Rajasthani Thaali – SNC

30th July, 2013

I am part of this wonderful group called South North Challenge, started by Divya Pramil of You too Can cook. I belong to the Southern team and each month we have to complete the challenge provided by the Northern team. This month, which was truly challenging was given to us by Manjula of Desi Fiesta. She had made this beautiful Rajasthani Thali and inspired us to make the same. She was very helpful through out the process answering us all our doubts and hence it was possible for us to make this awesome platter.

Each and every dish had its own distinct flavor. I was very happy at the end of the whole process. I have tried to give detailed procedure through out the post. So bear with me if it is too long. Hopefully the pictorials would help you understand the recipes much better and inspire you to try the same.

The menu for the thali is –

  • Goond Ki laddu

  • Baati

  • Dal

  • Panchmel Subzi

  • Gatte ki Kadhi with rice

  • Dhana wadi/Moong wadi curry

  • Bajiri ki roti

  • Makkai ki roti

  • Matta/Boondi chaas

  • Kesar malai Lassi

 
Goond ki laddu – (Sweet made of wheat flour and edible gum)

Using edible gum in cooking was a very new technique for me and I have to tell you that I feel in love with this gum the minute I ate some of this laddu. The gum made it so much easier to make the laddus because it helped bind it together without using too much of ghee (fat) and the crunch it gave to the laddus was wonderful. I found the edible gum easily in the local Indian store. There were two kinds of it available. One was the larger crystals that were expensive and the other one that I used in the smaller crystal. This laddu was very easy to make but it requires a little bit of patience when frying the wheat flour. I also learned from Manjula’s post that goond /edible gum is heat producing food, which is consumed during winter to raise our body temperature. Hence this laddu is a winter treat that is usually eaten with a glass of warm milk or after a nice meal.

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (makes around 12 medium Laddus)
  • Wheat flour/Aata – 1 ¼ cup
  • Goond/edible gum – 3 tbsp
  • Powdered sugar/Confectionary sugar – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Ghee/clarified butter – 8 tbsp (plus more if you have a hard time shaping the laddu)
Procedure –
  • Heat about 3 tbsp of ghee in a wide pan and add the wheat flour to it. Fry the wheat flour in low to medium heat until it turns golden brown and very aromatic. Keep stirring when roasting the wheat flour because it is very easy to burn it. 
  • Once the wheat flour is roasted, keep it aside and let it cool.
  • Meanwhile in the same pan, heat about 2 tbsp of ghee to fry the edible gum. We are going to fry the gum in 3 batches of one tbsp. So once the ghee heats up add 1 tbsp of the goond and fry it. The goond starts to puff up when you fry it. This takes only a minute. Drain the fried gum in a paper towel and repeat with the rest 2 tbsp. Add about 1 tbsp of ghee each time you fry the gum. 
  • Once the wheat flour and gum has cooled down mix them both together and add the sugar and cardamom to it. Mix it well and start shaping them into small balls. The gum makes it quite easy to shape, but if in case you are having trouble shaping the laddus, add a little bit of melted ghee and then shape them. Store it an airtight container.

 

 Dal Baati

Dal Baati is a very famous Rajathani combo dish. Any Rajasthani platter is incomplete without this combo. Baked wheat flour dumplings served with lentil soup on the side is a very filling dish of its own. This bread is very famous in Rajasthan because of its long shelf life and high nutritional value. Baati can be made plain or with fillings. The baatis are crushed and drizzled with pure ghee and then eaten with a bowl of dal to make it a complete meal.

Baati

Preparation time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (makes around 10 medium Baati)

  • Wheat flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – to make stiff dough
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
Procedure –
  • Mix the wheat flour salt and 1 tbsp of ghee. Add warm water to make stiff dough. Let the dough rest for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Divide the dough equally into 10 parts and then make balls out of it. Place them on a greased baking tray and slightly flatten each ball with your palm.
  • Bake for about 15 mins and then flip the baatis and bake them further. If needed drizzle with some ghee when baking.  Bake until it is golden brown.
  • Take it out of the oven and smear with ghee. Traditionally these are dipped in pure ghee for about an hour and then eaten, but to watch the fat intake, we can just brush them with ghee. Keep it warm until ready to serve.

