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15 Jun 2021

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

More Blogs on Raja Parba:

31 May 2021

Nali Cha (ନାଲି ଚାହା) - A healthy concoction by Lucy Parija

This Odia "Nali cha" (Odia: ନାଲି ଚାହା) is actually black tea but infused with few spices to be used as a healthy concoction. This tea is a regular thing at my place when we run out of milk or when someone is down with flu or cold.

Nali Cha (ନାଲି ଚାହା) - A healthy concoction by Lucy Parija

I even make this for myself during winter as it uses much lesser caffeine. And during this time I am also adding Tulsi leaves to make it even healthier.

Making Process:

  1. For this tea just boil 2 cups of water with half-inch of ginger, 1 bay leaf, and 5-6 black peppers for around 4-5 minutes in medium-low flame.
  2. Then add a pinch or two of tea powder (depends upon how strong your tea powder is).
  3. Add a pinch of salt to it and boil for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. You can have it just like that or you can also add sugar or honey according to your taste. Healthy with much lesser caffeine and no milk. Such an amazing and easy immune booster. 😊

Nali Cha (ନାଲି ଚାହା) - A healthy concoction

About the Author:

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

More Blogs from Lucy:

30 May 2021

Ivy gourd with poppy seeds (କୁନ୍ଦୁରି ପୋସ୍ତ)

Ivy gourd (Odia: କୁନ୍ଦୁରି), scientifically known as Coccinia grandis is a tropical perennial climber. It's a smooth, ovoid to ellipsoid berry and a relative of Cucumber.


Gentleman's toes, gherkin, baby watermelon, Calabacita, Calabaza Hiedra, Coccinia cordifolia, Coccinia Indica, Little Gourd, Ivy Gord, Kundru in Hindi, Tendli in Marathi, Kovai in Tamil, Kova in Malayalam, Tondikey in Kannada, Tela Kucha in Bengali, In Oriya, Ban-Kundari, Gourde Écarlate De L´Inde Tindola in French and Gol Kankri in Nepali.

Ivy gourd with poppy seeds (କୁନ୍ଦୁରି ପୋସ୍ତ)

Green points of Ivy gourd:

  1. Keeps the blood sugar level under check ☑
  2. Promotes skin health
  3. Prevents obesity
  4. Good for digestion
  5. Rich in dietary fibers
  6. Rich in iron and minerals
  7. Rich in Vitamins like B1 and B2
  8. Has plenty of Calcium as well

About the Author:

Namrata Singh

Namrata Singh, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Balasore, Odisha. She loves food photography, food styling, and a digital creator. 

Follow her on Instagram @the_butter_cubes

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22 Apr 2021

Chhunchi Patra Pitha - ଛୁଞ୍ଚିପତ୍ର ପିଠା

Chunchi Patra Pitha (Odia: ଛୁଞ୍ଚିପତ୍ର ପିଠା) is a thin paper crust Stuffed Pancake which is mostly famous in Odisha, the eastern part of India.

The making process of Chhunchipatra Pitha is not so hard, but you have to make it thin for better taste. But, it might need a little experience.

Ingredients for Chhunchi Patra Pitha:

  1. Arua Chaula (ଅରୁଆ ଚାଉଳ)
  2. Some Jaggery (ଗୁଡ଼)
  3. Grated Coconut (ନଡ଼ିଆ କୋରା)
  4. Salt (ସ୍ୱାଦାନୁସାରେ ଲୁଣ)
  5. Ghee or Oil (ଘିଅ କିମ୍ବା ତେଲ)

Chhunchi Patra Pitha - ଛୁଞ୍ଚିପତ୍ର ପିଠା

Making Process:

Make the batter from Arua Chaula by grinding. Add salt as per requirement and some more water to it. And keep it for some time maybe hours for better taste.

After this, prepare the masala by adding grated coconut and jaggery together to a pan with low flame. The color would turn brown.

