While Rajasthan does a great job at luring you with its historical architectural wonders, it makes sure your taste buds enjoy your vacation in Rajasthan too. Rajasthani food served in the mouth-watering, and eye-appealing Rajasthani Thali is famous in the entire country. You will surely be bewildered as to where to start from in the most massive Thali. On top of it, the people serving the food do it with such immense love and affinity justifying the track Padhaao Maahre Desh.
Here’s a list of sumptuous Rajasthani food that will make you drool instantly by its eclectic flavours and taste.
- Dal Bati Churma
- Laal Maas (Red Meat)
- Mohan Maas
- Rajasthani Kadhi
- Pyaaz Kachori
- Gatte ki Subzi
- Methi Bajra Poori
- Ker Sangari
- Maawa Kachori
- Churma Laddoo
Top 10 Rajasthani Food to satisfy your tastebuds
1. Dal Bati Churma
This is one dish you just cannot afford to miss out on while visiting any part of one of the biggest states of India. People quite often flock to Rajasthan especially to eat Dal Bati Churma. In fact, in other parts of India, this dish is being made and eaten now after it became so popular in Rajasthan. The round-shaped Baati soaked in desi ghee with spicy Panchkuti Dal (lentil) and sweet Churma makes a tempting and perfect combination to satiate one’s taste buds. The Panchkuti dal is a blend of Tur Dal, Urad Dal, Chana Dal, Moong Dal, and Moth Dal, thus it got this name. Baati is made of wheat flour, dal and ghee. Thus, when you’re visiting Rajasthan do make sure to allow your taste buds to feel ecstatic by eating this jewel of the Rajasthani Food crown.
- Where to eat: Shri Radhey Restaurant, Dal Baati Churma Restaurant Amar Road, Bhawani Dal Baati Churma, Krishna Dal Baati
Did you know: The origin of this dish dates back to the reign of Bappa Rawal, the founder of Mewar Kingdom. Rajputs consumed Baati as their wartime meal.
2. Laal Maas (Red Meat)
Laal Maas is the crowd’s favourite, this is known as red meat as it is red in colour which is due to the fiery and much dreaded red chillies. Red Meat is prepared in the tomato gravy with red chillies, yoghurt, garlic and other spices that gives it the delicious taste. Laal Maas is best served with the famous bajra rotis of Rajasthan or you can take it with white rice or wheat rotis which is equally amazing. One piece of advice from us, do not miss out on this pungent yet delectable dish of the popular Rajasthani food. Everyone who visited here be it a foreign guest or an Indian tourist loved this dish.
- Where to eat: Laal Maas Jaipur Restaurant, Handi Restaurant Jaipur, Kalinga Restaurant Jodhpur, 1135 AD and Talk of the Town Jaipur, Lal Bagh Restaurant Udaipur.
Did you know: Traditionally, Laal Maas was made with wild game meat (Jungli Maas), such as boar or deer and chillies were used to veil the gamy odour of the meat.
3. Mohan Maas
Another reason to cheer for non-vegans and book their tickets to Rajasthan. This is again a royal dish served for Maharajas and to every non-vegan connoisseur. This is comparatively less spicy than its counterpart Laal Maas but equally scrumptious to consume. You will start salivating just by the sheer sight of the Mohan Maas when it is being prepared in the traditional Rajasthani style.
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This meat is prepared by marinating mutton pieces using milk, cream and relatively less spicy and somewhat mild spices to give it a perfect taste and juicy appearance. The flavours that make up this thick and rich gravy consists of cardamom, lemon, cinnamon and Khus Khus that brings the best out of this dish. Mohan Maas is thus the royal Rajwadi version in the non-veg platter, you ought to try this dish. Mohan Maas is best served with wheat or rumaali roti and is one of the hidden gems of the Rajasthani Cuisine.
- Where to eat: Indique Restaurant Jodhpur, Masala Multicuisine Restaurant Jaipur, Rajwada Bites Udaipur, Hotel Narain Niwas Tonk
Did you know: Mohan Maas was introduced for feasting by the House of Mewar.
4. Rajasthani Kadhi
Kadhi is prevalent in many parts of India including UP, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand but Rajasthan has its own way of doing things. The Rajasthani version of Kadhi is a bit pungent and spicy which is the Rajwadas way of dining that gives a kick start to your taste buds. Kadhi is made from besan (gram flour), curd and pakodis, all this makes for the perfect blend that eventually makes the mouth-watering Kadhi. This is a healthy light dish is a staple diet in Rajasthan and it is served usually with white rice or wheat roti. But, in winters, Rajasthani Kadhi is even more tempting when served with Makke ki Roti, what a combination, made for each other. Rajasthani Kadhi is thus the most popular Rajasthani food.
