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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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30 Nov 2020

Panchuka Purnima is one of the traditional Odia festivals celebrated in Odisha on Kartika Purnima in the month of November which is also known as Bhishma Panchaka or the Vaka Panchak.

Panchuka Purnima Celebration in COVID19 2020

Also, Panchaka (Odia: ପଞ୍ଚକ) is referred to as the last five days of the month of Karika. Kartika is the 7th month of the Odia calendar which is between October and November month according to the Georgian calendar.

Boita Banda Preparation and Small Paper boats to celebrate
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

In our Odia calendar, we celebrate this festival according to the tithi, that is from Purnima to Poornima. So, the month-end.

Big Boat for Boita Bandana in 2020
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Kadali Patua Boita Bandana on Panchuka Purnima by Surajit Mishra
(Photo: Surajit Mishra)

This year, due to COVID19, the Govt. of Odisha advised people not to celebrate this festival in that grand way like previous years to avoid crowds.

Boita Banda utsav captured by Parsuram Sahoo

Boita Bandana and Kartika Purnima Osha Danga bhasa for panchaka by Aprita Singh
(Photo: Arpita Singh)

Still, people celebrate Boita Bandana and Danga Bhasa at different places by following the COVID guidelines.

Panchuka Purnima and Boita Bandana in COVID19
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Kartika Danga Bhasa by Parsuram Sahoo
(Photo: Rarsuram Sahoo)

Some people couldn't go to the rivers, ponds and celebrate Boita Bandana at their home by floating boats on pot water.

Boita Banda and Danga bhasa at home from Durgapur Kolkatta by Dr Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo

On Kartika Purnima, people use to wake up early in the morning, and after freshen up, all use to worship the boats (made from paper, thermocol, banana stem) and float on the river, pond, etc.

Boita Bandana on Panchaka by Manas Muduli
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Kadali Patua Danga Bhasa on Panchuka Purnima by Surajit Mishra

2020 Panchaka Purunima
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

After Danga Bhasa people also visit nearby temples to take the blessings of God. Apart from this, at some places, people organize a public gathering with a big boat and worship Radha Krishna there.

Kartika Purnima Osha and Boita Bandana Danga bhasa for panchaka
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Kartika Purnima Osha and Boita Bandana Danga bhasa for panchaka on Mahanadi
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Boita Bandana near Mahanadi
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Kartika Purnima Osha and Boita Bandana Danga bhasa for panchaka
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Mahanadi on Panchaka Purnima
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

Apart from Danga Bhasa, people use to make beautiful Rangoli or Murja designs near the Tulasi Chaura. Not on this day, from the past 5 days, people do these Muruja designs.

Tulasi Chaura Muruja purely handmade
(Photo: Manas Muduli)

From the starting of Kartika people in Odisha use to avoid non-veg food. It's believed that during these days, there are some poisonous things developed on the bodies, people usually don't eat these. Some people also eat Habisa Dalma these days.

Mayura design Muruja or Rangoli on Panchaka Purnima 2020

So, the next day of Panchaka, people use to eat those foods which they stopped eating for 30 days. This is called Chhadakhai. Though Chhadakhai is not a festival to celebrate, but people nowadays are celebrating it like a festival.

Boita Bandana at Home and Muruja or Rangoli by Pragyan Mohapatra

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29 Nov 2020

We Odias make Muruja (Odia: ମୁରୁଜ) or Rangoli (Odia: ରଙ୍ଗୋଲି) on Panchaka and Diwali. Here we have some best Muruja or Rangoli images of 2020 Panchaka by Manas Muduli.

Best Muruja or Rangoli Images on 2020 Panchaka

Muruja is related to the Hindu Pujas. Rangoli is an art, origin in India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, or flower petals.

Beautiful Muruja Photos for Panchaka

Tulasi Chaura Muruja purely handmade

Rangolis is usually made during Panchaka, Diwali, Onam, Pongal, and other Indian, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese festivals related to Hinduism. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.

Odia Style Rangoli and Muruja for Panchaka Purnima

Tulasi Chaura and Muruja Images

The purpose of Muruja or rangoli is decorating the house and front door, Tulasi Chaura. It is thought to bring good luck to our house. Also, the design depictions vary as they reflect traditions, folklore, and practices that are unique to each area.

Handmade Muruja for Panchaka

Lord Jagannath Muruja Rangoli on Panchaka by Manas Kumar Muduli

Muruja is traditionally done by women, but the important thing is the design, so men also do it with very good designs. Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations, and other similar milestones and gatherings.

Best Muruja Image by Manas Muduli

According to the source, this process was there in Mahenjodaro and Harappa time. At that time, Muruja was called Alpana (ଆଲ୍ପନା), which was originated from the Sanskrit word Olanpin (ଓଲାନପିନ), which means to draw pictures.

Muruja near Tulasi Chaura

Best Muruja Rangoli with Boita Bandana for Balijatra and Prasad on Panchaka Purnima

To make different colours for Muruja, previously people used different types of natural resources like white rice, brick dust, leaves, turmeric powder, etc.

Beautiful Muruja image on Panchaka

But now-a-days, the readymade colors are prepared with the help of some chemicals and available in the market. Some also use different types of frames to draw these.

Jagannath Muruja for Panchaka

Beautiful Muruja Design for Panchuka 2021 images download free

During Pachaka, the Muruja are drawn near to Tulasi Chaura in every Odia family. In these five days, people used to draw beautiful Murujas at their home.

Padma Phula Muruja on Panchaka

About the Author:

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.

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