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Poda Pitha - ପୋଡ଼ ପିଠା shared by Lucy Prija

Raja Poda Pitha - ରଜ ପୋଡ଼ପିଠା (Photo by Lucy Parija)

Poda Pitha (Odia: ପୋଡ଼ ପିଠା) is the signature dish of Raja Parba in Odisha. This is also the favorite dish of Lord Jagannath. Mahaprabhu uses to eat Podapitha after every meal and while returning from his birthplace to Srimandira on Bahuda Yatra, he eats Poda Pitha at Mausi Maa Temple.

Poda Pitha, Specially prepared in the occasion of Bahuda Jatra of Lord Jagannath

Poda Pitha means burnt cake (Poda = Burnt). This can be made with only rice batter or you can also add split black grams to it. Spiced with ginger, cardamom, black pepper with added desi ghee, dry fruits, and coconut.

Poda Pitha, Specially prepared for Raja Parba

This is slowly baked wrapped in a leafy cover to perfection. Raja celebration is incomplete without Poda Pitha and the cooking part is done one day prior to Pahili Raja (1st day of Raja Parba) as burning anything is prohibited during these 3 days of Raja.

PS - Today is the last day of Raja Parba which is known as Sesha raja/Bhu Daha/ Bhuin dahana.

  • This blog is written by Lucy Prija. She had prepared this food and clicked this photo.
  • Follow her on Instagram @foodofthenation 

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Food blogger Lucy Parija

Lucy Parija was a lecture in Pharmaceutical Science at PG Department, Berhampur, but she quit her job for her higher studies. As the youngest daughter of the family, she started cooking after leaving her job and started experimenting with Odia food dishes. As per her, "Food is the mirror through which one can peek into their own region. It gives you a sense of adherence to the soil you were born in. Food represents one's culture, reflects one's customs, and regenerates compassion for own motherland." Follow her on Instagram @foodofthenation.

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