Winter in Jaipur is usually synonyms with loads of gajak on all those cold nights. And gajak love, for every jaipurite, is undeniably strong. But, I guess we have all faced this nightmare when mom sends us to bring some gajak, and the confusion just over boards our intelligence and wrecks our judgement. Defeated and lost, we come back home empty-handed saying the shop was closed. It doesn’t have to happen ever again, we promise when visiting a gajak shop, just open up this guide and you’re all set.
It’s a typical categorization after all?
Well, not really. We too felt so, until we went ahead and researched. Well, there a lot more types than we imagined, but you know, they fell more like a parody of the few original types of gajak, so we decided and skipped them, for good.
1 Til– One of the humblest gajaks known to mankind, and it’s better you know there is a til laddu in the options too. So, til, is basically a kind of Superfood, it has enormous benefits to our health and, is tasty, in gajaks to say the least.
Til’s most know gajak is til papdi Patti. However, it comes in a variety of til gud, til mawa, til gud khasta and what not.
Sweetener– Mawa, Gud, and plain old processed Sugar
Shape– Rolls(rarely), Rewdi, Patti(bar) and Ladoos.
2. Mungfali (peanut)- this gajak’s so popular it has its own name, it’s called chikki. It’s usually made with gud and is also available with a combination of til. It’s so widely popular, we are sure it’s the top-selling item at every gajak shop we came across.
Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar(rarely)
Shape-Patti(bar), and, you may find it in other shapes too.
3. Son– This one’s borrowed from the iconic son papdi, and yes, its one of those ‘other types’, but, at least, it’s iconic, unlike, chocolate flavored gajak. It’s mostly happened to be made with gud.
Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar
Shapes– Patti, Ladoo, and sometimes, Rolls too.
4 Mawa (khoya)– Gud mawa and til mawa remains the most common options, but there’s a simple mawa gajak all on its own too.
Sweetener– Gud, and sometimes, processed Sugar is added.
Shape– Patti(bar), Ladoo, and rarely Rolls.
5. Dry fruit– there are a lot of different varieties in dry fruit gajaks, its range includes kaju, pista, and badam gajaks. People have a love-hate relationship with them, but you aren’t short on options anyways, so we leave that up to you.
Sweetner– Gud, processed Sugar, Mawa.
Shapes– Usually Patti(bar), oval, and what not.
If you still happen to have doubts or confusions, or a query, ask us in the comments section and we will be happy to help.