Lonely planet calls it “taste of Arabian Nights”,
Bikaner is a vibrant, dust-swirling desert town in India, with fabulous forts, Havelies, and an energizing outpost feel.
The city was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, Bikaner grew quickly as a staging post on the great caravan trade routes from the late 16th century onwards, and flourished under a friendly relationship with the Mughals. In 1886 it was the first desert princely state to install electricity.
Today it is connected by Air, Train, and Road transport to other parts of the country. It has always been known for its food and exotic Bhujia. To many travelers looking for exotic India Bikaner is the place to go.
Origin of Bikaneri Bhujia
The history of the famous Bikaneri Bhujia is, indeed, the history of
We started manufacturing Bhujia about 200 years ago as a small-scale industry in the erstwhile state of Bikaner, in the heart of ‘Thar Desert’. The group was founded by late Tansukhdas Agarwal, who used to manufacture BARI (a local home made dry vegetable) made with Moth Dal flour. Once he fried these BARI in frying pan and found it very tasty. He named this new product BHUJIA that means ‘fried product’, thus inventing a new product, which now has the world fame.
Later his son Bhikharam and grandson Chandamal joined his business. They improved the quality of Bhujia. The father and son duo got patronage from the Maharaja of Bikaner and were also awarded suitably. Bhujia gained popularity, as it was included in the list of favorite snack foods in the Darbar of Bikaner.
Continuously innovating, Bhikharam and Chandmal introduced numerous varieties of Namkeen. With time local population favoured Bhujia as their regular snack food, carrying it as a gift to their relatives and friends in distant places. This brought popularity to Bikaneri Bhujia and namkeens in the other states. The Demand for Bikaneri Bhujia increased manifolds.
In 1990 Mr. Navratan Agarwal and Mr. Hari Ram Agrawal from BHIKHARAM CHANDMAL BHUJIAWALA, BIKANER established their first high-tech systematic manufacturing unit to produce quality BHUJIA and NAMKEENS. The unit was named SUNSHINE FOOD PRODUCTS. They inherited the art of manufacturing quality Bhujia and Namkeens from their ancestors.