Be it an IT office or a college hostels, we all have that Bihari friend who goes home and returns with a big bag of thekua, padukiya, and nimki. We all know at least one person who just won’t stop talking about how awesome litti chokha and baingan bharta is. If you ever had a Bihari roommate then you will understand the emotional value that sattu and aam ka achar holds for us.
When it comes to Bihari food, the talk normally starts with litti chokha and ends with thekua. We miss a lot of mouth-watering dishes in between. If you are someone who wants to explore the world of scrumptious Bihari cuisine then here are five dishes you can start with.
Makhana is a staple food from Mithilanchal region of Bihar. Popularly known as Fox Nut, this variety of kheer is generally prepared in festivals when non-vegetarian food is not allowed. This heavenly balance of sugar and cardamom results into a burst of flavours when it enters your tastebuds. For a Bihari, the value of this kheer beats anything that is sold in the name of pudding and ice creams.
The Bihari cuisine is very much influenced by the fact that we love the combination of namkeen and meetha in one plate. The love of Puri – Jalebi and Samosa – Gulab Jamun is the living proof of that obsession. But then things really at interesting when you’d know that we love to eat a combination of sweet bundiya and salty sev mixed and served on a plate. There is no complex recipe involved, neither is any presentation, what matters is our love for food and the way we like to eat it.
The spicy, tangy dish is prepared and eaten primarily as an evening snack. Prepared with tomato paste, green chili, coriander and other signature Bihari spices, the chura ghughni is one of many fusion experiments that combines two of our favorite dishes. When Ghughni is mixed in the chura and fried, it produces an awesome delicious snack. At some households, minced meat is also mixed in this combination increasing its awesomeness level by tenfold.
There is nothing better than Pittha for the health food enthusiasts. Prepared in a delicious mixture of rice cake and pulses, the taste quotient of Pittha is on a different level altogether. While it is a normal vegetarian meal eaten best with pulses, its presentation is made exotic during parties and weddings when it is served with mutton instead of daal. The rice batter is sometimes grinded with dryfruits and then is slowly fried in ghee or slowly roasted on barbecue fire creating a culinary treat that one won’t forget in ages.
Champaran Handi Mutton
Mutton is so popular in Bihar that we keep mixing it in different dishes. From Litti to Chura, we can make amazing mutton combos. When mutton is used so creatively with different dishes, imagine how creative its preparation would be. Out of every preparation, Champaran mutton stands tall above all. These delicate pieces of boneless mutton are cooked in handi and over burning coal. No water is added in the preparation of the mutton that keeps the taste of the spices intact.
So now that you know about some new Bihari dishes, when are you coming around for a culinary journey?