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Bihar/ Cuisine

Litti Chokha: This needs no introduction. The texture of Litti along with the crunchy crust makes it a foodie’s delight. It consists of wheat and sattu with spices, kneaded into round spicy balls, dipped in ghee. Chokha is prepared by mashing boiled vegetables (most common being potatoes, brinjal, tomatoes), adding spices and chopped onion, garlic etc and served with Litti as a complimentary delicacy.

Chandrakala/ Pedakiya: It is very similar to Gujia. It is usually stuffed with sweetened khoya, coconut, cardamom powder and dry fruits in a crispy covering and dipped in sugar- syrup.

Khaja: It is believed to be of 2000 years old, very similar to the Baklava of Ottoman Empire. This unique dessert from Bihar is wafery in texture and yet melts in the mouth. Another variant is Belgrami, which is relatively less sweet and belongs from Udwantnagar, which falls between Arrah and Buxar.

Laung - Latika: It is a traditional dessert of Bihar. The pungent taste of the clove along with sugar-syrup melts in the mouth. This is a perfect treat for cold winters.

Dal Peetha: It is the Bihari way to make dumplings. This is covered with rice flour and stuffed with lentil paste, along with spices and pickle. Another variant is Dal-puri.

Thekua/ Khajuria: Most common snack of Bihar, made usually during Chhath Puja. This is made by deep frying the mixture of wheat flour and jaggery. If you have a Bihari friend, you must be knowing this.

MalpuaIt’s prepared by deep frying the batter which is a mixture of flour, milk, mashed bananas and sugar. These are also complimented with thick Rabdi.

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