Assamese cuisine is very diverse and a foodie’s delight. The staple diet is Rice or `bhaat’, which is eaten with dal (lentils), ‘masor jul’ (fish curry), with ‘mangso’ (meat curry) or ‘xaak’ and ‘bhaji’ (herbs and vegetables). The curry is generally seasoned with ginger, garlic, cardamom, cinnamon, onions and sometimes lemon. The local people also relish ‘khar,’ a dish seasoned with alkali. Sweets are very popular during festivals, and are usually made of rice paste. A popular sweet dish is ‘Pitha,’ a paper-thin pancake stuffed with sweet coconut paste or sweet black sesame seed paste.