#8 - Our Journey Across The 29 States - Rajasthan
Our journey across the 29 states of India will now be moving from social media to our website! If you've been following us for a while, you'll know that as well as providing great tasting food, we are passionate about giving our customers a deeper understanding of where our food originates from. This month, we will be exploring the bustling food culture of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is India's largest state by area, located on the country's north-western border. The glory of the state comes from its majestic palaces, forts and monuments, drawing a growing number of visitors from across the globe every year. Some of its major architectural wonders include Chittorgarh Fort, famously known as the largest fort in all of Asia.
Chittorgarh Fort (Source: Times of India)
Rajasthan is often referred to as 'The Land of Royalty' given its strong historical ties with the Royal Rajput's, who congregated within the area from 6th century India. The Royal Rajput's were descendants of the Kshatriyas, or warriors of Vedic India, who are often cited as one of the world's first and oldest known civilisations.
The state itself is famed for its rich regal culture and heritage, given its extreme climatic conditions, scarcity of water and vegetation. Since native times, these properties have evoked the need for unique cooking styles, many of which are still practised today. Inherently, this has also influenced the regions food habits which are noticeably different from other traditional cuisine found across India.
Royal Rajasthani Thali (Source: Outlook India)
The people of Rajasthan have moulded their culinary styles in such a way that many of their dishes can be left for several days and served without heating! For those of us who have busy schedules or struggle to find time in the week to prepare food, Rajasthani cuisine provides great insight into such time-saving approaches. With milk, ghee and local spices often the prerequisite for local dishes, the cuisine is perfect for those who enjoy rich, colourful and unique offerings.
If you're interested in exploring Rajasthani cuisine, we would recommend trying the dal bati churma, gatte ki sabzi or laal maas. Not only are these dishes popular amongst locals, but many who travel to Rajasthan are also pleasantly surprised by the dishes mix of flavours and textures.
At The 29 States, we've adapted traditional Rajasthani cooking methods to help us derive more interesting flavour combinations through some of our more compelling dishes. Coupling this with the etiquette of the Rajasthani people, we aim to offer a more complete culinary experience, enhancing service and cuisine for all of our customer's special occasions.