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A Wrestler’s Unintentional Recipe Gave Jaipur Its Favorite Rabri Store

A Wrestler’s Unintentional Recipe Gave Jaipur Its Favorite Rabri Store


Wrestler Parmanand Jain established ‘Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar’ in 1857. As we speak, the native eatery serves no less than 1500 foodies per day. His great-great grandson, Deepak Chhabra, reveals how his famend recipe got here to be.

Paired with both sizzling gulab jamun and jalebi or served as a standalone dessert, Rabri is bound to go away its followers tempted. The traditional melt-in-your-mouth delight made by simmering milk on low warmth and flavoured with a handful of dry fruits, has at all times been a fan favorite. 

Served in earthen clay pots, the method to make rabri requires time and persistence, however the finish outcomes are definitely worth the effort!

About 166 years again, the Indian dessert gave a wrestler household in Jaipur fame and fondness, not solely from its residents but in addition from Jaipur’s royal household and celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Dara Singh, and Dharmendra.

In 1857, Parmanand Jain, a wrestler, established an eatery referred to as ‘Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar’ to supply this candy delight. As we speak, the native eatery serves no less than 1,500 foodies per day from throughout the nation and the world.

We sat down with the wrestler’s great-great grandson, Deepak Chabra, who at present runs the outlet to know the historical past related to their most beloved recipe and the way Jain “by chance” made rabri.

Deepak says that it was only because of Kapurchand Jain that they earned fame worldwide.
Deepak says that it was solely due to Kapurchand Jain that they earned fame worldwide.

From akhara to the royal kitchen

Earlier than beginning the store, Parmanand Jain labored as a khansama (prepare dinner) within the royal kitchen. Deepak tells The Higher India, “He can be referred to as to make sweets on particular events. He was such an ideal prepare dinner that he earned the title of Bhakt (a form of honorific at the moment), which was at least any award. Alongside this work, he used to promote milk, curd, misri (rock sugar), and mawa (dried complete milk). At the moment, these sweets had been the development and had been largely in demand.”

He continues to tell that when when Parmanand Jain was slow-boiling the milk, he by chance lowered it to make rabri. When he invited his wrestler mates to style the candy, they had been in awe. Thereafter, Parmanand Jain began making rabri often and shortly after, it turned essential in royal feasts and particular events.

That is how Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar got here to be in 1857.

Deepak elaborates that Jain continued to run the store for 60 years earlier than his sons took over. “He had three sons: Dasulal Jain, Kapurchand Jain, and Mohanlal Jain. All three brothers had been into pehalwani (wrestling) however solely Kapurchandji might obtain nice fame. He was the top of all 54 akharas (wrestling grounds) in Jaipur and earned the title of Ustaad (Grasp). He devoted his total life to wrestling and ran the enterprise as nicely. It’s due to him that we earned a lot fame worldwide,” he provides.

In a while, when the akharas had been now not in vogue, the household transformed their roughly 4,000 sq ft wrestling floor into the manufacturing unit for Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar. 

Almost three many years again, Deepak’s father, Shambhu Kumar, additionally launched genuine Rajasthani meals gadgets like bejar ki roti (conventional Rajasthani multigrain bread), aloo pyaaz paneer ki sabji (curry constituted of potatoes, onions and cottage cheese), mirchi ke tipore (inexperienced chilli pickle), and garlic chutney.

“This was the primary time ever that an eatery made and bought cooked curries in kilos! Normally, curries are served in parts in eating places,” says the 41-year-old. After Deepak joined the household enterprise in 1998, he opened three new shops within the Pink Metropolis.

A feast for the style buds

On the Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar, no less than 1,000 litres of milk is sourced each morning from dairy farmers of the close by Chomu village. First, the milk is boiled after which saved with out refrigeration for use to prepare dinner rabri all through the day.

Deepak says that the household has saved the style and high quality constant. Explaining how the rabri is made on the eatery, he says, “We comply with the easy technique. First, milk is boiled on a sluggish flame within the underground coal furnace. When milk heats up, layers of cream seem on prime which is pushed to the aspect of the pot in a thick chunk. The milk is boiled until it reduces to one-third of its quantity in a thick consistency. It’s then sweetened with sugar and garnished with cardamom powder and dry fruits.”

What’s distinctive is that the household has saved the design of the utensil the identical – it makes rabri in a big parcha (a deep cylindrical vessel) in contrast to others who use a kadhai (a broad spherical container) to make the candy dish. “The containers make sure that the warmth is evenly unfold to prepare dinner the contents. It makes all of the distinction,” he provides.

Apart from this, Deepak says, it’s due to the standard that the model earned its title. “We gave high quality to our clients, who in return gave us fame. My elders inform me that now we have served our meals to famend celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Dara Singh, and the previous chief minister of Rajasthan, Bhairaon Singh Shekhawat. In the event that they got here to Jaipur, they’d not return with out having rabri at our store,” he says proudly.

On common, the long-lasting eatery makes as much as 150 kg of rabri day-after-day. Bought for 2 anas (Again then, anas had been a type of foreign money and 16 anas makes 1 Re) earlier, at the moment, the candy is bought for Rs 500 per kg. 

The market price of the candy in any other case is Rs 360-400 per kg. Apart from rabri, the household launched a number of conventional Rajasthani sweets like moong thal, gulab chakri, kalakand, and maal puvey.

A typical Rajasthani thali with bejad ki roti, aloo pyaaz paneer sabzi, gatte ki sabzi, dal tadka, mirchi ke Tipore, lehsun chutney, and raita.
A typical Rajasthani thali with bejad ki roti, aloo pyaaz paneer sabzi, gatte ki sabzi, dal tadka, mirchi ke Tipore, lehsun chutney, and raita.

One in every of their common diners, Kartik Bhargava tells The Higher India, “I bear in mind my uncle took me there for the primary time a number of years again. Since then, he and I go to the eatery at any time when now we have time. It turned our bonding spot. There are loads of eateries in Jaipur that present the identical meals however nobody can beat the genuine style that Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar provides. They should have some secret ingredient that units them aside from all different copies.”

There are quite a few shops in Jaipur with names that sound just like Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar however Deepak says that their high quality is their USP that draws various clients.

“It’s an honour to take the household legacy ahead. I’m glad that my son, who’s at school 12, needs to pursue lodge administration and goals to hitch the enterprise. It offers me immense satisfaction that this legacy will proceed even after me,” he provides.

Edited by Padmashree Pande.



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