Bikaneri Bhujia

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Bikaneri Bhujia
Shop selling Bikaneri bhujia in Jaipur.jpg
Shop selling Bikaneri bhujia
Alternative names Bhujia
Course Snack, starter
Place of origin India
Region or state Rajasthan
Main ingredients Gram flour (Besan)groundnut oil
Variations Sev
Cookbook:Bikaneri Bhujia  Bikaneri Bhujia

Bikaneri Bhujia often simply called Bhujia is a popular crispy snack and is prepared by using besan (gram flour) and spices, originating from, Bikaner, a town in the western state of Rajasthan in India. Light yellow in colour it is famously known to have been first prepared in Bikaner, and over the years has not just become a characteristic product of Bikaner, but also a generic name.[1] Each variety prepared by large scale manufacturers also go through a rigorous testing procedure. This ensures that every new variety though mixed with different ingredients does not lose its basic nature.

Bikaneri bhujia has been a cottage industry in Bikaner, Rajasthan, and provides employment to around 2.5 million people in villages of the region, especially women, and recently it has faced competition with multinational companies like Pepsico as well as Indian snack companies, which have used the name bhujia.[2][3] After struggling with numerous copycats over the years, in September 2010, Indian Patent Office confirmed the Geographical Indications rights and patent was issued for the brand name Bikaneri bhujia to local manufacturers of Bikaner.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

In 1877, during the reign of Maharaja Shri Dungar Singh, the first batch of bhujia was produced in the princely state of Bikaner. {{[7]}}

Preparation[edit]

A dough of Besan (gram flour) and spices including moth dal, salt, red chilli, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, groundnut oil, etc. is formed into the snack by pressing it through a sieve and deep frying in vegetable oil. Not only in the city, but in the whole country, especially, in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar and in West Bengal it is a must-served item with the regular food.

Patent and Geographical Indication Protection[edit]

In September 2010 Bikaneri Bhujia was granted Geographical Indication protection.[8] Getting the GI tag will ensure that none other than those registered as authorized users (or at most those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name, an assurance of distinctiveness in a land of thousand cultures.

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