Rajasthani cuisine is rich, colourful and unique just like its culture. Milk, lots of clarified butter (ghee) and local spices are the prerequisites of many local dishes. From a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, to sweet and savoury delicacies, discover the quintessential Rajasthani dishes you need to try.
This is the state’s classic signature dish. Baati is hard, unleavened bread cooked in the desert areas of Rajasthan. Baati is prized mainly for its long shelf life, plus it requires hardly any water for its preparation. It is always eaten with dal (lentil curry). The dal is made of lentils while churma is a coarsely ground wheat mixture crushed and cooked in ghee and jaggery or sugar.
Gatte is the local name of black gram flour (besan) dumplings. The curry or sabzi is made from a perfect combination of curd and spices, resulting in a lip-smacking tangy taste. This is a famous traditional food of Rajasthan in which the besan balls are mixed with rice and spices to cook gatte ka pulao or khichdi – equally popular and lip-smacking.
Moong and panchmela dal are the special Rajasthani creations every foodie must try. Prepared with five different lentils, panchmela is nutritious and delicious.
This royal dessert is equally royal to amaze the taste buds of food connoisseurs. Mohan Thaal is unique to Rajasthan and is a sweet dish prepared from Besan and dry fruits. The aroma and taste of ghee add the cherry to the cake!
You cannot talk about Rajasthani dishes without mentioning the crowd favourite, Laal Maas . This spicy dish gets its colour from the fiery red chillies. Best served with bajra rotis , this dish with plain rice won’t disappoint you.
Ker Sangri is a kind of pickle that is a combination of Ker, which is a piquant wildberry, and Sangri are the dried beans of Khejri (Rajasthan’s state tree) – both are stir fried with an array of local spices. This dish may not look particularly enticing, but it bursts with delightful flavours that make it a must-try dish. It can be savoured with bajra roti (millet or wheat flat bread).
Bajre ki roti made with bajra (millet) is very popular and healthy flat bread that is relished across Rajasthan. Though it can be taken with any vegetable dish or kadhi, it is generally savoured with onions and Lasun ki chutney that is a saucy preparation made with garlic. This combination has remained a staple food for the locals.
A fried pastry filled with a delectable mixture of mawa and nuts that makes it a great festive sweet to relish. Dipped in sugar syrup, mawa (khoya) kachori is a popular dish in Jodhpur that is simply delicious.
The shortage of rain and water always made Rajasthanis think out of the box, and this dish was a lifesaver when they ran out of vegetables. In this popular curry, roasted papads (thin Indian flatbreads made from lentils) are broken roughly and added to the yogurt gravy made with gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric and chopped coriander leaves. The result is a mouth watering curry usually served with steamed rice.
The kadhi of Rajasthan offers a mixture of pungent and spicy taste and is prepared with buttermilk, gram flour, and ghee. This is a traditional food of Rajasthan, light and easy to digest. Those who love the tangy taste must try Aamras ki Kadhi – a special variety of Rajasthani Kadhi made with mango puree, buttermilk, and besan, sprinkled with boondi and a dash of local spices. by-saurabh gupta fropky