Golden sand, welcoming streets, amusing fairs, shy smiling faces, colorful culture and dry red chilles… yes, I am talking about the city of Maharajas- Rajasthan! This regal state attracts huge number of tourists from across the world all round the year as there is something truly magnetic about those colorful turbans, haughty smiles, veiled faces and spicy delicacies. This ever-welcoming state has some of the most spicy and lip-smacking dishes to offer and here is a list of them.
Dal Bati Churma
This typical Rajasthani dish is synonymous with Rajasthan. Round batis dipped in ghee accompanied with panchmel or panch kutti dal and churma is the most exotic combination to have. Rajasthani food is usually very spicy and the distinct taste of pure Rajasthani spices enhances the taste of the most boring dal. This is a must have dish in all Rajasthani ceremonies be it wedding, festival or family get-togethers.
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Laal Maas is a fiery Rajasthani meat curry served with bajra rotis or plain rice. Lip smackinlgy good, prepared in a sauce of curd, hot spices and dry red chillies Laal Maas has a nice distinctive aroma and great flavor. If you are a non-vegetarian then I bet you will love this spicy mutton dish.
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This delectable bean and berry combo is unique to Rajasthani food only and is a traditional, spicy subzi made with the ker berry and the sangri bean. This dish is easy to cook and delicious to have. Ker Sangari subji often has a sweet taste as Rajasthanis love to have a sweet subji in their meal.
Gatte Ki Sabji
Gatte ki sabji is basically gram flour dumplings flavored with dry spices, steamed and then dunked into a yogurt based spicy curry. No Rajasthani thali is complete without this dish and you can even have steamed gatte while waiting for the gravy to cook just like me. Gatte are used in many other Rajasthani food as they are super-delicious and filling.
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Papad Ki Sabji
Yes, you read it right! Rajasthan has some of the surprising sabjis to offer and no matter how strange they sound, you are going to lick your fingers later and crave for more. Some of the rare sabjis commonly cooked in Rajasthani households are papita(papaya) sabji, matira (watermelon) sabji, kela (banana) sabji and so on. Papad ki sabji is very much like a spicy curd based curry with papad and this is the easiest sabji to cook.
While Rajasthan is often confused as a vegetarian state, the variety of non-vegetarian dishes this state offers is scrumptious. Mohan maas is one such dish where mutton is cooked with milk & mild spices, it’s a thick gravy infused with delicate flavours of poppy seeds, spices, khoya, lemon, cloves & cardamom.
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Sauces and chutneys have been a part of every cuisine and Rajasthan too has some of the very spicy and tempting range of chutneys with Lehsun chutney being the queen of all. Lehsun chutnye, as the name suggests, is cooked with garlic, tomato and high-flavored spices.
Rajathani kadhi is quite different from other fellow kadhis as it is very spicy in taste. To make it more delicious and filling, besan pakoda, papad or gatte is also added and so we have many versions of Rajasthani kadhi, while pakoda kadhi rules them all.
Sweets are an indispensable part of Rajasthani food. Rajasthani folks just love sweets and their capacity to eat sweets will amaze you for sure. Their love for sweets invented a lot of sweet dishes along with many sweet sabjis. The first in the list of sweet dish are choorma ladoo made with desi ghee and dry fruits. These irresistible choorma ladoo will take your heart away.
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Aam ki Launji
This summer special preparation is good way to beat the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Prepared with raw mangoes, spices and sugar, this mouthwatering dish is sweet and sour in taste.
Badam Ka Halwa
Good for memory, yummy for taste buds and scrumptious for appetite, Badam ka halwa is prepared with repared with dry fruits, suji, sugar and loads of ghee of course. Badam ka halwa is usually cooked during winters and this is the perfect time to gulp down some.
Kachori is one of the very famous Rajasthani snacks and there are a number of irresistible variants available across Rajasthan with pyaaz kachori and mawa kachori being my most favourite. Pyaaz kachori is crisp, flaky deep-fried kachori stuffed with an onion filling. Have some curd on top and just relish it.
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Mawa dishes are very popular among Rajasthani food and mawa kachori is another gorgeous varient of Kachori. Filled with dry fruits and mawa, deep fried and coated with sugar syrup, Mawa Kachori is sweet and inviting.
I’m sure you have heard of this sweet as it is outrageously famous all over India. Ghewar and finni are popularly made during the festival of Teej. This round sweet is made with all purpose flour and dipped in sugar syrup. There are many variants of ghewar available including mawa ghewar, plain ghewar and malai ghewar.
Rajasthan surely has a variety of dishes to offer, be it breakfast, lunch or desert there are numerous delicious things available. Share your favorite dish with us in the comment box below.