Bihu is a festival which is celebrated with high spirits in Assam and Assamese people celebrate it with pomp and show. It has a special place in the Assamese society as it is above any divides like class, religion, gender, etc. which the society follows. There are a number of things associated with Bihu that makes it complete and without these Bihu seems imperfect. A few of these things are Bihu dance, the traditional attire everyone adorns on the day of the festival, the traditional instruments, the traditional food and sweets related to the festival, etc. The main sweets and dishes without which the festival will lose its charm are Coconut Laddoo, Til Pitha, Ghila Pitha, Fish Pitika.If you are doubtful of your culinary skills then let me give you recipes of a few dishes
|Sticky rice||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Black sesame seed||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Jaggery||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Dry coconut||To Taste|
|Fennel seeds||To Taste|
1. Soak the rice for 3-4 hours. Drain well. Pound the rice to a fine powder. Keep in bowl and wrap it with a plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for overnight.
2. Next Clean, wash and dry the sesame seeds. Roast the sesame seeds in a pan.
3. When the sesame starts to crackle remove the sesame seeds from fire. Pound coarsely.
4. Mix the pounded sesame seed well with grated jaggery ,coconut and fennel seeds.
5. Heat a pan in low flame. Take a handful of rice power and spread thinly in round shape.
6. Then add some sesame and jaggery mixture on the pitha and fold the pitha in half and round it with the help of your finger.
7. Keep aside for a while on the side of pan so that the pitha is crisp. Turn once.
8. Serve Til Pitha hot with a cup of tea. Can be stored fresh for up to 3 weeks.