24 Feb 2021

Odiani Family Restaurant at Panikoili (ଓଡ଼ିଆଣୀ) - Best Place for authentic Odia cuisine

Odiani Family Restaurant at Panikoili
(ଓଡ଼ିଆଣୀ) is one the best and famous restaurants in Odisha near NH 16. This restaurant is probably the best in the class which serves authentic Odia cuisine in Odisha.

The Nameplate at Odiani Family Restaurant

Location:

If you are passing by NH-16 through Panikoili, this is the place for you! Just next to Panikoili Tollgate, beside NH-16. The location and the architecture of this place attract many Odia people.

Art inside Odiani Family Restaurant

The inside view of this restaurant gives you a basic idea about the art of Odisha. This place feels like home. As per Debabrata Das, an Odia who works with the West Bengal Govt.'s Tourism department and also a traveler by passion, "I can explain this Odianee Hotel as an attractive place filled with beautiful arts describing Odia culture, beautiful garden, and delicious food's hub."

Beautiful Odiani Hotel near Panikoili

Beautiful Arts inside Odianee Family Restaurant

The beautiful look of the Odiani Restaurant

Foods they Provide:

The Odianee Restaurant is better known for its delicious homely food and as per Dr. Biswaranjan Kar sir, you can get one of the best Madia Jau (Odia: ମାଣ୍ଡିଆ ଜାଉ) from this restaurant.

Mandia Jau from Odiani Restaurant - ମାଣ୍ଡିଆ ଜାଉ

This place serves veg items to non-veg items. And we have placed some yummy and delicious food photographs clicked by Manas Muduli.

Delicious Mutton at Odiani Hotel, Panikoili near NH16

Why to visit?

Along with good food, the service is equally excellent. The way the restaurant owner and the staff personally look after you, it feels like home. The owner too was having his lunch at the same time.

Yummy Single Fish Masla from Odiani Hotel at Panikoili near NH16

When the owner eats the same food, you know the quality of it. It's highly recommended by Manas Muduli Sir, a famous Odia personality who is better known for his food reviews!!

Lunch at Odiani Hotel Panikoili

Plate full of delicious items at Odiani Hotel, Panikoili

* All the information we have provided is based on different statements from different people who visited the place. The food photos are clicked by Manas Muduli and other photographs are taken by Debabrata Das. And all the photo rights are reserved for the original photographers.

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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

Recipe:

  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.

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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.

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13 Dec 2020

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple (Odia: କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu Temple made by Langula Narasingha Deva in Remuna of Balasore district in Odisha, India.

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple - କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple is situated around 9 km west of Balasore railway station, about halfway between Howrah and Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple

The name "Remuna" is from the word "Ramaniya" which means very good-looking. "Khirachora" in Odia means Stealer of Milk and Gopinatha means the Divine Consort of Gopis. The reference is to child Krishna's love for milk and milk products.

Khirachora Gopinath Temple made by Narasinghadeva

Chandan Pokhari of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Eastern Ganga Dynasty king Langula Narasingha Deva, brought Gopinath to Remuna in the 13th century from Chitrakuta. This king arranged to have dug the two big tanks, Brajapokhari and Kutapokhari.

Bhoga Shops at Remuna Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Balasore

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Lord Gopinatha, flanked by Sri Govinda and Sri Madana Mohana, is made of black stone. Sri Gopinatha stands in bas-relief. Govinda and Madana Mohana, who were brought from Vrindavana in about 1938 by a devotee named "Chaitanya Dasa Babaji", are standing freely.

Bata Brukshya at Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna

It is said that Sri Rama carved Gopinatha with His arrow and that Sita worshiped this deity in Chitrakuta. During Banabasa to show the next avatar bigraha (Idol) to Sita.

Baula Gachha near Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

How to reach Khirachora Gopinatha Temple:

You could take an auto-rickshaw from the Balasore bus stand or from Remuna Golei or from the Railway station. On the way to Khirachora Gopinath Temple, you could visit Gaudiya Matha and Emami Jagannath Temple is just a few kilometers away from the temple.

Entrance of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Amruta Keli is the name of the delicious khira here. The Gopinatha khira is a preparation of homemade condensed milk, sugar, and cream, with a sprinkling of raisins. It comes in pots, which are personally tasted by Lord Gopinatha.

Amruta Keli, the delicious Khira Bhoga of Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

Declaration:
  • All these photos except the Amruta Keli are taken by Sangram Keshari Senapati.
  • The Amruta Keli photo is taken by Jagannath Panigrahi.
  • All these photos are shared under CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
  • And the contents of this blog are taken from English Wikipedia.
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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.

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Nandinia Waterfall (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଜଳପ୍ରପାତ) is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal.

Nandinia - An Unexplored Waterfall of Hindol, Odisha

Nandinia Waterfall is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal. There are no proper signboards to the place but locals would help you reach. Don’t miss this electric pole.

