Dal, Baati and Churma – the combo is synonymous with Rajasthani cuisine. Here is a delicious Baked Masala Baati, made of whole wheat flour and stuffed with a flavourful green peas stuffing. The interesting twist here is that the baati is baked, reducing the oil requirement and also making it easy to prepare a whole batch at one go, without frying them one by one. Serve fresh off the oven with Panchmel Dal and Churma.

Bengal gram is abundantly used in rajasthani cooking because it grows in plenty in the arid desert conditions. Besan made from bengal gram is used to make rotis, gatta, mithai and also as a thickening agent for kadhi (khatta). Gatte ka pulao is made on festive occasions when plain steamed rice is not served. As vegetables are not available throughout the year, cooked gattas are added to spice up this pulao which is usually served with kadhi (khatta) or plain curds.

One of the great dishes of Rajasthani cuisine. This simple piquant and tangy vegetable preparation does not really reflect the richness of its colorful school of cooking. Because ker and sangri are not exotic vegetables, but are wild berries (or beans) that grow independently and abundantly in the vast desert areas especially in Western Rajasthan- Jaisalmer and Barmer. The story goes that ker and sangri were discovered ages ago by Rajasthani villagers during the time of a great famine when…

You will simply adore this launji with rotis, khakhras and even rice although the rajasthanis would relish it with hot puris or parathas. This bitter-sweet and spicy dish has a delicate balance of flavours that i am sure you will enjoy. You can either sprout the methi seeds to make this launji or use them unsprouted. I discovered that sprouting the methi makes the launji less bitter.

Rajasthani Shahi Raj-Kachori, stuffed katchori with potato and sprout filling and served with curd, chutney and sev.

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