Bikaner is a quaint desert town in Rajasthan. It is the land of undulating dunes, ancient forts, embellished palatial houses and affluent communities called Marwaris. Living in an arid region has made the community master the science of innovating food according to climatic conditions, ameliorating existing recipes, and cleverly recycling them to save them for a rainy day.
When you set foot in Bikaner, you can see the feel the essence of the special Bikaneri food well intricate with the lives of the people who live there. Besides, innovation in food also has been part of history of Bikaner. Undoubtedly, bhujia is one of them. But the narrow bylanes of Bikaner are bestrewn with all kinds of gastronomical temptations, some exotic and some perfected over generations.
The snack once cooked as a treat for the royals has now become a national food habit. The Bikaneri bhujia combines moth flour, longi mirch and other traditional spices. The region’s saline water and dry air give the bhujia manufactured here a distinct flavour.
While the typical samosa is stuffed with a boiled potato, the shahi samosa is a quiche of paneer and vegetables with some modern invention of the people of Jodhpur. This snack is worth a try if you want to eat something out of the box.
Ghotua Ke Laddoo
A sweet, melting delight Popularly known as the ‘Taste of the City’, Ghotua is made of Desi Ghee & gram flour. The additional use of cardamom and saffron render a unique taste to the sweet & soft Ghotua. Their method of preparation has been passed on through generations. The secret recipe makes this item unique and you won’t find these authentic mithai outside Jaisalmer.
Jodhpuri Mirchi Bada.
One of the alluring dishes of Rajasthan is its Jodhpuri Mirchi Bada. Once you try it you will keep coming back for more. Mirchi Bada, made with a layer of gram flour and spicy spices along with potatoes, is the first choice of the people of Jodhpur. If domestic and foreign tourists coming to Jodhpur leave without tasting chilli, then in a way their trip is considered incomplete. Its colorful and endearing taste and flavour become part of memory of the people who try it even for once.
Doodhiya kheech is a popular Rajasthani dish. It is a wheat porridge which is believed to have originated in Udaipur. It is prepared using wheat, milk, cardamom, sugar and various dry fruits. The richness of this dish keeps everyone mesmerized till the last bite.