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Food in Arrah


The cuisine of the city is greatly influenced by the North Indian cuisine and the enigma of cooking the food is universal amongst the Bhojpuri people residing in Bhojpuri area of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Bhojpuri food is typically mild in terms of flavor used and is less spicy although the dishes could be spicier for different dishes and also varies according to the tang of people. The food made is in line with the Bhojpuri lifestyle wherein the rural people burn a lot of energy in the fields. Bhojpuri people take pleasure in rejoicing several festivals and spiritual rites and hence their food bear a resemblance to the delicacies presented to deities. In general people of the town have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The cuisine is greatly inclined to Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines.

Wheat and rice is the staple diet for predominant number of the people in the city. Lentils beans which includes Lobiya, Rajma, Meat which includes mutton, lamb and chicken, Fresh Vegetables, leafy Vegetables, Paneer, Prawns and Fish make up a major portion of the diet for the people of Arrah. Breakfast in the area is roti based and comprises an assortment of breads made up of whole wheat or refined wheat flour which includes roti, paratha, stuffed paratha and is served with vegetable curry, yogurt. On festivals and other special occasions Halwa Puri, Kheer, Pua-Dahi, Chhola-Bhatura and Naan served with any Vegetarian dish is usually served as breakfast.

Lunch includes rice with Dal which is cooked with chana dal, masoor dal, moong dal, urad dal, tur dal, a vegetable curry or meat cooked in rich but mild gravy, curry which comprise boiled mashed potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes cooked with seasoning along with coriander chutney which is the most conventional chutney of the region with has flavour of coriander, green chilli, garlic, fried potatoes, and Pickle. In particular occasions, several rice dishes like pulao, biryani are served along with delicious dishes, sweets and savouries. Brunches generally accompanied with tea during evenings includes variety of snacks mostly deep fried and salted. The brunches also include dry fruits like raisins, cashews almonds, nuts, apricots, dates, and dried figs.

The dinner for the people of the city is roti based and also accompanied with vegetable curry or roti is consumed after soaking in a bowl of hot milk. On occasions, litti is cooked over charcoal and is eaten with chicken gravy. The other delicacies include meat dishes like kebab served with roti, naan or salad.

Famous Delicacies of Arrah

Litti-Chokha: Made of wheat flour and yogurt with gram flour and spice filling baked on cowdung cakes or grilled on charcoal

Maal Pua: A famous dessert cooked with refined wheat flour, milk, sugar and dry fruits served with condensed milk and ghee.

Daal Pithaura: This dish is a main course dish which contains protein, carbohydrate and vitamins required for the body. This dish is prepared with wheat flour and lentils with mild spices.

Kasaar: It is a sweet dish that is relished on all special occasions including marriages. This dish is prepared with rice flour and dry fruits along with ghee.

Dalpuri: This is a very authentic dish of Bhojpuri people and is made on festivals and marriage occasions to welcome the new bride.

The other famous dishes of the region include Kathal Dopyaja which is made with jack fruit, pakoda, Aalu chops, Laukzabar made with bottleguard and rice, Laktho made of gram flour and jaggery, Puffed rice laddu, Bhujia made of potatoes and green garlic pickle. 

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