Traditional Foods of Rajasthan

The sumptuous cuisine that originated in Rajasthan and the surrounding region in India is known as the incredible Rajasthani cuisine. The massive state of Rajasthan is famed for its rich regal culture and historic heritage. The natural arid nature of the region, the extreme climatic conditions, the scarcity of water and vegetation has witnessed the evolution of unique cooking styles and food habits of the natives that is noticeably different from other Indian cuisines. The Rajasthani people have moulded their culinary styles in such a way that many of their dishes can be shelved for more than several days and served without heating. The royal heritage of the region as well as the gastronomic enthusiasm among the locals have led to a wide variety of delectable and exquisite Rajasthani dishes starting from main courses to snacks to sweet dishes respectively. Some items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia have garnered both national and international popularity among food lovers.

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Popular Traditional Dishes of Rajasthan


Bajre ki roti and Lashun ki chutney


Bajre ki roti which is made with bajra also known as millet is a very popular and healthy flat bread that is relished across the whole of Rajasthan. Though it can be eaten with any vegetable dish or kadhi, it is generally savoured with onions and Lasun ki chutney that is a saucy preparation made with garlic. This tasty combination has remained a staple food for the locals of Rajasthan.


The traditional Rajasthani dish Bajre Ki Roti
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This is one of the signature Rajasthani dishes that has earned popularity in India and across the globe. This delicious platter comprises a combination of three different items namely a spicy Dal, a deep-fried Baati and a mouth-watering and slightly sweetish churma cooked uniquely with different ingredients. The baatis are baked flaky round breads made of gehun ka atta which is also known as wheat flour, rava known as semolina, besan which is Bengal gram flour, salt, milk and ghee that are typically served after dipping with ghee. The unsalted version of the baatis deep fried in ghee are crushed and mixed with jaggery which is unrefined sugar thus forming the churma. The dal item is prepared of five different dals which are namely the chana dal known as the split Bengal gram, toovar which is arhar dal, moong dal which is split green gram, urad dal which is split black lentils and whole moong which is whole green gram and referred as panchmel dal or panchkuti dal.


Panchmel ki Sabzi


It is a very popular, healthy and delectable dish from Rajasthan that derives its name from the combination of five incredibly healthy and sumptuous ingredients used to prepare it. This extremely luscious and dry vegetable dish is prepared out of five vegetables seasoned with a mix of aromatic spices and gets its highly tangy flavour from the use of dried mango powder which is known as amchur. It is best savoured with roti/chapati and rice respectively.




Whenever we talk of Khichdi, we consider a wholesome and highly healthy meal made out of rice and many different pulses. However, the people of Rajasthan have made some innovative and nutritious preparations of khichdi that are made using wheat, jowar and bajra in place of rice. Some of the popular ones are Gehun ki Bikaneri Khichdi which is made of wheat and moong dal that can be enjoyed with ghee, curd and mango pickle; and Bajra khichdi made of bajra which is black millet and yellow moong dal which is split yellow gram and is served with either curd or raita.


Gatte ki sabzi


This is an easy to digest and highly popular curry of Rajasthan made of gram flour balls with the gravy being prepared of buttermilk and various different spices. It can be relished with both roti and rice respectively.


Rajasthani Kadhi


Unlike the kadhi preparations of many of the other states like the states of Punjab and Maharashtra, the Rajasthani Kadhi does not contain pakoras or gram flour dumplings inside it. It is a very quick and easy preparation that is made with a spiced yogurt based gravy that is thickened with gram flour and is relished all throughout Rajasthan.


Laal Maas


This is one of the most popular and mouth-watering meat preparations of Rajasthan which is relished best with bajra ki roti, although rice can also be a great option. The unique feature of this hot, spicy and incredibly rich preparation is its fiery red color which it gets from the liberal use of red chillies.


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The traditional Rajasthani dish Lashun Ki Chutney.
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