Now, take a pan and make a thin very thin dosa as shown in the photo and add the masala at the center and fold all four parts to the center. Now, it's ready to serve.

Chhunchipatra Pitha - ଛୁଞ୍ଚିପତ୍ର ପିଠା

* All these photos are taken by Dr. Manas Ranjan Swain (@DrManasswain1)

9 Apr 2021

Potol and Macha Jhola - ପୋଟଳ ରୋହି ମାଛ ତରକାରୀ

Potol and Macha Jhola (Odia: ପୋଟଳ ରୋହି ମାଛ ତରକାରୀ) is an authentic Indian food item especially famous in Odisha prepared from Rohu fish and Pointed Gourd or Potala. It's a mix of vegetable and fish curry.

Masaledaar Rohu fish curry with chunks of fried golden potatoes when served on a bed of white rice is what a true fish lover will always crave on any day.

A very easy fish curry, where first fish is marinated with salt and turmeric then fried on hot oil over high to medium flame. In the leftover oil, add raw pointed guard pieces and stir fry it until it turns golden brown on each side of the pointed guard (potola).

Once it is cooked remove and keep aside. In that same pan add oil 2 tsp then add Chopped onion saute until it becomes brown, then add ginger garlic paste saute once the oil started separating (raw smell goes off well) then fish masala powder, salt (as per taste) with turmeric powder, red chilly powder (optional) add giving it a nice mix.

Allow this to get cooked for 4 to 6 minutes more. Then add stir-fried potola into it and then add some hot water moderately as per the gravy quantity simmer for 8 to 10 minutes on low flame.

Then add fried fish into it and cook for 5 more minutes. Add slit green chilies, lastly garam masala powder. Give it a nice stir and turn off the gas. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy...

Potol and Macha Jhola - ପୋଟଳ ରୋହି ମାଛ ତରକାରୀ

Do you love fish curry or fish fry?? Let me know in the comment below.💞

Stay safe and stay well...

About the Author:

Julie Samantray

Julie Samantaray, an Odia food blogger from Odisha, staying in Cochin, Kerala. She loves to cook and share with everyone. As a foodie, she not only shares her food with family and friends, also shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

Follow her on Instagram @savory__delights

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23 Mar 2021

Neem Flower Curry (Odia: ନିମ ଫୁଲ ଭଜା) is made from the newly blossomed flowers of the neem tree. This is helpful to detox the toxins from our bodies.

Neem Flower Curry - ନିମ ଫୁଲ ଭଜା

Are you thinking about body detox or cleaning out the toxins from the body? Then only neem flowers could help you to refresh your body.

It has lots of anti-bacterial properties and full of antioxidants which helps your body internally and externally to make it stronger.

Benefits of Neem Flower Curry:

It helps to grow healthy hair, better skin quantity, clean intestine bacteria, reduce pimples, acne, and many more.

Some Precautions:

You have to take it for a limited period only; because of its effects on fertility; which means pregnant ladies or family planning couples should avoid this.

It affects on kidney and liver too if you are taking it for a long period of time. You have to maintain some gape days of taking it.

Neem Flower Curry - ନିମ ଫୁଲ ଭଜା

Neem phul is rougher than karela but you can decrease that by adding tomato chops and lots of onions. We love to have this with Pakhala or steam rice.

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10 Jan 2021

Badi Chingudi Chhecha (ବଡ଼ି ଚିଙ୍ଗୁଡ଼ି ଛେଚା)

Badi Chingudi Chhecha
(Odia: ବଡ଼ି ଚିଙ୍ଗୁଡ଼ି ଛେଚା) is one of the delicious non-veg Odia food item prefer by almost all Odias to have to Pakhala.

Odisha is known for its Pakhala Platter. And the platter consists of a variety of items. One amongst them is "BADI CHINGUDI CHHECHA".

This is basically coarsely ground cooked prawns, garlic, onion, green chillies and Badi. Badi is a type of sun-dried dumpling made of urad dal.

