In Assam it is common to serve the glutinous Bora rice at social and religious gatherings. The rice is paired with milk or curd along with a liberal spoon of sugar or jaggery. However, people in Assam use the Bora rice extensively to make ‘everyday specials’ like rice beer, pithas (biscuit like confectionaries), chira (flaked rice), sunga chaol (roasted rice inside bamboo internode), hurum (expanded waxy rice), and sandoh guri (roasted parboiled rice powder) all through the year.
Sivasagar a town located in Assam was once the seat of the Ahom kings and is, thus, historically important. The palace in this town referred to as the Kareng Ghar was initiated in 1698 CE. It was originally built on brick and bamboo, and during the reign of Rajehswar Singha, ‘unusual’ binding ingredients, such as a paste made from bora rice and duck eggs were used, to hold different components together. Today, though the palace is in dilapidated condition, the structure is still intact!