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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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In Bangladesh, which shares a common language and cuisine with neighboring West Bengal, sandesh, pithas, ros malai, and rosogolla are as popular as they are across the border. See sandesh and rosogolla. Dhaka is as famous as Kolkata for its sweet makers (moira). See kolkata. Pithas (or pithes) are especially popular and are often made at home. These are little cakes made from rice flour, thickened milk (khoya), and jaggery or sugar; they can be fried or steamed. For Ramadan and Eid, Shahi Jilapi is very popular; this is a large round disk made of flour and yogurt that is poured into hot fat in the shape of a spiral, and then soaked in sugar syrup. It is a variation of jalebi, although unlike jalebi, the spirals stick together. It is also a popular street food, sometimes served with zarda.