Pakhala Bhata | Water Rice – Every Odia’s Favorite

Odia dish pakhala bhata


• Cooked Rice – 1 bowl
• Water – 2 bowls
• Curd – 1 cup
• Mustard – 1 tbsp
• Curry leaves – 10
• Salt – 2 tsp
• Dry chili – 1
• Ginger – 1 inch (smashed)
• Oil – 1 tbsp

1. For Basi Pakhala, add 1 bowl of cooked rice with 2 bowls of water and allow it to cool. Keep for 6-8 hours.
2. For Saja Pakhala, add 1 bowl of cooked rice with 2 bowls of water and allow it to cool.
3. Put a pan on medium flame. Once hot add, add 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry chili and wait till it crackles. Now simmer the flame add ½ cup water. Allow it to cool.

Add this along with curd, smashed ginger and salt to the bowl containing rice and water. Mix well.
4. Serve Pakhala with aloo bhaja, badi chura, saga bhaja, macha bhaja (fish fry).


Mudhi Ghanta Odia Recipe

Mudhi Ghanta Tarkari



  • Chana Daal  (1 cup)
  • Maccha munda ( fish head, fish tail )
    Tamato ( 1 nos, medium )
    Patato ( 1 no, medium )
    Ginger garlic paste ( 1 tbs )
    Onion ( 2 medium )
    cinnamon stick ( 1 inch long )
    bay leaf ( 2 nos)
    Garam masala Powder
    red chilli ( 5 nos
    cumin Powder ( 1/2 tsp)
    coriander Powder ( 1 1/2 tsp)
    turmeric (1/4 tsp)
    Salt to taste

Process to make:

Wash and soak the channa dal for 2-3 hours.
Wash the fish then add salt and turmeric powder in to it.
Chop the tomato & potato into small pieces.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add the fish and fry till it turns reddish.
Crush it in the pan itself and keep aside.
Cook the soaked channa dal with a little water, salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
Keep aside. Heat 5 tsp oil in a pan.Add the potato pieces, fry for 3-4 mins and remove from wok.
Add the red chilies , bay leaf, cumin seeds. Allow to splutter.
Add onion to it.Fry till it turns golden brown.
Then add Ginger garlic paste along with a little salt .
Then add turmeric powder ,Jeera powder,Coriander powder to it and fry it.
Cook the masala for 5 mins. Add the chopped tomato and cook for 5 mins for it to soften.
Add the crushed fish and boiled channa dal.
Mix well and cook for 5 mins. Add 1 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 10 – 15 mins. Then add some garam masala powder to it.
Then remove it from flame. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leafs.
Serve hot with roti or rice.

Panasa Katha Tarkari – Raw Jackfruit Curry

Panasa katha tarkari



  • Panasa katha ( Raw Jack fruit ) – 1 medium size
    Potato  – 2 to 3 medium size
    Onion – 2 medium size
    Garlic – 15 cloves
    Ginger – 1 inch
    Tomato – 2
    Turmeric Powder – 1 tbsp
    Chili Powder  – 1 tbsp
    Cumin – 2 tbsp
    Phutana ( Cumin, Mustard seed, Methi ) – 1tbsp
    Cinnamon and Cardamom Powder– 1tbsp
    Salt to taste


  • To start with, peel of the outer layer of the raw jackfruit ( Panasakatha ) and cut into small pieces .
    Cut the potato into small cubes.
    Par boil the pieces of potato  and jack fruit ( Panasakatha).
    Finely chop the onion, ginger and peel of the garlic cloves.
    Make a fine paste of the finely chopped onion, ginger, garlic and cumin seeds.
    Finely chop the tomatoes.
    Heat oil in a frying pan, fry the boiled pieces of potato and jack fruit ( panasakatha ) and keep it aside.
    Again heat oil and add phutana. After it starts spluttering add the above paste ,turmeric powder and chili powderand fry it
    Then add the finely chopped tomatoes to it and fry.
    Then add the boiled potatoes and Jack fruit to the above paste and add salt to taste and frequently stir till they blend well with the paste .
    Add water ( 2 -3 cups ) to it and stir well and cover the lid.
    Cook on a lower flame for 5 minutes.
    Add the cinnamon and cardamom powder to it.

Garnish with fresh finely chopped coriander leafs.

