Dal Baati Churma is a famed Rajasthani culinary treat. This vegetarian Rajasthani cuisine consisting of 3 different items is both simple and delicious. Baati usually served with a copious amount of ghee/butter. It’s a popular choice in picnics during the monsoon season which is usually termed as Goth/ Gauths. So where can you find a good place to have Dal Baati Churma in Jaipur? Tough question!
The above picture was clicked at Khole Ke Hanumanji temple which is famous for the Dal Baati Churma prasad in Jaipur; there are two types of Baati, a variant of Churma, Dal and Gatte ki Sabzi. Gatte Ki Sabzi is a classic combination with Baati. I need to mention that a similar cuisine is popular in east India. It is called Litti Chokha and quite popular in Bihar and Jharkhand states.
It’s not easy to find a place serving lip-smacking Dal Bati Churma in Jaipur. You can find a few Dhabas in Sindhi Camp area serving Dal Baati Churma which is commercial and passable in terms of taste. Another option is to try at two outlets in Masala Chowk Jaipur. These are Pawana Rajasthani Vyanjana and Wah Banna.
This commercially sold Rajasthani cuisine is no match with the authentic taste prepared by specialist cooks. Of late, it is restricted to the wedding ceremonies or Prasad in temples.
In fact, some shops in the old city area of Jaipur sell only ingredients required for making Dal Baati Churma. They also arrange specialist cooks for Dal Baati Churma. Here is a picture of one such shop that specializes in ingredients for Dal Baati Churma in Jaipur.
Tradition demands it to be served in a plate made of dried leaves (shown in the picture) called Pattal. You can find more information here.
Here is another picture of Prasad at a temple in Samode village.
The above picture has 3 different types of Churma, two types of Baati along with the Dal and Kadi/Curry. Three or four variants of Churma – Gehun, Bajara, Badaam, and rose along with two or three variants of Baati like Saada (plain) Baati, Mewa Baati, and Masala Baati is common in all such Prasad.
What is Baati?
Baati is prepared from wheat flour rolled into a dough, which is then rolled into a golf size balls. These balls are then baked in a traditional method and served with ghee poured over it.
What is Dal?
Dal is prepared with boiled lentils and a variety of spices. It is a common Indian dish and not exclusive to Rajasthan or Jaipur.
What is Baati?
Baati is crushed into small pieces and mixed with sugar and ghee to make Churma. Churma is essentially a sweet preparation.
How to eat Dal baati Churma?
These are the combinations.
- Dal with Churma
- Baati with Dal
- Baati with Gatte ki sabzi/ Aaloo Pyaaz Sabzi/ Lahsun Chatni (Garlic paste)
You are unlikely to find good places in Jaipur where you can walk in and treat yourself with a delicious Dal Baati Churma. Have you ever had Dal Baati Churma? If yes, do share your experience in the comments below.
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