The cooking of Rajasthan is mostly 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 delicious. Rajasthanis use ghee for cooking most of the dishes. Rajasthani food is well known for its spicy curries and delicious sweets. There are an enormous variety of sweets in Rajasthan, which are relished and savored by all. The cooking style followed in Rajasthan is based on the natural climatic conditions of this desert land. There is scarcity of water and fresh green veggie in the state of Rajasthan, which has an adverse impact on it’s cooking. In the desert belts of Rajasthan, it is preferred to use milk, butter milk and butter in larger quantities to minimize the amount of water while cooking food.
Out of all the Rajasthani dishes, dal bati churma is perhaps the best known. For those who are in a lookout for variety, Rajasthan has a lot to offer. Infect, as you travel from one part of the state to another, you'll find that every region has something unique, which reflects in its food as well. The finest cooking in India was derived from the Moughals and did influence the royal kitchens of India, as did European cooking. But the common man's kitchen remained untouched, more so in Rajasthan. Cooking here has its own unique flavor and the simplest, the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes.
Famous dishes of Rajasthan
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.
Daal-Baati & Churma:
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 Dal. Churma is a quintessential Rajasthani sweet usually served with baatis and dal. It is coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar or jaggery. It's mouthwatering and delicious rich with flavor that will leave you baffled as to how it only takes three ingredients to make.
Lapsi, another sweet dish prepared with broken wheat (dalia) sautéed in ghee and sweetened is popular too. A kind of sweet porridge, Lapsi again just like churma (above) is made of just three ingredients, cracked wheat (dalia), jaggery or sugar and ghee (clarified butter).
Gatte Ki Sabji:
This spicy curry dish can be found at almost all Rajasthani meals. True to its desert culture this dish is made from only readily available ingredient of the desert and though it's called subzi (vegetable dish) it does not contain any fresh vegetables.
Unleavened bread made with flour and daal or lentils is the way to go to mop up those delicious Rajasthani curries. This bread is made from gram flour, wheat flour, fenugreek, cardamom seeds and spices very similar to the Chapati but made from lentil flour.
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.