In this episode we bring you a delightful gastronomic journey across the streets of Motihari in Bihar. Situated in East Champaran district of Bihar, it rose to prominence when Mahatma Gandhi sparked off the Champaran Satyagraha movement during the time of India's freedom struggle. With strong traditional roots, today it is aspiring to attain the hallowed urban prosperity. To guide us with the exploration we were joined by Anubhav Sapra’s friend Rajesh Pandey.
Our first destination was a humble sweet called Motihari is famous for this small cottage cheese based sweets called murki. So we were looking forward to trying the same at this place. Luckily a fresh batch of murki was being made at their nearby workshop so we first checked out the process and then tried some fresh pieces. They were quite decent.
Continuing with the sweet journey, we reached Jagdish Mishtan Bhandar in Govindapur Bazaar. Their sweets are much loved by the residents. Here we tried a rajbhog and chenna gaja. The first one was a khoya stuffed rasgulla while the second one was a sugar syrup cooked chhena sweet.
En route to our next food stop we stopped at Areraj to see the famous Ashokan Pillar and to pray at Someshwar Nath Mahadev Temple. In between we also paid a visit to Rajesh ji's home.
Then we reached Shree Vaishno Nashta Stall. At this busy eatery we savoured sattu ka sharbat, bhunja and tamatar chap. The former one is like desi protein shake as sattu made with roasted chickpea is a great source of protein. Mixed with onion, chillies, rock salt and cumin powder it tasted great. The bhunja and the tamatar chap were tasty as well.
The next food joint was Soni meat house. They are popular for two amazing mutton dishes named noon paani fry and mutton stew. The former was an incredible no oil mutton curry that was delicious and the latter was a rich and robust mutton curry whose flavours and textures were simply divine.
After those scrumptious fares, we arrived at a roadside coffee stall to energize ourselves with a hot cuppa. This stop turned out to be a super fascinating place because here the coffee was being made using a pressure cooker. Yes you heard it right. The vendor was using a modified pressure cooker as a coffee maker machine to make frothy milky coffee. More than the coffee, it was this innovation that filled us with so much joy and pride.
It being late in the evening, we finally ended our tour with the customary paan. The flavours at Motihari were traditional, rustic and delicious. Thanks for joining us. Till the next time keep walking and keep exploring.