Whenever someone mentions Rajasthani cuisine, Dal Baati Churma or Daal Baati Churma rates very high on the list. Completely vegetarian even though it’s pretty heavy for the digestion system, as it’s prepared and served liberally using ghee/ oil. It’s a popular choice for picnics during monsoon season, called Goth/ Gauth among the locals.
It’s not easy to find a good place to have one in Jaipur. Dal Baati Churma sold commercially in the city is no match for the real taste.
So where can you find a good place to have Dal Baati Churma in Jaipur? Tough question! Authentic Dal Baati Churma is supposedly prepared by cooks expert in this cuisine. Of late, its restricted to the wedding ceremonies or prasadi in temples. In fact, some shops in the walled city area of Jaipur sell only materials required for the preparation of Dal Baati Churma. They even arrange specialist cooks required to prepare Dal Baati Churma. Tradition demands that Dal Baati Churma be served in plate made of dried leaves as shown in the picture, it’s called Pattal. You can find more information here. Seen in the above picture 2 variants of Baati along with a variant of Churma, Dal and Gatte ki Sabzi. Gatte Ki Sabzi is commonly served in Rajasthan along with Baati. Together, they make a great combination.
You are unlikely to find good places in Jaipur where you can walk in and treat yourself with delicious Dal Baati Churma. The above picture was clicked during dinner time. Place – Khol ke Hanumanji temple; famous for the Dal Baati Churma prasadi in Jaipur.( The above picture was clicked with a smartphone, under the low light condition)
Here is another picture of Daal Baati Churma at a Prasadi in Samode village.
Seen in the above picture- 3 types of Churma and two types of Baati along with Dal and Kadi or Curry. It’s quite usual in all such Prasdadis to be served with three or four variants of Churma like Gehun, Bajara, badaam, rose etc and two or three variants of Baati like saada (plain) Baati, Mewa Baati and Masala Baati.
Have you ever had Dal Baati? If yes, do share your experience in the comments below.
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