Experiencing The Food In Jaisalmer

Exploring 7 Of Jaisalmer’s Favorite Dishes

Sure, the Golden City exudes warmth from welcoming locals and the inviting yellow sandstone architecture, but the simple yet delicious food in Jaisalmer does it too, just as effectively! When you’re in this city, apart from the famous Rajasthani Laal Maas and dal bati churma, give these foods in Jaisalmer a try as well.

Also Read: Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Makhaniya Lassi

A twist on the classic lassi, the Makhaniya has a flavor of rose and saffron and served loaded with dry fruits and heavy cream. You can either enjoy it by itself or as a perfect end to a sumptuous meal.

If you feel adventurous, then try the Makhaniya Lassi at the government-licensed bhang shop near the entrance of Jaisalmer Fort. They have a version with bhang (a form of cannabis) and although you may not notice a difference in taste but the after-effects of a Bhang Makhaniya will certainly take you over the moon!

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Dal Pakoda

Pakodas or pakoras are a dish we’re all familiar with. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try the best street food in Jaisalmer. There’s no specific spot from where you have to buy these golden fried goodness; they can be bought from practically any tapri (street stall) in Jaisalmer! Eat a plate of these chana dal pakoras combined with chutneys and a cup of chai on a cold winter evening as the sun sets over the Fort. This is one of the simple but underrated pleasures of Jaisalmer.

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If you’re from Mumbai like me and craving chaat already on your first day in Jaisalmer, try the papdi chaat, another street food specialty. I found one while walking around the Jaisalmer Fort and it was thronged by locals and temptation kicked in. These are hot aloo pattice mashed in a bowl mixed with sweet and spicy chutneys, you can also add curd and then topped with sev. Yum!

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Mutton Saag

Another famous Rajasthani dish, mutton saag is meat cooked in pureed spinach with Rajasthani spices. The preparation goes well with tandoori roti or naan. We may all have tried palak paneer at some point but spinach with meat does make this dish interesting to dig into.

Wood Fired Pizza

Pizza is not something you would relate to when thinking of food in Jaisalmer. But if you’re a pizza lover then this is a must try when in Jaisalmer. Head to the rooftop restaurant at 1st Gate hotel to enjoy an amazing dinner of wood-fired pizzas with a view of the Fort and the cold breeze of the desert town. You can choose a glass of wine or beer to go with your pizza. The atmosphere of the place is peaceful as well as romantic. You guessed it! A perfect spot for a family meal or a date.

Banana Nutella Pancakes

Another unusual recommendation for food in Jaisalmer but pancakes is something you’ll certainly notice in a lot of menus owing to the foreign tourists Jaisalmer gets. Although not a regular breakfast item for Indians, you should definitely get your hands and mouth dirty with a Banana Nutella Pancake. It’s heavenly and you’ll surely want to try it at home!

Nutella Pancakes in jaisalmer may not look as good but they taste just as good

Ghotua Laddoo

The Ghotua Laddoo is a traditional Jaisalmer sweet treat and something to take back home. It’s a mix of besan (gram flour), sugar, condensed milk, and a generous helping of desi ghee which makes it last almost a month without refrigeration. Head to Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia, one of the oldest sweet shops in Jaisalmer and well known for their Ghotua Laddoos, which is prepared with a guarded recipe that has been passed down through generations. They also offer a wheat-based version of this delicacy called the Panchdhari Laddoo.

You may think that's it when it comes to food in Jaisalmer. But this desert city has a lot more food to offer. But keep in mind that the traditional foods tend to be on the spicier side, but are definitely worth trying!


What Is The Speciality Of Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer is best known for its desert landscape. When it comes to souvenirs, there’s no lack of beautiful things to buy as well. The silver jewelry, mirror work embroidered clothes, and artifacts made out of fossil stones are definitely things you should be bringing home.

What Is The Famous Food Of Jaisalmer?

  • Laal Maas - This dish is made with mutton, yogurt and garlic. Beware of the spice though!

  • Dal Bati Churma - This dish is famous throughout Rajasthan. Consisting of a lentil soup and balls made out of wheat or jowar, it’s practically impossible to miss.

  • Gatte Ki Sabzi - Another traditional Rajasthani dish, it consists of chickpea dumplings served in yogurt.

What Is The Traditional Food Of Rajasthan?

Rajasthani cuisine is mostly vegetarian, with their staple ingredients being jowar, bajri, wheat, rice, ragi, lentils, and pulses. Some of the traditional foods of Rajasthan are: 

  • Dal Bati Churma

  • Bajra Roti

  • Gatte Ki Sabzi

  • Kadhi

  • Gulab Jamun Ki Sabzi

  • Ghevar

Is Rajasthani Food Spicy?

Yes, Rajasthani food is generally on the spicier side. Since Rajasthan is a desert state, there’s a lack of vegetation. So spices were traditionally used to make the foods last longer. Also, having spicy food has also been proven to help beat the heat (sounds ironic, we know!)

Is Bhang Legal In India?

Yes, bhang is legal in India, but can only be sold by government licensed dealers. If you’re looking for bhang in Jaisalmer, there’s one shop near the Fort that sells it.

How Many Days Are Sufficient For Jaisalmer?

3 days should be enough for you to spend in Jaisalmer. 

  • Day 1 - Explore Jaisalmer Fort and the city, including visiting the Gadisar Lake and the Bada Bagh. 

  • Day 2 - You can visit the border town of Longewala, the Indo-Pakistan border and return to camp at Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes. Here you can vibe to Rajasthani folk music and dance. 

  • Day 3 - Set out on a jeep safari near the sand dunes. Also, visit the abandoned village of Kuldhara, which has gained notoriety of being haunted! You can read all about it here!

Where Should I Stay In Jaisalmer?

Being a tourist spot, Jaisalmer has no lack of hotels and resorts. Check out Unstumbled’s curated list of hotels in Jaisalmer to choose what best suits your tastes and budget!

Which Is Better Jodhpur Or Jaisalmer?

Jodhpur and Jaisalmer both have their own charm. While Jodhpur beautifully offsets the landscape with its blue buildings, Jaisalmer radiates the majesty of the desert with its yellow sandstone structures. Jodhpur has many palaces and forts, while Jaisalmer has one, in which people still live and make a living out of, which makes for an interesting sight.

Who Lives In Jaisalmer Fort?

Over 5,000 people! Yes. Jaisalmer Fort is the only one in India where people still live. The narrow streets are lined with shops and stalls, and make for a unique experience.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Jaisalmer?

The winter months of November to March are the best time to visit Jaisalmer. The temperatures are quite mild during the day, but nights can get really cold. Visiting in summer is not recommended because being in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer can get blazing hot.

  • Region
    North India
  • Type Of Experience
  • Best Time To Visit
    Throughout the day but mostly early mornings and evenings
  • Food You Must Try
    Makhaniya Lassi, Dal Pakoda, Chaat, Mutton Saag, Woodfired Pizzas, Ghotua Ladoo, Banan Nutella Pancakes
  • How Much Will It Cost Me?
    INR 250 - INR 1200
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