Inside the Kitchen of a Famous Rajasthani Cook – Best Dal Bati Churma
Jaipur! What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Pink city, Hawa Mahal and camels on the road? But you can see monuments and animals anywhere in the world! Then what makes Jaipur so famous that people from all around the world come here in huge numbers? If you ask me, the specialty lies in the people of this city… …and their stories are a delight for the tourists! Now, if we talk about the camel ride or Rawat’s Kachori… …Bandhej dupattas from Bapu Bazar or the puppet shows happening in front of the mahals! One thing that is famous about Rajasthan since ages is its inspiring women… …who maintain their dignity and their strength! So, we’ll meet an inspiring woman today who, with her skills, has made a place in the hearts of people… …who visit Jaipur! When a person stands at their final destination, then the path they covered looks very easy! But, you know what? The journey is always hard! Today we’ll meet Seema ji, who is a renowned home chef in Jaipur! She cooks delicious food at her home and also invites tourists to come and learn from her! After fighting against our conservative Indian society, Seema ji is an established, independent home chef! And her interesting story pulled us to Jaipur all the way from Delhi! Today, she’ll cook for us Jaipur’s famous Dal Bati Churma and Gatte ki Sabzi! And yes, today we have a quiz for you! So, make sure you watch the video till the end because you can win… …an Usha appliance! So anyway, stay tuned till the end and we’ll head to meet Seema ji to know her story! Hi Seema ji! Hi Pallavi! Hi, nice to meet you! Same here! So Seema ji, tell me something about yourself! Born in Jaipur, brought up in Gujarat and did my high school from Maharashtra! Oh! Yes! So, it’s been a long journey till here! But, I was a very pampered daughter who never did a single work at home! Seema ji, what was your main aim to start this work? To make an identity for myself! And you’ve already done that! Seema ji is an amazing and renowned chef that people come here from around the world to taste her food! Infact, people have come from Korea to taste her authentic home cooked Rajasthani food! No, people came from Korea to visit Jaipur since it’s a tourist city! So, the footfall of tourists is huge here! Yes, this is true! Jaipur is rich when it comes to tourism! Infact guys, Delhi – Jaipur – Agra, the golden triangle, which one do tourists visit the most? Tell us in the comments! Okay, so, I too should learn something from you, right? Sure, Pallavi! First we’ll cook Gatte ki Sabzi! Don’t cut it with the knife! Just put it in the chopper, it will make your work easy! And how much garlic? We’ve added gram flour, oil, ajwain and salt to the flour! We’ll add some fennel and some black pepper to this! So, our flour is almost ready! Almost done and we’ll boil some water! And on one side we’ll prepare the gatta! This is an advantage of a stove with four burners! We couldn’t work swiftly on the old ones! So, what will we do for the gravy? For the gravy we’ll add some ghee! We’ve added ghee and now we’ll mix all the spices in the curd! Red chilli powder! Oh, that’s a lot of red chilli! It should show the essence of Rajasthani food! Ghee and red chilli! Yes, ghee, red chilli, spices! Meanwhile, should I roll this? Yes, please do! Our ghee is hot now so, we’ll add ginger and garlic to this! We won’t leave this for long else it’ll burn! We’ll add 1-2 cloves! And because we have to add curd to this, we’ll turn off the stove else the curd will turn sour! This was a great tip by Seema ji! We’ll add the curd slowly to this! We’ll add the Gatte to the boiling water! I had a strong inclination towards designing! I went to college but, meanwhile I got engaged, got married! So, whatever came my way I had to accept it! I didn’t have a choice! So, I accepted that! We came here but I never stopped trying! Now we’ll start the preparation of the Bati! We’ve taken flour here and we’ve added some raw flour to it! If you don’t have raw flour, you can add semolina too! We’ll add salt to this! Ajwain! Some baking soda! And ghee! Without which Rajasthani food is incomplete specially Bati! How do we actually make Bati? Originally, Bati was made on coal or woods and the taste was entirely different but now, it’s not possible to… …set up a hearth at home and sit in front of it! Some people still do it commercially but, it’s not practically… …possible at home so, we’ll use our OTG which will make our work easy! Our flour for Bati is ready! Should I pre-heat the oven? Yes, we’ll have to pre-heat it! On what temperature? 