Foodlicious! Rajasthani Thaali is mouthwatering!
India is best known for its taste and flavors. Well, a country like India where every region cooks up an elaborate menu, the best way to explore any regional cuisine would be to settle for a thali. It is an absolute delight to eat a little bit of everything from the best that a cuisine can offer. Rajasthani Thaali includes almost everything!
Rajasthan is a dry state and because of this, people have learned to cook with milk, buttermilk, cream and curd to save water.
Here is everything you should know about yummy Rajasthani food!
The Royal Platter: A traditional Rajasthani thali depicts a brilliant play of gourmet preparations on a plate of epic proportions. The meticulous arrangements of curries, pickles, special bread, and desserts would delight one and all.
Bread: Rajasthani cuisine depends heavily on millet, grains, and pulses. Other than the traditional rotis, pooris, kachauris, and parathas made of wheat flour, you have rotis made of bajra, Makka. Besan is one ingredient that is widely used in Rajasthani food.
Talking about Rajasthan then how can we forget about Dal Baati Churma! Daal Baati is the most loved food item in Rajasthan. You can control your tongue guys. Small, round bread is made of flour and deep fried in ghee. One can go for plain baatis or the ones that are stuffed with onion, peas, lentils or sattu.
Baatis are traditionally served with dal and dollops of fresh ghee. Unsalted baatis are crushed and mixed with ghee and sugar to prepare choorma. Dal baati choorma is a complete meal in itself. It takes very little effort, water or ingredients to cook up this satisfying meal.
Baatis can be made in huge batches and stored for consumption over the days. They have a longer shelf life and hence the combination is extremely popular among the locals. Pyaaz kachori, missi roti, jowar pyaaz roti are some of the other local hits. Don’t forget to taste them!
Curries: If you are a vegetarian, the royal platter has a variety of vegetarian curries and dals for you. Moong daal and gram flour curries are widely used. Wadis, which are moong or besan nuggets are popular too. Gatte Ki Sabzi is another famous staple in a traditional Rajasthani thali, where besan nuggets are boiled and cooked in a flavourful gravy.
Moong and panchmela are the most popular and widely served. Panchmela dal has a unique blend of five different lentils. Beans come together with cucumber and bell peppers to create the fantastic panchmela sabzi.
Non- vegetarian or the meat lovers, a local Rajasthani kitchen cooks up delectable preparations using chicken, mutton, fish and at times wild boar. Some of the meat curries are too hot for one to handle.
Drinks that will rejuvenate your taste!: To add another delicious level to your meal, there are salads, papad, pickles and chutneys to choose from. Since Rajasthan is mostly hot and dry, people here have cultivated a habit of consuming curd, milk, and buttermilk based accompaniments and beverages to keep off the heat.
Desserts:The best thing about Rajasthani desserts is that they are served with the main course! Imarti, malpua, rasgulla and moong daal halwa are some of the favorites with the food lovers all across the nation and need no introduction.
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