Made with puffed rice, fried or roasted grains and jaggery, Laai or Larua is a typical dish from Bihar eaten with relish during Makar Sankranti.
½ kg jaggery
250gms puffed rice or ½ kg chiwra or roasted gram or roasted til
4 tsp grated ginger
Heat jaggery with a cup of water in a heavy bottomed pan. Bring it to boil. Take a spoon of jaggery and pour it in a bowl of water. If it remains soft, boil further but if the jaggery becomes crunchy and sticky, immediately remove from fire.
Add ginger and puffed rice or gram or chivra or til. Mix vigorously, and immediately make into round balls because if the mixture will cool down, the jaggery will become hard making it impossible to form balls.
This can be stored for a long time. On Til Sankranti it is eaten along with creamy