5 Must-Try Bihari Desserts For Every Sweet Tooth

Bihar is not only known for its cultural heritage but also for its local cuisine. From litti chokha to thekua, people follow the simplest recipes to make the most flavourful delicacies. If you learn closely about Bihari cuisine, you will notice that it shares a deep connection with agriculture and uses seasonal produce.

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While Bihari savouries are more popular throughout India, a person with a sweet tooth will be elated to hear that the regional cuisine has some hidden gems for them as well. If you haven’t tried any sweets from the region, you are missing out on a lot. Here are a few recommendations for you to explore.

Coconut Ladoo

Apart from being offered to Gods and Goddesses, coconut ladoos are nutritious and fulfilling. The bite-sized confections are made using condensed milk, coconut, and cardamoms. Many people also use jagger to add sweetness to laddos. In the end, these sweet bites are garnished with nuts like pistachios and almonds or a sprinkle of grated coconut. They are a part of every festive celebration, but you can make them throughout the year to enjoy.


Pirikiya are referred to as gujiya in many parts of India. Featuring flaky and crispy crust along with melt-in-the-mouth stuffing of khoya topped with cardamom, chopped nuts and coconut, the dish. In most parts of India, it is often prepared during Holi, however, the sweet looks slightly different in Bihar. The authentic recipe of the dish has been passed from one generation to the next. Whether you are in a festive mood or not, you must try this 


Thekua is a deep-fried cookie that every gastronome must try at least once in their life. The ingredients you need to make these include jaggery, wheat flour, fennel seeds, cardamoms, and grated coconut (optional). After kneading the dough, each cookie is given a special shape and deep-fried in ghee. These sweet delights have a crisp texture and bounty flavour. This cherished delicacy of Bihar is a part of almost every special occasion.


Pua are deep-fried treats made from wheat flour, jagger, and bananas. They are a crucial part of festivities. The earthy and refreshing flavours from fennel seeds and cardamom make this a must-try in this summer. A thick batter is prepared and puas are deep-fried in oil until they turn brown and fluffy. This dish is also a festive snack that is often served with milk or curd. Try these treats whenever you are in Bihar or make them at home.

Chana Dal Halwa

Bihar’s chana dal halwa is a traditional recipe with a delicate texture and rich flavours. Made from chana dal (split Bengal gram), this recipe uses a lot of ghee and nuts. After roasting the dal, it is cooked in milk along with jaggery or sugar. Roasted nuts make it nutritious and add a crunch to the sweet dish. You can prepare a batch of this halwa and store it in the refrigerator. Microwave it for a few seconds before digging in.