Bikaneri Bhujia

The only GI product of Bikaner is ‘Bikaneri Bhujia’. It covers the entire area of Bikaner district that includes all of its 9 tehsils. The origin of Bhujia in Bikaner dates back to 1877 AD when Maharaja Shri Dungar Singh was ruling the state. Then, the item was manufactured as a special variety in the name of ‘Dungar Shahi Bhujia’ especially for the guests of the king. As time passed by the industry emerged as a main livelihood of the inhabitants in the district.

The main reason for the spread of the industry in this region is attributed to the fact that the district in drought prone with scarcity of electricity and water.

The main raw material for manufacturing Bhujia is moth, which is grown in the arid zone of Rajasthan in the sandy soil under rainfed conditions and the saline water available from the deep wells. Both of these are natural gifts to the region. The water being saline with high chloride value that adds to the crispiness, taste and overall flavor of the Bhujia that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

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