India is a country of rich cultural heritage. India’s diverse culture is also represented in the variety of cuisine being served in different places of the country. It is undoubtedly a food lovers’ paradise.
The traditional food served across the states not only satisfies your taste buds but also adds to your health. Traditional Indian food offers rich flavors and exotic tastes paired with great health benefits. What more? It helps you experience the uniqueness of the place through its flavorsome food.
I am from Rajasthan & these food items are my absolute favorite when it comes to soul food. They are rich, aromatic, full of flavor & look so appetizing. I can have any of this food of Rajasthan without breaking a sweat.
There are many dishes that can literally win your taste bud, but I am going to zero on to the 10 best Rajasthani specialities.
10 Famous Rajasthani food
When talking about tasty traditional delicacies, how can we forget to mention about Rajasthan- the land of Rajputs? Rajasthan has a climate that does not allow the cultivation of much of the vegetables and spices. Yet despite this, there are a variety of mouth-watering dishes yon need to try when you visit Rajasthan.
Rajasthani cuisine is synonyms with richness, spices & intricate recipes. There are many famous rajasthani food recipes that has been in families for generations. They don’t share these secret recipes but occasionally wow people with awesome flavors.
Here we are listing some famous food of Rajasthan that includes Snacks, Main Course & dessert items with recipes.
|Snacks||Kanji Wada||Vegetarian Dish|
|Pyaaz Ki Kachori||Vegetarian Dish|
|Main Course||Dal Batti Churma||Vegetarian Dish|
|Gatte Ki Sabzi||Vegetarian Dish|
|Rajasthani Kadi||Vegetarian Dish|
|Laal Maas||Non-Vegetarian Dish|
|Banjara Gosht||Non-Vegetarian Dish|
|Macchhilli Jaisamandi||Non-Vegetarian Dish|
|Mohan Thaal||Vegetarian Dish|
Before you travel next to this state of bright colors, here is a list of the 10 Most famous Rajasthani food that you should not miss.
Famous Rajasthani food- Snacks
Snacks are essential as they not only satisfy your sudden hunger pangs but also because they, too, introduce you to the culture of a particular region. When talking about the famous Rajasthani food dishes how can we not introduce you to the most famous ‘nashta’ options you can savor on when in Rajasthan
1. Kanji Vada
One of the most famous Rajasthani snacks that you need to try is the delicious kanji vada. It is a Rajasthani side course dish where moong dal vadas are immersed in mustard flavored water.
In the heating weather, this dish relieves you from the heat and also satisfies your taste buds. They are specially sold during the festival of Holi.
This food is also famous in pink city Jaipur. If you ever try the traditional rajasthani food in Jaipur, make sure you ask for Kanji vadas. You will never forget the tangy taste of this delicious food.
Kanji is basically fermented mustard water. Sometimes boiled vegetables like carrots, radish is also add in the water instead of vadas. It helps in digestion hence it is consumed during the festival time when most of the foods are high calorie.
Method of Preparation: The dish is prepared in two steps⇓
- The vadas are prepared separately, and the kanji is prepared in advance a day before the dish is to be served.
- The vadas are made up by soaking the urad dal overnight, which is then made into a batter.
- This batter is then fried into small balls called vadas.
- The Kanji is prepared with water, black mustard seeds, salt and black salt, red chili powder, vegetable oil, and asafetida. For enhanced flavors, the kanji is kept in earthen pots.
Price: Minimum INR 20 for a platter
2. Pyaaz ki Kachori
Rajasthani people are fond of eating kachoris. There are different varieties of kachoris that are served all across the state. The most famous of these is ‘Pyaaz ki Kachori’. This is one famous Rajasthani food that you better not miss!
It is a breakfast dish that originated in the Jodhpur region. Crispy on the outside, they are stuffed with a filling of onions and spices. They are served with green and tamarind chutney.
There are many varieties of Kachori popular in Rajasthan. The most famous are Pyaz ki Kachori ( with onion, potato & other species), Dal ki Kachori (With lentils & spices) & Mawa Kachori ( Sweet Dessert Kachori).