180! For the seasoning of the dal we need tomatoes, which we’ll chop! Should we add it to the chopper or blend it? We have to blend it! I faced many challenges because I had kids and I had responsibilities so, to move out and work wasn’t an… …option because to convince your family to go out and work was difficult! You’re well off so what is the need? So, it was necessary to make people understand that it wasn’t a need, but it’s important to make your own identity! It takes time but when you have an interest towards something, if you work towards it with determination… …then everything is possible! So, we’ve chopped the Gatte now that they have cooled down! We’ll add this to the gravy! We’ll keep it for 5-7 minutes and then add water! So that it absorbs all the gravy! So, when I came here I saw I’ll have to cook and do everything! You had to take over the kitchen and everything! Yes, I had to take over! My other two sisters-in-law learnt everything from our mother-in-law! And when they asked me to cook… …I felt unsure! Yes, and you can’t say that no, I don’t know how to cook! I started cooking with God’s name and surprisingly it was good! Infact, my son always used to say that mom you’ll do something some day! You’ll be a chef someday! So, I said that I don’t want to be a chef but he was always very positive about me that don’t be worried… …you’ll have an identity one day! So sweet! And when an 8 year old says this, you get great strength because if children believe in you then… …even you should believe in yourself! This is the water in which we boiled the Gatta! Look at the color! Definitely I feel very proud that if a person thinks something from their home, they can achieve it! Nothing is impossible! How long will it take now to cook? I can’t wait anymore! Just 5-10 minutes more! We’ll set this on the table now! I am feeling very hungry now! If you are feeling hungry only by the aroma then it should even look appealing! You’re absolutely right! Presentation is so important because that does the job! So, how do you serve your food to the guests? To make them feel at home, we serve it in the same way we have it in our home! They take it on their own! Self service! Yes, self service!! You should feel at home! Let them enjoy and you also enjoy! Till then, I guess the guests have arrived… …so, please attend to them! Okay, I’ll see! Please come soon! Hello! Hi everyone! Welcome to India! How are you? All good? Okay, lovely! We’ve been preparing an amazing meal for you all day! A traditional, local Rajasthani meal! So, some amazing dishes! How’s your day been? It was good, thank you! So, what all did you see today?/ Hawa Mahal, it was beautiful! Oh, Hawa Mahal, lovely! Hello! This is our chef for the day, Seema ji! How are you all? Okay! So, let’s have food now! Awesome! Everyone’s hungry, right? Let’s eat! It’s amazing! I made everything! Yes, why not! Pallavi made everything! Please, join us! Guys, wait! Like I said, there is an exciting contest in the end of this video so, make sure you watch till the end! For now, I’m feeling very hungry so, come! So, now I’ll show you how to eat this! So, this is clarified butter! Ghee! And that you put on your Bati! And now, this Dal! Put it on this! So, how did you guys like it? Oh, it’s very nice! Thank you so much for preparing this! Thank you for coming over! Now, we’ll quickly finish this because I want to roam around in Jaipur with you! Sure! Okay, so we’ll roam around in Jaipur then! And we’ll digest this too! Oh, yes! That is very important! And now guys, it’s contest time! It’s a very easy contest! You just have to tell us your version of the Dal Bati Churma recipe… …and you can win Usha’s On The Go Blender! Also, make sure you follow hashtag #UshaCook and #UshaCookOfficial And to know the recipe of what we made today with Seema ji, check the description box! So Seema ji, let’s go! No, you should go and enjoy! But… No, you’ve come to Jaipur so, enjoy! I’ve come on a holiday to Jaipur so, I’ll enjoy! Let’s go! How do people from all around the world reach out to you? How do they find Seema Sethi? Through Authenticook! Authenticook is a platform for home chefs! They’ve provided a platform for home chefs to cook their food! It’s based online!