Rajastan , the Kingdom of the Kings, is the next place we are going to visit.This state houses parts of the Indus Valley civilization and has an ancient history.
The main geographic feature of Rajastan is the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range. Most of the North western region of this state is dry and sandy.In spite of being a desert, this state is rich in fauna and flora.This state is known for its palaces, forts, intricately carved temples,
The Rajastani cooking is largely influenced by the war like life style of the people and the availability of the ingredients. Due to the lack of green vegetables [as the place is mostly a desert],dried lentils and besan / gram flour dumplings of various sorts are used instead of vegetables. In these arid regions, the cooks use less water for cooking and replace it with ghee.
Dishes that could stay well for a long time and those that did not require heating were preferred.
Rajasthan,as I mentioned earlier, was a place of Rajas or Kings.The cuisine is very flavorful and is predominantly vegetarian. It is also known for the abundant use of milk, buttermilk,ghee and lentils.