Have you ever grabbed a plate of Rajasthani cuisine?
I am sure not many of you have tried it. If that's the case, you must go for it soon. Rajasthan is not only famous for its rich culture but it is also popular for its mouth watering cuisine. A perfect Rajasthani Thali is all you need to taste whenever you visit Rajasthan. Rajasthani cuisine has proved for centuries that vegetarian food can be as gourmet as non-vegetarian food. Every tourist craves for traditional Rajasthani dishes served in a big platter. Rajashtanis have transformed their culinary styles in such a way that many of their dishes can be shelved for several days and served without heating. While some of the Rajasthani food items Dal-Baati-Churma, Ghevar, Kadhi etc have garnered popularity among foodies all across the globe.
Just one thought of Rajasthani cuisine fills water in my mouth.
In fact while King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan was on Rajasthan tour to promote his film “Jab Harry Met Sejal” he tasted the scrumptious dishes of Rajasthani platter at the Rajwada-Virasat Heritage Restaurant. And just like me the actor fall in love with it in no less time. Foodies get ready to delight your taste buds.
Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete if you haven't experienced their scrumptious dishes.
In the viral pictures, SRK looked like a royal in a pagdi, teeka and a Rajput sword. Explaining his experiencing, he said- "I had just heard of 'dal baati'. It's fantastic and really nice. I wonder how people finish this food it's really filling and very tasty. For me it's a 1st-time experience, now I will come here once in three months at least.”
Here are some of the amazingly delicious dishes served on a large Rajasthani Thali.
1. Dal Bati Churma-
One of the most famous dishes you will find on a Rajasthani thali is ‘Dal-Bati’Churma’. It’s a combination of three dishes i.e. a spicy dal (mixed or single), a deep fried baati and a slightly sweetish churma (it is mainly of two types- Wheat and Besan Churma). The dish is served with lots of ghee (butter) and bura (sugar powder).
2. Rajasthani Rotis-
The famous Rajasthani roti (bread) has so many varieties such as bajra(millet), jowar and makka. The thali usually has rotis made of these grains, instead of atta or maida flatbreads. That apart, khoba rotis and missi rotis are also delicious. Rajasthani roti is usually roasted in frying pans and served after adding ghee on each piece.
It’s a wholesome dish made out of rice and different pulses. Other variety of khichdi can be made by jowar, wheat or bajra. Khichdi can be served with ghee, curd or pickle.
4. Ker Sangri-
Ker is a kind of berry widely found in Rajasthan. A typical desert vegetable, Ker Sangri is a kind of a pickle. Beans are added to berries, with lots of spices to make ker sangria. This tangy dish is served with bajra rotis.
5. Rajasthani Kadhi-
Apart from the well-known gram flour-based kadhi famous in other states of Indian like Punjab and Maharashtra, the Rajasthani kadhi does not have pakoras (gram dumplings) in it. Mango kadhi and gate ki kadhi are two popular varieties of Rajasthani kadhi.
You can find this dish in almost every snack shop of Rajasthan. Kachoris are popular in North and West India, but the Rajasthani ones have a very special flavor which you shouldn't do without. Try their pyaaz or onion kachoris served with tamarind and coriander chutney or their sweet and sublime mawa kachoris. I am sure you will not regret eating it.
7. Five-Ingredient Dal-
As the name suggests, this dish is prepared with five different types of pulses and therefore it is very healthy and nutritious.
8. Gatte Ka Saag-
Gram nuggets are steamed and then cooked in rich, creamy buttermilk gravy to make the famous ‘gatte ka saag or sabji’ in Rajasthan. It is served with roti and rice.
9. Laal Maas (red meat)-
Non-vegetarians don’t be upset as Rajasthani thali also comprises of meat dishes such as Laal Maas. This mouth watering meat is very spicy dish as it is made with lots of spices. The dish gets its red color due to the spices used to make it. This dish is a delicious throwback to the days when Rajput and Mughal princes feasted on this delicacy.
10. Mohan Maas-
Another dish you’ll find on a Rajasthani platter is Mohan Maas. This juicy and tender meat is prepared with mild spices and milk, while its gravy is seasoned with cardamom, lemon and khus-khus. All these ingredients make this dish even more appetizing.
11. Bajre ki roti and Lahsun Ki Chutney-
This healthy bajre ki roti (millet bread) is served with spicy lahsun ki chutney (garlic chutney). This combination can be served with any vegetable dish or kadhi.
12. Bikaneri Bhujia-
This snack from the city of Bikaner is made of besan, moth beans and mix of spices.
Talking about desserts, I would like to start with the very famous Mohanthal. This is another Rajasthani specialty which is basically a rich besan or gram flour barfi stuffed with dry fruits. This dish is definitely the king among these desserts.
This dessert might be popular all over North India, but no region does it better than Rajasthan. Khoya, dry fruits, and pure ghee make these gujias the best sweet-dish ever.
This Rajasthani delicacy is made with ghee, flour, paneer and sugar blended together. You can get it in a number of varieties, including malai and mawa ones.
16. Alwar Ka Maawa/ Kalakand-
This famous sweet dish from ALwar is also served on Rajasthani thali. It is made with thick condensed milk, sugar and dry fruits.
Apart from the above mentioned traditional dishes served in a Rajasthani thali, other dishes served in it are pulaos, raitas and a number of pickles. Shah Rukh Khan has already tasted and loved this traditional platter. When will you?