Bihari cuisine is predominantly vegetarian because the traditional Bihar society, influenced by Buddhist and Hindu values of non-violence, did not consume eggs, chicken, fish and other animal products. However in recent years, there is a tradition of meat-eating, and fish dishes are especially typical due to the number of rivers in Bihar, such as the Sone, Gandak and Ganges.
Bihari cuisine spreads a little beyond Bihar to Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mauritius, Fiji, some cities of Pakistan, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago as these are the places where one can find several people from Bihar. There are also many Bihari meat dishes, with chicken and mutton being the most common. Common dairy foods including yoghurt known as Dahi as well as buttermilk known as mattha, ghee, lassi and butter are favourite. While Litti, Malpua, Sattu Paratha, Gol Gappa, Motichoor ke ladoo, Pakoda and a few more are the dishes with which the outside world identifies Bihar's Cuisine. You should also try the Sattu drink and the mutton curry if you're in Bihar anytime!
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