Rajasthan boasts of an exquisite Rajasthani cuisine offering a plethora of scrumptious dishes flavored with the regional spices and ingredients. Predominantly influenced by the state’s rich cultural heritage as well as the adversity of war, climatic conditions, and availability of fresh items, the regional cuisine turns out to be a combination of sizzling spicy main course and delectable sweet dishes.
A visit to the land of maharajas and valiant warriors remains incomplete without giving a try to the iconic dishes mentioned below.
1. Dal baati churma
Dal Bati Churma, the prominent signature dish of Rajasthan, is an appetizing combination of a spicy dal containing five different types of pulses, crisp round batis which is mainly prepared using wheat flour and the sweet dish – Churma. Saltless batis is crushed and blended with ghee and jaggery(or sugar) to prepare Churma. The delicious dish comprising batis doused in ghee is often served with a glass of ice-cold buttermilk, papads, salad, and lahsun ki chutney – a spicy preparation of garlic and red chilies.
2. Ker sangri
A particularly piquant native wild berry aka Ker is paired with Sangri – dried bean-like pods of Khejri tree to prepare a dish with a uniquely spicy and tangy flavor. Flavored using some of the regional herbs and spices, the dish is often served along with Bajre ki roti. The abundance of both the ingredients in the arid region led to its prevalence in the state and the fact that the dish could last longer made it an ideal choice of food while traveling.
Garnished with a pinch of cumin powder and salt, Raab is primarily a particular quantity of cracked millets or corn cooked with buttermilk on a low flame for a significant amount of time. The highly nutritious dish is usually served hot and accounts for one of the most consumed dishes in the chilling winters.
4. Lal Maas
Speaking of non-vegetarian dishes, Lal Maas tops the chart in the state of Rajasthan. Pieces of mutton are cooked in a spicy gravy of tomatoes and red chilies. The heavenly combination of the fiery dish with piping hot Indian bread or aromatic rice is worth a try while visiting this state.
5. Mohan Maas
Mohan Maas is yet another mouth-watering non-vegetarian dish consumed in Rajasthan. Seasoned with mild spices such as cardamom and cinnamon, the traditional dish is prepared by cooking meat in a gravy of milk, curd, cream, and dry fruits. The luscious dish is a heavenly delight for all the non – veg lovers.
6. Shahi Gatte
Small balls or dumplings are made out of a dough of gram flour added with traditional Indian spices. They are then cooked in a thick spicy gravy flavored using yogurt. This lip-smacking delicacy of Rajasthan can be served during lunch as well as dinner along with wheat bread or rice.
Relished to a great extent during the festivals and auspicious occasions, Ghewar is a traditional sweet dish that can be a perfect choice for all those with a sweet tooth. Topped with myriad ingredients like almonds, pista, saffron, and rabdi to name a few, this classic sweet dish requires a blend of flour, milk, ghee, and sugar syrup for its preparation. The perfectly handpicked flavors will make you crave for more.