Awesome Recipes to water your mouth in Bihar

Khaja

Another equally tasty and scrumptious food of Bihar snack, Khaja is believed to be a 2000 year old preparation, very similar to the Baklava of Ottoman Empire. The crispy dessert is made from wheat flour, sugar, mawa; deep fried in oil. This unique dessert from Bihar is wafery in texture and yet melts in the mouth. Another variant is called Belgrami which is made from a milk solids( a form of cheese), sugar and ghee. It is less sweet and is a famous sweatmeat from Udwantnagar, which falls between Arrahand Buxar.

Gaaja

Another equally tasty and scrumptious food of Bihar snack, Khaja is believed to be a 2000 year old preparation, very similar to the Baklava of Ottoman Empire. The crispy dessert is made from wheat flour, sugar, mawa; deep fried in oil. This unique dessert from Bihar is wafery in texture and yet melts in the mouth. Another variant is called Belgrami which is made from a milk solids( a form of cheese), sugar and ghee. It is less sweet and is a famous sweatmeat from Udwantnagar, which falls between Arrahand Buxar.

Litti Chokha

The lip-smacking taste of Litti Chokha, savoured by one and all, needs no introduction. It is your grand welcome to the food of Bihar, in all its ghee-dripping glory. It consists of wheat and sattu with spices, kneaded into round spicy balls, dipped in ghee. The texture of Litti along with the crunchy crust makes it a foodie’s delight. 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...

Makuni

Stuffed with a spiced sattu filling, a specialty of Bihar. The traditional dish from Bihar has a stuffing made of sattu flour, finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies, coriander leaves, ajwain, kalonji, salt, turmeric, amchur powder, mustard oil and mashed mango pickle inside a wheat casing. Just toast the sattu atta paratha, also locally known as makuni roti, on a flat pan with a little oil; it’s not just heavenly but nutritious too!

Khajuria/Thekua

Khajuria is the most commonly prepared snack of Bihari food. The mixture of wheat flour and jaggery is deep fried and lo! This lip-smacking snack is ready to fulfill those hunger attacks! One can also use rice flour instead of wheat flour and suger instead of jaggery to make different varieties.

Tilkut

To those of you who enjoy a sugar rush a dive into Bihari cuisine will be worth it. This north Indian state has a plethora of desserts and savouries which will be a delight to your sweetened taste buds. A feeling which you are too sure to relinquish for days to come. However, it requires skill and talent to create the choicest of Bihari sweets. One such sweet that requires careful preparation is the Tilkut a healthy dessert prepared from punched sesame seeds. It is cooked with a sugar base rolled into a ball filled...

Anarsalaai

Rice flour and Jaggery come together to create this beautiful Bihari food dish that is found all year long. It is then coated in sesame seeds and fried over medium heat until it achieves the perfect shade of red. Bite into an anarsa and soak in the sweet treat that awaits you!

Dal Pairhi

Dal Peetha is the Bihari way to cook dumplings or momos. This quintessential food of Bihar is covered with rice flour and stuffed with lentil paste, along with spices and pickle. The dumpling is then steamed or fried and makes for a very healthy breakfast. Another variant of this is when the lentil paste is mixed with spices and rolled into chappatis and is called Dal-Puri.

Chandrakala/ Pedakiya

Very similar to Gujia, Chandrakala is another heavenly dessert for those with a sweet tooth. Stuffed with sweetened khoya, coconut, cardamom powder and dry fruits in a crispy covering and dipped in sugar-syrup, Chandrakala is a fdish from the traditional food of Bihar that is enough to sweeten your senses!

Parwal ki Mithai

Biharis sure seem to have a sweet tooth. Yes you read that right, they even turned the plain old vegetable like parwal/patol (pointed gourd) into a sweet dish, reverberant of the food of Bihar. And boy, it tastes heavenlly. The inner pulp of the parwal is scooped out, bolied, dipped in syrup and filled with sweet khoya preperation. The end result looks as royal as it tastes!

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