Udaipur Cuisine

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Each region in India has its own traditional dishes and specialties. In the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, as well as most other states, food was very serious business and raised to the level of an art-form.  It became a matter of great prestige to serve unusual dishes to guests and the royal cooks were encouraged to experiment.  The tales of how cooks tried to impress their guests by presenting at least one unforgettable item on the menu have now become legends. The royal guests were treated to such delicacies as stuffed camels, goats, pigs and peacocks.

The food was served in gold and silver utensils and the number of dishes at one meal ran into hundreds. Udaipur cuisine comprises vegetarian dishes as the place is highly dominated by Jainism and Vaishnavism. Food is usually made from lots of vegetables and lentils. It is seasoned with a great variety of spices that are unique to the lands of Rajasthan. You can find type of curries ranging from Lentil to yoghurt. Dried mango by the name of ‘Ocra’ and beans of ‘sangri’ is accompanied by many meals. Deep-fried breads and extensive use of chili makes the cuisine of Udaipur, a delicious one.

In the desert belt of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner, cooks use the minimum of water and prefer, instead, to use more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri, ker, etc are liberally used. Gram flour is a major ingredient here and is used to make some of the delicacies like khata, gatta ki sabzi, pakodi, powdered lentils are used for mungadi, papad. Bajra and corn is used all over the state for preparation of rabdi, kheechdi and rotis. Various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic.

Perhaps the best known Rajasthani food is the combination of dal, bati and churma but for the adventurous traveller, willing to experiment, there is a lot of variety available. Besides spicy flavours, each region is distinguished by its popular sweet – Laddoos from Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Malpuas from Pushkar, Jalebies from most big cities, Rasgullas from Bikaner, Dil Jani from Udaipur, Mishri Mawa and Ghewar from Jaipur, Sohan Halwa from Ajmer, Mawa from Alwar.

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