Alsoooooo, if you guys add any variation to this recipe, please let me know.😊😊

Chingudi Badi Chhecha for Pakhala Bhata by Bandita Choudhury


  1. Clean the prawns properly. Marinate with chilli powder, Turmeric (Haldi), and salt.
  2. After 10 minutes, heat oil in a kadhai. Stir fry the prawns properly.
  3. Now take a pestle and mortar (ହେମଦସ୍ତା), add 2 green chillies, 1 onion roughly chopped, few cloves of garlic, fried Badi (ବଡ଼ି) and the cooked prawns. Grind everything coarsely.
  4. Serve it with Pakhala or have it just like that 🤣🤣

About the Author:

Bandita Choudhury

Bandita Choudhury, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She is a lawyer by profession, a foodie by choice. She loves her work and a dedicated foodie who shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

Follow her on Instagram @hunger_triggers

More Blogs from the Author:

23 Dec 2020

Food On Wheel - Food Trucks on Patia-Infocity Road

Nowadays Food on Wheel has set a trend among foodies. Here we are with some designed Food Trucks on Patia-Infocity Road in Bhubaneswar. In this blog, we won't review the blog, but in this series, we would write some review blogs from some places.

If you have watched the Chef film starring Jon Favreau in the lead role, you must have seen the craze of Food Trucks with designed lights, celebrity chef, etc. This is not a new trend, but an upgraded version of Thela Gadi.

Food Trucks neaer Patia-Infocity Road

But, these trucks with active wheels could go anywhere and in this age of Social media, the owners of the food trucks could promote their business and could choose a variable place as per the theme and the requirements.

Street Food in Patia, Bhubaneswar near infocity

The attractive lights, newly design trucks attracting foodies more towards it. Now, food trucks are available which provide almost every food dish. From morning breakfast to dinner including evening snacks and lunch, we could get all food.

Delicious Chicken Lollipop from the Food Trucks of Patia, Bhubaneswar

Here, one of our blogger friends Manas Muduli had shared some attractive photos of designed food trucks from Patia-Infocity Road, Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Apart from the Food Trucks, there are some good places down the road, near Infocity gate to hangout. There you could sit and chill with friends, girlfriend/boyfriend, even with family.

Best place in Patia, Bhubaneswar to Chill in the evening

Water Fountain near Infocity in Patia, Bhubaneswar to Chill in the evening

Best place near Infocity in Patia, Bhubaneswar to Chill in the evening

About the Photographer:

Puspita Bhutia

Manas Kumar Muduli, an Odia Technical professional, and a foodie by his passion. He uses to travel to different destinations and loves to taste the good vibes also the foods.

Follow him on Twitter @manas_muduli

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8 Dec 2020

Prathamastami (Odia: ପ୍ରଥମାଷ୍ଟମୀ) is a day dedicated for the firstborn of each family of Odia household. Sounds cliché, but the lucky elder one gets to wear a new dress and fed all good varieties of sweets and Pitha (pancakes).

Homemade delights on Prathamastami

This auspicious day is celebrated to pray for well being of the eldest one where the younger ones get nothing other than Pitha Mitha (no dress😃).

No luck on finding turmeric leaves in and around here (Cochin, Kerala) in my neighborhood. So with that disappointment, I made Stuffed idli, Peas curry, Angoori Rasmalai, Rasagola, and Kheer.

Homemade delights on Prathamastami

The highlight of this day is the Enduri Pitha, turmeric leaves wrapped steamed pancake with a filling of jaggery coconut, which we all get to eat at home. The aroma of turmeric leaves wafting throughout the house and the taste of it already making my mouth watery.

Homemade delights on Prathamastami by Julie

Hope you had a great day! Stay safe and stay happy. Do follow @savory__delights for more such posts💞.

