Protein-rich lentils also form an important part of the Chhattisgarh cuisine. Arhar Dal is the most widely used pulse of the state. Interestingly, this pulse and other pulses are prepared and eaten with several green and leafy vegetables such as cabbage, pumpkin and ladyfinger.
People of the state much relish namkeens and sweets also. A variety of namkeens and sweets are prepared and eaten at the slightest of occasions. Cashew Burfi, Khurma, Moong Dal Ka Halwa, Jalebi, Petha…these are some of the famous sweet food items enjoyed by the people. Bafuari is a typical local chana dal sweet of Chhattisgarh. It is quite popular and known for its great taste.
Among the drinks, a brew made of small, creamy white fruit of a local tree known as ‘mahuwa’ is quite popular, and in great demand, throughout the state.
Chhattisgarh Tribal Cuisine
The people of the various tribes of Chhattisgarh have their own distinct cuisine, called Chhattisgarh Tribal Cuisine. Red ant, pork, squirrels, rats and mushrooms are much preferred by the people of tribal regions to prepare a variety of food items.
Interestingly, people representing the various tribal regions of Chhattisgarh lay much stress on the pork meat. In fact, pigs are sacrificed to mark the beginning of any auspicious occasion in theChhattisgarh tribal regions.