All the above-mentioned versions should be consumed piping hot. There is also a variety that can be stored for a long time as a snack item. Dry fruit kachori & Masala Kachori are made with dry roasted fillings. They have a longer shelf life.
Method of Preparation: The main ingredients of this dish are plain flour and onions for filling. In order to make this famous Rajasthani food, you need to knead a plain flour dough, which is made into small lemon-sized balls and flattened.
For the filling, you need to fry the chopped onion with spices and some gram flour. This filling is then stuffed in the flattened balls. These kachoris are then fried till they turn golden brown and are served hot with tamarind and green chutney.
Price: approx. INR 20 per piece
Famous Rajasthani food- Main Course (Vegetarian)
Most of the Rajasthani dishes are vegetarian. Here is the list of famous Rajasthani food in the main course that is vegetarian, and you definitely need to try them when in Rajasthan.
3. Dal Bati Churma
It is surely the most popular dish of Rajasthan. The dish is wholesome and comprises three elements that are round batis, which is dipped in ghee, Panchkuti dal, and churma, which is a wheat mixture that is crushed and cooked in ghee and jaggery.
This is my absolute favorite. Of all the cuisine I’ve had & all the food I have tasted, this still remains my all-time favorite.
The rustic flavor of batis cooked on coal, smeared in ghee & served with tangy panchmel ( 5 types of lentils) is absolutely divine.
The royal cuisine of Rajasthan is incomplete without the inclusion of these items. There are many versions of bati & dal popular in different parts of Rajasthan. There is Masala Bati, Bafla Bati, Besan Bati & so on.
If you want to get the real earthy flavors of this royal Rajasthani food, ask for the one cooked on coal or the traditional way (using cow dung instead of coal). You can find many restaurants that still prepares the food using traditional methods.
If the food feels heavy, you could take some buttermilk with it. It helps proper digestion & also cuts through the heat of spices.
Foodie Tip: Try this combination with chili & garlic chutney. It is a match made in heaven.
Method of Preparation:
- The main ingredients of the dish are wheat flour, semolina for making the dough.
- The Panchkuti dal includes urad dal, moong dal, Toor dal, and lots and lots of ghee.
- Ghee is one of the main ingredients of all Rajasthani cuisine.
- The batis are roasted over fire-wood to enhance the flavor of the dish.
- All three elements combined to make a fulfilling dish. No trip to Rajasthan is complete if you haven’t tried it.
Price: approx. INR 200.
4. Gatte Ki Sabzi
Gatte ki sabzi is another tasty and popular dish to try when in Rajasthan. Gatte in the dish is black gram flour dumplings made with curd and spices.
This gravy is unique to Rajasthan. In Rajasthani cuisine, there are so many dishes made using gram flour or besan. Be it a gravy, snack, main course, or dessert. You will find at least one famous Rajasthani food made of Besan on your platter.
These are then cooked with curd gravy. Some people also use tomato instead of curd for curry base but the original recipe is made using only Dahi or curd.
I cook this dish a lot using different recipes. You could instead fenugreek leaf ( fresh or dried) to enhance its flavor. A dish of fresh cream will make it more creamy & kids would love it.
You could also serve Besan Gatta as starters. Just stir fry it with some onion, green chili & tomato, and here is your own desi version of Manchurian. It is surely a famous Rajasthani food you should try at least once.
Method of Preparation: The main ingredients of the dish, as the name suggests, are gram flour and curd.
- To make the dish, you need to mix turmeric powder, chili powder, salt, and asafetida in gram flour along with ghee.
- The dough is made out of which it is divided and made into rolls.
- These rolls are then boiled to cook.
- These rolls are then added to the freshly prepared curd gravy and served hot.
- It tastes best with roti smeared with ghee or white rice.
Price: approx. INR 250 per serving
5. Rajasthani Kadi
Rajasthan also serves a variety of kadi that are pleasing to your taste buds. Rajasthani Kadi is surely a famous Rajasthani food that you need to consider having before leaving this place.
