Cuisine of Jharkhand
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Jharkhand cuisine encompasses the cuisine of the Indian state of Jharkhand. Jharkhandi cuisine may be similar to the cuisine styles of other nearby areas, yet also has dishes that are traditional to the region. The cuisine has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Common meals often consist of vegetables that are cooked in various ways, such as curried, fried, roasted and boiled. Traditional dishes, such as Jharkhand tribal food, may not be available at Jharkhandi restaurants. However, on a visit to a tribal village or a tribal wedding in a remote area, one can get a chance to taste such exotic foods. Some dish preparations may be mild with a low oil and spice content, although pickles and festive dishes may have such characteristics.
Foods and dishes
Sattu is a common dish prepared with roasted chickpea flour that is prepared in various manners. A common food in Jharkhand is dhuska, which are deep fried rice flour pancakes that may be served with gram curry and potato. A popular meat dish includes meat salaan, which consists of lamb curry and diced potato that is spiced with garam masala. Spicy chicken is another common meat dish. Tilkut is a sweet prepared with "pounded sesame-seed cookies made with jaggery batter or melted sugar." Thekua is a sweet prepared with whole-meal flour, jaggery and ghee, the latter of which is a type of clarified butter. Thekua is prepared and consumed during the Chhath festival, which celebrates the Sun God.
The twenty-four districts of Jharkhand receive supplemental food security supplies as per the National Food Security Act, 2013 of India. In the past, food supplies were distributed to the districts in phases, which some have criticized as problematic. In June 2015, Ram Vilas Paswan, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution for the government of India stated a preference toward the Food Security Act to be implemented all at once, rather than in phases. In this manner, Paswan stated a preference for distributions to be completed in entirety by September 1, 2015.
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