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Rajasthani food has a lot of historical influence from its historical past and created and designed to match with it with flavorful ingredients that were there in plentiful. Any trademark Rajasthani dish is packed with flavors that bring out the Rajasthani essence.
1. Dal baati churma
This is Rajasthan’s signature dish. It is famous among all the tourists and the locals, who love to make it for lunch or dinner. Baati, the bread that requires the least amount of water to cook and is eaten with lentil curry or dal.
2. Gatte ki Sabzi
As Rajasthan falls under a region where there is a constant lack of fresh water, a dish that doesn’t require fresh vegetables would be one of their choices. Gatte ki sabzi is one such dish, made from gram flour dumplings and a tomato-buttermilk gravy.
3. Laal maans
Although there is a majority of vegetarians among the Rajasthani population, their only non-vegetarian dish manages to impress most meat eaters. The dish uses red meat to cook a curry that has a trademark spicy sauce of green and red chilies.
This dessert is perfect to end every meal and is called ghevar. Made from flour, this dessert’s crunch packs a lot of sweetness. The nuts used in the ghevar add extra flavor when cooked with condensed milk. It is also available in different varieties.
Comprising of five different, authentic ingredients that are available in plenitude in Rajasthan, the panchkuta is an energizing and satisfying dish. The five key ingredients of the dish are Ker, Sangri, Kumat, gunda, and dry red chilies.
6. Papad ki sabzi
This dish is one of the most innovative Rajasthani dishes. With no vegetables used, the dish features roasted lentil, a flatbread that are cooked with yogurt to form a gravy that contains chili, turmeric, coriander, and the key ingredient, gram flour.
7. Ker Sangri
One among the most popular Rajasthani dishes, Ker Sangri is made of two ingredients, Ker, a wild berry and Sangri, a long bean available widely across the state. These do not require a lot of water to cook and can be cooked well with oil or buttermilk. This has made the dish very popular among the locals.
8. Bajra roti and Lasun ki chutney
Bajra is a common vegetable used in almost all Rajasthani preparations. Flatbread made from Bajra is usually eaten with vegetable curry in every meal. Traditionally, Bajra ki roti is accompanied by Lasun ki chutney, an intense garlic dip.
9. Bajra Raab
This is a dish that is made from the fermentation of pearl millet/bajra flour and buttermilk. The thick broth is then cooked and served as a soup. Often, boiled corn kernels are added to the soup, then it is termed as ‘makki ki raab’.
10. Pyaj ki Kachori
Onion kachori is enjoyed across Rajasthan as a snack that is eaten during the evening time. Plain flour bread is stuffed with an onion mixture. This is then fried for a little while and served hot with fresh coriander and mint chutney.
The majority of Rajasthani recipes are influenced by the lack of fresh produce and water in the state; however, Rajasthanis’ have developed innovative ways to tackle this and make healthy, and amazing food.
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