Travelling teaches you a lot. You need to adapt and adopt several things; you may like it or not but there is no option. And one of the biggest challenges that traveling brings for a guy like who is totally vegetarian and teetotaler, is the food. I have weird food habits and I eat whenever I feel like. Recently on my trip to Rajasthan, I came across different cuisine. Cuisine which I never seen before, though I belong to a place which has a mixed culture, from Haryana and Rajasthan since my hometown is Mahendergarh which is at the border of Rajasthan and we share good things from language, outfits to food. But the food in Rajasthan was something which I haven’t seen before. Why? May be I was never exposed to anything like this.
Moreover, this was my first time to visit Rajasthan this way. I have travelled to Jaipur but that’s the state capital and has cuisine of every type. I have been to Bikaner and there too I didn’t experience anything different. But the food in Rajasthan was different when I visited villages during my trip. In my one week journey of Rajasthan, I visited, stayed and tasted the local food. Well, that’s bliss if you get to taste the local cuisine. I faced great deal of trouble when I was in Kathmandu since I couldn’t get proper North Indian food there.
My first time experience with food in Rajasthan
We enjoy traveling but it brings it’s own list of challenges to deal with. Okay! So, there is lot of fat added in food in Rajasthan. And I somehow avoid consuming fat in my normal diet. So, the very first day, the breakfast I had in Bikaner city was normal. It was puri and aloo ki sabji with a sweet dish. When I reached Bap village, the cuisine got changed slightly. It was lots of ghee. Now I being a Haryanvi should love ghee since it’s a part of our regular diet. Oh yes! I love my rotis with ghee on them. But it is not easy for me to consume so much of it. That was the first challenge of eating food in Rajasthan. The village people were so sweet and the food they cooked was delicious. It was perhaps their love that made the food taste lovelier and scrumptious.
The breakfast at Bap village was of tea and pakoda. Here again, I don’t drink tea also so that was again a problem. I had to do with pakoda only. So, the lunch was Daal baati choorma, steamed rice and daal. The rice were long grained and tasted amazing. Daal baat choorma was such deliciousness that I still feel the flavour in my memories. Wonderful food in Rajasthan this time!
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I reached late, pretty late. The first day of Rajasthan Kabir Yatra, a journey drenched in the ambience of Kabir, the famous poet and saint. This seven day's journey will travel through several villages of Rajasthan. #travel #travelrajasthan #travelforlife #RajsthanKabirYatra #breakfast #travellove #traveladdict #foodie #FoodRavel #foodphoto #instafoodie #foodporn #foodblog #travelblog #travelalone #gastronomy #nomad #wanderlust #vagabond #travelphoto #instafoodporn #instatravel #travelling #travellover #travelblogger #solotravel #traveladdict
So from Bap, we headed to Nachna village. And there I tried something really different. For the first time I tried aloe vera ki sabji. Well, that was something I couldn’t appreciate that much since it was my first and may I could start liking it if I try it more again. But the first time was obviously difficult. Then the lunch was quite unusual. We had a veg I don’t know even the name. We had Kabuli rice which was actually similar to veg biryani. The veg gravy tasted like Manchurian and there were small balls like gulab jamun. Well, later on I came to know people even have gulab jamun veg as food in Rajasthan. The surprising thing is that it is a veg; not a sweet dish.
I even had dhokla, poha with namkeen in Jaisalmer which was totally different. As far as my knowledge is concerned, Dhokla belongs to Gujrat and Poha is from MP. So two different cuisines in one place at a different state. Interesting!
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One of the best things about traveling is that you get to taste every time of cuisine which perhaps hard to imagine, staying at a place. I do face challenges considering my food habit, but yes it's worth exploring. This plate mixed of cuisines from two different states served in totally different geography caught my attention. The fourth day of my rajasthan journey, I reached Jaisalmer and there in breakfast I was served this. No doubt, it's always amazing to taste and explore cuisines like this. #food #foodphotography #FoodRavel #foodlover #foodblog #travel #nomad #globetrotter #gastronomy #travelblog #travelporn #travelgasm #foodgasm #foodgram #foodporn #rajasthan #travellove #foodie #wanderlust #nomad #roamer #foodjournal #breakfast #Indiancuisine #letseat #letstravel #solotravelling #travelalone #traveladdict #travelholic
Scrumptious Dinner in Desert – Amazing food in Rajasthan
I didn’t expect this much at the desert. I thought it would be basic but it was eye opener. Such royal dinner in Sam sand dunes! I just thanked everyone for that delicious dinner. I thanked the cook and everyone in the staff there. It was truly amazing. I mean the desert and the dinner, perfect combination and perfect situation.
We even had chai, sutta, biscuits and snacks in the desert. Watching the live music concert, sitting over a sand dune, where the sand was cold enough to sooth your soul, people enjoyed hot tea. But hell no! I don’t drink tea. Well, I most of the time miss the chai wali feelings. This is actually a bond and people share it. Since I don’t do it, I feel socially boycotted at times. No drink (alcohol) and no tea! What a life!
When the veg curries had names of sweet dishes – Strange food in Rajasthan
So when it was my last day of Rajasthan trip in Jodhpur, we visited the blue city. Well, I was expecting a mini Santorini in Jodhpur. It wasn’t blue at all but everything. So we took a long walk, came out of the streets and took an auto riksha and the driver dropped us at a dhaba kind of restaurant. It was a congested place and I couldn’t fit as I was hitting the ceilings. So, when I held the menu in my hand, I was shocked to see the names of veg curries. They were all sweet dishes like gulab jamun, ras malayi etc. And we were totally confused. The guy there told us that’s the food in Rajasthan. I mean I know what Rajasthani food is but that was totally strange. So, he then told that the making is almost the same, like the ball of gulam jamun but after that the process and cooking is different. So, after long discussion over the menu regarding what to order, we finally ordered daal fry, kabuli rice and ras malayi. Oh yeah, again it was full of ghee and I felt like eating a ladoo since the taste of ghee dominated over the spices.
Travelling to remote places isn’t that much easy. Whenever you travel to a place, you need to follow set rules and ethics of that place. Overall, it was a great experience. It was the first time for me to try such food in Rajasthan. I have tried traditional Rajasthani thali at Jaipur twice and also Delhi Haat but this was totally different from others. This reminds to find satisfaction in the things we get easily.