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The Rajkarnikar are a Newar clan, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, including Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, its sister city, Lalitpur, Patan, and Bhaktapur. The Rajkarnikar clan are also called halwais or palma halwais. The traditional Rajkarnikar occupation is making candy and sweet confections, known as "mithai". Although slowly declining in number, hundreds of Rajkarnikar sweet shops, or mithai pasals, can still be found in the Kathmandu Valley and in other cities and towns with established Newar communities.
Some of the popular sweets from mithai pasals are Jerry, Swari, Puri, Rasbari, Peda, Burfi, Laddoo, Lal Mohan, Lakhamari, Malpuwa, Halwa, etc. Sweets from mithai pasals are especially popular treats during Newar festivals and weddings.
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