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Desert Chronicles II

Desert Cuisine - From the Soul

By Harpreet Kaur

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 Harpreet Kaur

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Dedicated to, ‘The Rose’, my teacher and Jack.


Rajasthan has a rich tradition of food this land of kings has had some very fine cooks. Even the common people take delight in cooking a great meal. It can be said that the royals raised the level of food preparation for even the common people. The royal in Rajasthan set the trend of lavish meals even though the ingredients were indigenously grown.

Royal food impressed the world with meat dishes while the locals impressed with vegetarian food. Cooked in pure ghee they created the tastiest curries all using pulses or gram flour. Fruits, dry fruits, yoghurt and spices added flavour to many dishes.

The royal kitchens of Rajasthan raised the ‘preparation of food’ to a sublime art. Their 'Khansamas' (the royal cooks) kept their most prized recipes to themselves. Some were passed on to their descendants and the rest are now with the chefs of heritage hotels.

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