Main Dishes of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is known for tough people and tough food. It is also known for its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori. Other famous dishes Includes:
Bajre ki Khichdi- Khichdi is an easy to digest healthy Indian food preparation made from rice and lentils. It is a very popular dish across India and other countries. The dish is widely prepared in many Indian states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bengal. Vegetables such as cauliflower, potato, and green peas are commonly added.
Kalakand Also Known as Mishri Mawa- Kalakand is a popular Indian sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese. Famous after its originating place Alwar this is become commonly known as Alwars Kalakand (Milk Cake), which tempts everybody with its rich aeroma. Kalakand or Mishri Mawa sweet is so renowned for its excellent taste that even a street is named in Alwar after this particular dish.
Besan Ki Chakki- Dilkushar, popularly known as besan ki chakki, is a traditional Rajasthani sweet made of Gram flour. Gram flour is a major ingredients here and used to make some of the delicacies like Khatta, gatta ki sabji, pakodi, powedered lentile are used for mangodi, papad. This mithai is also called Besan ki Chakki or Mohanthal usually made at weddings and on special occasions.
Dal Bati Churma-Dal Bati Choorma is a Rajasthani Dish which has three main servings - Dal(lentil), Bati (baked wheat balls) and Choorma (sweet cereal powder). Dal is served with Bati and Churma. The preparations take longer as compared to other Indian dishes as all the three servings are prepared separately. It is one of the most common preparation in all kinds of functions, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies and birthday parties in Rajasthan.
Moong Dal ka Halwa- Moong Dal ka Halwa is a unique sweet dish of lentils sweetened with milk and sugar. This calorie laden halwa is often prepared during the winter months, as it is supposed to keep the body warm and protect it from the bitter winter cold. Moong Dal ka Halwa is a very popular dish across India and other countries. This dessert is very common in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It is considered to be auspicious for Holi and Diwali and it even features on wedding menus.
Sweet Dish of Ajmer- Sohan Halwa- Each region has its own special food item that is identified with the town or city. While trying the various delicacies dont miss out the Sohan Halwa of Ajmer, Rajasthan. Native Rajasthanis have a unique style of coupling the sweet dishes with the main (bread/roti/puri) course instead of or in addition to vegetables or meat. Halwa Puri for example makes a famous combination. Here again we find a great use of pulses, legumes, diary products etc and a unique style of rustling up the desserts. A great use of clarified butter (ghee) characterizes the sweets.
Jodhpuri Mawa Kachori- A number of Indian delicacies have originated in Jodhpur . To name a few, the delectable Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaj Kachori, Hot & Spicy Mirchibada, Lapsi (a special kind of dessert made with wheat, Jaggery, and ghee), Mawa Kachori is a sweet made of mawa stuffed in kachori. It is a very special and prestigious dish originated from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It was invented by Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Jodhpur . Hence, the Mawa Kachori of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar is considered as best in the town.
Rajasthan Famous Sweet Ghewar-Ghewar is a delicious Rajasthani sweet, consists of rounded cakes of wheat flour which suger syrup is poured. Ghewar sweet known for its matchless sweetness comes in varieties such as plain, desi ghee, paneer and mawa. Paneer ghewar is garnished with paneer and is highly demanded for their tasty flavor. It is generally prepared in January for Makar Sankranti, in March-April for Gangaur and in July-August for the Teej festival. The demand for Ghewar remains high during the Teej which marks the beginning of a series of fairs and festivals, which are celebrated throughout the autumn and winter months in Rajasthan, culminating in the spring festival of Gangaur.
Mirchi Vada -Snacks in Rajasthan vary from deep fried Samosa and Mirchi Bada to the lighter Bhujiya. But every snack has a distinctive flavor and texture, to suit everyones palate. Mirchi Bada, is a spicy Rajasthani snack consisting of chili (Mirchi) and potato stuffing, served hot with tomato sauce or occasionally with mint and tamarind chutney.
Pyaz ki Kachori A Spicy Dish- Rajasthan has its own specialty and the most popular food is the combination of dal, bati, churma but for the adventurous traveler, willing to experiment, there is a lot of variety available. Besides spicy flavors Jodhpur region is famous for its pyaz ki kachori. Pyaz ki kachori originated from Jodhpur. Although now, this spicy circular shaped fried dish is popular throughout Rajasthan and in fact the whole country.
Rabdi - A Delicious Sweet Dish- The Sweets in Rajasthan is as diverse as the state itself. In some areas it is simple and basic while in others it is exotic and elaborate. Besides spicy flavors, each region is distinguished by its popular traditional food Mirchi bada, pyaz ki kachori and doodh ladoos from Jodhpur, malpuas from Pushkar, bhujia, papad and rasogullas from Bikaner, mishri mawa, ghevar and rabri from Jaipur... the list is endless.