Bihar is famous for its historically rich land. when it comes to Bihari cuisine, average people think about “Liiti chokka” but it’s not true. Bihar has the plethora of delicacies cuisine which is not equally famous. In this post, I am going to reveal about top 10 Bihari cuisine that you must try.
1. Litti Chokha
In last few years Litti chokka has become a signature dish of Bihar. It is baked from wheat flour dough that is stuffed with a mixture of roasted gram flour, spices, and lemon juice. And is served with chokha. chokha made out of potato, brinjal, and tomato. This cuisine has gradually made its way from the streets of bihar’s capital city Patna to all over India.
Thekua or Khajuria is a snack made from a mixture of wheat flour, coconut, cashew nuts and sugar molded and deep fried. Mother use to prepare it whenever her son/daughter goes back to college or office after spending quality time vacation at Bihar. Moreover, this is the default prasad at the occassion of Chhath Puja. So, Next time ask your Bihari friends about thekua.
‘Laung’ way cloves and laung lata is a clove-infused Bihari dessert made with flour, oil, milk and stuffed with a divine filling of khoya, cardamom and sugar, It is prepare by frying in deep oil and then dipped it in a sugar syrup.
4. Chandrakala/ Pedakiya
Chandrakalas are alike Gujiya in flavor but are diverse in shape: these are in a circle. These are Maida, Mawa, dry fruits, flavored with cardamoms as well as deep-fried in pure ghee. The Chandrakalas are dipped in sugar syrup before serving.
5. Parwal ki Mithai
Normally we know Parwal as a vegetable but its mithai is quite a famous sweet in Bihar. Nonetheless, it has fantabulous taste and is made by stuffing the pointed gourd with khoya, giving it the right balance of sweet, salty and healthy. You can find it normally on all special occasion like marriage and party.
6. Sattu ka Sharbat
Biharis don’t rely on carbonated drinks to quench their thirst in summers. They have a local drink made with Sattu which is not just healthy but equally tasty. Sattu is mixed with black salt, jeera powder and water and the drink is ready.
7. Chana Ghugni
Chana Ghugni is a savory prepared by chana or Bengal gram. It’s a favorite breakfast recipe, which is both tasty and healthy. This cuisine is little spicy and can be eaten alone or with puri, paratha, chapati, murmura or fried poha 🙂
Tilkut is made of pounded ’tila’ or sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum) and jaggery or sugar. The best tilkut is said to be from Gaya. References to this dry sweet is found in the Buddhist literature as palala.
Anarsa is another delight from the land of Bihar, India. It is mainly made during the celebration of Diwali and other festivals. The main ingredients of the sweet include rice, jaggery, poppy seeds and ghee. To make this dessert, the rice has to be soaked in water for almost three day.
The water has to be changed every day. After drying it is ground to make pithi out of it and is mixed along with sugar. This dough can be stored in airtight containers for long. Small disc shapes that are around 2 cm in diameter are made out of it. Poppy seeds are added on one side of it. These discs are then fried. Care should be taken to put the poppy seed side of the disc first into the oil. It is fried until it changes color to brown.
Khaja is a common wafer-like snack which is common in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. It is prepared from sugar and flour, which is firs, mixed and then deep fried. In the end, it is dipped and soaked in a hotSugar syrup to infuse the sweetness into the Khaja.
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