Rajasthan is known for its generous hospitality, rich and exuberant culture, traditional heritage and sumptuously delicious dishes! From the classic Daal Bati Churma, to the staple delicacy Laal Maas, Rajasthan’s got so much laid out on its palates to satiate the hunger in you!
Here, we have rounded up some of the best dishes a traveler must try out while visiting Rajasthan!
Daal Baati Churma
This traditional delicacy of Rajasthan is truly an amalgamation of the delicious and the contemporary.
Consisting of bean daals, roasted flour balls known as Baatis dipped in buckets of ghee, and sweetened hard flour powder called Churma, it is considered the finest dish in town when it comes to the delicacies of Rajasthan!
It is available in most Rajasthani cities in restaurants that serve it par excellence! Your trip here just wouldn’t be complete until you savor this delicious Rajasthani offering!
While the Daal Baati Choorma bags the top spot for being the most delicious Rajasthani dish for vegetarians, Laal Maas undoubtedly takes home the trophy for being the same in the Non-Vegetarian category!
Cooked slowly with a generous addition of spicy red chilies, this ‘Masaledar’ offering of traditional meat makes it a savory delicacy, to be tried at least once when in the state of the Rajputs!
A typical desert dish, Ker Sangri is kind of a vegetable substitute that doubles up as a pickle! Made with a generous dressing of traditional spices, it fits the bill of being a true Rajasthani low budget delicacy, and is best served with Bajra Roti or other flour eatables.
Gatte Ki Sabzi
This classic Rajasthani preparation with hardened bean flour balls cooked in thick, spicy gravy is an ideal dish to be consumed with Bajra roti and hot rice.
The USP of this dish is its variegated tastes and rich combination of spices and ‘besan’, which enthralls the taste buds like never before! A must try dish while you’re exploring Rajasthan!
Gatte Ki Khichdi
While we are talking about the ‘Gatta things’, there is another Rajasthani delicacy prepared with Gatte that will bring hungry waters to your mouth!
The Gatte ki Khichdi, is a slight Rajasthani rip off of the traditional khichdi with bits of besan gatte in between bouts of delicious looking steamed rice cooked with spices.
This classic Khichdi is offered in most parts of Rajasthan, and is perfectly prepared by expert hands of the best Rajasthani cooks! If you want to taste a little modern Rajasthani cooking, do try out the Gatte Ki Khichdi!
Another classic Rajasthani dish; Kadhi Pakoda is besan balls cooked with a generously spiced curd gravy. Spicy, sour and pungent in taste, Kadhi Pakoda is best consumed with hot, steamed rice and Bajra Roti.
This savory Rajasthani delight is available in almost all Rajasthan cities, and is best served with an ample dressing of coriander and lemon fillings!
Methi Bajra Poori
These steamed hot flour preparations made from the traditional Methi grass and Bajra grasses, are an absolute delight for the food monger. Spicy and petulant, these pooris are best eaten with Raita and steamed potato gravy.
Being a Rajasthani staple, you’ll find every restaurant you visit hoarding these and serving best with added creative ingredients!
Also known as Shahi Gatte, this is a royal, more nourishing rip off of the Besan Gatte. The Besan dumplings are first filled with a generous spreading of cashews, nuts and other dry fruits, and then steamed slowly in rich, spicy gravy pastes. A royal preparation, this dish is sure to excite your taste buds and take you back to those royal, golden days!
Once we are done with the full course, the next step is to jump over the Dessert menu. Rajasthan is home to some of the sweetest, most savory preparations dripping with ghee and sugar syrups!
Ghevar is one of those. This traditional Rajasthani sweet is made with hardened, sweetened milk solids, sometimes infused with a generous spreading of cheese for its delicious cousin, Paneer Ghewar! Take this after your satisfying Rajasthani thali, and you’ll never feel so full again!
This traditional sweet preparation is made to endear your taste buds and give you the taste of Indian Doughnuts!
The squishy maida body adds to the rich texture of the sweet while the embedded sugar syrup provides it with its trademark sweetening taste! A must try in Rajasthan.
Badaam Ka Halwa
A constant in Rajasthani households, especially during winters, Badaam ka Halwa is a traditional sweet dish prepared with suji, cashews, almonds and lots of milk!
Best served hot with sumptuous amounts of ghee dressing, this halwa will make for a perfect after meal dessert!
This delicious ladoo spin off of the staple churma with Daal Baati, is a perfect dessert to top off your meal with! Prepared with grinded baati powder sweetened with sugar bits and rolled into a big ball, this sweet dish will surely enlighten your taste buds and give you a ‘higher taste’!
If your heart is hankering to try out these delicacies now that you’ve read about and seen them on your screens, we at HippoCabs are here to whisk you away to this state of enormous cultural and heritage significance.
Author Bio Sahil Agrawal is the founder & CEO of Hippo Cabs. Sahil completed his study from KIT, Germany in the stream Mechanical Engineering and having 4 years of experience of working with Startups. Before starting Hippo Cabs in 2015, he has worked on various ventures of his own in US and Germany and has got very diverse experience. For Hippo Cabs he is taking care of Marketing, Growth, Strategy, Business Development, and Product Development.