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A Foodie's Guide to the Delectable Cuisine of Rajasthan

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Famed for its royal culture, Rajasthan is not all about heritage, ancient forts and camel safaris. This state, imbibed in culture and colours, also guards an exotic cuisine symbolic of the people, folk influence and their pure love for food. A medley of simple yet carefully crafted flavours, crafted over generations, comes together to create dishes out of this world. So what are you waiting for? You journey to gastronomic nirvana awaits you!

Here are some of the must try dishes, when in Rajasthan!


1. The legendary Dal Baati Churma of Jaipur

The legendary Dal Baati Churma of Jaipur
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Essentially wheat flour balls baked in an oven and consumed with traditional pulses and crushed sweetened bati(churma), Dal baati is one of the most loved dishes of Rajasthan.
Imagine round baatis dipped in ghee and savoured with dal, with the accompaniment of mildly sweet churma! The spicy dal flavour combines with the sweet churma flavour to produce a combination that is nothing but heaven for foodies! Dip some baatis in the heavenly dal and you’re set for the day!

HolidayIQ traveller Girish says, “If you want to try the best dal baati, then Santosh Bhojanalaya near the railway station is the place.”

2. The fiery Laal Maans of Jaisalmer

The fiery Laal Maans of Jaisalmer
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Traditionally a dish made of game meat, Laal Maans is now made using tender mutton and was a hot favourite among royalty. The gravy usually consists of hot elements like red chilli and garlic with curd serving as the base. This fire-in-your-belly gravy dish is consumed with either bajra(a local millet) roti in winters or wheat rotis in summers. An absolute must try for non-vegetarians.

HolidayIQ reviewer Lalo says,“Rajasthani lal maas that we had was incredible. It was a dream for a non-vegetarian.”

3. Relish the unique aroma of Gatte ki Sabzi

Relish the unique aroma of Gatte ki Sabzi
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A delicious curry prepared with gram flour as the base, gatte ki sabzi is a concoction of years of culinary expertise of the locals. Cooked gram flour dumplings are then added to the base gravy to make your every bite a perfect explosion of flavours. What’s better is the fact that you can accompany this with just about anything- plain wheat bread(rotis), plain rice or even the famous baati- the choice is really endless. Pushkar is one of the best places to try this dish!

HolidayIQ reviewer Sushant says, “You can stay for one night in the camps as it would be a good experience. Do try the Chokhi Dhani Gatte ki Sabzi, if you want to fall in love with the food."


4. The crunchy kachoris of Kota

The crunchy kachoris of Kota
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In the mood for a flavour that you won’t forget? Try the kachoris of Kota. Basically fried, crispy discs of refined wheat flour stuffed with a spicy filling of moong lentils, this one is straight up a flavour bomb! Other variants include- a filling of spicy potato and onion mixture and a filling of sweet mawa(sweet milk based powdered dessert ingredient). Savoured best with a spicy green chutney and a sweet chutney, this just might make you want to relocate to Rajasthan, permanently.

HolidayIQ traveller Sandeep says, “If you come to Kota then go and have the Daal Kachori of Ratan Namkeen, Near Nayapura ( Kota Bus Stand)."


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5. Indulge in the sinful crust of Ghevar!

Indulge in the sinful crust of Ghevar!
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Have you had your share of spicy Rajasthani food? Want to try something different or just satisfy your sweet tooth? Ghevar is where all your quests end! A saucer-shaped sweet cake which is usually soaked in a special sugar syrup, ghewar comes in many varieties like mawa, malai or just plain.

One of the craftiest desserts of Rajasthan, ghevar is an art in itself. This colourful sweet is also in very high demands in some of the local festivals. Another good thing about ghevar is that you can find it at almost all sweet shops in Rajasthan. Try the ghevar of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Jaipur.

HolidayIQ Traveller Srikant says, “Plenty of eateries - sweet shops, chaat corners, besides the usual restaurants. We were recommended to try out Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar and their famous sweet, the ghewar.”


6. The unique flavour of Ker Sangri

The unique flavour of Ker Sangri
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If you’ve tried and tasted all of these, there’s something even more unique in store for your palate. Ever heard of a berry and a bean dish? Well, prepare to send your tastebuds into a tizzy with Ker Sangri. Ker being the berry and sangri the bean, combine beautifully in this spicy, tangy and flavourful dish! The dish has gained a legendary status over time and is now a must in almost every Marwari wedding. Savour this with the popular maize rotis.

HolidayIQ Traveller Guru says, “Famous Rajasthani dishes, which are extremely popular and sought-after in Jaipur include dal-bati churma, besan ka gatta, mawa kachori, pyaaz ki kachori and the famous ker sangri. Jaipur cuisine is known for its unique combination of spices.

You can also hunt for dishes like bajre ki khichdi, rabri, lapsi and the local food of the neighbouring villages of Jaisalmer for an out of the world food experience. The more you explore Rajasthan, the better your chances of finding other legendary dishes that have stood the test of time and become modern classics.

Disclaimer: All the information given in this article has been compiled by the HolidayIQ content team. Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan is not responsible for any factual error.

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