Cuisine of Odisha
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Compared to other regional Indian cuisines, Odia cuisine(Odia: ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଖାଦ୍ୟ) uses less oil and is less spicy, but very flavourful. Rice is the staple food of this region. Mustard oil is used in several dishes as the cooking medium, but ghee is preferred in temples. In old times food was traditionally served on Banana leaves or disposable plates made of sal leaves.
Odia cooks, particularly from the Puri region, were much sought after due to their ability to cook food in accordance with Hindu scriptures. During the 19th century, many Odia cooks were employed in Bengal and they took several dishes with them.
- 1 Ingredients and seasoning
- 2 Local variation
- 3 Temple food
- 4 Fish and seafood
- 5 List of dishes
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
- 8 External links
Ingredients and seasoning
Panch phutana is a blend of five spices that is widely used in Odia cuisine. It contains mustard, cumin, fenugreek, aniseed and kalonji. Garlic, onion and ginger are used in most of the food. Temple food preparation doesn't allow the use of garlic or onion. Turmeric and red chillies are commonly used.
The food in the region around Puri-Cuttack is greatly influenced by the Jagannath Temple. On the other hand, kalonji and mustard paste are used mostly in the region bordering Bengal and curries tend to be sweeter. In the region closer to Andhra Pradesh, curry tree leaves and tamarind are used more. The Brahmapur region has influences of South Indian cuisine and the Telugu people living there have invented new Odia dishes.
Temples in region make offerings to the presiding deities. The prasada of the Jagannath Temple is well known and is specifically called Maha Prasad meaning greatest of all prasadas. It consists of 56 recipes, so it is called chhapan bhoga. It is based on the legend that Krishna missed his eight meals for seven days while trying to save a village from a storm holding up the Govardhan hill as a shelter.
Fish and seafood
Fish and other seafoods are eaten mainly in coastal areas. Several curries are prepared from prawn and lobster with spices. Freshwater fish is available from rivers and irrigation canals. Rohi, Bhakura and Mirikali are the famous freshwater fishes used in curries.
List of dishes
Rice dishes and rotis
- Pakhala is a rice dish made by adding water to cooked rice. It may then be allowed to ferment overnight. This is called basi pakhala. The unfermented version of this is called saja pakhala. It is served with green chillies, onions, yoghurt, badi etc. It is primarily eaten in summer.
- Khechidi is a rice dish cooked with lentils. It is the Odia version of khichdi.
- Palau is a rice dish made from vegetables and raisins. It is the Odia version of pilaf.
- Kanika is a sweet rice dish, garnished with raisins and nuts.
- Ghee rice is fried with ghee and cinnamon
- Dalma: A dish made from dal and vegetables. It is generally made from toor dal and contains chopped vegetables like green papaya, unripe banana, eggplant, pumpkin, gourd, etc. It is garnished with turmeric, mustard seeds, and panch phutana. There are several variations of this dish.
- Dal : A dish made from one of the Dals like tur, chana, masur, mung or a combination of these.
- Santula: A dish of finely chopped vegetables which are sauteed with garlic, green chilies, mustard and spices. It has several variations.
- Chaatu rai: A dish made from mushrooms and mustard.
- Alu potala rosa: Curry made from potato and parval.
- Kadali manja rai: A curry made from banana plant stem and mustard seeds. Manja refers to the stem which can be used in dalma.
- Besara: Assorted vegetables in mustard paste tempered with panch phutana
Khattas and chutneys
- Dahi baigana: A sour dish made from yoghurt and eggplants.
- Khajuri khata: A sweet-and-sour dish made from tomato and dates.
- Amba khatta: A khatta made from raw mangoes.
- Ouu khatta: Elephant apple khatta
- Dhania-patra chutney: A chutney made from coriander leaves.
Saaga (salad greens)
Odias typically eat lots of cooked green leaves. They are prepared by adding "pancha phutana", with or without onion/garlic, and are best enjoyed with pakhala.
One of the most popular is lali koshala saaga made from green leaves with red stems.Other saagas that are eaten are pita gahama, khada, poi, koshala, sajana etc.
Pithas (sweet cakes)
- Poda pitha
- Enduri pitha
- Chitau pitha
- Arisa pitha
- Kakara pitha
- Manda pitha
- Parijata pitha
- Nurukhurum pitha
- Chandrakanti pitha
Fish and other sea food
- Machha besara: A fish curry prepared with mustard paste.
- Machha mahura: A curry prepared with fish and vegetables.
- Machha Jhola
- Chungdi Jhola
- Machha chadchadi: Small fried fishes
- Chingudi malai tarkari: A prawn curry
- Kankada jhola: Crab curry
- Machha chhencheda
- Chingudi chadchadi
- Kokali sukhua rai
Fritters and fries
Desserts and sweets
- Kheeri: Kheeri is the Odia word for kheer, predominantly made of rice.
- Chhena Poda: A sweet made from soft cheese dipped in sugar syrup and baked. It may contain dry fruits.
- Chhena Gaja
- Khira sagara
- Chhena jalebi
- Chhena kheeri
- Chhena Jhili
- Rasagolla: The sweet was invented in the city of Puri to appease the deity Mahalaxmi about 700 years ago. The Bengali people claim that it was invented in the 19th century by a Calcutta sweetmaker.
- Gulab jamun
- Attakali 
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While savouring Chingudi malai curry (prawns with rich Oriya spices) and kukuda jhola (chicken cooked with spices and egg), the friend soaked in the atmosphere and was transported back to the sight and smell of his native place.
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The Odia thali consists of tangy khatta and proceeds further with traditional dishes such as the green and healthy spinach item saga badi.
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Mouth-watering malpua, rasagulla, rasamalai, gulab jamun and other Oriya sweetmeats are served here.
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