The historically rich land of Bihar is equally famous for the plethora of delicacies that feature in its cuisine. We get you a sneak-peak into some of Bihar’s most savored desserts, which will surely leave you craving for more.
Ask a Bihari friend the occasions when this sweet is made at home and he will say all. Thekua is a snack made from wheat flour, jaggery (or sugar) mixed together, moulded and deep-fried. Well, yes, it isn’t for those watching their weight.
This wafery sweet snack is made from flour and sugar, is deep-fried and then dipped in hot sugar syrup.
This snack made of flour and salt is deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup. As the sugar syrup cools off, it crystallizes. This is a special occasion snack.
Malpua is that sweetmeat to which all Biharis swear by for every special event and festival. Whether it’s Holi or Eid, Durga Puja or Ramzan the festival is incomplete if you haven’t eaten Malpua. Its batter is made by mixing flour, milk, sugar and mashed bananas and is deep fried in such a way that the edges go all crispy while the center is all soft. Mouth watering isn’t it? Trust me, if you have a sweet tooth, you cannot resist Malpua.
While the Americans and Europeans debate over the origin of donuts, we Biharis can never have enough of Balushahi. These donut lookalikes made from flour and buttermilk are ”shuddh desi” and definitely appetizing.
6.) Parwal Ki Mithaai:
Probably, Bihar’s most famous fried sweet, the pedakiya is made by stuffing flour stuffed with semolina (suji), khoya or grated coconut and is especially made during the Teej festival in Bihar. This sweetmeat makes me wish that Teej would come once a week.
9.) Kala Jamun:
For those of you who don’t know makhana, it is also known as fox nut. This different version of kheer is made in a similar way like the normal kheer but is not as sweet because of the slightly salty taste of the fox nuts.
11) Laai :
12) Anarasa :
13) Ande ka halwa:
Yes, You read it right Ande ka halwa. Ande ka Halwa is one of the richest and yummiest halwa usually made in winters. Since, winter is when your digestion is at its best so the richest food was consumed in winter.
14) Sewai ka Zarda:
15) Tilkut :
Tilkut or bars of sesame seeds – a sweet cracker made by mixing the seeds either with jaggery or sugar – that is indelibly linked to Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, has been growing patrons not only in Bihar, but also in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, and also the US. Come Makar Sakranti and every possible sweet shop in Bihar will sell one of these.