15 Jun 2021

Mango Idli on Raja Sanrkranti - ଆମ୍ବ ଇଟିଲି

Mango Idli on Raja Sanrkranti - ଆମ୍ବ ଇଟିଲି

Mango Idli (Odia: ଆମ୍ବ ଇଟିଲି) is one delicious Indian style Idli specially prepared on the occasion of Raja Parba in Odisha. Here is a blog on Raja Parba and Mango Idli by Divya Kar, a food blogger from Balasore.

Thought Poda Pitha is mainly famous on Raja Utsav, but we Odias use to Prepare different types of items like Chakuli Pitha, Manda Pitha, Tawa Pitha (Pan Cake), and some other pitha.

Raja Poda Pitha by Lipika Mohapatra

Aamba idli or Mango idili:

This is one of the yummiest versions of idli which will make kids go gaga over it. You can add mango purée, little jaggery, and a pin of cardamom powder to the normal idli batter.

Amba Idli Recipe by Divya Kar

The first day of this festival is called Pahili Raja (prior Raja). The second day is Raja Sankranti (proper Raja) or Mithuna Sankranti and the third day is Basi Raja (past Raja). In some regions, the fourth day of Raja, known as the Basumati Snana is also celebrated.

During the three days, women are given a break from household work and time to play indoor games. No farming takes place and everyone abstains from walking barefoot on the earth. This is to prepare the earth for the coming rain.

Unmarried girls will dress in new clothes or wear traditional Sarees and Alata (red dye) on their feet. During these three days, most of the people of Odisha use to eat PanPan. Still, there is a huge demand for different types of Pan (betel) on Raja Parba.

Alata Pindha on Raja Parba - Lipika Mohapatra

Indoor and outdoor games are a popular pursuit during Raja. Girls will play on swings tied on tree branches while singing folk songs. There are various types of swings, each with a name such as The swings is of different varieties, such as 'Ram Doli', 'Charki Doli', 'Pata Doli' and 'Dandi Doli'.

Raja Doli - Saumya Parida at Kalinga TV Premises

Older women don't miss out on the games, but they tend to be of the more sedate variety, such as cards or board games like ludo.


About the Author:

Divya Kar

Dibya Kar, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Odisha and a software engineer based in Bangalore but love exploring and experiencing new places, their culture, and food. She lives in a motto “food can make you happy from heart and heart can make you live long by counting your every day as a blessing.”

Follow her on Instagram @dibyascookbook


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