Rajasthan, with its resplendent palaces and expanse of beautiful sand dunes, is a top destination for any tourist. The lakes and deserts make for some stunning locations from where you can sample the best local delicacies as well as some world-class cuisines.
Rajasthani food is greatly influenced by the warrior lifestyle of its original inhabitants, as well as natural restrictions, like scarcity of water and arable land. But the state more than makes up for this, with a mouth-watering menu that includes world-famous snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia and Pyaaz Kachori, and meaty delights like Laal Maas or Khad Khargosh. No matter what Rajasthani restaurant you visit, any time of the year, you can be sure you’re going on a gastronomic adventure. But before you start packing, do check out this ultimate guide to the most popular food of Rajasthan.
This fine-dining restaurant at the Leela Palace in Udaipur is one of the most popular food destinations in the country. Overlooking the scenic Lake Pichola, the restaurant serves up amazing Rajasthani food with an unparalleled ambience. Dine under the stars, or book one of the candlelit tables, you can guarantee that this will be an evening you won’t soon forget.
If you’re looking for a more modern take on traditional Rajasthani food, make your way to Latitude, a restaurant in Jodhpur that is frequented by young locals. With an informal atmosphere, a trendy interior, live music, and a menu that includes treats like dahi kebab, you can be sure that a visit here will be worth your time.
When you’re tired of visiting all the palaces and lakes, make your way to The Green House in Pushkar, to sample some of the most popular food in Rajasthan, without any of the pretention. All the food at this Rajasthani restaurant is sourced from the greenhouse outside, which visitors are encouraged to take a tour of. Make sure you eat as much naan and laal mass you can, and don’t forget to wash your meal down with a large glass of lassi because the food here is exceptionally fresh.
Also known as the LMB, this is one of the oldest restaurants in the state running continuously. Established in 1954, and located in the crowded Johari bazaar, LMB is the perfect destination for all vegetarians. Make sure you order the thali for a taste of some of the best Rajasthani food and end your meal with some of the best kulfi in the state. Dessert lovers rejoice because the restaurant also has an exclusive sweets counter with some of the most mouth-watering delicacies in north India.
When looking for a place to eat in Jaipur, make sure you don’t skip out of Handi, a restaurant that has won awards for serving some of the best Rajasthani food. Its authentic menu and tantalising cuisine have made it popular not only among locals but for foreign tourists as well. With super tasty biryanis, Mutton handis, and a fantastic ambience, it’s no surprise that Handi is considered one of the best restaurants in Rajasthan.
Travel to the rooftop of Bundi Vilas, a 3,000-year-old haveli for some of the food as well as views in the world. The set dinner here offers some high-end food and drink, an uninterrupted view of the fort, and is perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner. Most of the food is sourced from its Bundi farms, so it doesn’t get much fresher than this. Make sure you sample some of its authentic Rajasthani food, as well as some fresh home-made jams.
When you’re tired of eating Rajasthani cuisines and you want to try something different, head down to the Modern Kitchen in Jaipur, where the chefs use locally sourced ingredients to come up with some fine Mediterranean cuisine. Tasty pizzas, portions of pasta and wraps are all made with Rajasthani ingredients and gluten-free options. This is also the best Rajasthani restaurant to sample the local Indian Quinoa seed, there’s a whole separate menu devoted to dishes made from Quinoa.
Set in an old haveli in Jodhpur, and surrounded by beautiful clear water ponds, you won’t see too many places as rustic as the Baradari Restaurant. Perfect for romantic dinners, or for sampling new cuisine, Bardari is known for dishes like baingan ka salan, or ker sangria. Visit here at night for a spectacular view of a fully lit-up Mehrangarh fort or take a seat at the rooftop bar for some stunning views of the city during the day.
At least once during your culinary journey across Rajasthan, do take out the time to dine like a true maharaja. There’s no better place for this than “1135 AD,” a restaurant in Jaipur that is exceptionally regal and ornate, even by Rajasthan’s standards. Soak in some local culture while listening to some live music and dining on some of the most popular food of Rajasthan. What more could you ask for?
These are just a few of the hundreds of places to eat in Rajasthan that are sure to get your mouth watering. With thousands of cuisines and unique local dishes, you’ll always be going back for more. Are you still confused about what to eat in Rajasthan? Let SOTC help you plan that perfect culinary trip across the state with its Rajasthan tour packages!