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Cuisines of India – part one – RAJASTHAN

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Trunicle is introducing a section on the the variety of food all across INDIA. The fabric of this country is incomplete without its food trail. It is one of the biggest unifiers and a sure shot topic that gets any conversation going. We are randomly selecting places and bringing the culinary delights from them. It will only be enriching to have the readers add more to the list in case we missed something!!
In our first section we focus on the food from Rajasthan.
Rajasthan has a very arid climate and had a very rough life. This has influenced their food recipes to a very large extent. Their cuisine always had a variety beans, lentils, gram flour, millets, bajra and dairy products.

Rajasthan has a variety of very popular dry snacks – Bikaneri Bhujia, Mathri, Pyaaz ki Kachori, Namkeen Gatta, Khasta Kachori, are widely popular snacks available almost everywhere around the world!
The cuisine has a lot of starters and side dishes to offer as well. Kalmi Vada , Dal Vada, Pithore, Mirchi Vada, Dahi Vada are the vegetarian delicacies. There are varieties of Lal Maas and Safed Maas cooked with gram flour and dry roasted which are served as starters.
Being a dry region , chaach or buttermilk, Raabri( fermented curd with Bajra flour) Jaljeera are served before and during the meal as well .
The Main course is an array of preparations which reflect the creativity of the region with limited resources. Daal Baati Choorma is the first cuisine that comes to one’s mind. However there’s much more to the cuisine than just this!! Kadhi,Ker saangri, gatte ki sabzi, dal Banjari, Sev Tamatr,Gwarfali ki sabzi/kadhi Bajre ka khichda are commonly cooked Rajasthani food. Lehsun chutney, Ker ki chutney are common accompaniments as are Mirch besan ka achhar. The breads or Rotis are Missi roti- rotis made of gram flour, Bajra Roti, and wheat flour rotis.
The Rajputs who were the warrior class had non vegetarian cuisine and thus safed and laal maas has been a very popular dish from the state of Rajasthan.
Sweets are generally served in the beginning of the meal. Thus they are not referred to as the desserts’. Malpua, Imarti, Shira(halwa) ,Balushahi,Besan Chakki, Ghewar are the predominant sweets of Rajasthan.
The cuisine has retained its traditional flavor and the immigrant Rajathani families cook them in their households frequently.

We would love to invite the readers to share their favorite Rajasthani recipe in the comment section.
In case someone wants to know more about any recipe do not hesitate…we are here to provide the link !
After all as Shaw said … “There is no love sincerer than the love of food “

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