About the Author:

Julie Samantray

Julie Samantaray, an Odia food blogger from Odisha, staying in Cochin, Kerala. She loves to cook and share with everyone. As a foodie, she not only shares her food with family and friends, also shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

Follow her on Instagram @savory__delights

5 Dec 2020

Instant Raw Mango Pickle

Raw Mango Pickle
(Odia: କଞ୍ଚା ଆମ୍ବ ଖଟା) is one of my favourite pickles. Nowadays we are missing the raw mangoes. Mangoes are easily available in summers, but you can feel the taste of Mangoes in every season through this pickle. Kindly read the entire Recipe, if you wanna make it someday.

Ingredients for Raw Mango Pickle:

  1. Diced raw mango - of 1 mango
  2. Jaggery/sugar - 1 cup
  3. Panch poron - 1 tbsp (a mixture of Fenugreek, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds & black cumin seeds.1:1:2:3:1)
  4. Fresh curry leaves
  5. Grated ginger - 1 inch
  6. Roasted cumin & dry red chilly powder (2:1)
  7. Just a pinch of turmeric powder
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil - 2 tbsp
  10. Hing
  11. Curry leaves
  12. Green chilly - 3
  13. 1/2 glass of water

Kancha Amba Khata - Raw Mango Pickle

Delicious Raw Mango Pickle - Yummy Kancha Amba Khata Odia Style

Making Process of Raw Mango Pickle:

  1. Turn on the flame & heat the pan.
  2. Add 2 tbsp oil. Once the pan is heated up then add the panch poron, hing & sliced green chillies
  3. Panch poron have changed the colour & now add the curry leaves.
  4. Then add the crushed ginger. Then cook it for just 1 minute on a low flame. Fry it until the raw smell of the ginger goes away.
  5. Add the diced mango. Then add a pinch of turmeric powder.
  6. Cook it for 4-5 minutes on a low flame. Now check it & add the jaggery/sugar. Cover the lid.
  7. After 3-4 minutes check it again. Diced mangoes are softer now. Add salt to taste.
  8. Cover & cook until the jaggery/sugar melts completely. Don't add a little water now.
  9. Stir in between. After 4-5 minutes here the jaggery has melted completely. Now add 1/2 glass of water.
  10. Cover it & cook it for more 4-5 minutes. It's been 5 minutes & the mangoes are softer now.
  11. Then add 1 tbsp roasted cumin & red chilly powder in it. Stir it. Then turn off the flame.
  12. Sweet mango pickle is ready. Have it with roti or parathas. You can also have it with rice & dal.

Raw Mango Pickle - Kancha Amba Khata

Quick Raw Mango Pickle Recipe

About the Author:

Itishreeya Sahoo

Itishreeya Sahoo, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She loves to cook and share with everyone. As a foodie, she not only shares her food with family and friends, also shares lots of recipes on her Instagram feed.

Follow her on Instagram @food_stories99

More Blogs:

And if you wish to read this recipe blog in Odia, then visit

4 Dec 2020

Khira Gaintha (Odia: କ୍ଷୀର ଗଇଁଠା) is a very delicate and extremely elevating dessert that’s unique to Odisha. This consists of balls of rice flour dough soaked in reduced cardamom flavored milk.

Delicious Khira Gaintha Recipe

The rice flour is cooked with water and then kneaded to form a dough, molded into balls, and dropped into simmering milk cream.

Delicious Khira Gaintha for Baula Amavasya

Recipe of Khira Gaintha:

  1. Boil water in a pan. Add a teaspoon of oil and a teaspoon of salt to this.
  2. Now gradually and continuously add the rice flour to the water and keep stirring.
  3. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. Lower the flame, cover the pan with a lid, and cook it for five minutes.
  4. Take this mixture and turn it on to a wide plate. Let it cool.
  5. Once it has cooled just enough knead it with your fingers so that it forms a ball.
  6. Make small balls and steam them. In another deep pan boil the milk and evaporated milk.
  7. Simmer in low flame until milk thickens. Add the rest of the sugar, cardamom powder and heat the milk some more.
  8. Now one by one drop the rice balls into the boiling milk and continue stirring.
  9. You can make a paste with 1 tablespoon of rice powder and add it to the milk to thicken it.
  10. Add the coconut in the end along with slivered cashew and almonds. Serve it cool
  11. Serve Khira Gaintha on its own as a delicious dessert after your satisfying meal.

