What Rosagulla is to Bengal, Dal Bati Churma is to Rajasthan. It may not have the global reputation yet there is something endearing about Dal Bati Churma that makes a unique combination of Protein, Carbohydrate & Fat which has been nourishing the people of Marwar to fight with enemy & extreme weather condition since historic times. Dal Bati churma is the Staple food of Rajasthan.
Situated at off C G Road of Ahmedabad, Marwad Darbaar offers traditional taste of Marwad. The smiling elderly waiter explained that we must crush the perfectly baked roundels (traditionally known as bati) add the hot piping dal and douse this with pure cow ghee. Following his instructions, I was literally won over by the multi-textural and multi-sensorial experience of eating the Dal Bati Churma at Marwar Darbar.
Dal-baati-churma is a complete dish. It is a popular Rajasthani dish consisting of mainly Urad Dal (50% Uradh and rest Chana and Moong) and Bati i.e. small wheat bread balls. Dal is served in a small bucket shaped vessel with a red chilli tadka on top, spicy garlic chutney. It is commonly served at all festivities, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies, and birthday parties in Rajasthan.
Churma is basically a sweet side dish, eaten with dal-bati and is made sweet by adding desi jaggery to it. To make it tastier and healthier, ghee is added to it and garnished with dry fruits like Cashew, Pistachio, Almonds or Raisins.
As the discussion goes on, we were informed that the reason behind the aromatic taste of Dal Bati Churma is that all ingredients right from Red Wheat, Desi Bajra to unpolished Dal & Desi Cow Ghee is sourced from selected vendors of Marwar. Dal & Bati are cooked to slow flame to retain the taste, nutrition & aroma of the premium ingredients.
This Royal Rajasthani Cuisine may have evolved due to the war like lifestyle of the Rajputs. During wars, when adverse conditions used to surround armies, long lasting food was a chief requirement. With the available ingredients in barren lands of Rajasthan and scarcity of water, the most feasible solution was to bake the dough of wheat in bulk. These could be cooked fast, and in large portions to suffice the entire army. These baked wheat dough were then named as Bati and later addition to them included Churma(sweetened cereals) and Dal(mixture of lentils).
This unique delicacy being so popular is the formation of Batis by Tribal groups of Rajasthan. These nomadic tribal people would keep dough of wheat under sand before leaving for their work. Till their return, dough would get baked due to the scorching heat of the sun over sand. Bati was thus their prime resource of food, as it was easy to make, cheap, durable and healthy.
The third reason is that the pilgrims and hunters of Rajasthan would have dal bati churma when on the move in the middle ages. Travelers would carry bucket loads of dal for their journeys. They would carry wheat & bajra too. When they would halt at night, they would make balls (bati) with the wheat & bajra and smoke these over fires made with wood foraged by the men in the group.
Apart from history the use of healthy grains like bajra the protein shots provided by the lentils in the dal and nutritive and detoxifying properties of ghee were all prized for giving a healthy and nourishing meal for those on the move. This gives you a sense of pride about how evolved our traditional food technology was. The entire thought behind dal bati churma as a food on the go, and its convenience and health benefits, is pretty fascinating and makes me feel proud about our native ingenuity. Perhaps the best known Rajasthani cuisine is the combination of dal, bati & churma, the skillfully devised cuisine, which truly unravels the magic of Rajasthan.
The three together, simple though they sound, make a very filling meal. No Rajasthani festive or wedding menu is complete without this kind of Rajasthani cuisine “Dal Bati Churma”. This sensational meal is cooked and served in the most authentic way at Marwad Darbaar. Apart from their speciality Rajasthani Cuisine “Dal Bati Churma”, they also offer lipsmacking Chole Puri, Fix Thali & variety of rice in combination with Dal Tadka & freshly cooked Rajma.
Where : Marwad Darbaar, Samudra Complex Annexe, Near Saffron Restaurant,Nr. Girish Cold drink Char Rasta, Off. C G Road, Ahmedabad. Tel : 9099211427
Tel Nos : 9712888668 Timings : 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm ; 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Highlights : Parcel facility available. 100% Veg., Taste ,ambiance & Service WINS with reasonable price. best time to visit after 8:30 pm.
Social Responsibility : Marwad Darbaar responsibly maintains cleanliness and supports Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.