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Cuisines of Rajasthan
Each region in India has its own traditional dishes and specialties. In the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, as well as most other states, food was very serious business and raised to the level of an art-form. Hundreds of cooks worked in the stately palaces and kept their recipes a closely guarded secret. Some recipes were passed on to their sons and the rest were lost for ever. It became a matter of great prestige to serve unusual dishes to guests and the royal cooks were encouraged to experiment. The tales of how cooks tried to impress their guests by presenting at least one unforgettable item on the menu have now become legends. The monthly budget ran into lakhs of rupees and the royal guests were treated to such delicacies as stuffed camels, goats, pigs and peacocks... it was perfectly normal to have live pigeons and other birds fly out of elaborately decorated dishes. The food was served in gold and silver utensils and the number of dishes at one meal ran into hundreds. It was usually never possible to taste all the delicacies sewed.

The finest cooking in India was derived from the Mughals and did influence the royal kitchens of India, as did European cooking. But the common mans kitchen remained untouched, more so in Rajasthan. Cooking here has its own unique flavour and the simplest, the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes.

Rajasthani cooking was influenced by the war-like lifestyle of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred, more out of necessity than choice. Scarcity of water, fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking. In the desert belt of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner, cooks use the minimum of water and prefer, instead, to use more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sarigri, ker, etc are liberally used. Gram flour is a major ingredient here and is used to make some of the delicacies like khata, gatta ki sabzi, pakodi, powdered lentils are used for mangodi, papad. Bajia and corn is used at! over the state for preparations of rabdi, kheechdi, and rotis. Various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic.

Perhaps the best known Rajasthani food is the combination of dal, bati and churma but for the adventurous traveler, willing to experiment, there is a lot of variety available. Besides spicy flavours, each region is distinguished by its popular sweet Ladoos from Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Malpuas from Pushkar, Jalebies from most big cities, Rasogullas from Bikaner, Dil Jani from Udaipur, Mishri Mawa and Ghevar from Jaipur, Sohan Haiwa from Ajmer, Mawa from Alwar.




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Arts and Crafts
Faces of Rajasthan

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Rajasthan City Guide
Rajasthan Tour Packages
Rajasthan Information
Useful Phrases
Passport and Visas
What to Pack


New Delhi Tour
Rajasthan Historic tour 10 days
Mewari Tour with Agra 7 days
Classic Golden Triangle tour 7 days
Rajasthan Wildlife Safari tour 6 days
Rajasthan Real Adventure 16 days
Rajasthan Tour with Agra 15 days
Jaipur city tour with Pushkar 4 days
Rajasthan Desert tour 7 days
Classic Desert tour 11 days
Jaipur city tour 3 days

Jaipur Tour
Rajasthan Tiger tour 6 days
Romantic Rajasthan tour 10 days
Mughal Triangle tour 6 days
Cultural Rajasthan tour 15 days
Jaipur city tour with Pushkar 4 days
Jaipur city tour 3 days
Magic of Rajasthan tour 15 days

Agra Tour
Rajasthan Kings tour 9 days
Rajasthan Treasure tour 7 days
Rajasthan Travel tour 14 days
Magical Golden Triangle tour 6 days
Rajasthan Package tour 12 days

Ahmedabad Tour
Ancient Rajasthan tour 15 days
Colors of Rajasthan 11 days

Jodhpur Tour
Classic Desert tour 11 days
Magical Rajasthan tour 10 days

Udaipur Tour
Palace tours of Rajasthan 11 days
Forts of Rajasthan tour 11 days

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