Rajasthan, The Rajwadi land of Rajputs is a paradise for food lovers. Rajasthanis love their food and it is visible in their preparations. The delicacies of this desert state will delight your taste buds with an appetising spread of gastronomic delights. Well-known for its spicy curries, the dry weather of the state allows for the growth of Indian spices which are used generously along with legumes, pulses and lentils. Lal Maas and Dal Bati Churma are the most famous dishes from the state. Your trip to the state of Rajasthan is half-finished if you haven’t experienced their delectable dishes.
Here are some of the prominent delicacies from the land of the Maharajas that you must try:
Rajasthani Malai Mirch
Many times, we just feel like cooking something quick and easy instead of preparing a curry or dal for dinner/lunch. Rajasthani Malai Mirch is one such dish which is prepared as a side dish and is loved by all. Chilli is a vital part of Rajasthani cuisine but this dish is considered a genteel treat as it is cooked in fresh cream. Originated in the city of Udaipur, the local people add whipped cream in order to enhance the richness and flavour of the simple chilli preparation.
One of the famous delicacies of Rajasthan, Ker Sangri is a tangy side dish which goes well with crunchy Bajra roti. A typical desert vegetable, the vegetable is a mouth- watering combo of Ker, a shrub berry and Sangri, a bean of the Khejari tree. Cooked with red chillies, spices and carom seeds, Ker Sangri is one of the authentic gourmet preparation and is a must in any Marwari wedding celebrations.
Dal Bati Churma
Rajasthani cuisine is a grand array of spicy, colourful and unique dishes. One of the popular dishes from the state, Dal Bati Churma is a delicious, flavourful and a rich food. The flaky round wheat bread baked over fire- wood dipped in ghee with Dal and Churma make for an appetising combo. Panchmela Dal is the lentil soup which includes five lentils cooked together with more ghee and spices. Churma is basically coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with sugar and ghee. No Rajasthani wedding and festival menu is complete without this famous recipe.
Gatte ki Khichdi
This is absolutely the best rice preparation one can have in Rajasthan. A flavorful dish, Gatte ki Khichdi or Ram Pulao is a rice dish prepared with rice and soft gram flour dumplings. It’s a rice dish whose creation is accredited to the lack of green leafy veggies in the arid region. Gatte ki Khichdi is a mouth-watering meal that is usually served with curd or chutney.
Although Kadhi is relished everywhere in India these days, but Rajasthani Kadhi is a spicy and pungent version which will give your taste buds a kick start. This healthy and light dish is the staple diet in the state and goes well with steamed/plain rice. Consisting of gram flour, ghee, spices, buttermilk; Rajasthani Kadhi is way spicier and delicious.
Lip-smacking nonetheless, Rajasthani Kadhi is a must try!
Aam ki Launji
Pickle made of raw mangoes, Aam ki Launji is a sure heat beater. Prepared with fennel, nigella with sour and sweet gravy, soft mango chunks are added to the pickle to enhance the flavour.
Gatte ki Sabzi
An easy to digest dish, Gatte ki Sabzi makes for a perfect dinner option. Retaining the Rajasthani essence, this vegetarian dish is made of gram flour steamed dumplings dunked into a yoghurt based curry. Best enjoyed with rice and rotis, Gatte ki Subzi suits desert climate where fresh produce is hardly available.
Lal Maas (Red Meat)
Good news for all non- veg lovers! Rajasthan is not only known for its delicious vegetable items but non- vegetarian too. Lal Maas or Red Meat is a spicy, mouth-watering treat for meat lovers. The peppery dish gets its colour from the fiery red chillies and is best relished with bajra roti and plain rice.
This Rajasthani dish is a tasty delight and is enjoyed with a helpful serving of rice and garnished with ginger and mint leaves. A soft serving of fish is cut and marinated in green chutney, then cooked in a spicy gravy containing garlic, ginger, mint and coriander leaves.
A tasty lamb curry, Safed Maas means “white meat” and is well-known as the Royal Lamb Korma in Rajasthan. The flavour of this dish is present in the perfect combination of spices, garlic, ginger and onion, cashew nut and cardamom in its creamy white sauce gravy. Unlike many Kormas it doesn’t contain any coconut instead the flavours are markedly nutty, somewhat sweet and delicious. This non- spicy dish goes well with all kinds of Indian bread.
Rajasthan state offers a wonderful range of dishes that will definitely want you to have more of it. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of these delicious cuisines and give your taste buds a pleasure to remember.