20 Nov 2019

Purple Amaranth is the common name of Amaranthus bitumen which is also called Guernsey pigweed. It's an annual plant species in economically important plant family Amaranthaceae and it's good for health.


Saga Muga (Odia: ଶାଗ ମୁଗ) is the traditional Odia dish. And this time, the dish is about green or purple amaranth leaves which is locally produced & found throughout the year. This is a very tasty & also a healthy dish💓.


Pumpkin, brinjal, arum, moong dal, green or purple amaranth leaves, mustard, and cumin seeds, dry red chilly, mustard/vegetable oil, sliced onions, salt are the ingredients n the ingredients are very common.

You can skip the onions n can add a little grated ginger. This is my mother's special dish and I love to prepare this. You can enjoy this Odia style saga Muga with both rice or roti.

The main Ingredients:


  • Pumpkin
  • Brinjal
  • Arum
  • Moong Dal
  • Green or Purple Amaranth Leaves
  • Mustard
  • Cumin seeds
  • Dry Red Chilly
  • Mustard/Vegetable Oil
  • Sliced onions
  • Salt

* This blog is written by Itishreeya Sahoo.
* You can follow her on Instagram @food_stories99

19 Nov 2019


Enduri Pitha (Odia: ଏଣ୍ଡୁରି ପିଠା) is a variety of pitha made in the Indian state of Odisha mostly in the northern and central region. This is also known as Haladipatra Pitha (Odia: ହଳଦୀପତ୍ର ପିଠା) Enduri is mostly prepared during Prathamastami or Padhuanastami and Manabasa Gurubara in Margasira Masa.



It is a light snack and has a laxative effect because of the turmeric leaves that are used to wrap the pitha. Traditionally, Enduri used to be made by steaming in large earthen pots. Enduri is one of the many other pithas offered to Jagannath in the Jagannath Temple, Puri for "Sokala dhupa" (breakfast).



Ingredients for the Enduri Pitha or Haladi Patra Pitha.
  • Split black gram - 2 cups
  • Raw rice - 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
For stuffing
  • Grated coconut 
  • Jaggery 
  • Grated ginger
  • Black pepper powder
The making process is not rocket science. We are attaching a video, where you may find the full making process of Enduri Pitha. And below we are attaching some snaps of Making process.




Making Process Video:



  • All these photos are taken by Manaswini Sahoo and posted here with her permission.
  • Some contents are taken from Wikipedia.

Further Readings:

The design of houses always attracts people. Each and every person have their dream to make their dream house and all do accordingly. Some people build the house with lots of money and some with huge decorative things. But everybody is creating their house as per their dream.



Apart from all the house designs, some colorful designs of Tribal houses always attract more people. In some places, tourists come to visit their village just because of these attractive houses.

Tribal house is a subgenre of house music that combines traditional house music with world music. It is similar in structure to the deep house but provides elements of ethnic or indigenous musical percussions (typically conga drums or its synthesized derivative).


Apart from the traditional Adivasi house, now they are decorating the whole house in a different way which attracts more people. That typical and unique color of walls, the designed decorations with a neat and clean environment gives positive vibes.


Not only the walls but the whole design of the houses are also different and they make these houses in such a way that the overall look of the house appears like the most attractive place.



* All these images are taken by Sudarsan Swain sir and published here with his permission.


13 Nov 2019


Kartika Purnima or କାର୍ତ୍ତିକ ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣିମା is a Hindu, Sikh, and Jain cultural festival celebrated on the Purnima (the full moon day) or the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November–December according to Georgian calendar). It is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima in different places.

In Odisha, this festival is known as Danga Bhasa Purnima, where the people of Odisha floats tiny tiny boats on River, Sea, Pond, etc which is known as Boita Bandana in Odia. It is sometimes called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali, the festival of lights of the gods. Karthikai Deepam is a related festival celebrated in South India and Sri Lanka on a different date.

