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The food eaten in Gaya is common to the staple food eaten everyday in Bihar and Jharkhand. The staples consist of rice, roti, chatni, daal, achar, dahi (curd) and other milk products. The techniques of frying food and also smoking for flavor are used a lot. Everyday food is normally vegetarian. However, many meat dishes are also prepared in Bihar.
Traditional Cuisines of Gaya
Traditional Gaya cuisine is similar to the local Bihari food and the most popular dishes include sattu, marua-ka-roti, litti-chhokha, baigan-bharta, pittha, pua, bari-dal, sattu-ka-roti, sukhaota, kopal ki kofta and chat. Spicy pickles or 'achar' made by the women are also very popular. Khichdi and Kadhi bari are other popular traditional foods. In sweet dishes 'sewai' and 'khir' are quite popular. A traditional thali of Gaya generally includes both chapattis, rice, pulses and two vegetable items.
Sweets in Gaya
Gaya is very famous for many varieties of sweets and has been the originating point for several special delicacies that have gained popularity in Bihar, Jharkhand and the rest of the country. These sweets are tilkut, lai, kesaria peda, khaja, and anarsa. Unlike Bengali sweets which are usually soaked in sugar syrup, these sweets are dry and can be easily packed, kept for many days and transported. It is customary in Bihar to gift anyone leaving the place a box of sweets. There are plenty of sweet shops dishing out a variety of sweets everyday.
Street Foods in Gaya
Bihari fast food or the fast food available
in Gaya are not the typical fast food that we find in cities today.
These are certain varieties of the the traditional foods and adaptations
of certain traditional dishes. Litti-chhokha, bajka, bhurta, bhunjia,
samosa, kachori and samosa chaat are varieties of street food available.
Roadside eateries in Gayaserve dishes like aloo chole &haat. Aloo
chaat. Kachaloo is made up of boiled potatoes sprinkled with red chilly
powder and jeera powder, salt and tamarind water and is available at the
locality called Batamore. Such joints are found outside schools and
colleges and office areas.
Snacks in Gaya
Gaya is considered as the unique spot for a certain variety of snacks. These are found only in Gaya and the popular amongst them are samosa chat, aloo-kachaloo and sabudana-badam bhoonja. Locals are extremely fond of sour-spicy traditional snacks. Vendors selling bhoonja can be heard in all lanes during the evening hours. Another popular snack is Chanajor garam, a spicy snack made up of black gram and traditional masala,being served with lemon juice. Bakarkahni and Chai Biscuit are also very famous of Chatta Masjid.
Restaurants in Gaya
Being predominantly a tourist town, Gaya has many restaurants offering various kinds of cuisines and ambiances. Since Gaya attracts many international tourists as well there are restaurants that serve international cuisines like Chinese, Thai, Tibetan, Burmese, Japanese, Israeli, Greek and many more. Apart from these, there are those that serve Indian food, various kinds of cafes, breakfast joints, bakery's and patisseries etc. These are of different budgets.