Hey guys, I’ve got the talented, warm, friendly, and awesome Shalini of Shalzmojo here today with her guest post on her favourite dishes from the Rajasthani cuisine. It’s going to be a mouth-watering read 😉
I am a Marwari belonging originally to Jaipur in Rajasthan and though I didn’t live there long enough, I possess a liking for this cuisine. Its strange cause my mom is not Marwari and has never cooked most of these dishes at home. Yet I have a curious affinity to the Rajasthani food or so I found out when I started traveling to this region. I am going to take you through this cuisine with my eyes and beg for your patience to indulge me please.
Rajasthani cuisine is not all about Dal Batti Choorma – something which has found favour with the tourists as it’s over sold as the “ethnic” stuff. In Rajasthani kitchen, the gram flour or besan is used very extensively and somewhere I think it forms the basis of this cuisine.
Let’s start with Kadhi – it’s a dish prepared by beating some yoghurt and gram flour together and then cooked with spices to prepare a delicious gravy dish. Dumplings are also made out of gram flour and water mixture which are fried and then soaked in the gravy. Yummmm!!! Though there are various versions of this dish in other cuisines- Gujarati, Sindhi, Punjabi, etc- my favourite is this one and I can live on it – I swear!!
Next comes the famous gatta curry which is made with gram flour again. A blend of spices, ginger paste is mixed with gram flour to make a thick batter out of which cylindrical pieces are made and fried. Later these are soaked in hot water, then cut into small roundels which are then cooked in a tomato based gravy. Oh man…… this is ultimate nirvana to me (second to the Kadhi) And in the thali, it’s placed next to it!!!
Then comes Ker Sangri – this is a local vegetable indigenous to the desert. It’s a bean like veggie which is cooked with typical spices and is a little crunchy and tangy In texture and taste. Order a Rajasthani thali in Rajasthan and 99% of the times, this would be one of the many dishes on it.
Another yummy item in this cuisine is the Tamatar ki subzi! Now we all know that the ephermal debate of whether Tomato is a fruit or a veggie has been on-going for decades now. But in Rajasthani kitchens it’s given the full honour of being a vegetable and a whole dish is dedicated to it. The tomatoes are cut into half and cooked for a little while; just enough to soften them but quite retain the bite. This is cooked in its juices with a few spices and garlic. Trust me when I say – this is mind-blowing and has no similarities to its chutney form or the soup avatar.
Ok enough talk of savoury and now let’s talk sweet!
I am sure you are no stranger to Boondi – those tiny balls which are soft and sweet; often soaking with syrup. This can be had on its own or is compressed to form Laddoos – again it’s made out of gram flour (isn’t it quite versatile?) and is quite a delicacy in Rajasthan. It’s served as a side dish to the main dessert; almost like an of course!!
Then there is the infamous Ghevar which is quite a creative sweet as it’s very artistic in its presentation. It’s made out of all-purpose flour and sugar and is quite the thing to make on weddings and bigger festivals of Rajasthan. I love its honeycomb look which lends it some crispness even as the whole thing is quite soft and juicy.
Of course there are tonnes of other stuff of note in this cuisine, I haven’t quite scratched the surface yet. There is the famous pittod, methi ki chutney, bajre ki khichdi, mirchi bada, papad ki subzi and in the non-vegetarian section, there are delicacies like jungle maas, Laal maas, etc. But that’s I guess a post for another day as today I am only talking about some of the stuff that gets me drooling in this cuisine!!
Hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites and maybe I have managed to change your perception of this awesome cuisine and next time you try out stuff other than Dal Baati Choorma!!
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