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Misri crystals
Type Rock candy or sweetener
Place of origin India and Persia
Cookbook:Misri  Misri
This term is also the adjective for Egyptian in many languages.

Misri (Urdu: مسری‎, Hindi: मिश्री) refers to crystallized sugar lumps, and type of confectionery mineral, which has its origins in India and Persia, also known as rock sugar elsewhere.[1] It is used in India as a type of candy, or used to sweeten milk or tea.[2][3]

Uses in Hindu ritual[edit]

In Hinduism, mishri may be offered to a deity as bhog and distributed as prasad. The god Krishna is said to be fond of makkhan (butter) and misri. In many devotional songs written in Brajbhoomi in praise of Krishna, the words makkhan and misri are often used in combination. In Northern Karnataka people serve mishri along with water to visitors in summer season.[citation needed]


Among Indian misri dishes are mishri-mawa (kalakand),[4] mishri-peda, which are more commonly eaten in Northern-Western India, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Orissa, North coastal of Andhra Pradesh and many other states and parts of India.


The Ghantewala Halwai of Delhi, who started his career by selling mishri mawa in 1790[5] is famous for misri mawa and sells forty varieties of sweets made from misri.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glossary: Misri Tarla Dalal website.
  2. ^ Bashir Ahmad Dar (January 1996). Studies in Muslim philosophy and literature. Iqbal Academy Pakistan. p. 168. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Baden Henry Baden-Powell (1868). Hand-book of the economic products of the Punjab: with a combined index and glossary of technical vernacular words. Printed at the Thomason Civil Engineering College Press. pp. 307–. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Kalakand. chezshuchi.com
  5. ^ Hardy's Encyclopaedic Guide to Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, and Varanasi. Hardy & Ally (India). 1970. 

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