We have collected all these photos from Odia people, so the ritual of this festival is based on Odia culture. In those glorious time, Odia merchants (Odia: ସାଧବମାନେ) were going to different island like Bali, Java, Sumatra by sailing boats which are popularly known as Boita (Odia: ବୋଇତ) for business purpose.

In these days, the merchants are not going in such purposes through those boats, but still, we are celebrating this festival to remember those days, to enlightening that glorious period of Odisha's Maritime History.

Since the Merchants were going through the sea, before their leaving, their female family members used to worship the boat or Boita there. And from Odisha, Mahanadi is the best place for the merchants to go through the sea, so the Balijatra is organizing at Gadagadia Ghata, Cuttack. Here Balijatra is the combination of two different words 'Bali' and 'Jatra' where Bali means Bali Island of Indonesia and Jatra or Yatra means to travel to Bali.

(Photo: Parsuram Sahoo
(Photo: Ashok Mishra)
(Photo: Dr. Biswa Kar)
(Photo: Prabir Sahoo)
(Photo: Satrujit Singh)
(Photo: Rajashree Sahoo)
(Photo: Abhimanyu Sahoo)
(Photo: Lalatendu Samal)

* All these photographs are taken by Dr. Biswa Kar, Dr. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo, Rajashree Sahoo, Taranisen Pattnaik, Ashok Mishra, Satrujit Singh, Prabir Sahoo, Abhimanyu Sahoo, Parsuram Sahoo and Lalatendu Samal.

Further Reading:

24 Oct 2019

Biranchi Narayan Temple in one Sun Temple in Bhadrak under Odisha Tourism. It's another Sun Temple after Konark Sun Temple and the Biranchi Narayan Temple of Buguda, Ganjam.


Sri Biranchinarayan Temple is in Palia village, which is located around 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from Bhadrak Town. It's on the south side of Bhadrak, on the way from Bhadrak to Chandabali. It occupies a significant place in the cultural map of Odisha state of India.


The standing Biranchi Narayan Temple stands as evidence of the heritage of Surya Upasana in Odisha. Biranchi Narayan is another name for Lord Surya, the Sun God of light and luster. The existing temple is dedicated to Biranchi-Narayan, who is enshrined as a roughly four-faced image of the Sun.


A square stone slightly tapering towards the top contains four carved images of the Sun, god in relief, on the four sides of a slab. The figures hold two lotuses in two hands, as usual, and are depicted standing on chariots drawn by seven horses. Architecturally, the temple can be dated to the 13th century. It was renovated and reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century by the generosity of a local zamindar.


Architecture

In general, the structure exhibits the Kalingan style of temple architecture. The peculiarities of the temple include the two doorjambs of the eastern door, which probably originally belonged to a Saiva temple and were reused in the present temple during a renovation. The sculptures and carvings of the two doorjambs bear a close resemblance to the Siva temples of Bhubaneswar and Khiching of the 10th or 11th century AD.


Festivals

The main festival of this temple is Ratha Saptami or so-called Maagha Saptami. And another main festival is Samba Dashami. Since Samba, the son of Lord Krishna got cured by worshiping Sun, this festival is celebrating with joy.



  • All these photographs are taken by Jagannath Panigrahi.
  • And the data written about the temple are collected from different sources on the Internet.

Further Reading

25 Sep 2019


Kakharu or Boitalu Phula Bhaja (Odia: କଖାରୁ ଫୁଲ ଭଜା/ବୋଇତାଳୁ ଫୁଲ ଭଜା) or Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe is one of the popular Odia fritter dish which is also famous in West Bengal and other parts of India. This pumpkin flower fritters is an easy and quick dish, which we could prepare withing just few minutes.


For this dish, people use to collect the male flowers from the pumpkin plant to cook, because, with the female flowers would grow for the edible pumpkin. After collecting the male flowers, you have to pill the inside yellow thing from it and then add besan to it and also add some salt, red chilly powder, green chilli and then fry them with refined sonflower oil or mustard oil.


Now, it's ready to serve hot. People love to have this in both hot and cold. You can eat these as side dishes with breakfast, lunch, dinner and also could eat like that.