The electric pole indicating the wat towards Nandinia Waterafall of Hindol

The Nandinia Waterfall is around 100 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha. This waterfall is located around 6 kilometers away on the left side of Amalapada Raymunda village of Hindol Sub-division. Since the waterfall is inside the forest, it's not easily approachable.

According to some legends, the king of Hindol Gadajat, Shree Nanda Mahadev went inside the jungle and met a saint inside a cave and the saint named that cave on the name of the king as Nandinia Cave (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଗୁମ୍ଫା).

Bathing Scene of Nanidnia Waterfall of Hindol

As per some folk tales, one buffalo was searching for water and fallen into a ditch. At that time, lord Jagannath appeared and blessed the buffalo with water.

From that ditch, the waterfall started and the ditch is named Nandinia Kunda (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ କୁଣ୍ଡ) and the waterfall Nandinia Waterfall. On every Chitalagi Amavashya, local people do worship to Lord Jagannath and chanting names.

On the way to Nandinia Waterfall from Sapua Dam

The surroundings of this waterfall are good for Picnic. So, people from places visit this place in the winter season, but the roads are not approachable to the waterfall and there is no proper guidelines and promotion about this place, so fewer people know about this place.

Art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra near Nandinia Waterfall, Hindol

There is an art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra drawn inside the Nandinia Cave. When people visit the waterfall, they also visit Mahaprabhu there.

Nandinia - The unexplored waterfall of Odisha

About the Author:

Puspita Bhutia

Surajit Kumar Mishra, an Odia Technical professional, and a Biker, Blogger, and Vlogger by his passion. He uses to travel to different destinations from which some are famous and some are unexplored.

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N.B.: All these photo rights are reserved for the original author and before using any of it, please take the permission of him. And the content is translated from a Facebook post by Odisha Tourism. And thanks to Chandra Mohan Baral Bhai for the suggestions about this place.

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Prathamastami (Odia: ପ୍ରଥମାଷ୍ଟମୀ) is an Odia festival celebrating the "first-born" child of a family. They are called the "Prathama" or "Poruan" meaning "the first".

Prathamastami - A festival for first-born

This one's a very special occasion for me. Because I get to celebrate back-to-back. Being born on Kartika Purnima... I know that Prathamashtami isn't far🤣. And the cherry on top is that my younger sister gets no attention on this day🤣🤣.

So, in the frame, you can see ENDURI PITHA. Enduri pitha is prepared during Prathamastami. A batter of black gram and rice flour along with a stuffing of jaggery and coconut is wrapped in turmeric leaves and then steamed.

Enduri pitha on the delicious plate for Prathamashtami

My mom has spoilt me silly, I am telling you. But that's ok... today's my day. All the "Prathamas"... all my love to you.💃💃

Also, yours truly has finally learnt how to make these pithas. These are made by me. Hence, the cracks. But that's ok.🙈

You can see the Enduri Pitha making process on this blog- Enduri Pitha Making

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

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Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak - ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର

The Dhamarai Temple (Odia: ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple at Dhamara, a small coastal township, where the river Dhamra (Odia: ଧାମରା) meets the Bay of Bengal.

Maa Dhamarai Temple Side View

The place is around 60 to 70 kilometers from Bhadrak district headquarters in the eastern direction. Dhamara is surrounded by Chandbali in the West, Basudebpur in the North, Kalibhanjadia in the South, and Bay of Bengal in the East.

Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak

There are a number of legends and folk tales regarding the deity Dhamarai and the temple of Maa Dhamarai.

According to one of the historical legends, one merchant namely Dhaneswar who often traded with the Singhalies (Srilanka) had brought a deity namely 'Pashana Mangala' from Srilanka and had established the same at Dhamara on his way back home. The said deity, later on, came to be known as MAA DHAMARAI.

Dhamarai Temple Entrance

According to one of the folktales, Maa Dhamrai had five sisters and were residing at a place called 'Satabhaya'. Her five sisters were carnivorous in contradiction to her being purely vegetarian, which had angered her sisters and they pushed her deep into the sea.

Floating on the water Maa Dhamarai came towards Chandinipala and is believed to have been caught in the fishing net of one Sanatana Dalai and Bulei Behera who had rescued her and started worshiping keeping her in their house.

Full View of Maa Dhamara Temple

Later on, it is believed that on the same night the queen of the then King of Kanika, Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo saw a dream wherein Maa Dhamarai ordered her to build a temple.

The Temple of Maa Dhamarai, Dhamara

The temple built by the then king Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo by the year 1953 got destroyed and the remains even were washed away into the sea.

Front View of Maa Dhamarai Temple

During the said period the people worshiped the deity keeping her inside a thatched roof house.

Maa Dhamarai Temple

  • Content Source: bhadrak.nic.in
  • Photo Source: Some from bhadrak.nic.in and others from different sources and the photographer's name is written on the photos.
  • This is a basic blog just to know about this temple and the folk tales of Maa Dhamarai.

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