Recipe of Khira Gaintha

This Khira Gaintha or Gaintha Pitha usually offers to Lord on Baula Amavasya as per the Odia culture. Apart from Baula Amavasya, at some places, people use to prepare this on Diwali for the Badabadua Daka.

Delicious Gaitha Pitha or Khira Gaitha

About the Author:

Mansi Rath

Mansi Rath, an Odia food blogger born and brought up in Balasore, Odisha. She is a software engineer by profession, a foodie, and by choice. She has an aim and has a passion to become a chef. She loves to explore places and different cuisines of Odisha.

Follow her on Instagram @delicious_foodcornor

More Blogs from the Author:

2 Dec 2020

Chhadakhai (Odia: ଛାଡ଼ଖାଇ) is the next day of Kartika Purnima or Panchaka when people of Odisha started eating non-veg almost after one month of Habisa.

Chhadakhai - A planned festival in Odisha

As per the tradition of Odias, people use to eat healthy foods made from vegetables during the month of Kartika (the 7th month of Odia calendar which is in October and November month as per the Georgian calendar.)

Special Machha Bhaja for Chhadakhai
What is Chhadakhai?

During the 30 days of Kartika, people stop eating non-veg, but some couldn't stop for 30 days, so they stop at least the last five days from the Kartika Purnima, which is known as Panchaka or Panchuka.

Chhadakhai Special Mutton Curry by Swaswat K Swain
(Photo: Saswat K Swain)
And the next day of Panchaka Purnima, people again started eating those which they left 30 days back. The Chhadakhai is an Odia word which is a combination of two words, Chhada which means those we left and Khai means to eat.

Chicken Pakoda on the spcial occasion of Chhadakhai 2021
(Photo: Manas Muduli)
So, the whole concept of Chhadakhai is to eat those items which they stopped eating for Kartika Masa or Panchaka Vrata.

Is Chhadakhai a Festival?

Actually, Chhadakhai is not a festival to be celebrated. But people nowadays celebrating it like a festival. It's not mandatory to eat non-veg on this day, but you could.

Rohu Fish fry for Chhadakhai 2020
(Photo: Manas Muduli)
And this is not compulsory for everyone to eat non-veg on Chhadakhai. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, then there is no Chhadakhai for you. The whole year is Kartika Masa for you.

How to Celebrate Chhadakhai?

There is no compulsory dish which you should have to prepare for this day to celebrate Chhadakhai. And also if you can't eat on that like Monday, Thursday, Saturday, or any other days on that day you don't eat non-veg, then you could extend your Chhadakhai to your preferable day.

Special Chicken Curry for Chhadakhai 2021
(Photo: FoodieOdia)
Items to prepare on Chhadakhai:

On this day, people usually prepare their favorite non-veg times like Mangsha JholaMangsha KassaChingudi Besara, Chingudi Bhaja, Chingudi Jhola, Machha BhajaMachha Tarakari, Mudhi Ghanta, Poda Mangsha, Machcha fry, Kankada Jhola, Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Pakoda, and the names just go longer.

Special Machha-Aloo Jhola for Chhadakhai 2021 by FoodieOdia
(Photo: FoodieOdia)

Speicl Desi Chicken Biryani for Chhadakhai 2020.

Delicious Food plate filled with Chicken Biriyani, Mutton Curry, DahiVada, Papad, Fish fry on the occasion of Chhadakhai

Special Chingudi Curry for Chhadakhai

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