Satiate your sweet tooth by trying out these seven mouth-watering sweet dishes of Bihar
What is a meal without desserts? Traditional Indian sweets are perfect for every occasion. The historical northern state of India, Bihar, boasts of having a broad range of sweet dishes. Bihari desserts are mouth-watering and delicious. I have listed below a few Bihari sweet delicacies that you shouldn’t miss out on!
Khaja is one of the most popular and oldest dishes in India. The inception of this dessert dates back to 2000 years ago. Khaja, which is typically crispy in texture, is made from various ingredients such as wheat flour, mawa, and sugar. This wafer-like deep-fried dish is sweet and easily melts inside the mouth.
Chandrakala is a unique delicacy that is very similar to Gujia. This traditional Bihari dessert is loved immensely and often prepared during festivities. It is made with khoya, cardamom powder, coconut, and dry fruits. All of these ingredients have a crispy and crunchy coating and are dipped in sugar syrup.
If you are fond of pancakes, then you are most likely to fall in love with Malpua. It is a common dessert recipe and is also something that can be easily prepared at home. Malpua is made in different versions, depending on the region – for example, South Indians make use of coconut in the batter, while North Indians prefer using mawa or khoya in their batter, in abundance. Plus, even though it can be enjoyed as is, by itself, however, to enhance its taste and add richness, Malpua can be paired up with rabdi.
Dal Peetha looks similar to momos, but with a touch of sweetness to it. This Bihari sweet item is made from rice flour, which is stuffed with aromatic and spiced lentil paste. Dal Peetha can be consumed in two ways – either deep-fried in ghee or steamed. In fact, a lot of people prefer having this dish for breakfast.
Ask any person from Bihar about the most popular dessert of the state, Thekua will be the most common reply! Also called thokwa (or thekariis), it is a deep-fried biscuit-like sweetmeat preparation made from whole wheat, sugar (or jaggery) and ghee. Thekua is also offered to the Sun God as prashad in Chhath Puja.
It is one such dessert that every Bihari swears by! Looks somewhat like honey-glazed doughnut, Balushahi is made of all-purpose flour, baking soda, ghee and sugar syrup. This flaky sweet treat is topped with slices of pista and almonds.
Parval Ki Mithai
Parval is one of the very few vegetables that has been turned into a dessert by Bihari people. The inner portion of Parval is scooped, boiled, and then turned into a pulp, which is later dipped in syrup and then mixed with sweet khoya. To top it up, the sweet dish is garnished with pistachio and almond.
Other than these, there are many other popular Bihari sweet dishes that are not only delicious but also very rich in nature. Do not miss these amazing delicacies whenever you visit Bihar!