Monday, December 06, 2010

Kadhai Rajasthani

Hah! Thought it was a Rajasthani curry, didn't you? It is a recipe, though.

Recipe for Kadhai Rajasthani: Take some time off, go to Amber Fort in Jaipur and see these huge kadhais.

How could I have forgotten to post these pictures in my previous post? Anyway, here's some trivia for you - I haven't watched Jodhaa Akbar but apparently these kadais feature in the movie. Jodhaa cooks kheer for Akbar in these kadhais. So I read on the Net.


The vast and rambling Amber Fort is also complex and maze-like. I saw these kadhais about 90 minutes from the top before I managed to get to them. I didn't figure it out - I made my way to several points in the fort through a combination of stumbling and guesswork. There are no directions anywhere, not even on the audio guide, if you're lucky enough to be able to listen to it.


There was no information about these kadhais. I shot these pictures from high above, as much as my 14X optical zoom compact camera would allow.

There are more pictures of Amber Fort here.


Swimming pool, bathtub, what other uses can they be put to? They would need a ladder, though. In various palaces and museums, we saw oversized vessels and containers like these that needed ladders to access them.


Like this. This was one of the two containers of Gangajal (water from the Ganges, considered sacred, and believed to wash away sins, including those accruing from crossing the ocean) that the then king, Sawai Madho Singh II, took to England when he went to attend the coronation ceremony of Edward VII. These are reported to be the biggest sterling silver containers in the world.


Kadhai Rajasthani

16 comments:

  1. wonderful kadhais and pictues.

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  2. Wowo they are huge, i dod watched the movie buti think i shuold watch again to notice it :-)

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  3. I can't even remotely imagine cooking such large quantities of anything!

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  4. Awesome pictures! They are so large...unbelievable.

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  5. Why did you see them for whole 90 minutes ? What were you doing, Research Kadhai or something ?

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  6. I have visited that fort and it is simply mind blowingly beautiful and amazing :)

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  7. Can't imagine cooking in such a large kadai or for that matter, cleaning up after.

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  8. You made my day, Sra. Had been to this place some 24 years back to write a competitive exam. Many relatives stay there and had a good look of this place. Thanks for posting the pictures, as I could not take any, during that time.

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  9. Sra,
    Those huge kadhai's reminds me of Hindi film "Jodha Akbar"..if you happen to see that movie, there is one great shot with those huge kadhai's..I do think a lot of work while cooking with it and after also :-)..lovely pics..hugs and smiles

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  10. Thanks for your comments on bhindi kadhi. If you ever travel close to Los Angeles, CA, let me know and I will invite you for a Rajasthani lunch/dinner :)

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  11. Looks like the bath tub of Mughal kings you see at Agra Fort :)

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  12. Jodha must have some spectacular arm-strength to stir away the milk for making kheer in those kadhais! Nice clicks!

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  13. Never seen kadhais so HUGE. They look bigger than my kitchen. :-)

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  14. gosh they are huge!how on earth did they manage to use it.
    planning a trip to rajasthan sometime next year so these posts are real good.

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  15. Where were these when I went to Amber fort??? Amazing

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