Chomchom of Porabari
Alternative namesChamcham
Place of originPorabari, Bangladesh
Region or stateBengal region
Associated cuisineBangladesh
Main ingredientsMilk, flour, cream, sugar
Cherry Cham cham

Cham cham, Chomchom or chum chum (Bengali: চমচম) is a traditional Bengali sweet, popular throughout the Indian subcontinent. The sweet comes in a variety of colours, mainly light pink, light yellow, and white. It is made from chickpeas[1] and coated with coconut or mawa flakes as a garnish.


Chomchom originated from Tangail District.[2] Chamcham, an oval-shaped brownish variety of chomchom from Porabari in Tangail District of modern-day Bangladesh, dates back to the mid-19th century.[3] The unique taste has been attributed to the water in Porabari.[4]

Jagadish Mishtanno Bhandar in Khustia District makes a version known as Maowar Chomchom.[5]

Chomchom is a popular item in Eids, Pohela Boishak, the Bengali new year, and Durga Puja.[6][7]

See also


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  2. ^ Karim, Elita (2016-06-24). "The Concept of Desserts in Bangladesh". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  3. ^ Mahmud Nasir Jahangiri (2012). "Sweetmeats". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ "Sweet mystique". Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  5. ^ Kabir, Ihtisham (2015-04-11). "A Sweet Passion". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  6. ^ "LifeStyle: Centrefold". Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  7. ^ Sarkar, Puja (2022-09-26). "Durga Puja shopping essentials". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-10-25.