Malpua is a traditional North Indian sweet dish that is soft, fluffy and crisp. The origin of this dish goes back to the Vedic Period. The very first mention of this dish can be found in the Rigveda as 'Alpua'. Some food historians consider this to be one of the oldest Indian sweet dishes. It is relished in parts of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Nepal and Bangladesh during various festive occasions. Pua, or the Indian sweet pancake, is coated with sugar syrup and served with rabri or thickened sweeten milk. It has an endless variety of recipes influenced by India's different cultural and geographical diversity. In the Jagannath temple, Puri, malpua is presented as the first offering (Sakala Dhupa) to Lord Jagannath every morning. Popularly known as 'Amalu', this sweet dish is also an integral part of the Chappan Bhog, offered to Lord Jagannath. It is also enjoyed as Pithley during the winters in Bengal.