Butter Paneer Masala – One of the odia dish

Butter Paneer Masala

Butter Paneer Masala


Ingredients :

1- Paneer – 200 grams
2- Onion paste – 3
3- Tomato puree – 1 cup
4 -Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp
5- Cashew nuts -2 tbsp
6- Kasuri Methi -3/4 tsp (dry fenugreek leaves)
7- Salt as required
8- Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
9- Coriander powder – 2 tsp
10- Chilli Powder – 3/4 tsp
11- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
12- Butter- 2 tbsp + Oil-1 tbsp
13- Cinnamon -1 inch piece
14- Cloves- 2
15- Cardamom -1
16- Fresh cream – 3 tbsp (dairy cream)
17- Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
18- Kasuri methi – 3/4 tsp (optional)

* Heat 2 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp oil
* Add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, when it splutters, add onion paste and saute till it becomes golden brown
* Then add ginger garlic paste and sauté for some more time.
*Then add cashew nut paste and sauté nicely for a few minutes till the raw smell goes.
* Then add tomato puree and all the spice powder.
* Cook until the raw smell of the tomato goes and it starts leaving oil.
* Meant time shallow fry the paneer in just 2 -3 tsp of oil till it becomes slightly brown.
* Add the paneer cubes to the cooked tomato paste.
* Add 3/4 cup of water, needed salt, kasuri methi and coriander leaves.
* Cook for a few minutes.
* Garnish with fresh cream and serve hot with pulao, rice, roti or chapati.

Dahi Ambula Khata – A typical Odia Dish

Dahi Ambula Khata

Dahi Ambula Khata

1- Ambula(Dry Mango)6-7 pieces
2- 2 tsp of mustard paste
3- 3 red chillis
4- 1 tsp of punch phutan
5- curry leaves 9-10
6- 2 tsp of oil
7- 1/2 tsp of grated ginger
8- 1/2 tsp of grated mango ginger (amba ada)
9- 3 tsp of grated coconut
10- 1-2 tsp of Jeera and red chilli powder (fried)
11- 3 tsp sugar
12- 1 cup of yogurt
13- Salt (as per taste)


*Soak the ambula in water for 2hr.
*Then take the kadai
*Heat oil, then add red chilli and punch phutan in to it.
*When it starts spluttering then add grated ginger.
*Then add soaked dry mango into it.
*After 2-3 minute add mustard paste into it & put some water.
*After 1-2 minute add sugar into it.
*Then add some salt & keep the flame in medium.
*Then leave it for 15 minutes.
*Then add grated coconut, red chilli and Jeera powder into it and leave it for 2-3 mins.
*Then add curd & mango ginger, mix it well.
Now Dahi Ambula Khata is ready.

Dahi Machha – Curd Fish

Dahi Machha

Dahi Machha


1- 1 kg fish
2-3 tbsp. ginger, garlic paste
3- 2medium-sized onion ground to a paste
4- 1 cup yogurt
5-1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
6- 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
7- 4 tbsps. mustard oil
8- 3/4 cloves
9- 5 black peppercorns
10-3 green cardamom
11- 1″ stick of cinnamon
12-1 bay leaf
13-1 large onion chopped fine
Salt to taste


Mix the yogurt with the onion paste, red chilli powder, turmeric, ginger and garlic pastes and blend.
Add the fish pieces to this and gently mix to coat well.
Marinate for 2 hours.
Heat 3 tbsps. of the mustard oil on medium heat, in a deep pan till hot.
Add the whole spices – cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf and peppercorns – and fry till slightly darker.
Now add the chopped onion and fry till transparent.
Add the marinated fish and the marinade and mix gently but well.
Season with salt as required.
Stir occasionally.
Do this gently to avoid breaking the pieces of fish.
Cook till fish is done.
Serve it with hot plain rice.

