Daily Archives: November 24, 2011

The Mahua Magic

I was two hours outside of Nagpur in the Melghat region sometime ago. I chanced upon a tribal hamlet and spent two days in the village. It was April and fragrant mahua flowers were spread for drying in front of every house. The residents said they were preserving the flowers for the rainy season to make mahua bhakhar. It is a sweet bread made of dried mahua flowers and sorghum flour. Locals believe the warm properties of the flower protect from chills and aches during the rains. Amused by my curiosity an elderly lady in the hamlet prepared two bhakhars for me and offered a bag full of dried flowers to take home. Continue reading

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