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Desi Liquors We Bet You Didn’t Know Or Sipped On

Chadi mujhe yaari teri aisi ….. Jaise Daru Desi!!!! When it comes to liquors, India is the place to be …. Yes, as the land of Desi Daru a.k.a. local liquors we are no less than any other country in this world. From rice to apples to even flowers – India offers a huge variety of locally fermented desi beer and liquor you may love and enjoy sipping on. And with this new trend of going ‘Vocal For Local’ Daru/liquors can be a must try.

With the pledge to go vocal for local only, here we bring for you Desi Liquors from different parts of our country. Trust me, these desi liquor options are a must try.

8 Desi Liquors From India You Must Explore

Photo of ‘Indian countryside liquor with local nibbles‘ by Human3015 under CC BY-SA 4.0

Waving from various parts of India, these are 8 desi liquors you should delve into.

1. Bangla

Just as the name suggests, Bangla belongs to West Bengal. This desi liquor is made with starch that is fermented, hence has that super strong taste. And yes, if you are concerned about the alcohol content – Its really High!

2. Mahua

This liquor is made of chhowa gud and Mahua flowers and is a must try. Mahua is incredibly popular across the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Bihar.

3. Lugdi

You would have heard of this one in the movie Jawaani Hai Deewani; Ranbir Kapoor had mentioned it. Lugdi is a crude beer that is made of fermented barley or rice; it is an age-old liquor in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Lugdi is also known as Chaang. Another interesting thing when this liquor is distilled its end-product is known as Arak.

4. Cholai

Yet another gem from Amar Sonar Bangla, Cholai! Like Mahua this one is also made using mahua flowers but also has rice as an added ingredient. Cholai can be called rice beer, it has a very distinct taste.

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5. Desi Daru

This is one of the most extremely popular drinks made using the byproducts of molasses, sugarcane, etc. Desi Daru is also an ethnic tribal drink and is a very common drink in the villages of India.

6. Toddy

Here is one from down south, this palm wine beverage has a very mild taste. Toddy is the extracted sap of the palmyra trees. Once the sap is extracted it is left to ferment. The alcohol content in this desi liquor is very mild. While the drink is very popular in south, it is more prevalent in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

7. Handia

Handia is one of the most popular drinks in India, yes many of you would have probably heard about it before. This lovely desi daru is made of herbal tablets and boiled rice which is fermented over a period of time. It is extremely popular in the states of Odhisa, Jharkhand, Bihar, and in some parts of West Bengal. Another interesting thing about this drink is that it is offered by tribal people to please their Gods, and also it is consumed during festivals.

7. Kesar Kasturi

Kesar Kasturi is the drink of the Royal’s; you may ask why, well it is because it uses Kesar in it along with nineteen other ingredients. Did you know, Kesar Kastuti has been featured in a James Bond movie? Check it out.

Other popular Desi Liquors In India

Along with the top 8, below mentioned are few more gems in the Desi Daru treasure that our country is proud of:

  • Feni, Goa – it is made of Cashew or Coconut
  • Arak, Ladakh – made from grapevines
  • Kiad Um, Meghalaya – Rice forms the main ingredient
  • Zawlaidi grape wine, Mizoram
  • Zutho, Nagaland – Made from rice
  • Sekmai Yu – an Indian Sake made in Manipur
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Final Words….

We hope you enjoyed reading this intoxicating listicle. If you think I missed out adding something here, do drop a message in the comments section below.

And until we meet next!

Drink Hard, Party Harder! 

Featured Photo of ‘Factory made legal desi daru.jpg‘ by Human3015 under CC BY-SA 4.0



Meghna is an MBA HR by profession, she has 5 years of corporate experience in HR and Admin. She has a very simple style of writing this is one reason why her work reaches easily to different types of people. Apart from writing she also loves to shop be it real or window she can spend hours shopping :).

Currently, her little one keeps her occupied. However, her passion for writing still forces her to take some time out time and pen down her thoughts into words. She truly loves both her jobs, looking after her naughty little kid at time same time create quality content for the website.

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