure that you are already drooling and are ready to come to Rajasthan for a tremendous feast!
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