Dal/Moong Dal – (Split green gram soup)


Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 40 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (serves 4)

  • Split green gram dal/Yellow moong dal – ¾ cup (I used split green gram dal)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Green chilies – 2 (slit lengthwise)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil+ghee – 1tbsp
Procedure –
  • Cook the split green gram dal (Moong dal) in pressure cooker or stove top until it soft and mushy.
  • Heat oil/ghee and add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds sputter add the green chilies, rest of the masala powders and ginger garlic paste and sauté for 10 secs.
  • Now add the cooked dal and adjust the thickness of the dal. If needed add water to bring it to the right consistency. Let it boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with baatis!

 Panchmel Subzi –( A dry curry made with five different vegetables)


Panchmel subzi is commonly used to denote the usage of five different vegetables to make this delicious dry subzi. The vegetables used in this curry are gawar beans /cluster beans (kothavaranga), Chawali/long beans, French beans, bell pepper and cucumber. I was very excited to make this curry since I had all the vegetables need to make this in my backyard. The only one vegetable that I had to but was the gawar beans. I was surprised at how tasty this dish was and it used very little spices. It paired very well with the rotis.
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy
Ingredients – (serves 4)
  • Gawar beans/cluster beans – ¾ cup (chopped)
  • Long beans – ¾ cup (chopped)
  • French beans – ¾ cup (chopped)
  • Cucumber – ¾ cup (chopped)
  • Bell pepper – ¾ cup (chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 large (chopped)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Dhania powder/coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
Procedure –
  • Heat oil in a pan and then add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add all the chopped vegetables (except the tomatoes) and let it cook until half way done. 
  • Now add the tomatoes and all the dry masala powders along with salt and cook until the vegetables are almost done. Do not add any water since the vegetables lets out water when cooking. 
  • Don’t cook the vegetables until mushy. The curry traditionally is left with a little crunch on them. Serve with rotis!

Gatte Ki Kadhi


Gatta is gram flour (besan) dumplings that are made by adding spices to the gram flour and then the mixture is steamed or boiled and then added to the kadhi. Kadhi is yogurt based gravy that goes very well with rice as well as roti’s or parathas. This is somewhat similar to Urundai Moar Kuzhambu that we make in South India. This recipe would be a perfect one if you are looking to make a side dish and do not have any vegetables in hand.


Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy


Ingredients – (serves 4)

For the Gatta (dumplings)

  • Gram flour/kadalai maavu/besan – ¾ cup
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Carom seeds/Ajwain – ½ tsp
  • Yogurt – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste

For the kadhi

  • Yogurt – 2 cups (whisked)
  • Gram flour/kadalai maavu/besan – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leave – few
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Ghee/oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – garnish
Procedure –

To make the gattas –

  • Mix all the ingredients mentioned above for gattas and make firm dough adding very little water if needed.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 and make small cylindrical shape (the size of your finger).
  • Boil water in a large pan and once the water boils, add these dumplings into water and cook for about 10 mins. 
  • Remove with slotted spoon and cut into bite size pieces. Keep aside until ready to assemble.

To make the kadhi –

  • Combine the yogurt, besan, curry leaves and ½ cup water and whisk well until no lump remains.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafetida.
  • Once the seeds crackle add the turmeric powder, chili powder and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the whisked yogurt mixture, 1 cup water and salt. Bring it to a boil while stirring constantly to avoid the yogurt from splitting. 

To assemble –

  • Once the kadhi boils, add the steamed gattas to it and bring it to boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the kadhi thickens. Serve with rice!

