We all know that India has one of the best cuisines in the world! But what makes it even better is that the dishes, flavours and ingridients vary from one corner of India to the other.
The state of Rajasthan is quite arid which means that the lack of water and availability of fresh green vegetables have heavily influenced its cuisine with most dishes using a lot of milk or milk-based products. The traditional Rajasthani thali (meaning plate) is a brilliant arrangement of curries, pickles, breads and desserts allowing you to taste a little bit of everything this region has to offer.
The day after some heavy wedding celebrations of the night before started pretty slow and we made our way out to one of the beautiful gardens of Le Meridien, Jaipur in the lazy afternoon sun.
We took our seats in the sunshine, against this stunning backdrop, transporting you back to the days of the Mughal rulers.
With silver platters placed before us, we eagerly awaited our spread.
One by one, each dish was served until our platters were a stunning display of colours, flavours and spices.
The traditional Rajasthani thali consists of vegetarian dishes only but some do include meat. While dessert is kept for the end of the meal in most cuisines, here you are served dessert before, during and after the meal!
Breads: Rajasthani cuisine depends heavily on millet, grains and pulses and therefore, all the breads are made of these in flour form. The most popular Rajasthani bread is Dal Baati Churma which are small, round breads made of flour and deep friend in ghee.
Curries: Pulses and lentils make up most of Rajasthani curries, many in the shape of little nuggets cooked in various spices. Paneer (or cottage cheese) is another staple, similar to most of India.
No idea what to begin with first!
Desserts: As mentioned before, in Rajasthani cuisine the dessert is served with the main meal and as with the rest of India, there is a vast array of desserts. Most Indian desserts are incredibly sweet and deep fried so make sure you keep enough of an appetitie to try one of these delicacies!
We couldn’t have asked for a better location to indulge in this feast! Just look at those blue skies, the tranquil waters and the warm rays of the sun!
As with most Indian meals, there is a huge selection of dishes which differ from meal to meal. And the same goes for the Rajasthani thali. The majority of Indian states have some sort of a thali or platter for you to try a little of all its delicacies which I highly recommend ordering!
This was my second time in Rajasthan and second opportunity to try the Rajasthani thali, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed! Despite being Indian, there is always something in this country that I have yet to see, explore and try.
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