Diwali is a time for festivities and bonding over good food with family and friends. This year we were to host the Diwali lunch, and my wife wanted to order food to give us all time to sit with the guests instead of being busy in the kitchen. Her preferred cuisine for the event was Rajasthani.
We found that the limited outfits serving Rajasthani cuisine earlier had either closed or were not delivering due to the pandemic. I persevered and came across home chef Abhilasha Jain (+91-9958983606), a Marwadi lady, settled in Gurgaon, and running her outlet Marwadi Khana (www.marwadikhana.in). We were apprehensive trying out a new outlet, but I am happy that we ordered from Abhilasha.
We ordered Dal Bati Churma, and Gatte ki Subzi. The accompaniments were Lehsun ki Chutney, and Mirchi ke Tipore. Gatte (cooked gram flour dumplings), cooked in spicy curd gravy, were hot with the right proportion of spices. The batis (hard unleavened bread) soaked in ghee (clarified butter) went well with the panchmel dal (five kinds of lentils cooked together). The dal had the perfect consistency. The batis had a hard exterior but crumbled inside the mouth. The Churma (coarsely ground wheat cooked in ghee and sugar) left everyone wanting more. The two accompaniments – lehsun (garlic) ki chutney was tangy and mildly spicy; mirchi ke tipore (instant green chilli pickle) were sufficiently hot, spicy, and tangy, as they are meant to be.
Our lunch was a hit. The portion sizes were big – we packed every dish for the guests to take home for the next meal; there was enough left for us to continue our party the next day as well. We are now hooked to try their other dishes the next time that we order Rajasthani cuisine.
Abhilasha belongs to a traditional Marwadi family. She spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother while she was growing up, ‘learning the art of cooking.’ Having lived most of her life in Rajasthan, she has imbibed the rich and royal flavours in each dish’ on her menu. She has claimed on her website, ‘the authentic recipes handed down to me over generations, have been perfected by me’.
This is not an empty boast. Marwadi Khana accepts orders on its website and delivers across Delhi NCR.
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