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    Delectable food of Rajasthan

    Rajasthan is a true kaleidoscope of bright colors. Along with heritage, culture, bustling bazaars, and magnificent palaces & forts of Rajasthan, one of the major attractions is the rich & mouth-watering cuisines of Rajasthan. From tangy veggie curries & spicy meats to yummy desserts – food of Rajasthan is for all.

    To be able to relish the lip-smacking local cuisine on your next Rajasthan trip, here are the most popular Rajasthani dishes and their dominant flavors. Pick your favorites and delight your taste buds with the delicious dessert fare.

    MAIN COURSE – VEGETARIAN

    1. Dal Bati & Churma

    Dal baati and churma is the most famous dish of Rajasthan

    As an iconic traditional food of Rajasthan – Dal Bati Churma is a hot favorite not only amongst the native people but also among the tourists. The lip-smacking dish comprises of a sumptuous combination of baked bati, dipped in ghee, panchmel or panchkuti dal, and jaggery mixed churma.

    Tastes best with: Panchmel dal and melted ghee


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    2. Gatte ki Sabzi & Gatte ka Pulao/Khichdi

    Gatte ki Sabzi placed with ghee roti

    Gatte is the local name of black gram flour (besan) dumplings. The curry or sabzi is made from a perfect combination of curd and spices, resulting in a lip-smacking tangy taste. This is a famous traditional food of Rajasthan in which the besan balls are mixed with rice and spices to cook gatte ka pulao or khichdi – equally popular and lip-smacking.

    Tastes best with: Missi roti and other Indian flat breads

    3. Gunde ki Sabzi

    Gunde ki sabzi - a unique traditional food of Rajasthan

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    Popular as a summer food of Rajasthan, Gunde ki Sabzi is one of the most popular dishes. In the preparation, gunda or gumberry is cooked in spicy gravy with fenugreek, mustard, chilly, and chopped raw mangoes.

    Tastes best with: Traditional dal chawal

    4. Ker Sangri

    Ker Sangri served with bajra roti and kadi

    Ker sangria is a famous Rajasthani food, quite popular in the desert districts of Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Jodhpur. It is an amalgamation of beans and berry (ker berry and sangria bean) and is stir fried with local spices.

    Tastes best with: Bajre ki roti

    5. Rajasthani Kadhi

    Rajasthani Kadhi served with rice and roti

    States like Punjab, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand are famous for kadhi – so is Rajasthan. The kadhi of Rajasthan offers a mixture of pungent and spicy taste and is prepared with buttermilk, gram flour, and ghee. This is a traditional food of Rajasthan, light and easy to digest.

    Those who love the tangy taste must try Aamras ki Kadhi – a special variety of Rajasthani Kadhi made with mango puree, buttermilk, and besan, sprinkled with boondi and a dash of local spices.

    Tastes best with: Rice and spicy potatoes

    6. Methi Bajra Poori

    Methi Bajra Poori along with pickles

    Methi Bajra Poori is a healthy Rajasthani food, prepared in minimum oil. Bajre ke atta gives an awesome flavor to this superb street food of Rajasthan, when served piping hot.

    Tastes best with: Aloo ki sabzi, chutney, and raita

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    MAIN COURSE – NON-VEGETARIAN

    7. Laal Maas (Mutton)

    Laal Maas in a white bowl

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    When you talk of Rajasthani food, Laal Maas is one of the most popular dishes and tops the list of non-veg favorites. This awesome red meat curry is a fiery combination of mutton, hot spices, and a dash of red chilies.

    Tastes best with: Hot baajra roti or piping hot plain rice

    8. Safed Maas (Mutton)

    Safed Maas served with tandoori roti and onion salad

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    Safed Maas is another popular and traditional food of Rajasthan, cooked in finger licking gravy of milk, cream, curd, and cashew paste.

    Tastes best with: Red chili and steamed rice


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    9. Bhuna Kukda (Chicken)

    The delcious looking Bhuna Kukda with dressings of onion and corriander

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    This is an authentic Rajasthani chicken dish – marinated with spices for a long time and cooked until tender. Bhuna Kukda is a dry gravy dish and is served with fresh coriander sprinkled on it.

    Tastes best with: Ghee wali roti

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    SNACKS & SIDES

    10. Aam ki Launji

    A bowl full of Aam ki Launji

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    Aam ki Launji is a famous food of Rajasthan – cooked to beat the scorching heat during summers. Prepared with raw mango, fennel, and nigella – this sweet and sour dish is a perfect accompaniment of a full course meal. Aam ki Launji can be preserved for weeks if kept in an airtight container.

    See recipe here.

    Tastes best with: Parathas and puris

    11. Mawa Kachori and Pyaz Kachori

    Mawa Kachori served with sabzi and onions

    Rajasthan is famous for kachori and mawa and pyaaz kachori top the list. Mawa kachori is made from dry fruits & khoya, deep fried, and then dipped in sugar syrup while pyaaz kachoris are filled with the stuffing of onions, potatoes, and spices. Both are extremely famous as the street food of Rajasthan.

    Tastes best with: Sweet & tangy imli chutney and spicy aloo sabzi

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    DESSERTS

    12. Dilkushar

    Dilkushar is a popular sweet in the Rajasthani cuisine

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    Dilkushar, also known as besan ki barfi is a traditional Rajasthani dessert made from khoya, cream, ghee, and stir fried besan. It is also is popular as a Diwali gift and may be served hot or cold.

    Tastes best when: Cold and sprinkled with almonds & pistachios

    13. Churma Laddoo

    Churma Laddoo is a must have sweet dish of Rajasthan

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    Remember, we spoke about churma with dal bati. The ghee and jaggery churma are often shaped as laddoos and considered as one of the most important sweet dishes of Rajasthan.

    Tastes best after: A delicious Rajasthani meal

    14. Badam ka Halwa

    A neatly set plate of Badam ka Halwa

    Badam ka Halwa is yet another yummilicious food of Rajasthan, especially during winters. This rich and royal sweet dish, also known as almond sheera is made from peeled almonds, milk, sugar, ghee and, cardamom powder.

    Tastes best with: Chopped dry fruits and kesar sprinkled on top

    15. Ghewar

    Ghewar - a popular dessert from Rajasthan

    Ghewar is a circular shaped sweet dish made of flour, milk, and sugar syrup. It is prepared during festivals, especially during Teej and Raksha Bandhan. There are broadly three variants that you can try – Malai Ghewar, Mava Ghewar, and Plain Ghewar.

    Tastes best when: Topped with mawa, saffron, and chopped pistachios

    All set to devour the finger-licking flavors of Rajasthan? Well, let us know if we missed anything!

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