Rajasthani Cuisine

The ancient princely state of Rajasthan gave rise to its royal cuisine.Today Rajasthan is not only famous for the famous Palaces and Forts that the Kings left behind but is also known for the traditions food and dishes. Rajasthani cuisine encompasses large variety of delicious food items which are really yummmy & appealing to the visitors from across the globe. This delicious & royal cuisine will make your tummmy scream "No More!" But you won't be able to stop yourself from indulging.

Rajasthan is known as a land of colors & vibrancy and so is it's food colorful & vibrant or should I say Mouth watering.The Rajasthani's tailored their cuisine based on the the availability of ingredients as such we find abundant usage of lentils, legumes, pulses, Dry fruits, spices, etc. Interestingly water is substituted with milk, buttermilk and curd while preparing the gravy.

The adaptability to readily avaialable ingredients in the the desert belt of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner resulted in some of the appealing, divine  & flavorsome dishes like khata, gatta ki sabzi, pakodi, mangodi, papad, etc.

The weather conditions in this area defined the style of cooking & eating. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred, more out of necessity than choice.

By now you must be thinking that Rajasthani people had little choice & made food from what ever was available. However the Land of Raja's & Maharajas didn't compromise on their eating habbits. The sects in this area had their personal preferences and so the food was customised for these groups.


The Rajput warrior was not averse to hunting, killing game to put in his pot at night. As such even today we find that the Rajasthani princely feasts flaunt meat cuisines that are incomparable.

In contrast to the Rajputs, the Vaishnavas, followers of Krishna, were vegetarian, and strictly so, as were the Bishnois, a community known for their passion to conserve both animal and plant life. Even among Rajputs, there were enough royal kitchens where nothing other than vegetarian meals were cooked.

The Marwaris of course, were vegetarian too, but their cuisine, though not too different from the Rajputs, was richer in its method of preparation. And then there were the Jains too, who were not only vegetarians, but also the ones who would not eat after sundown, and whose food had to be devoid of garlic and onions which were, otherwise, important ingredients in the Rajasthani pot.

What binds all these sects of Rajasthan is that their food is cooked in pure ghee.Rajasthan can also boast of a vast array of savouries and sun-dried snacks.

List of Rajasthani Curries:


1 Aloo matar ki sabji
2 Badi
3 Beans ki sabji
4 Besan Gatte ki sabji
5 dahi mein aloo
6 Dal Chawal Kutt
7 Gajar ki sabji
8 Govind Gatte or Shahi Gatte
9 Guwar fali ki saag
10 Jaipuri
11 Kadhi
12 Karela ki sabji
13 ker sangari ki sabji
14 Ker-saangri ki sabji
15 Kicha ki sabji
16 Kikoda ki sabji
17 Lauki key Koftey
18 Makki ki ghaat
19 Makki ki raab
20 Makki ki saag
21 Masala Gatta
22 Matar ki sabji
23 Moranga ki sabji
24 Papad ki sabji
25 Pyaaz Paneer
26 Raabdi
27 rabori ki sabji
28 Sev Tamatar

List of Rajasthani Non-veg Curries:


1 Bajri ki raab
2 Khad khargosh (wild hare cooked and roasted underground)
3 Laal maans (meat in red chillies curry)
4 Mohan maans (meat cooked in milk)
5 Saanth ro achaar (pickled wild boar meat)
6 Safed maans (meat cooked in curd)

List of Rajasthani Snacks: 


1 Kalmi Vadas
2 Kanji Vadas
3 Laal Maas
4 Makki Paneer Pakora
5 Mathi
6 Mathri
7 Methi Muthiya
8 Paneer Kulcha
9 Yogurt Kebab

List of Rajasthani Sweets:

1 Balusahi
2 Besan Chakki
3 Churma
4 DilKhushaal
5 Feeni
6 Ghevar
7 Gujia
8 Imarti
9 Jhajariya
10 Kadka
11 Makkhan-bada
12 Milk-Cake (Alwar ka Mawa)
13 Palang Torh
14 Seero (Hindi: Halwa)