Monday, August 13, 2007

Traditional Rajastani Thali


Rajasthani food is incomplete without the mention of the famous Dal-Baati-Churma. It consists of baatis or flaky round breads baked over firewood or Kandas (i.e cow dung) are done in villages. Baatis can be baked in a gas tandoor or an electric oven as well. But one thing common for baatis, irrespective of their cooking technique is that they are always served dipped in ghee accompanied with dal and churma. The dal is cooked with ghee, the masalas in the dal are fried in ghee and more ghee is mixed into the dal before serving. Often a large batch of baatis is made and part of the dough is left unsalted. This unsalted dough then shaped into rounds and cooked on the tawa on low flame. Later these baatis are crushed and sugar or jaggery is mixed into them along with ghee to make a sweet dessert- churma. The three together, simple though they sound, make a very filling meal. No Rajasthani festive or wedding menu is complete without this popular recipe.


Here are the links for all the dishes on the Thali:

Another way of eating Dal Baati is by crushing the baati add ghee, dal, onions, athana mirchi, lime juice, mango pickle, sabjis - mixed vegetable and gatte ki sabji and mix all together for a tasty and delicious meal.


12 comments:

Lakshmi said...

Hi Athika, Remember we tasted traditional rajasthani thali when we visited Jaipur and Udaipur. Loved the food, place and people too!

Arts said...

Wonderful spread Athika..
Have always heard of the famous dal baati churma, but never got a chance to try it.. Thanks to ur recipe, no more craving for me :)
Thx for sharing.. The thali looks perfectly lovely n tempting!

Sia said...

wonderful thali. i always wanted to cook rajasthani meal and now thanks to u that i have got the recipes to cook and serve sauthentic rajasthani meals:)

Vcuisine said...

ahika, the tali is inviting. Very beautiful. Viji

Richa said...

hey, ur rajasthani thali looks so inviting, have always enjoyed rajasthani food :) You have described the process very well, would like to try ur recipes. btw is that stuffed mirch in the 3rd katori?

Sharmi said...

lovely looking Thali. thanks for the links.

archana said...

Hi Athika,
I love Rajasthani food. Your thali is looking so delicious. Can't wait to try the bati and dal. Thanx for sharing these lovely recipes. Looking forward for more recipes :)

Athika said...

Hi Lakshmi,Sia Viji,Arts,Archana, Sharmi, Thanks for your comments. Really appreciate.

Hi Richa, Thanks for your comments. Yes the Athana mirchi is in the 3rd katori.

TBC said...

Beautiful spread. I don't think I've ever tasted Rajasthani food .

Mythili said...

yay !!! I just realized that you are from Seattle tooo...

the more the merrier !!

that is a beautifulllll spread :)

-Mythili

Roopa said...

wow Athika! wonderfull spread of rajasthani dishes. I love rajasthani food but never cooked one. now i know where to look for thanks for sharing dear :)

Padma said...

What a wonderul thali spread....this is making me hungry....tx