While Gujrati Kadi or Kadhi is pale in color, more watery & sweet, Rajasthani Kadi is tangy, thick & served with pakora. It is a slow cooking dish that requires cooking on low heat for good 45 mins to 1 Hour. Slow cooking gives it richness & creaminess.
After the gravy or kadi is cooked & reaches the desired consistency, you may add pakoda & give a final tempering of mustard seeds, ghee & chili powder for that added punch of flavors, aroma & color.
It is a pungent dish loaded with spices and exotic flavors. It is a healthy dish and goes very well with rice. However, you can also have it with chapatti or naan.
Method of Preparation: The main ingredients of this dish are gram flour and curd.
- Add three to four tablespoons of besan in curd.
- Add turmeric powder and salt to taste.
- To make a smooth sauce add water and whisk it well.
- Once the sauce is ready, place it on flame and cook it well.
- Bring it to a boil, add ghee, and cook it for some time. It will thicken once it is cooked.
- You can temper it with mustard seeds, curry leaves & chilly powder.
Price: approx. INR 150-200
Famous Rajasthani Food- Main Course (Non-Vegetarian)
Apart from the vegetarian cuisine, there are non-vegetarian Rajasthani cuisines as well that are famous among food lovers and are a famous Rajasthani food if you are traveling to this place. Here is the list of these dishes for your consideration.
6. Laal Maas
Red meat (locally called laal maas) is one of the most famous dishes in the Rajasthani non-vegetarian platter.
The name of the dish is derived from the red color, which is due to the red chilies used in it. If you are a lover of non-vegetarian food, then this is a famous Rajasthani food you need to try. We ensure you that it will be your forever favorite food.
Method of Preparation: The main ingredients of the dish are lamb and red chilies.
- Apart from red chilies, there are other spices used to add hot flavor to the dish.
- Red chilies are roasted, which adds aroma and flavor to the dish.
- Other spices are added and made into a fine powder.
- Next, the lamb is cut into pieces and tossed in oil in a pan with garlic till it turns slightly brown.
- The powdered masala is added along with some onions and other spices and is cooked for a couple of minutes until the meat is tender
- It is served hot with roti or white rice.
Price: approx INR 1000 for a serving.
7. Banjara Gosht
The next non-vegetarian dish making to the list of 10 best famous Rajasthani food is the dish named Banjara Gosht.
Most of you must be familiar with Laal Maas (red meat recipe from Rajasthan). This dish is one underrated Rajasthani Food item. It is packed with flavors, rich & exotic.
Just because it is so underrated, we have shared the complete recipe below. Hope you will try it & admire this delicacy.
It is juicy mutton that is infused with exotic Rajasthani flavors making it a lip-smacking scrumptious cuisine.
Method of Preparation: The key ingredients of this dish are mutton and curd, along with some traditional Indian spices.
- To prepare the dish, the mutton is first boiled.
- The spices are mixed to make a paste.
- The mutton stock is then added to a pan with spices stir cooked in oil.
- Next, the mutton masala is added with salt and curd to enhance the flavor.
- The mutton is then cooked for a few minutes and is ready to serve.
- It tastes best with hot chapati, naan & white rice.
Price: approx INR 2500.
8. Macchhilli Jaisamandi
You might be a little skeptical that Fish in Rajasthani cuisine? Well, there are not many seafood-based dishes in Rajasthani cuisine for obvious reasons but this one is one that is pretty famous in the places where fish can be arranged.
For all those fish lovers, the must-try Rajasthani food is a famous dish named Macchhilli Jaisamandi. As the name suggests, it is a rich gravy-based dish with a subtle flavor balanced & rich colors to entice you.
It is a tasty fish dish that is marinated with green chutney and is cooked in gravy with spices like ginger, coriander, garlic, and mint.
Method of Preparation: The key ingredient of this dish and gram flour.
- To make this dish, the first and foremost step is to wish the fish fillets.
- Mix gram flour, turmeric powder, jeera powder, and water to make a batter.
- The batter should be free of lumps.