In Odisha, we all love to prepare food and the food is to share and sharing gives up pleasure. For that reason, we are sharing this one with you. So, make this for your loved one and also share it with others, because the root to everyones' heart is going through the stomach.

* All these photographs are taken by Smruti Subhra mam.
* Follow her on Twitter @SmrutiSubhra

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3 Sep 2019


What is Nuakhai?

Nuakhai is the agricultural festival mainly observed by people of western Odisha in India. Nuakhai is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. According to the local calendar, it is observed on Panchami tithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhadraba (August–September according to Georgian calendar), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This is the most important social festival of Western Odisha. This festival is also celebrated in some regions of Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh, where Odia culture is much predominant. Its coastal counterpart is Nabanna, observed in Coastal Odisha.

About the festival

Nuakhai is also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat. Actually, the Bhetghat starts after the main puja at the Devi. The word NUA means new and KHAI means food, so the name means the farmers are in possession of the newly harvested rice. The festival is seen as a new ray of hope, held the day after the Ganesha Chaturthi festival. It has a big significance for farmers and the agricultural community. The festival celebrated at a particular time of day which is called lagan. Arisaa pithaa is prepared to celebrate this festival. When the lagan comes, the people first remember their village god or goddess and then have their nua.

Nuakhai is the agricultural festival of people of Western Odisha. The festival is observed throughout Odisha, but it is particularly important in the life and culture of Western Odisha. It is a festival for the worship of food grain. It has its best celebration in the Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Balangir, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Boudh and Nuapada districts of Odisha.

Photos of 2019 Nuakhai

The Nuakhai is celebrated on 3rd September in 2019 and we saw lots of photos on different social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc. And we had collected a few pictures from some of our friends.

From Sonali Panda

One of our friends Sonali Panda had shared some beautiful photos of Nuakhai from her place from preparation to the celebration and also post celebration.
As we have mentioned about the Arisha Pitha before, this is the best thing in Nuakhai, which almost all prepare in their places.
Nuakhai is all about happiness, so all the family members come to the home for this occasion and they enjoy the day together. They worship together, pray together, eat together and so stay together.
The day after Nuakhai, the female members of the home celebrates SATHI OSHA. The mothers of the home mainly celebrate this festival for their Children.


* All the photo rights are reserved to Sonali Mam, before using them take her permission and follow her on Instagram @thecooking_shaukeen.

26 Aug 2019


In India, almost all people love to eat sweets. Now due to the diet and to avoid some dangerous diseases people are afraid of eating sweets but inside their mind? Are they really saying NO to the sweets? Aren't they wishing to have some sweets?

Leave about them, just focus on the sweet only. Here we are presenting the delicious sweets which you may find in almost every sweet stall. We have selected the two sweets Jilapi and Malpua, which is available from the sweets stalls to the big sweet stalls. Even star hotels are serving Jalebi and Malpua as the dessert. So, let's discuss about these three.

Malpua

Malpua is small sweet pancakes traditionally made during festivals like Holi, Diwali, and Navratri in different places of India, but in Odisha, it's prepared almost every day in the sweet shops. These are served with rabdi. But you could eat how you love to eat them.

Chhenapoda

Chhenapoda is a cheese dessert from Odisha, India. Chhena Poda is made of well-kneaded homemade fresh cheese chhena, sugar is baked for several hours until it browns. Chhena Poda is the only well known Indian dessert whose flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelization of sugar.

Demand and sale of Chhenapoda is huge in Odisha with every sweet shop preparing its own flavor either from sugar or gud (jaggery). Its shape of a cake often attracts a huge number of visitors to grab and have a bite. Apart from Odisha, it's available other states of the country.

Jalebi/Jilapi

Jalebi or Jilapi in Odia is a sweet and popular food found all over South Asia and the Middle East. It is made by deep-frying maida flour (plain flour or all-purpose flour) batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are particularly popular in the Indian subcontinent and Iran.

This dessert can be served warm or cold like Gulabjamoon. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating.

* All these photographs are taken by Sanjay Khilar.

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