Rajasthani food is influenced by the lifestyle of its ancient inhabitants and the availibility of foods in the arid region. Breads, vegetables and meats are all cooked in the finest Indian spices and milk products to utmost perfection. Spicy vegetarian dishes, orignating from cuisine of the ethnic Marwari community, will even tempt a meat lover. Discover where you can treat yourself to the mouth-watering dishes of Rajasthan.
Dal Baati Churma
Of all Rajasthani food, Dal Baati Churma is the most popular dish, sublimely harmonising the rich tastes of sweet and savoury. It is commonly served on special occasions such as weddings, parties and religious festivities. Consisting of lentils (dal), baked or grilled unleavened wheat flour bread (baati) and a sweet delicacy made with sugar, dried fruits and wheat flour (churma), it is also served with a condiment of spicy garlic chutney. The traditional way of serving the baati in Dal Baati Churma is to coarsely mash it and pour clarified butter (ghee) over it. The baati can be eaten plain or filled with onions, peas or a mixture of ground pulses and cereals known as sattu. Your tastebuds will fall in love with Dal Baati Churma from anywhere in Rajasthan, but locals will tell you that it is a speciality of Santosh Bhojnalaya restaurant in Jaipur.
Santosh Bhojnalaya: Railway Station Road, Near Over Bridge, Railway Station Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006
Rajasthani food, Ker Sangri, is a traditional dish of the ethnic Marwari community. Consisting of dried wild berries and beans, Ker Sangri is brimming with a piquant, tangy flavour. Ker is a berry that grows accustomed to the climate of the Thar Desert, India’s largest desert that spans across Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. Sangri, or sangar, is the local name for the beans of the Khejri tree, or ‘Loong Tree’, also native to the Thar Desert. The delectable mix of India’s finest spices and yoghurt make Ker Sangri a must-try specialty of Rajasthan. Riddhi Siddhi Restaurant in Jaisalmer, a city situated in the heart of the at Thar Desert, is known for its authentic Rajasthani food, and the Ker Sangri is no exception.
Riddhi Siddhi Restaurant: Hanuman Chouraha, Hanuman Circle, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
L: Fried gatta dumplings, eaten as a snack
R: Traditional Rajasthani gatta curry
A traditional snack of the ethnic Marwaris, gatta is a dumpling made of besan flour, also known as gram flour, which is essentially ground chickpeas. The snack can be enjoyed steamed or fried, cooked in an aromatic chilli, coriander and tumeric spices. Gatta dumplings are also delightful when eaten in a traditional Rajasthani curry. The medley of Indian spices cooked in a yoghurt based sauce, and paired with besan flour, give Gatta Curry its exotic nutty flavour. Gatta Curry is also exceptional when eaten with Indian flat breads such as roti, puri and chapatti, or steamed rice. Niros restaurant in Jaipur has been known to serve the best Gatta Curry for over 60 years. Celebrities, including Dimple Kapadia and Naomi Campbell, have been spotted dining at Niros.
Niros: Mirza Ismail Road, Near Panch Batti Circle, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Images: Tamalapaku, Maarewa, India Mart