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Jaipur/New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje returned to Jaipur on Saturday afternoon after failing to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and BJP president, Amit Shah, in the wake of charges that she helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

The chief minister, who left on Saturday morning by helicopter to attend a NITI Aayog meeting, spent some time at her house in Delhi before flying back to Jaipur afternoon, a source close to Raje said.

The source insisted that the chief minister went to Delhi only to attend a NITI Aayog meeting and that nothing else was scheduled in the national capital.

credits: IANS
credits: IANS

However, political analysts view her failure to meet the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leaders as a snub.

BJP sources said Raje, under attack from the opposition which wants her to quit, wanted to meet Prime Minister Modi, Shah as well as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, to give them her side of the story on the Lalit Modi issue.

“It seems that after being denied an audience by the top leadership, she felt it is better to come back to Jaipur,” said a BJP functionary on the condition of anonymity.

“She will certainly try again to reach out to the central leadership, and may send her close confidants from here (Jaipur) to meet them in the next couple of days,” he added.

The Rajasthan BJP is standing by the chief minister, saying that all the allegations hurled against her are baseless.

Rajasthan Health Minister, Rajendra Rathore, has said: “The party is fully behind the chief minister. There is no questioning of her resigning.”

The opposition has ganged up against Raje, saying she signed a witness statement in support of Lalit Modi’s immigration application for Britain when he was being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

She was then the leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan assembly. According to the opposition, she also made it known that the matter should be kept confidential.

Ashok Parnami, the BJP state president, on Friday admitted that the documents being shown by the media do contain her signature on the last page.

“The document is not in official format of any UK court,” Parnami said. “The signed document is not a witness statement, and it was not presented in a court.”

In New Delhi too, a Rajasthan government official told a media outlet, that Raje had no plans to meet either Prime Minister Modi or any other BJP leader.

“She was here only to attend the NITI Aayog meeting,” he added.

According to BJP sources, a meeting took place between Prime Minister Modi and Shah on Friday in which it was decided that Raje would attend the NITI Aayog meeting.

A BJP leader privy to the meeting told the media channel, on the condition of anonymity, that the leaders also discussed “how to convert the Blue Corner Notice against Lalit Modi into a Red Corner Notice”.

“Lalit Modi can be detained in any country if the Red Corner Notice is issued,” he said. (IANS)

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Exploring the Rajasthani Cuisine

The foodie in you is sure to stumble upon more exotic and unique culinary delights if you set out to explore the place in detail

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Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea).
Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea).

Home to royal palaces, mighty forts and unending deserts, Rajasthan is the land of legends and kings and queens. Rajasthani cuisine is famous all over India for its rich flavours and unique cooking styles. Being an arid state, the traditional cooking style has evolved in such a way that very less water is used in cooking. More oils and spices are used in order to preserve the food for longer times. Also, Rajasthani cuisine uses milk, ghee and butter in large quantities owing to the local production and availability of dairy products. Here are some top dishes which has made the Rajasthani cuisine famous worldwide. All you have to do is contact one of the car rentals in Jaipur for a day of restaurant hopping in the city.

Daal Baati Churma
This is the signature Rajasthani dish which is a combination of baked round bread called Baati, spicy lentil curry or Daal and a lightly sweet crumble known as Churma. It is so simple yet tasty and healthy. The baati is made out of wheat flour, ghee and milk and cooked in a baati cooker or tandoor whereas the daal is made of five different types of lentils. Churma is nothing but crushed baati mixed with sugar or jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.

Gatte ki Sabzi
Gatte is the gram flour balls which are used in the preparation of various dishes. Gatte ki sabzi is an everyday dish made by cooking gram flour balls in a gravy of buttermilk and spices. The sabzi can be relished with rice or roti.

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Gatte ki Sabzi.

Ker Sangri
Ker Sangri is yet another traditional dish of Rajasthan which is a preparation of dried Ker berries with Sangri beans. These berries and beans grow easily in desert conditions, and hence it evolved as a staple food item. Ker Sangri pairs best with roti, daal and rice.

Laal Maas
Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian. However, the Rajput influence has led to the inclusion of some mouthwatering meat preparations in the cuisine. Traditionally, Laal Maas used to be prepared with deer meat or boar meat. In modern days, the dish is prepared using tender mutton. The spicy red curry is best relished with bajra ki roti. Liberal use of fiery red chillies imparts the unique red colour to the curry.

Mohan Maas
This is yet another mutton dish where well-cooked delicious mutton chunks are dunked in a
rich gravy of milk, cream, spices and nuts.

Rajasthani sweets and snacks.
A man with Rajasthani sweets and snacks.

Snacks
Rajasthani snacks make a great accompaniment to a glass of their special Adraki chai (ginger tea). Kachoris and Samosas are commonly found in every local sweetmeat shop in the city. Kalmi Vada, Bikaneri Bhujia, and Mirchi Vada are some of the other snacks to be tried.

Sweets
Rajasthani cuisine is not complete without mentioning its wide variety of mouth-watering
sweets and desserts. Most of their sweets are rich preparations involving generous usage of
milk, cream, ghee, and sugar. Sweet lovers cannot miss trying out Mava Kachori, Rabri Jilebi, Malpua, Balushahi and Ghevar.

The foodie in you is sure to stumble upon more exotic and unique culinary delights if you set out to explore the place in detail. Jaipur Outstation taxi services are also available for intercity trips within Rajasthan, to make the most out of your Rajasthan food expedition journey.