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Rajasthan - Cuisine
Rajasthan - Cuisine Rajasthan - CuisineRajasthan - Cuisine

The cuisine of Rajasthan is primarily vegetarian and offers a fabulous variety of mouthwatering dishes. The spice content is quite high in comparison to other Indian cuisines, but the food is absolutely scrumptious. Rajasthanis use ghee for cooking most of the dishes. Rajasthani food is well known for its spicy curries and delicious sweets.
Famous Dishes
Daal Baati
One of the most popular dishes of Rajasthani cuisine, Daal-Baati is a dish consisting of Baati which are hard balls of whole wheat dough traditionally roasted over coals till hard on the outside, yet a little spongy in the middle and are eaten dipped in a lentil soup very popular across India called daal.

Churma is a quint essential Rajasthani sweet usually served with baatis and dal. It is coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar or jaggery. Traditionally it is made by mashing up wheat flour baatis or leftover rotis/ chapatti's in ghee and jaggery and sometimes garnished with chopped nuts or dry fruits. It's mouthwatering and delicious rich with flavor that will leave you baffled as to how it only takes three ingredients to make.

Gatte Ki Sabji
This spicy curry dish can be found at almost all Rajasthani meals. True to it's desert culture this dish is made from only readily available ingrediently of the desert and though it's called subzi (vegetable dish) it does not contain any fresh vegetables. It is a dish of chickpea/gram flour dumplings simmered in a spicy curd (yogurt) sauce.
Pakodi also known as Bhajiyas or Pakoras in other parts of India are hugely popular in Rajasthan. They are similar to fritters as they are batter fried vegetables. The batter in this case is made of gram flour and seasoned with spices like chilli powder, turmeric and jeera. Palak pakora made from spinach along with onion pakodi and chilli pakodi are among the favourites in this state.

Papad Ki Sabji
A Papad typically a thin wafer or cracker like flat bread is made from a lentil and chickpea flour and widely eaten as an appetizer or a snack across India. In Rajasthan however Papads are used rather unusually to make a dish where in they are soaked in a tangy gravy. The Papads take on an almost velvety texture when they absorb the sauce making for an interesting dish.
Laal Maas
In a predominantly vegetarian cuisine, the only non-vegetarian dish to really stand out is Laal Maas which literally translates to Red Meat in reference to the color of the dish with comes from the fiery red chillies in it. The dish may be prepared using kid/lamb, pork or poultry.

Kalakand (Mishri Mawa)
Mawa Mishri or Kalakand as it is also known, is a traditional and lip-smacking dessert from Jaipur. It is reduced Milk with crystal sugar finished with silver leaf. This sweet is so renowned for its excellent taste that even a street is named in Alwar after this particular dish. In old days, name of a good sweet shop in India depended upon how good their Kalakand was.
This sweet is essentially a round cake made from flour, soaked in ghee and milk, topped with sliced almonds. This sinfully sweet dish has crunchy texture and is made with the help of a mould. It's very rich...but irresistible if you have a sweet-tooth.


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