Rajasthan, the place famous for its royal grandeur, palaces, culture, etc. is also famous for its royal cuisine. Dal baati is amongst the popular royal cuisine of Rajasthan. Royal cuisine of Rajasthan is incomplete without the mention of the dal baati. During all the auspicious occasions and traditional functions of Rajasthan, dal baati is always included let it be weddings or any such occasion. Dal baati is a most healthy and filling meal with a very delicious taste. The staple cuisine of Rajasthan is simple but very tasty with baati served with hot soup like dal along with the lemon, garlic chutney and onions. The mere mention of the crumbled baatis along with the hot panchmel dal waters the mouth and tingles the taste buds with delight and fascination.
Traditional way of serving dal baati is to squash the bati and then adding pure desi ghee on the top of it, served with the panchmel or yellow dal and spicy garlic chutney with lemons and onions. Baatis are hard unleavened bread which is round balls made from wheat flour, which are later fried or baked and then roasted to complete with the cooking procedure and the panchmel dal includes five different types of lentils which are cooked in ghee and other spices. The combination of all these ingredients leads to traditional auspiciousness of the royal taste.
Since dal baati is a type of staple food, the recipe is very popular in the houses of Rajasthan. The baati’s are substitute to Indian roti’s and breads. The variety of baati goes with plain from masala baati, dry fruits baati or missi baati. Generally baati’s are made of wheat flour with few drops of ghee, curd, salt and water to make soft dough out of it. Roll a lemon sized balls out of the dough and keep it aside for one hour. Boil water in a broad vessel and add the dumplings into it to cook for around 15-20 minutes and later remove it and drain it and keep it aside. Then roast the dumplings properly on the hot coal or any other way till it gets golden from outside and spongy from inside. Normal baati’s are thus ready.
With baati’s any type of dal can be served but the panchmel dal also known as panch kutti dal is the very popular option. Select five dals or lentils like chana dal (split Bengal gram), toovar dal (arhar), moong dal (split green gram), urad dal (split black lentils), whole moong (whole green gram), etc. take each of this ingredients according the requirement, like for five people take around 1/3 cup of each dal and one tablespoon split black lentils and whole green gram. Other ingredients required for the dal are chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, cloves, bayleaves, cumin seeds, long green chillies, asafetida, dried mango powder, pulp of tamarind and salt to taste. To start with the dal, firstly clean and wash all the dals with water and add around four cups of water or according to the need. Pressure-cook all the dals till they are cooked. In a bowl mix all the masala with 3 tablespoon of water and keep it aside. Take a pan and heat few amount of ghee in it to sauté the ingredients like cloves, bay leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds and asafetida and let the cumin seeds crackle and add the masala paste and sauté it. Later add the cooked dals and aamchur, tamarind paste and salt and simmer it for few minutes. Add some water and adjust the consistency of the dal before serving it with baati’s. Serve all along with garlic chutney paste and slice on onions and lemons. Thus the amazing and nutritious royal cuisine of Rajasthan is ready to relish.
Dal baati is listed amongst the healthy food as it contains various nutritional values like calories, saturated fat, sodium, carbohydrates, lot of proteins, dietry fiber and also vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium and minerals. Though because of pure desi ghee is added in a good quantity in the dish, the calorie and fat intake increases for the person having cholesterol or any other problem though it can be avoided by other alternatives or avoiding the ghee. Thus the other nutritional values cannot be avoided as it benefits everyone.
Dal baati’s are very famous amongst the Marvadi’s all over India and thus is easily available in any Marvadi restaurant or Rajasthani restaurants. The eatery, four points by Sheraton and Rajdhani restaurant in Jaipur is amongst the famous for serving dal baati. In Udaipur Santosh Dal Baati centre and Aapni Dhaani restaurants are very famous and popular for the bistro dish. In Mumbai and other places there are various Rajasthani outlets, restaurants and hotels serving dal baati. Rajdhani, Choki dhaani, Sofitel, etc. are various places where the cuisine is available. Dal baati’s are also easily available in Madhya Pradesh, Indore as there are lot of marvadi’s residing there.
Thus the royal vegetarian and nutritional cuisine is a must try once in the royal state of Rajasthan. The staple and filling dish of dal baati will definitely beat many cuisines for its unique flavor and a healthy meal.