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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local dishes in Jodhpur?

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Food and cuisine is an important aspect of any culture. Jodhpuri cuisine uses its own spices (asafoetida, raw mango powder and red chillies), cooking methods and presentation which is both aesthetically pleasing and of course, a wonderful treat for your gustatory receptors. Keep up with us as we take you on a mouth-watering tour of Rajasthani delicacies and the interesting varieties of street food available on this side of the ‘Land of the Kings’

  • Makhania Lassi
    This chilled creamy goodness of rich and thick buttermilk is guaranteed to take you straight to heaven and back. Better and healthier than any fizzing carbonated drink, this will prove to be an effective coolant, while you are roaming the streets in the sweltering afternoons of the sun city. And due to its thick consistency, this yoghurt drink, spiced with cardamom and topped liberally with nuts and cream is going to keep you full and satiated for a good while. Easily available in the streets, this one is a must try.

  • Mawa Kachori

    Its a typical Rajasthani flair to jump to the desserts before the main course. And here, you will get ample opportunities to cater to your sweet tooth (or a whole bunch of them depending on your predilections) Mawa kachori is the most popular local sweet dish originating here. It is essentially deep fried bread stuffed with a sweetened mixture of reduced milk solids (Mawa or Khoya), wholesome nuts and saffron, which is dipped into sugar syrup and served hot. Take our word for it, you won’t be able to stop at one!

  • Panchkuta

    This dish is truly symbolic of the patience, determination and ability of the desert people to create something fantastic from the barest of ingredients made available to them. Since almost no vegetation survived in these harsh regions, the villagers chose Ker (an unripe fruit of a desert shrub), Sangri (beans from another deep rooted desert tree which can store water up to 7 months) and Kumatia (a wild brown-black herb which grows abundantly in the Thar desert) as the three main ingredients used to prepare this dish. The challenge was to prepare this dish without a drop of water, so all the three ingredients were sun dried and tossed with mustard oil with the addition of two more dry ingredients viz. red chillies and raw dried mangoes. This mixture of 5 items gives the dish its name - Panchkuta. Today there are many variations to its preparations and it has become one of the popular dry dishes of Jodhpur.

  • Mirchibada

    The Jodhpuri folks certainly believe in beating the heat with heat. The heat in this case comes from the huge hot Rajasthani mirchi (similar to Jalapeno peppers) stuffed with mashed potatoes, gram flour together with various spices. This is then dipped in batter, deep fried and served hot with ketchup. A bite into this bad boy will create a delightful explosion of tastes on your tongue. Even with steam coming out of your ears, your mouth will water for more of this addictive snack. And if it gets too hot to handle, calm your rioting taste buds with a touch of sweet, in the form of Besan ke laddoo or a Makhanbada, before getting back to round 2 of the Mirchibadas (if you dare!).

  • Gulab Jamun ki sabzi
    Now here is an innovative oddity which uses Gulab Jamuns (raw and unsweetened) in a rich and spicy savoury dish. Gulab Jamun is a popular North-Indian sweet dish, essentially a sweetened ball of reduced milk solids (Khoya or Mawa) which is deep fried and dipped in a sugar syrup before serving. However, this recipe calls for a bit of a twist where the raw balls are lightly fried in ghee and dropped in a rich and spicy cashew gravy. This is quite a heavy dish because of the ingredients involved, but all the more heavenly because of that. Do try this popular favourite before you head back home or you will be missing out on a truly unique experience.

Apart from the aforementioned local flavours, the restaurants in Jodhpur are known for offering the famous Pyaz kachori, Daal-bati Churma and Lasode ki sabzi. So go ahead and indulge in a little gluttony. You will need some extra energy after all your sightseeing and shopping ventures.

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