The land of Maharajas, the epitome of rich culture, the bearer of magnificent palaces & forts, home to colourful and unique cities – Rajasthan is the favourite destination for travellers for its distinctive attractions. Besides the authenticity of its heritage and all things “colourful”, one of the major attractions is the rich & mouth-watering cuisines of Rajasthan. From tangy veggie curries & spicy meats to savoury delicacies and yummy desserts – Rajasthan serves delicacies for one and all.
Whether you choose to take a street food tour in Rajasthan or explore the “Traditional Rajasthani Food and Cuisine” in those authentic restaurants, every food enthusiast will have a great time exploring the diversified delicacies the state offers. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete if you haven’t experienced their scrumptious dishes. Here are the famous cuisines of Rajasthan tasted, loved and handpicked just for you. So take this food tour to discover the quintessential Rajasthani dishes that you can try on your next trip.
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Green Palette of Rajasthan
Dal Bati Churma
Now it’s popular, iconic and one of the most traditional cuisine of Rajasthan. It’s recommended by locals and loved by tourists. Made with whole wheat flour that is roasted over firewood, the baked batis (small bowls) are hard round-shaped dumplings that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The dal is made up of spices and different varieties of lentils. The churma is the crushed bati dipped in ghee and mixed with sugar or jaggery. The combined platter leaves a “forever memory” and makes a hearty meal for the food lover.
Pro Tip: Pick Panchmel dal and insist on melted ghee
Gatte Ki Sabzi
Gatte is nothing but besan (black gram flour) dumplings. This is yet another famous and traditional cuisine of Rajasthan. The besan balls or dumplings are cooked in curd gravy with lots of Indian spices, giving it a tangy flavour. Gatte ka pulao or khichdi are the other variants of this delicacy.
Pro Tip: Try it with Indian flat breads (roti)
There are variations of Kadhi found in parts of Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, each having its own uniqueness. Rajasthan is also famous for its kadhi. The kadhi of Rajasthan offers a mixture of tangy and spicy taste and is prepared with buttermilk, gram flour, and ghee. This is a traditional Rajasthani food which is light to digest and delicious to savour.
Pro Tip: Best enjoyed with a plate of rice
Mawa Kachori and Pyaz Kachori
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Who doesn’t like the crispiness of Kachori (fried puff pastry). It’s such a dish that can be savoured in breakfast or relished as an evening snack. Rajasthan offers the best of kachoris in form of mawa and pyaaz kachori. Mawa kachori is made from dry fruits & khoya, deep fried, and then dipped in sugar syrup while pyaaz kachoris are filled with the stuffing of onions, potatoes, and spices. Lip smacking.
Pro Tip: Enjoy the kachori with imli chutney and spicy aloo sabzi
We can’t imagine Indian cuisines without the added spice of chillies. Can we? But in other dishes, chillies may come in a spice form, when it comes to Mirchi Bada of Rajasthan, chilles come as primary ingredient. That’s right! Michi bada are spicy fritters available in all parts of India, but no one does it better than Jodhpur. It has a filling of potato and chilli, and is served hot with mint and tomato sauce. The perfect combination of spicy and sweet flavours is perfect to balance your taste buds and it gets quite hard to stop at just one.
Pro Tip: There’s no fixed meal time, Mirchi Bada can be tried anytime of the day, as many and as much
Non-Green Palette of Rajasthan
Laal Maas (Mutton Cuisine)
Any non-vegetarian, who has ever been to Rajasthan, will always recommend this cuisine. When you talk of Rajasthani food, Laal Maas is one of the most popular dishes and tops the list of non-veg cuisine. This cuisine is a red meat curry – a fiery combination of well cooked mutton in hot spices and a dash of red chilies. You cannot leave Rajasthan without enjoying a platter of this. A must for meat lovers.
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Pro Tip: Hot baajra roti or a bowl of rice
Safed Maas (Mutton Cuisine)
If Laal Maas is the spicier version of Mutton Cuisnes, Safed Maas is the less spicy version. It is yet another popular and traditional food of Rajasthan. The gravy is a blend cooked of milk, cream, curd, and cashew paste. Finger licking gravy and a lighter mutton platter.
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Pro Tip: Best enjoyed with steamed rice
Bhuna Kukda (Chicken Cuisine)
This is an authentic Rajasthani chicken cuisine – marinated with spices for a long time and cooked until tender. Bhuna Kukda is a dry gravy dish and is served with fresh coriander sprinkled on it. Simple take on chicken but tasty at the same time.
Pro Tip: Best enjoyed with Indian Breads
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Dilkushar, besan ki barfi, Rajasthani barfi – this sweet cuisine of Rajasthan is known by many names. It is a traditional Rajasthani dessert made from khoya, cream, ghee, and stir fried besan. One peculiarity of this dessert is that it can be enjoyed in hot form or cold.
Pro Tip: We suggest have it cold. Best to order for sprinkled almonds & pistachios
Badam ka Halwa
It’s a winter dessert of Rajasthan and is yet another yummilicious cuisine of Rajasthan which is a must try. It’s considered as a royal sweet dish, also known as almond sheera is made from peeled almonds, milk, sugar, ghee and, cardamom powder. After a scrumptious buffet, this is the ultimate dessert to savour.
Pro Tip: Kesar sprinkled on top is a magical combo
You may have heard about Ghewar but if you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out on an absolute fine dessert of Rajasthan. It is a circular shaped sweet dish made of flour, milk, and sugar syrup. It is prepared during festivals, especially during Teej and Raksha Bandhan. But otherwise also it’s available throughout the year. Pick from Malai Ghewar, Mava Ghewar, and Plain Ghewar.
Pro Tip: Don’t choose, try all the variants
Make a ‘to-eat’ list on your next trip to Rajasthan and enjoy the finger-licking flavours of Rajasthan.