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Cuisines of Jharkhand

The cuisine of Jharkhand is truly exquisite and consists of a different cooking style which makes it completely unique. Mustard oil is used as a medium in cooking, which gives it the characteristic aroma. Agriculture is well flourished in the state as cultivable land resources have given a lot of potential for horticulture and forest by-product. Due to the innovative ways of mixing ingredients available to us and making the best use of the natural products, Jharkhand’s cuisine stands distinctive.

People of Jharkhand prefer rice, vegetables and pickles and cooked in almost all households. Dhuska, Koinar Sag, Dubki, Udad Dal, Kurthi Dal, Litti-Chokha, Sattu Paratha, Pitha, Khapada, Roti, Arsa, Mitha Pitha, and Kudurum Ki Chatni are the famous recipe of the state which are preferred by the local peoples. The non-tribal part of Jharkhand enjoys all sorts of food delicacies and is in favor of all the cuisines. Their diet includes a mix of traditional Jharkhand cuisine and also some north Indian hint. The more you explore Jharkhand, the more it gets diversified.

Famous Cuisines of Jharkhand


One of the famous food of Jharkhand, inspired by Bihar and also famous in parts of UP. The dough ball is made of wheat flour and is stuffed with sattu which is a chickpea and barley flour. It can be enjoyed with aalu bharta, baigan bharta, chicken curry, and chokha Just after the litti is prepared, it is brushed over with ghee to enhance its taste.

Daal Pitha

"Dumplings with a desi twist"

Dal pithas are stuffed with a protein-rich and spicy filling. Covered in rice these pithas are served with tomato chutney that gives it the perfect tangy-subtle flavour.


Rugra is an indigenous vegetable of Jharkhand. These are round small balls rich in protein and minerals. Monsoon brings abundance of Rugda in market. Locals turn it into a spicy and mouthwatering dish which can be served with the traditional chilka.

Chilka Roti

It is prepared using rice flour and besan. It is prepared in the households during festive seasons and special occasions. It is generally served with a curry, mutton curry, or chana dal chutney.


Dipped in sugary syrup, Malpua is made by mixing maida, sugar and banana in milk. To add richness dry fruits like almonds, raisin are added. Then deep fried in desi ghee or oil. Most delicious desserts to try in Jharkhand.


Thekua is a deep-fried traditional sweet Indian cookie and is prepared on Chhath puja as an offering to Sun God. It is prepared with whole wheat flour and sugar or jaggery. Also, it is used as a sweet snack.


Bamboo shoots are the shoots of bamboo plants, and they are a staple diet in Jharkhand. This stiff shot has a somewhat sweet flavour and a distinct flavour. The bamboo shoot is used as a vegetable by the locals in a variety of recipes. To experience its out-of-this-world flavour, you must try it.


A smooth mixture of rice, dal and sometime mashed potatoes given a deep fry is a delicious snack. Dhuska gives the best crunchy moments when dipped in green chutney!

Aaloo Chokha

Aaloo Chokha is usually made with mashed potatoes, fried onions and some spices. It is served with rice and bread as side dish. The three can also be combined as well and prepared. Chokha in general is usually mashed vegetable with fried onions and spices.

Till Barfi

Til barfi is one of those flavorful desserts which is exclusively prepared during the Makar Sankranti. The state of Jharkhand takes great pride in Til Barfi as one of its most scrumptious and nutritive delicacies. Since it is so loved by the locals, it is prepared on other occasions also. It is a delicious dessert that is prepared using a combination of jaggery and sesame seeds.


Khaja is a popular dessert recipe famous for its unique taste and is a favorite among people having a sweet tooth. It is a great dish to make during festive occasions. This Indian dessert recipe can be made by deep frying flour and ghee mixture. The sugar syrup and cardamom will intensify the flavor further.

Some other major dishes are

  • Chana Dal Puri
  • Mitha Pitha and Kudarum Ki Chatni
  • Koinar Sag
  • Bhaji Sag
  • Dubki
  • Khpada Roti
  • Arsa
  • Litti Chokha and Sattu Paratha
  • Goat meat Gravy
  • Desi Chicken

Some other major seasonal dishes

  • Masrum
  • Khukhadi
  • Sadhana