- Where to eat: Chokhi Dhani Jaipur, Traditional Khana Udaipur, Virasat Heritage Restaurant, Rawat Restaurant, Natraj Restaurant
Tip: Do apply the ghee, jeera (cumin) and red chilli tadka in your Kadhi to make it spicier and appealing
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5. Pyaaz Kachori
Probably one of the best breakfast that India has to offer out so myriad options available at your disposal. You haven’t visited Rajasthan if you haven’t started your day by eating Pyaaz ki Kachori stuffed with onions and spices served with green tamarind chutney and curd. It looks so delicious from a slight glance that you cannot afford to ignore it. At some places in the state, they have a filling of mashed potatoes, onions and spices as well, which is equally palatable. The best part is you can get to consume it at almost every bakery or namkeen shop in Rajasthan. And, it is quite inexpensive and even less hyped when compared to its yummy taste. This round breakfast snack surely has the ability to make you drool immediately. All this makes you yearn to try out this famous Rajasthani dish.
- Where to eat: Puran Ji Kachori Wala Jaipur, Shree Shyam Pyaaz Kachori Ajmer, Janta Sweets Jodhpur, Shahi Samosa Jodhpur.
Did you know: Pyaaz Kachori’s concept is a gift from Marwaris, in the heart of Marwar
6. Gatte ki Subzi
The story behind the origin of this beloved dish is quite eccentric but interesting. This is quintessentially an amazing creation out of scarcity of water. Due to the scarcity of water in the state, a lot of dishes contains curd, buttermilk or milk. This is one such dish where the gravy is made of curd, buttermilk, tomato and umpteen spices. Gatte is basically a besan dough or dumplings which are marinated with lots of nuts and then deep-fried before it makes it way to the mouth-watering gravy. On top of it, mint, basil and curry leaves are sprinkled to give it a fine touch. You must try this famous food of Rajasthan on your next trip to the state.
- Where to eat: Natraj Dining Hall & Restaurant Udaipur, Amar Dhaba
Did you know: Gatte ki Subzi was highly famous and prevalent in the royalties and still is enjoyed by the royal families having decades-old veteran chefs.
7. Methi Bajra Poori
If you want to have a perfect English breakfast in an Indian style with a less oily snack, then go for Methi Bajra Poori. This steaming hot Rajasthani delight is for all the health-conscious people out there who eat low cholesterol food. Since the poori is prepared with a bare minimum amount of ghee or refined oil. This lip-smacking snack tastes the best when served with spicy green chutney, mashed potato spicy curry and Raita. Try out this snack once, and we can bet that you will ask for more and more. Fenugreek leaves give it a perfect finishing and add more taste in the snack. Do make sure to include this traditional food of Rajasthan in your food itinerary while travelling to Rajasthan.
Tip: They are so light and delectable that you can eat it even without any curry or curd and pickle
8. Ker Sangari
It is actually more of a pickle rather than a complete dish in itself. But the word of mouth publicity it received in the initial stage was unprecedented and spread like a forest fire in the entire state in no time. You can consume it with Bajre ki roti. Ker is a wild berry found in Thar Desert and Sangari is a vegetable grown in the desert areas of Barmer and Jaisalmer. An authentic piquant yet a tangy Rajasthani dish, Ker Sangari might not impress you with its looks, but it’ll make you fall in love with its taste. Make sure to have this Rajasthani delicacy before leaving Rajasthan.
- Where to eat: Laxmi Mishthan Bhandaar, Spice Court, Kilo Subzi, 1135 AD
Did you know: Ker Sangari came to the rescue for the residents of Rajasthan when there was a widespread famine in the state. That time, people survived only on these two vegetables.
9. Maawa Kachori
Ever thought or heard of a sweet Kachori? Well, the Land of Rajwadas has an answer to it, Yes of course. There is a reason why they invite everyone with Padhaaro Maahre Desh. These kachoris are stuffed with Maawa with many crispy nuts and dry fruits and then served hot after being dipped in sugar syrup giving it the sweet taste making your day joyful.
One must indulge in this dessert in the land of desert after a delicious meal. If you claim not to have a sweet tooth then surely you haven’t tried this dessert yet. Don’t miss out on this sweet dish, your mouth will without a shadow of doubt salivate for more. Thus, Maawa Kachori is the sweetest Rajasthani Food in the amazing Rajasthani cuisine.
- Where to eat: Rawat Restaurant, Janta Sweet Home
10. Churma Laddoo
Churma Laddoo is a famous Rajasthani food and is also popular in Gujarat. A blend of wheat flour, Jaggery and desi ghee make up this scrumptious dish. Garnish it with few poppy seeds, and there you go. Churma is prepared by grinding wheat flour balls with ghee and sugar. The dish is famous in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The preparation is time-consuming and when served with khas-khas tastes amazing. These laddoos are usually served during Ganesh Chaturthi and other such special occasions. This sweet forms an integral part of the sweet culture of Rajasthan and is a testimony to how sweet and friendly Rajasthanis are.
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So, these were some of our top picks from the Rajasthani Thali and Rajasthani Cuisine. There are many dishes for which Rajasthan is famous, but these top 10 Rajasthani Food stand out! These dishes were based on reviews from tourists, popularity and availability of these dishes in different parts of the state and of course their taste. Hope you have an amazing vacation with a memorable gastronomic experience.
Do let us know in the comments section below about your experience of eating these delectable Rajasthani dishes. We would love to hear from the horse’s own mouth.