Hariyali Chicken – Green Chicken

Green Chicken

Green Chicken


1-2 tbsp oil
2-750 chicken (skinned & medium sized)
3- Green Chutney

4- Fresh Cream _ 1 cup

5- Green chillies, broken -4-5

6- Coriander Power – 1 tablespoon
7- Cumin Power – 1 teaspoon
8- Garam Masala Power – 1 teaspoon
9- Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
10 – Turmeric Power – 1/2 teaspoon
11- Salt to Taste
12- Bay leaves – 4-5
13- 1 Inch Ginger Piece, Cut Into Thin Strips
14- Oil – 2 tablespoon
15- 4 to 5 cloves
16- 1 t/s turmeric
17- 2 cups water Or as consistency required

For Green Chutney :
1 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 cup chopped mint leaves
1 cup chopped spinach

2 green chillies


Wash the chicken and keep aside.
Take pressure cooker or a big wok without lid.
Add oil to it.
Keep heat on low mode.
Add the chicken, green chutney, cumin power, garam masala power, red chilli, turmeric power, salt, bay leaves, ginger, green chillies & oil.
Mix well.
Cover it & cook on low heat or dum for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the lid, add cream & mix.
Cover & cook on iow heat for another 4 to 5 minutes.
Now it’s ready.
Serve hot garnished with mint leaves.

Habisa Dalma – For the holy month Kartik


Habisa Dalma

Habisa Dalma

1 cup Mung Dal
2 raw bananas – chopped into small pieces
2 Saru or Arbi – peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 table spoon ghee
1 tea spoon cumin seeds
2 red chillies
2 green chillies
2 inch ginger – grated
1 tea spoon of dry chilly &  cumin seeds roasted and powdered
grated coconut
2-3 bay leaves
Salt to taste
(No Tumeric is added to this dal)
Oau: 4/5 long pieces, soaked in water if dried

Method :
-Take a pan and heat it.
-Add the mung dal and dry roast it until it starts changing color (at very low heat, It takes about 10-12 min.)
-Remove from heat and soak the dal for 1 hr.
-Boil the dal in a vessel with only salt and water.
-When it is half cooked add 5/6 curry leaves and , saru, kadali and grated ginger except Oau ) to the half cooked dal and let it cook.
-When the vegetables are about 3/4th Cooked add the Aau to this.
-The consistency of the dal like dalma but not too thick.
-Once everything is cooked, adjust salt to taste.
-When vegetables are fully cooked prepare a tadka of cumin seeds dry chili , and pour the tadka to the above dalma
– Add roasted dry chilly &  cumin seeds power(Jeera Lanka Gunda  )to the dalma
-It is ready to serve with plain rice and ghee.
(Alternatively you can just add ghee and jeera lanka gunda without the tadka)

Chingudi Jhola – Prawn Curry Odia Style

Ingredients :

Chingudi Tarkari

Chingudi Tarkari

Prawn – 500 gm
Potato – 2
Fried Onion Paste – 1/2 cup
Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tsp
Mustard Oil – 1/2 cup
Bay leave -1
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Chili powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder – 1tsp
Cumin Powder – 1tsp
Coriander leaves- 3 tsp
Water – 3 cup
Salt- for taste
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Tomato – 2 medium size

-Clean the prawns with head part and wash those.
-Marinate with salt and turmeric powder.Fry those prawns.Place those in a plate.
-Cut the potato in vertical sized and fry those till become light brown color.
-Place those in a prawn’s plate.
-Add more Mustard oil in kadai, and bay leaves.add onion paste,saute for 5 mins till the odor will go.
-Add ginger and garlic paste,saute it for while and all the spices.saute it for 1/2 hours by adding little bit water.
-Add sliced tomato and salt for taste
. Saute it till that become soft and mash it properly and make a nice gravy.
-Add fried potato and prawns.Saute for 10 mins.So that the masala will go inside the prawns.
-Add Water , cook it for 15 minutes.when you feel the curry is ready , then add chopped coriander leaves.
-Serve with steam rice.

Suji Kakara -A Odia Pitha For Festivals

Kakara Pitha

Kakara Pitha


Suji (rawa ) -1 glass
Chini(Sugar) -1\2 glass
Pani(Water) – 2glass
Gujurati( cardamom)- 4 pcs
Refined Tela (Refined Oil)- As per requirement to fry
Salt – as per taste

PREPARATION: (Step wise)

Take water (double the amount of rawa) in a deep pan.
Add cardamom, sugar and salt as per the taste. Boil it.
When it starts boiling put small amount of rawa and stir it.
Do the same for the rest of rawa.
Stir it properly to avoid forming lumps.
Keep it on the flame for 2 min.
Remove from flame and keep aside.
Wait till the dough cools down to room temperature.
Make small balls from the above dough, rollout each ball into small round shape
Make the above balls into flat shape like puri’s, in between your palms.
Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the above flatten balls in a lower flame till it turns golden brown from each side.
Kakara pitha is ready and serve it cool.


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