- Fish sandwiches are then made with a layer of green chutney.
- The fish sandwiches are dipped in the batter and shallow fried for a minute or two.
- The gravy is then cooked in the same pan and is cooked until it comes to a slight boil.
- Once ready, the gravy is poured on the fried fish, and the dish is ready to feast upon.
Price: approx INR 1000.
Famous Rajasthani food- Desserts
No meal is complete without a tasty dish that satisfies your sweet tooth craving. After devouring the spicy Rajasthani food, you surely need to eat something sweet that not only soothes your taste buds but is also healthy and pure bliss to eat.
A perfect blend of taste and healthy is one of Rajasthan’s most famous desserts called Ghevar. It is like Rajasthan on a plate – Royal, colorful & Sweet!
Ghevar is rich, sweet & syrupy. If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely love it. Unlike popular perception, it is pretty light & airy. The fried honeycomb is dipped in sugar syrup & topped with a generous amount of dry fruits or malai.
It is a round disk-shaped dessert that is made up of flour, milk, and ghee and is topped with dry fruits like pistachios, almonds, and also saffron.
The dish is prepared mainly only during the festival of Rakhi and Teej. There are so many versions of Ghevar available nowadays with different types of topping ( Yes! there are toppings for food items other than pizza & ice creams). But Plain Ghevar & Malai Ghevar are still the most popular versions to date.
Foodie Tip: If you want to take a gift for your family or friends from Rajasthan, pick Ghevar. It’s royal flavor will win everyone over for sure.
Method of Preparation: The main ingredients of the dish include flour and sugar syrup.
- To make the Ghevar batter, you add a bowl of ghee, 1 tablespoon of cold milk, and 1 tablespoon of ice-cold water.
- Then in this mixture add milk, flour, and water in small portions and mix well.
- Add cardamom powder, saffron strands, and mix the batter well.
- When the batter comes to a smooth pouring consistency, it is poured from a height of 6 to 7 inches in a pan containing hot ghee.
- The topping of Ghevar can be customized, but the most common topping is of ‘malai’ that is garnished with nuts and saffron strands.
Price: approx INR 400.
10. Mohan Thaal
The next royal dessert is unique to Rajasthan and is a famous Rajasthani food. It’s called Mohan thaal. It is a sweet dish that is prepared with besan (gram flour) and dry fruits and is undoubtedly a must-try.
You can add different flavors to it like cardamom, saffron, and others. It melts in the mouth quickly and leaves you craving for it more and more.
Mohan thaal is a rich Rajasthani dessert. The rich flavor comes from roasting the gram flour or besan in clarified butter (ghee) for an extended period till it turns light brown & becomes fragrant.
Many Indian desserts are made up of Besan or gram flour but Mohan Thaal is one of the most popular Besan mithai ( dessert) of them all. if you ever visit Rajasthan make sure to get a list of Marwari sweet names & check out where you can find this delicacy.
You will mostly find it in all sweetmeat shops. It is a popular Rajasthani dessert cooked using traditional recipes.
Method of Preparation: The key ingredients of this sweet dish are gram flour (besan), ghee, and saffron.
- Besan, ghee, and milk are added to a bowl and mixed well till all the lumps are dissolved.
- The mixture is then placed in a brass vessel and is cooked until the mixture turns brown.
- Rosewater, cardamom powder, and saffron water, and milk are added to the besan mix.
- Garnished with dry fruits and served.
Price: approx INR 360.
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Read more before you leave
Though Rajasthan lacks the cultivation of crops and vegetables owing to its arid climate, it is still considered a paradise for people looking forward to trying new flavors. Giving you an experience of its rich cultural heritage, Rajasthani food has dishes for everyone.
The sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine offers a variety of dishes, including vegetarian, non-vegetarian, desserts, and quick snacks. There is a variety of famous Rajasthani food that you should have when in Rajasthan and get a hold of the richness of traditional Indian cuisine.
I hope you will try & enjoy these fabulous Rajasthani dishes. Tell us in the comment section below which one you want to try first?