 Dhana Moong Wadi (A curry made with dried lentil nuggets)


This is a delicious and quick subzi that can be made with the moong nuggets that can be found in the stores. The nuggets can also be made during summer and stored for the year to make this curry. I was not sure if I would be able to find this in our local Indian stores, but luckily they had it and that made my job a bit easier.


 
Preparation time- none
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (serves 4)

  • Moong wadi or mangodi – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Dhania jeera powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Cilantro – to garnish
Procedure –
  • In a pan heat about 2 tbsp of oil and fry the moong wadis until they are golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add the remaining one tbsp of oil. Fry the cumin seeds and then add all the dry spice powders and fry for a minute.
  • Now add about 1 cup of water and mix well. 
  • To this add the fried wadis and let it cook covered on low heat until completely cooked. The wadis would be soft and mushy when done. When they are cooking keep checking to see if it needs more water. I did need to add more water as it was cooking.
 
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with any roti or rice.

Bajiri ki roti (Indian bread made with millet)


This is bread made with millet flour. This bread is very high in nutritional value and keeps your very filled for a long time. This roti gave me a hard time. I had quite a bit of difficulty rolling the roti. Then I added about ¼ cup of wheat flour to the millet flour and kneaded it and then I was able to roll them. Also I rolled the roti’s on a well floured plastic sheet and then transferred it to my palm and then to the hot tawa to cook.

Preparation time – 30 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (makes 10 medium parathas)

  • Bajiri aata (millet flour) – 2 cups
  • Wheat flour – ¼ cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Water – to knead
  • Ghee – to make the parathas

Procedure –

  • Mix all the flours and salt in a bowl and add little water at a time to make stiff dough.  Keep the dough aside for about 20 mins to rest.
  • Now divide the dough into 10 equal parts and then roll it out on top of a well floured plastic sheet. 
  • Transfer the rolled dough into your palm and then put it in a hot tawa.
  • Let it cook on one side and then flip it to the other side. Smear both the sides with ghee and cook on the other side too.
  • Serve hot with some curry! This roti needs to be eaten when piping hot; otherwise it could become hard and chewy.

Makki Ki Roti (bread made with corn flour)

Preparation time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – (makes around 10 medium parathas)

  • Corn/maize flour – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ghee – to spread over the roti’s

Procedure –

  • Combine the corn flour and salt and add water to it slowly to make soft dough. It does take a while to form dough, so knead it patiently adding water little by little.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 mins.
  • Divide the dough into small balls and flatten each piece of dough over aluminum foil. It also helped to lay a piece of plastic over the dough when flattening it.
  • Then invert the flattened dough on a hot tawa and let it cook for about a minute. Gently peel the aluminum foil back and then cook the rotis on both sides applying little ghee.
  • Keep warm until ready to serve.

Matta/boondhi Chaas (Boondhi raita)

 

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – none
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients – serves 4

  • Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Boondhi – ½ cup
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Procedure –

  • Whisk together all the ingredients except boondhi to a smooth mixture.
  • Add the boondhi to the yogurt mixture.
  • Keep it chilled until ready to serve.

Kesar malai lassi – (A sweetened yogurt based drink)

Manjula had made this drink with milk, but I used yogurt to make it. This was the first time I used whipping cream in my lassi and it gave a very rich flavor.

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – none
Difficulty level –easy

Ingredients – (serves 4)

  • Thick Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Whipping cream – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 4 tbsp (or to taste)
  • Saffron strands – few (soaked in 1 tbsp of warm milk)
  • Salt – a pinch

Procedure –

  • Use a blender or a hand blender to mix all the ingredients to a smooth and frothy mixture.
  • Pour in a glass or matka (clay pot) and serve chilled.


 


17 thoughts on “Rajasthani Thaali – SNC

  1. Oh My God… I missed this month challenge as I nvr find time to prepare all these at the same time… Will try one by one when time permits…

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