Handia (drink)

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Handia (Also hadia, handiya or hadiya) is a rice beer commonly made by the indigenous people in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states of India.[1]

The making involves the use of ranu tablets, which is essentially a combination of about 20-25 herbs and acts as a fermentor.[1] The ranu tablets are then mixed with boiled rice and left to ferment. The drink is generally ready within a week. It is served cool and has lower alcoholic strength than other Indian country liquors.

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  1. ^ a b "Some interesting indigenous beverages among the tribals of Central India" (PDF). Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 6 (1): 141–43. January 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 

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