Odisha as we know is known as ‘Soul Of India’, and it truly deserves to be so. The beautiful combination of architecture, culture and stunning landscapes make Odisha a land the country is extremely proud about. Located in the eastern coast of India, Odisha is one among those states which attracts a decent amount of travelled from across the country and even abroad. Today we are not going to discuss the places to visit or the culture and lifestyle of this state. But about a less known fact, yes the fact that Odisha is equally good when it comes to their cuisine. Do come with me on a gastronomic journey to explore the exotic cuisine of beautiful state of Odisha.
Odisha: The Goa Of Eastern India
There are very less people who would actually know and agree to the fact that Odisha is equally rich when it comes to its authentic local cuisine. Yes this state is also quite appropriately known as ‘The Goa of Eastern India’. Like many other states in India even Odisha is an quintessential gourmet central for everyone who loves food. Well Odisha deserves all the respect got its simple yet distinctive style of cooking.
Top 8 Must Haves From Odisha
So here are some of our handpicked list of Odisha’s most popular and must try delights. These dishes will definitely make your mouth droll, so grab a towel right away.
Yes you guessed it right it the same Khichdi that you know, but in the Odisha style. This easy to make yet wholesome meal is immensely popular across our country. In Odisha khicede is considered to be one of the most important dishes. The reason is because it is offered as the main bhog or prasadams to Lord Jagannath at the world popular Puri Temple. Odisha khicede is a totally perfect combination of rice and lentils. It is cooked together in ghee which actually gives a unique and relishing flavour to it. This one dish is just not comforting but actually offers great taste along with even greater nutrition. Khicede is very lightly spiced and served typically with curd, pickle and papad. This appetizing meal will surely make you salivate.
2. Chungdi Malai
Well, I hope you get the dish already with the name. In case you didn’t let me explain that this dish is all about s delicious creamy curry with prawn in it. The credit for the creaminess goes to the coconut milk, which adds a richness and silkiness to this dish. This dish is totally fantastic, its light with very mild spices but totally scrumptious. You got to try this flavoursome mouth-watering dish, trust me there is nothing like it. It tastes best with hot steamed rice.
3. Macha Ghanta
Like West Bengal Fish dishes are also very popular in Odisha. These are relished by almost every household, and the Macha Ghanta is almost every odiya’s favourite. During the Dussehra this dish is a must offering to Goddess Durga. This is a totally delectable curry which is made with one prime ingredient that is A fried head of the fish. And like all fish dishes this one also taste best with hot steamed rice and salad. This delectable curry uses very less regular spices along onions and potatoes. There is a vegetarian option also made which is the plain ‘Ghanta’, the recipe avoids fish of course but the style of making it stays same. There is just no match to this dish. No matter where you are, Macha Ghanta will definitely tempt you up to eat it again and again.
Dal as we all ca it is a staple food for most of the Indians. And it just gets even more better with this version from Odisha. Yes talking about Dalma, this dish is a totally unique twist the boring dal, typically made with roasted moong dal this one dish doesn’t use any onion or garlic in the recipe. Dalma is made with some very regular spices and some veggies which give it lip smacking flavour. Some of the most commonly added veggie to this dish are pumpkin, plantain, yam and papaya. Well for people like me who don’t like veggies, you got to trust my words these veggies actually taste amazing in this one dish. Dalma taste best with rice. This finger-licking dish will surely make you come back for more.
5. Pakhala Bhata
Pakhala Bhata is one dish that is a part of the daily lunch menu for most of the households in Odisha. Especially during the summer season people prefer eating this one dish religiously. Pakhala Bhata is made by soaking cooked rice in some water and sour curd, then left overnight. It is typically served with potatoes, fried fish, papad and Badi choora. This is a fermented rice dish which is just too perfect to beat the summer heat and refreshes you up totally from within. The state of Odisha celebrates the Pakhala Bhata on 20th March. On this very day they welcome the summer season with Odisha’s traditional food and this one dish is always a part of the menu. Do try this sumptuous and healthy meal.
Do I need to introduce these to you? Well may be a new name but it definitely makes any mouth instantly water. Yes Gupchup from Odisha is the same the Panipuri from Western India, Puchka from Bengal, Golgappa from the north. This is a very quick snack, and is immensely popular across the nation and even abroad. In fact these are one of the top most street food available in our country. Nothing can beat the happiness of hogging in those small and crisp puris filled with spicy potato and peas mixture dipped into a tangy water. Wooohhh my mouth is watering already. Gupchup is one dish which loved by every age group and the best part is that it is enjoyed at any time of the day. Keeping the calories aside, this dish won’t burn your pocket, yes it’s cheap. Reminds me of the competition we used to have during school days, Gupchup eating where the one who eats more wins. Without a doubt, Gupchup is one of Averting ransomware epidemics in corporate networks with Windows Defender ATP – Microsoft Malware Protection Center the best and almost everyone’s favourite!
7. Dahi Vada And Aloo Dum
Yet another immensely popular street food from India that comes right after Gupchup. These names itself are more than enough to make anyone’s mouth to start watering isn’t it? India serves end number of variations of these dishes from different regions, and the variations from Odisha is an epic. Yes the Dahi vada and Aloo dum in Odisha are truly an epic, while the rest of India serves this as two different dishes this state perfectly blends the two into one delectable dish. If you happen to go out at around 5 in the morning and you would see thela walas with big size pots full with dahi and the slightly smaller pots full with aloo dum. You have to taste this distinctive blend of the both the dishes, you will be surprised how the relishing taste of the dahi vadas carefully neutralises the spiciness of aloo dum. Every Odia truly craves for this one dish. This dish is also popularily known as the ‘Vada Pav’ of Cuttack, it atcually lives in the hearts of thousands of people.
8. Chhena Poda
Chhena Poda is Odisha’s very own cheesecake, this one epic of a sweet dish which is quite synonym with the state of Odisha. Chhena Poda is also known to be one of Lord Jagannath’s favourite sweet and is quite often offered to the lord at the Puri Temple. Chhena Poda is made from home-made cottage cheese and semolina, this has this typical burnt taste and when combined with sugar syrup ir simply blows your mind away. This is a very rare dessert that is baked for many hours to get that red colour and the caramelised sugar adds a distinct flavour of to it. This unique dessert is sold at almost each and every sweet shop located at every nook and corner of the state. It is simple, easy to made and totally delicious. I highly recommend you to try this dish when you visit Odisha.
So won’t you agree with me if we call Odisha the real ‘Soul Of India’? I am sure you definitely would look forward to explore the typical odia cuisine. The beautiful state of Odisha is not only a unique combination of architecture, culture and stunning landscapes but the food here is another element that makes the state stand proudly. It’s time for you to take a journey to explore this element of Odisha, I am sure you too would become a fan like me.
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