The cuisine of Bihar is as rich and remarkable as its ancient history. In the land where great rulers like...
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The cuisine of Bihar is as rich and remarkable as its ancient history. In the land where great rulers like Ashoka and Chandragupta Maurya reigned and pioneering centers of learning and culture flourished, the kitchens of Bihar are celebrated and traditional. The secret probably lies in the prolific use of the iconic Sattu, considered God's gift to Bihar, or mustard oil that packs in a powerful punch. Long after the last morsel has been savoured, the taste sensations continue to tingle. A Bihari meal is exceptionally divine and different from the rest of India. People have succumbed enthusiastically to the tastes and textures of Bihari classics such as litti-chokha (the uncrowned state dish), dal-pitthas, bhunjias, ghughnis, makhane ki kheer, and pined for more. The book features 77 simple-to-make recipes that are mouth-watering and will have you reach out for your pan right away.
Shalini Jain hails from a leading business family in Bihar. She is a dedicated patron of Bihari arts, crafts and cuisine. Cooking has been her passion since the last 50 years. Living in a kothi (bungalow) always buzzing with guests, relatives and get-togethers, food has been a central part of her life. Whether she is hosting a big party or packing a humble dabba (tiffin) for the train journey of a relative, she takes great pain over each detail. Her understanding of food, spices, their combinations, especially those originating from Bihar and neighbouring regions, could match any connoisseur. Over a period of time, she has garnered a tome of culinary knowledge, recipes, dishes, skills and secrets from her family, relatives, friends and various kitchens of Bihar. Besides cooking, she has a wide range of interests. She deals in Madhubani art on fabric and is committed to promoting the Bihari art form by networking with people from the Madhubani and neighbouring Darbhanga. She is 73 years old, full of enthusiasm and zest for life.