Rajasthani food has been influenced by the dearth of vegetables and water in this arid state. The hunting expeditions of the rich and the lifestyle of local warriors has given rise to a whole range of innovative dishes and ingredients that can last for several days. The use of dried lentils, beans, milk and buttermilk is common in cooking. Oil and red chillies help preserve the food and reduces the need for water. Each region of Rajasthan has its own trademark dish.
1. Dal Bati Churma – Traditional Food of Rajasthan
This famous Rajasthani dish needs no introduction. Dal bati churma is synonymous to Rajasthan; known for its crunchy batis, dipped in ghee along with spicy daal and sweet churma.
2. Mohan Thaal
This royal dessert is equally royal to amaze the taste buds of food connoisseurs. Mohan Thaal is unique to Rajasthan and is a sweet dish prepared from Besan and dry fruits. The aroma and taste of ghee add the cherry to the cake!
3. Laal Maas
One of the most common parts of the non-vegetarian platter, Laal maas owes its colour to the hot red chillies. The meat is cooked in hot gravy of tomatoes, chillies and sizzling spices. Don’t miss this pungent yet scrumptious food of Rajasthan next time you visit this vibrant state.
4. Mawa Kachori
Ever heard of sweet Kachoris? Well, this Rajwadi land has an answer to it, Yes! Mawa kachoris from Jodhpur are a must try dish in Rajasthan. These kachoris are stuffed with mawa along with crispy dry fruits and served hot, making your mornings sweet and perfect!
5. Mirchi Bada
Another snacky delight from Rajasthan, Mirchi badas are perfect answers to complement evening tea or morning breakfast. The hot and spicy badas are scrumptiously delicious.
6. Mohan Maas
Another royal component of the non-veg platter, Mohan maas is a delicately cooked meat-dish. Stuffed with dry fruits and cooked in milk and cream and finally garnished with cardamom and cinnamon, Mohan maas is a rajwadi version of non-veg delights.
The lion gate of Rajasthan is also famous for its soft and delicious Mawa-dish called kalakand. An ancient sweet dish, Alwar’s Kalakand stands apart as a heavenly delicacy.
8. Pyaaz Ki Kachori
A common breakfast snack from Rajasthan, pyaaz ki kachoris are yummy kachoris stuffed with onions, spices and garnished with chutneys and dahi.
9. Gatte – Famous Food of Rajasthan
Typical Rajasthani food platters are almost incomplete without gattes; Rajasthan has a variety of Gatte preparations. Shahi Gatte or Masala gatte are Gattes covered with spicy gravy. Gatte pulao are a festive preparation, where vegetables are replaced by gattes, served with Mangodi ki Daal or Kadhi.
Kadhi is the most common yet varied Indian preparation. Generally made from besan and pakodis, Rajasthani kadhi is way spicier and mouth-watering. This is the most famous food of Rajasthan.
Jaljeera is a tangy drink, unique to the Rajasthani food platter. The mouth-watering chatpata Jaljeera is all you will need to refresh your hunger!
Chhach or buttermilk is an inseparable part of Rajasthani food culture. Chhach is a must-have in the dessert climate and extreme weather conditions of the state. Masala Chhach is a tasty drink, usually taken with/after breakfasts and lunches. The drink is also independent of main course and is a boon for sweaty summers.
13. Bajra Ki Raab
An exotic dish that is another healthy option (please ignore that pouring ghee) for vegetarians out there. The dish is extremely helpful in severe cold and for people with weak appetite. Prepared from bajra, ghee and warm ginger juice, jaggery, this dish is equally rich in iron and magnesium.
The very mention of Ghevar lights up the eyes of innumerable sweet-lovers. This crunchy delight is a heaven for people with a sweet tooth. Available in various forms and shapes, Ghevar can aptly be called one of the crown dishes of Rajasthani food.
15. Moong Ki Daal Ka Halwa
Winters in Rajasthan are known for delicious Moong Dal Halwas; this dish succeeds in winning the menus for royal marriage ceremonies. Moong ki Daal ka Halwa is prepared from Moong dal and garnished with rich dry fruits. The savoury taste can be experienced in every bite of it.
Malpuas are another authentic food of Rajasthan. This delicious dish, prepared from flour, milk, khoya and added dry-fruits. Complimentary servings include Rabdi with Malpua. Malpuas from Pushkar is famous, especially on MakarSankranti.
17. Chutneys like Kachri, Imli, Lehsun and Tamatar
Rajasthani food is way spicier and tangier than other cuisines. The platter is incomplete without added Chutneys like Kachri, imli, lason (garlic) and tomatoes. So why wait? It’s time to get a spicy Rajasthani Thali these chilly winters!
18. Bajra ki Roti with Lehsun Chutney
Bajra is one of the most popular dishes in Rajasthan consumed by most states in India. The taste of crispy roti goes well with the lehsun and onion chutney. This spicy dish of Rajasthan lets your mouth water to the feeling of garlic cloves and red chilly powder. As the delicious dish slides down your throat, you can feel the aesthetic taste of Rajputana.
19. Churma Ladoo
Churma Ladoo is a famous Rajasthani food and is also popular in Gujarat. A blend of wheat flour, jaggery and desi ghee makes up this scrumptious dish. Garnish it with few poppy seeds, and there you go! Most popularly made during the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Churma Ladoo is also a must dessert for every meal.
I’m sure if you’re a south Indian you must have heard of Balushahi? Well, Balushahi is the name in North India. It resembles closely to glazed doughnuts without holes. The soft, sweet and delicious sweet gets you drooling, and it is one of the simple saccharine dishes that could be made hassle-free.
21. Ker Sangari – Ker-Saangri Ro Saag
Ker Sangari is a dish with its roots in Rajasthan. A wild berry growing in the heart of Thar Desert – Ker, along with dried wild beans – Sangari, are put together to curate an authentic piquant yet tangy Rajasthani Sabzi. It might not be appealing in looks, but I can assure every taste bud in your mouth will be telling a different story. Assorted with local herbs and spices, Ker Saangri Ro Sang can be relished with delicious Bajre ki Roti, topped with melting Makkhan (White Butter).
22. Boondi Raita
Every Rajasthani food requires a stabilizer due to its wildness in flavours and spices. So instead of reaching out for a sip of water every time, have a spoon full of the refreshing Boondi Raita. A delicious, healthy blend of small fried chickpea flour balls called Boondi, soaked in the richness of yoghurt and fresh mint will make you savour all the Rajasthani dishes on another level! It is served cold as a side dish.
23. Gatte ka Pulao
Also known as Ram Pulao, this rich combination of fresh steamed rice and spicy gatte . The succulent hot gattas are first boiled and then infused with spices to enhance the taste of the pulao .
24. Churma Ladoo
No Rajasthani feast is complete without Churma Ladoos . These desi ghee ladoos served after dal bati are the most delicious sweets you could have. These mouthwatering sweet ladoos are a must try.
25. Badam ka Halwa
If there is a way to revisit your childhood memories then this halwa is it. The hot piping halwa is your best buddy, especially during winters. Prepared with dry fruits, suji, sugar and ghee, it melts as soon as it lands on your tongue and make you go mmm…
26. Aam ki Launji
An instant pickle made of raw mangoes, this is a sure heat beater. It is prepared with fennel and nigella with sweet and sour gravy texture. Soft mango chunks are added to enhance the flavour.
27. Methi Bajra Poori
This steaming hot Rajasthani snack is a favourite among health concious people. Prepared with minimum amount of oil, these finger licking steamy pooris taste delicious with chutney, aaloo and raita .