Lunch today: Bihari bhojan with Rohu fish in mustard curry, Aloo-gobhi bhujia, Chana dal tadka, Chatpata aloo puri, Rice & Cucumber salad
If you Google for Bihar, you will mostly be greeted by the present day crime stories from the state. It has more than crime and corrupt politicians to its fame. Bodh Gaya, where Budha attained enlightenment, is situated here. It had the world's oldest university in Nalanda (5th Century BC). Bihar is the third-largest state of India by population, and has much to offer. It has UP (Hindi heart land) to its west, mountainous Nepal to the north, the northern part of West Bengal to the east, mineral rich Jharkhand to the south. When I visited Ranchi (state capital of Jharkhand) in 90s to participate in a cross country race, it was still a part of Bihar.
Bihar is nourished by the river Ganges which has plenty of fresh water fish and keeps its plains fertile. Its rural backbone, like rest of India is rooted in agriculture. The state has three distinct regions: Magadh, Mithila, and Bhojpur. Each one has different foods too. For instance the aloo puri here quintessentially is Bhojpuri.
This platter is to celebrate the abundance of cultural diversity that reflect in India's states and the country's general state of mind. They are comparable. Just as authentic as its food - hearty and deliciously mystical - are its people.
Love - B'lu
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