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Dhanur Muvva - A unique lesser known sweet of South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh

Well, I think most of you are unaware of this unique sweet called Dhanur Muvva except for the people of Southern Odisha and the people of North coastal Andhra Pradesh. The uniqueness of the sweet is that it is prepared at the time of Dhanur Sankramanam i.e when Sun transits to Dhanur Raasi (Sagittarius) on Dec 15 / 16. And it is sold / available in the entire month of Dhanur Masam.

After the Hindu month of Dhanur Masam, this sweet is not available in the market. Dhanur Muvva is specially prepared with popped rice known as 'pelaalu' in Telugu and sugar syrup of very thick consistency. Thinly sliced coconut is fried till it turns brown in color and is used as topping for Dhanur Muvva.
In addition to the main topping of thinly sliced coconut, dry fruits like cashew, raisins (kishmish) etc are used as toppings. Popped rice dipped in thick consistency sugar (could be sugar candy) syrup is made into different shapes like square, circle, heart etc.

Due to thick consistency of the syrup, the sweet becomes very hard. People with dental problems find it difficult to bite and chew. Only people with strong teeth can relish the sweet. Hehe! Even for people with strong teeth, the jaws will pain on continuous chewing of the sweet.

At times it gets so hard that you need to hit it with hammer to make it into smaller pieces. In spite of being hard and tough to eat, it is relished by many. Fresh ones are a bit softer and relished. I am not sure whether Dhanur Muvva (or similar such sweet item) is available in other regions of India.

Dear readers, do you know about this unique sweet? Have you heard about it before? Well, next time when you visit South Odisha i.e Ganjam District and North coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, in the months of Dec / Jan, relish this sweet.

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