Celebrating Hadoti at ITC Rajputana

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Think of Rajasthani cuisine and it is impossible to miss out on the delicacies of Hadoti. If you’re in the mood to gorge on some undiscovered legacies of the Indian culinary tradition, do not miss the Hadoti cuisine of the Rajasthani towns of Bundi, Kota and Jhalawar. Going on at Hotel ITC Rajputana under the aegis of Kitchens of India — Undiscovered legacies, the festival is on till 25 September. On offer for Dinner Buffet at Jaipur Pavilion, the cuisine will surely take your taste buds on a roll.


The Eastern Region of Rajasthan is widely known as Hadoti or the Lands of the Hadas. Hadoti comprises of the old Hada states of Bundi and Kota .Predominantly made of locally grown ingredients like beans and dried lentils, gram flour is the prime ingredient in Hadoti cuisine. Popular dishes like khichdi and raabdi use bajra and corn as major ingredients.Pulses, lentils and legumes that are grown locally are also used extensively in meals. Some of the popular dishes include Bajre ki khichdi, Besan ki chakki, Dal Baflabaati Kathe, Gatte ki sabji, Makka Khichda, Ker sangri, Methi dahi macchli,Gol Maans, Kacher Kaalamaans , Maan ki kadhi , Gunja , Kota ki kachori , Hare Chane ka Halwa, among others. What’s interesting is that the dishes of Hadoti cuisine use curd instead of tomatoes while preparing the dishes. The abundant use of milk and milk products reflects the widespread practice of cattle rearing prevalent in this region.

Ingredients kept in earthen dishes at Hotel ITC Rajputana, an inspiration from the Hadoti Region
Ingredients kept in earthen dishes at Hotel ITC Rajputana, an inspiration from the Hadoti Region


The ongoing festival celebrates Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar  from the Hadoti Region. It is noteworthy that the chef Parul Kapoor and the staff of hotel ITC Rajputana visited these regions to get a first hand experience of the way the lip smacking Hadoti dishes are prepared. The menu for this festival was also curated on the basis of the insight they gained there about Hadoti cuisine.


Bloggers testing their culinary skills with the ITC Rajputana Chefs
Bloggers testing their culinary skills with the ITC Rajputana Chefs

Hotel ITC Rajputana invited the bloggers of Pink City to gorge on some gastronomic delights of Hadoti. The heavenly dining experience was preceded by a live cook wherein the bloggers cooked in the kitchen with the ITC chefs. From cooking makki ka saag and baingan ki launji to kala murg, it was surely a fun and memorable experience for all the bloggers.

Makki Ka Saag
Makki Ka Saag
Baingan Ki Launji
Baingan Ki Launji


ITC Rajputana reflects everything that is splendid about Rajasthan. Designed along the lines of a traditional haveli, with its own definition of space and splendour, ITC Rjputana is thus an apt place to celebrate the cuisines of Rajasthan.

A view of the Hotel ITC Rajputana
A view of the Hotel ITC Rajputana

The Thikana Suites of ITC Rajputana are named after the erstwhile Princely States and are  named after the luxurious resting retreat for kings and the royal families – the perfect accommodation for experiencing an extravagant lifestyle. The Thikana Suites are richly inspired by Indian heritage. The 16 Thikanas Suites,  namely Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar, Kishangarh, Karauli, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Alwar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Dungarpur, Bharatpur, Bansara, Tonk, Sirohi, Jaipur   are inspired by the erstwhile princely States.

If you plan on visiting the Hadoti Food Festival to treat your taste buds, don’t forget to have a look at the splendid art works displayed in the Welcom Art Gallery of Hotel ITC Rajputana. It will surely be a treat for your eyes !

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