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19 May

Bihari Pua

Pua is a traditional dish of Bihar made during Holi festival. Plain flour or wheat flour is made into a medium thick batter by milk and poured into hot oil to form pua. Malpua is a sweetened version of pua. Sugar syrup is prepared by boiling 2 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar till the syrup thickens a bit. Pua is soaked in this sugar syrup for few hours before serving.
Makes: 5 – 6 Pua


Plain Flour / Maida 1 Cup
Ripe Banana 1 small
Fennel Seeds 1/2 tsp
Raisins 8
Pistachios 6
Sugar 1 tbsp or to taste
Salt a small pinch
Skimmed Milk 1 – 1 1/2 Cups or as required
Oil for deep frying

Method of preparation:

Peel and thoroughly mash the banana.
Soak pistachios in few tbps of warm water and remove the skin.
Finely slice the peeled pistachios.

Whisk together plain flour, mashed banana, fennel seeds, raisins, half of sliced pistachios, sugar and salt into smooth and somewhat thick batter by slowly pouring sufficient milk.
The batter should be smooth and pourable (thicker than dosa batter).
Allow the batter to rest for 15 – 20 minutes before preparing pua.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium – low heat.
Take a small ladle full of prepared pua batter and pour into medium hot oil.
The batter spreads and sizzles once its in hot oil.
Deep fry till pua turn golden brown and remove onto absorbent paper.
Repeat the same with remaining batter.
Garnish with remaining sliced pistachios and serve pua like roti or chapati with any gravy curry.
Notes: Don’t overheat the oil.

Suggestions: If pua is little thick, add more milk and thin the batter. If pua is not cooked properly, put back in oil and cook on low heat to let all the insides cook.
Variations: Generally pua contains beaten eggs which helps the batter to fluff when poured in oil. Chopped dried coconut, almonds, cashews, evaporated milk, etc.. can also be added to the batter. The consistency of pua batter varies depending on how thick or how crisp the pua should be.
Other Names: Pua, Maal Pua (pua in sugar syrup), Maal Pua in Rabri (pua soaked in thickened and flavored milk).