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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local food items in Alwar?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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In Alwar, wonderfully simple, traditional Rajasthani cuisine reigns. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine or Marwari cuisine as it is known, was influenced by both the combatant lifestyles of its people and the availability of ingredients in this semi-arid region. However, in the present lifestyle, given the cultural influences from neighbouring regions, Alwar’s cuisine today is a reflection of the region’s colorful past, with the culinary traditions of North Indian vegetarian dishes blending in. Alwar cooking is strongly characterized by use of spices that enhances the flavour and fragrance of the dishes. Though heavy use of spices such as chillies, turmeric, cumin, black pepper and ginger is made, simplicity of flavor and preparation over elaborate cooking methods is prefered. In fact, you will find most dishes to tickle your taste buds while some may might end creating some kind of fusion reaction in your mouth. Do ask the maitre d’ about the spiciness of the dish as you place your order. Keep in mind that a lot of ghee (clarified butter) and butter is used in cooking most dishes and if you want, you could request the chef to go a little easy on the butter. To get you started, the dishes you are likely to come across in your travel to Alwar are Bajra ki roti (Millet bread), Missi roti (bread made of wheat and gram flour, cumin seeds and fenugreek leaves),

Dal batti churma is a dish you are more likely to find being made during festivities, religious occasions and weddings. It is a 3 item dish consisting of baati, which is a hard, unleavened bread, having a longer shelf life and high nutritional value and may at times have fillings of onion, peas, sattu (mixture of ground pulses and cereal), dal (lentils) and churma (coarsely ground wheat or millet crushed and cooked with ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. Along with the dish do ask for a side of lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste)-it will be one of the most filling, delicious, no fuss dish you will have.

Gatte ki subzi is another simple classic of Rajasthan which doesn’t require fresh vegetables. Made of wheat flour, chick pea flour, yogurt, lentils it is yet another dish that you will find oddly very filling and satisfying-essential idea behind it in a place and time when fresh vegetables are hard to come by.

For religious reasons non-vegetarian food is not consumed by most area natives, though dishes like Mohan maans (meat cooked in milk), Laal maans (meat in red chillies curry), Safed maans (meat cooked in curd) are offered on the menu.

Now coming to the high point of Alwar flavour, Mawa or kalakand (Milk cake) is one dish that is distinctly owned by the city and what a sweet it is. Made of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese, mixed with sugar and topped with dry fruits it is mouthful of culinary diviness. If anjeer (figs) have been mixed in the original recipe then the milk cake turns brown and it is called as brown mawa. Your trip to Alwar is incomplete without having stuffed yourself with it.

Sample local flavours in the restaurants in Alwar, which is a reflection of its colourful past influenced by centuries of imperial dynasties and experience what’s it like to eat like an emperor!

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