Whether it is their luxurious residences, lavish dresses, or sumptuous food, the royals are distinguished for their exquisite living. No wonder then that the people of Rajasthan, the inheritors of the rich culture of their Maharajas, proudly carry on with this legacy in their daily lives. That’s why they have been able to remarkably preserve their massive forts over so many centuries; that’s why they just love dressing up in bright colors, and that’s also why they don’t need a special occasion to treat themselves to mouthwatering Rajput delicacies.
People in Rajasthan love doling out Ghee on almost everything they cook. Spices feature in their list of favorites too. The best restaurants in Rajasthan are known for preparing their delicacies with a lot of milk and its substitutes rather than water, thus lending a velvety texture to most dishes. And unlike the rest of India, they like to have their sweets with the main course, and not after. So treat your taste buds the next time you are in Rajasthan.
- Dal Bati Churma: Every kitchen in Rajasthan is familiar with this one. Rajasthani food cannot be described without a mention of the iconic Dal Bati Churma. The locals like to pour a lot of Ghee over the Batis before enjoying it with churma and Panchkuti dal.
- Gatte ki Khichdi: This rice preparation is full of flavors. ‘Gatte’ is actually a soft dumpling made of besan. It is also consumed as an evening snack.
- Rajasthani Kadi: The locals like to enjoy rice with their own spicy version of Kadi, a dish consumed in every home of Rajasthan.
- Aamras Kadhi: A puree of Mango is mixed with besan, boondi, buttermilk and local spices to make the delicious Aamras Kadhi.
- Gatte ka Pulao: In this preparation, Gatte soaked with spices are eaten with steamed rice. For some reason, the locals also call it Ram Pulao.
- Methi Bajra Poori: One of the rare foods in Rajasthan, that is known to use the least bit of oil, are the Methi Bajra Pooris. The hot pooris are consumed with delicious potato vegetable, raita and spicy chutney.
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Sweets, Snacks, and the Rest
Rajasthan has a huge variety of sweets. You will find them specific to a region: Jodhpur’s Mawa Kachori; Pushkar’s Malpuas; Jaipur’s Ghewar; and Bikaner’s Rasogullas.
- Ghevar: Consumed in the form of a disc, Ghevar is prepared with flour, sweet syrup, paneer, and ghee. Every festival in Rajasthan calls for the preparation of this sweet. It is available in different forms such as Plain Ghevar, Mava Ghevar, and Malai Ghevar. You will find this sweet delight in some of the best restaurants in Jaipur such as Suvarna Mahal at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.
- Balushahi: With a flaky outside and sugary syrup inside, this sweet delights people of all ages. Shall we call it the desi doughnut?
- Dil Khushal: A sweet with a grainy taste, it is also known as Besan Barfi or Mohan Thal.
- Churma Ladoo: You cannot miss these delectable ghee ladoos. They are mostly eaten after dal bati.
- Badam Halwa: This rich, melting sweet is made with ghee, suji and dry fruits. The almond-based sweet keeps you warm during winters.
- Mawa Kachori: The most popular sweet in the restaurants in Jodhpur is Mawa Kachori. It comes loaded with sugary syrup, khoya, and dry fruits. All sweet lovers must try Mawa Kachori.
- Gujia: This sweet comes with its own unique shape. Filled with dry fruits, sweet syrup, and khoya, a bite of it instantly flushes one’s face with pleasure. Though available throughout the year, it is most commonly consumed during the popular festivals of Holi and Diwali.
- Mirchi Vada: This popular snack tastes great along with tangy tomato chutney. The preparation of Mirchi Vada involves filling up the potatoes with spices before they are deep fried. It is also quite popular as Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada. Some of the best restaurants in Jodhpur can be found at Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur.
- Aam ki Launji: It is a raw mango pickle with a sweet and sour flavor. Aam ki Launji is prepared using nigella and fennel.
- Kalmi Vada: It is a crispy snack of grams that are deep fried before they are consumed with spicy chutney. Kalmi Vada goes great along with a cup of hot tea.
- Ker Sangri: A typical dish of the restaurants in Jaisalmer, it is actually a type of pickle which is usually eaten with Bajre ki roti. For authentic Jaisalmer food, visit The Gateway Hotel Rawalkot Jaisalmer.
Don’t think you’ve experienced it all if you’ve seen Rajasthan’s massive forts or been on a desert safari. A journey to Rajasthan remains incomplete without sampling what comes out of its kitchens, and Rajasthanis are simply eager to dress up your food plates. Bring a large appetite and curiosity to experiment when you take your place at the table. And don’t forget to plan a long snooze after your king-sized Rajasthani meal.