Creative Travel meets Rajasthani Cuisine

Payaaz Kachori  and  Mirchi Bada,  Jaipur

Payaaz Kachori and Mirchi Bada, Jaipur

When travelling India, embracing local food is an inevitable (and much loved!) part of exploring the country. Each region, city, town, village has its own cuisine and tasting your way around India is one of the best ways to experience nuances in culture.

In September 2018 I hosted a 10 day trip, INSPIRED INDIA, that acted as a creative way to experience North India beyond the usual tourist offerings. We began every morning with yoga and meditation and naturally built up an apetite that was more than satisfied by the taste experiences along our travels.

This trip was designed to offer insight into multiple levels of Rajasthani, Delhi and UP culture; food was no exception. From Jaipur’s finest high-end bars to the best and secret local street snacks, delicately spiced regional thali dishes to fresh, hot, masala chai, from dining under the moonlight in Jaipur’s City Palace to sharing samosas among artists on the studio floor, from trying our guide’s favourite sweet dishes to cooking chappathis for the public inside the huge kitchen (langar) of Delhi’s Gurudwara Bangla Sahib… it’s safe to say we filled our bellies with a vast range of insights.

To complete this delightful gastronomic research, we arranged for our group to vist a local Rajput family who are famous locally for their homecooked traditional feasts. Spending an evening at home with Ranjivay Singh and family, our group learnt how to create eight local dishes from scratch, dine on their creations and then take home the recipes so that we can recreate and share the love.

There’s nothing quite like a cooking lesson from inside Amma’s kitchen and we sure felt like part of the family by the time we left. I don’t think the food will taste quite the same without Ranjivay’s daughters incessant hula-hoop dance entertainment, but that’s not going to stop me from trying! …Jheera rice anyone?

Thalis  are all about a balance of flavours that satisfy the palate while giving the body complete nutrition.

Thalis are all about a balance of flavours that satisfy the palate while giving the body complete nutrition.

Bar tenders at   Bar Palladio  , Jaipur

Bar tenders at Bar Palladio, Jaipur

All the locals come here for the BEST sweet lassis! Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

All the locals come here for the BEST sweet lassis! Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

Learning how to roll chapathis while joining the other volunteers in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

Learning how to roll chapathis while joining the other volunteers in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

Volunteers serving meals, Langar of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jaipur

Volunteers serving meals, Langar of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jaipur

Secret insights, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Secret insights, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Temporing secrets, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Temporing secrets, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

It’s all about the balance. Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

It’s all about the balance. Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Fresh is best, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Fresh is best, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Spice blends, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Spice blends, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Dance for your supper! Spontaneous ntertainment during Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Dance for your supper! Spontaneous ntertainment during Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Food bringing us all together, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Food bringing us all together, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Feasting on our creations, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

Feasting on our creations, Rajasthani home-style cooking lesson, Jaipur

All photos by Precious LaPlante, rights are reserved.