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15 Popular Rajasthani Recipes
Last Updated : Jan 28,2017
Perhaps due to the royal heritage of the region, or due to the unique characteristics of the cuisine brought about by the region’s extreme climate and rare vegetation, Rajasthani Cuisine is quite different from all other cuisines and is very fascinating too! Rajasthani food is usually spicy and makes use of loads of ghee, without which no dish is complete.
Dal Baati Churma three-in-one treat is a typical Rajasthani treat. The Rajasthanis specialise in serving sweet and savoury dishes in combinations that steal the heart and delight the taste buds. A platter of semi-sweet Churma , spicy Dal and deep-fried Baati, is one such traditional combination. Fresh baatis drowned in piping hot dal is a perfect accompaniment for churma.
Popular 15 Rajasthani Recipes
A perfect accompaniment for tea on a cold winter’s day, this Rajasthani
delicacy is also surprisingly very easy to prepare.
Made with a coarsely blended batter of chana dal, perked up with green chillies, onions, dhania seeds, etc., Kalmi Vada has a wonderfully crunchy texture and stimulating flavour, which make it a challenge to stop with one serving!
In order to achieve that ideal texture, you need to make sure the chana dal is ground coarsely and not too finely.
Khamiri Green Peas Puris
, Pyaaz ki Kachori
and Kanji Vadas
are a few other Rajasthani snacks you are sure to relish.
A delightful bean and berry combo unique to Rajasthan, Ker Sangri is a traditional, spicy subzi made with the ker berry and the sangri bean. Cooked simply and easily with common ingredients like red chillies, carom seeds and a couple of spice powders. Ker Sangri is nevertheless extremely tasty, leaving a lingering taste on your tongue. The addition of raisins brings out the brilliance of this recipe, as it enhances the flavour of all the spicy ingredients while also providing sweet respites in every spoonful.
bread truly unravels the mystery of the vast desert expanse. The word 'khoba' means indentation or cavity and that is how these rotis are prepared.
They are best cooked in a gas tandoor but an ordinary Tava
(griddle) over gas will give you equally good results, if cooked over a slow flame. Serve this roti hot, smeared with ghee with Aloo Aur Kaddu ki Subzi
and Mangodi ki Dal
Since fresh vegetables are rare in the deeper dessert regions of Rajasthan, it is common to cook dals and subzis with dried and preserved vegetables or dal dumplings. Combined with the right amount of spices, and typically cooked with ghee, these transform into mouth-watering fare, as in the case of the Mangodi ki Dal. Here, moong dal mangodi combines with tomatoes, ginger-green chilli paste and some common spice powders, to give rise to an irresistible accompaniment for hot rice or rotis.
Crispy and flavourful, Masala Mathri can be prepared quite easily with readily available ingredients like plain flour, carom seeds and cumin seeds, and so on.
A tablespoon of melted ghee, added to the dough, helps impart a flaky crispness to this delectable snack. You can make the mathris in bulk and store in an airtight container to serve with tea
Meva Bati is a rich North Indian mithai made by stuffing a mava based dough with a rich mixture of nuts and mava, and deep-frying the delicate, stuffed balls till golden brown. These Meva Batis are then soaked in sugar syrup for a while and served warm.
You will love the crispness, balanced sweetness and rich texture of this traditional sweet, which is served on special occasions and parties
too. In fact, like Jalebi
, Meva Bati is also a nice mithai to serve at chaat
parties to complement the spicy chaat items.
The intense flavour of urad dal with its skin on is simply brilliant compared to the relatively bland de-skinned version. Together with chana dal and an assortment of spices, green chillies and onions, it transforms into a delicious dal that will make you lick your fingers! It is better to serve the Dal Banjari immediately on cooking, garnished with freshly chopped coriander, in order to retain the proper consistency. Over time, it has the tendency to thicken.
This three-in-one treat is a typical Rajasthani
treat. The Rajasthanis specialise in serving sweet and savoury dishes in combinations that steal the heart and delight the taste buds.
A platter of semi-sweet Churma, spicy Dal and deep-fried Baati, is one such traditional combination. Fresh baatis drowned in piping hot dal is a perfect accompaniment for churma.
If you have ever been to Rajasthan in the winter months, you will know that this combo is a wonderful way to warm yourself up on a cold day!
Bengal gram is abundantly used in Rajasthani
cooking because it grows in plenty in the arid desert conditions. Besan made from Bengal gram is used to make rotis
, gatta, mithai
and also as a thickening agent for kadhi
Gatte ka Pulao is made on festive occasions when plain steamed rice is not served. As vegetables are not available throughout the year, cooked gattas are added to spice up this pulao, which is usually served with kadhi
or plain curds
Another favourite Marwari snack that often accompanies meals. As the name suggests it is a preparation of crushed papads which are tossed in spices and ghee. I have added some Bikaneri bhujia to this recipe to provide extra crunch. Bikaneri papads are a thicker and fierier variety of papads and are better for use in this recipe as they do not get soggy very fast. You will find these at some speciality stores.
Gattas or "gatte" are gram flour dumplings that are spiced up with dry masalas and then steamed and cut into small bite sized pieces. They are used to make a wide variety of dishes like Gatte ki Subzi
, Gatte ka Pulao
This dish is made using a yoghurt based gravy and dry masalas to create a mouth-watering recipe that will complement both rice
An elaborate snack, which is nevertheless not too tough to prepare, Bhedawi Puri offers a unique dining experience of nigella flavoured puris stuffed with a masaledar urad dal mixture. The nigella seeds add a tantalising flavour to the puris while the fennel seeds, although used in smaller quantities than other spices lends its inimitable touch to the stuffing. Drain these puris on an absorbent paper and serve immediately on preparation, to enjoy the best texture.
Delicate and lacy malpuas made using fresh paneer which will melt in your mouth. This recipe is somewhat comparable to the famous malai malpuas of Pushkar near Ajmer. Serve them warm topped with raabdi or just garnished with chopped almonds and pistachios. You will find chenna malpuas only at a few cities in Rajasthan. Just grab the opportunity to make them as they are simply divine! These malpuas are a little tricky to make, so be patient. Sometime, they can just disintegrate in the ghee while frying. If that happens, add some more cornflour to bind the dough.
Convenient to serve and richer in flavour, here we present the famous Rajasthani churma in ladoo form! Traditional churma, sweetened with jaggery and enhanced with coconut and sesame seeds, is shaped into ladoos that are easy to store and serve. In order to get the best texture and flavour, use coarsely ground wheat flour, and when frying the balls of dough make sure you remove them from the oil when they are fully cooked from inside and golden brown in colour. Do not let them redden, or the flavour will change.
Potatoes and pumpkin (petha) are favourite vegetables of the Rajasthanis and feature in different ways in their meals. Aloo Pethe ka Saag cooked with whole spices and curds can be relished with plain or stuffed puris. The addition of fennel gives this vegetable its characteristic Rajasthani flavour.
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