Dahibara Dibasa: Celebrating Odisha's Beloved Street Food

Dahibara Dibasa: Celebrating Odisha's Beloved Street Food

Dahibara Dibasa (ଦହିବରା ଦିବସ), also known as Dahibara Day, is a popular food festival celebrated in the Indian state of Odisha. The festival is dedicated to a delicious street food Dahibara, which is made from lentil fritters soaked in spiced yogurt.

Trinath Dahibara Aloodum Stall of Cuttack

Dahibara is a popular street food in Odisha; especially in Cuttack, and is often sold by street vendors and small shops. To make Dahi vada, a batter is made from ground lentils and spices, which is then fried in hot oil to create small fritters. The fritters are then soaked overnight in a spicy yogurt mixture, and served with aloodum, chopped onions, and coriander leaves.

In 2019, a bunch of Odia food bloggers decided to celebrate the 1st-ever Dahibara Dibasa on March 1st. On that day, many people joined the trend and shared recipes for Dahibara and related stories. Some groups organized meetups to celebrate the day.

The Famous Cuttack Dahibara

This day is not only a celebration of this delicious street food but also a celebration of the rich food culture of Odisha. It is an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy this traditional food, and to appreciate the artistry and skill that goes into making it.

Dahibara Bepari in Bhubaneswar

Overall, Dahibara Dibasa is a vibrant and festive celebration of beloved street food in Odisha. Whether you are a foodie or just looking to experience the local culture, Dahibara Dibasa is an event that you should definitely consider adding to your bucket list.

Dahibara Alu Dum shared by Satyabrata Majhi on Dahivada day

N.B.: All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli, Satya Majhi, and Sangram Keshari Senapati. We've published with permission and all the photo rights are reserved for the original photographer.

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