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Mharo Rajasthan: ‘Must have’ dishes

We love Rajasthan, well who doesn’t? For its food, history, decor, fashion style and life….With the Aravalli mountain range, the stunning Dilwara temples, world-famous tiger reserves and a gorgeous bird sanctuary, it’s a popular tourist attraction indeed! What’s not to like about this massive piece of land? Did you know that Rajasthan was created in the month of March…So, we will be spending this week talking about the lovely things that people from this land have given to the us all. A big thank you to all the lovely people in Rajasthan for creating a lot of things that we can’t do without today!

Vegetarian cooking in the region is partial to the lentils and the pulses family as well as other dried food ingredients. I suppose, traditionally, not a lot grew there, because of the vast expanse of the desert and scarcity of water didn’t help. As a result, what was created was a cooking style so amazing that it is loved the world over! So different, sometimes fairly spicy and oozing with flavours!

Dishes are partial to the use of milk, buttermilk and butter. Gram flour, as we all know is a significant player in the cuisine. Bajra and Cornmeal are used often to create the most amazing breads, that go perfectly well with Dal preparations. Oh! the food from this region is to die for…and I don’t say that often…Without further ado, here are some of the dishes, I have had the opportunity to eat and relish. The recipes below have detailed recipes to help you create these beauties at home. There are several more dishes of the Rajasthani cuisine that I can talk about, but I will now leave that for another post.

Simple yet a delicious staple of the Rajasthani cuisine ... via

Simple yet a delicious staple of the Rajasthani cuisinevia

Ker Sangri sabji ; the best version of dried beans ... via

Ker Sangri sabji ; the best way ever of eating dried beansvia

Baati served with Baigan chokha and perhaps Dal ... via

Baati (in this instance, Baked!) served with Baigan chokha and perhaps Dalvia

Rajashtani Ram Chane; a bit like the popular 'gatt a' sabji but still different via

Rajashtani Ram Chane; a bit like the popular ‘gatt a’ sabji but still different via

Gatta ke sabji...Just the perfect accompaniment to a phulka .... via

Gatta ke sabji…Just the perfect accompaniment to a phulka …. via

Another Rajasthan special - Pyaaz Kachodi... via

Another Rajasthan special – Pyaaz Kachodi... via

Sweet and sour mango pickle...the rajasthani way via

Sweet and sour mango pickle…the rajasthani way via

Making Lahsun ki chutney? Get bajra roti and enjoy ... via

Making Lahsun ki chutney? Get bajra roti and enjoy via

Methi ki laungi or call it a Fenugreek seed chutney...whatever takes your fancy... via

Methi ki laungi or call it a Fenugreek seed chutney…whatever takes your fancy via

I am salivating and suffering from acute hunger pangs at this moment; and this is when I am writing after having a big lunch! There is something about this gorgeous food that get the taste buds activated again and again….

Happy re-creating these dishes, people!

Shilpa xx

 

Cover Image: Malpua via