Rajasthani Dal Bati Churma….

Rajasthani food is incomplete without the lip smacking flavours of Dal-Bati-Churma. It is a delicacy you simply cannot miss in Rajasthan. This lavish dish comprises of panchmel dal, wheat and semolina batis and a sweet dessert called churma. Batis are flaky round breads baked over firewoods or cow dung cakes; and then dipped in ghee for some time. Panchmel Dal is a combination of five lentils cooked in pure ghee and tempered Indian spices.  Once cooked, more ghee is added to enhance the flavour and taste. Churma is a sumptuous sweet dessert made by deep frying unsalted dough in ghee. The deep fried batis are then crushed coarsely and mixed with sugar or jaggery and rosated dry fruits. Dal Bati Churma is a complete and filling meal.  You surely have to forget about calories while having a hearty Rajasthani meal and this dish is no exception. The history of bati is quite interesting. During the period of Mewar dynasty, when Rajputs were establishing their hold in the region, bati was an official wartime meal. The soldiers would break the dough into small pieces and leave it buried under the thin layers of sand to be baked by the heat of the sun. When they returned from the battlefield, they would dig out the perfectly baked batis. They were then dipped in ghee and consumed with curd made from camel milk. Dal and churma were added later as a more evolved version. When in Rajasthan, do not miss out on this flavourful traditional dish. Batis can also be baked in oven. So, you can try your hands on Dal Bati Churma at home as well.