The world famous Rath Yatra of Puri starts today. This is a 9 day festival where the three deities Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balaram, and his sister Goddess Subhadra are taken from the Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple through large wooden chariots. On this auspicious occasion, here are some of the Odisha traditional dishes that you should definitely try if you visit Puri during this time.
Popular Odisha Traditional Dishes
This is not just a festival, but a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the flavors and beauty of India. The same can be seen at the time of Rath Yatra where lakhs of devotees pull the chariots and they seek blessings of the almighty. At the time of the daily puja rituals, the deities are served with 56 varied dishes, famously known as Chappan Bhog. In this article, we are going to have a look at the various Odisha traditional dishes that are offered to the deities and are also worth a try at the time of the cultural celebrations of costumes, beliefs, and flavors. Here are some famous foods of Odisha with pictures.
It is the Oriya variant of the very famous khichdi. As per experts, this popular dish is made with lentils and rice prepared in pure desi ghee. This dish is a part of the very famous 56 dishes that are offered to Lord Jagannath.
If we get to know the mythological documents, Lord Jagannath loves sweets. Among his favorite dishes, this is included. Poda Pitha is a pancake-like baked item that is made with rice flour, black gram, coconut, cardamom, and jaggery.
It is a mixture of vegetables and lentils without oil. It is one of the special attractions of the city and is provided to Lord Jagannath at the time of Rath Yatra. Interestingly, it was also added to the food menu of the president after a special request from former president A P J Abdul Kalam.
Either boiled or fried, this vegetable curry of Odisha involves brinjal, potato, papaya, and tomato. Ude of panch phoron, ghee, and green chili provides this dish a divine taste and is mainly served with Indian bread (roti) or rice.
Prepared with cottage cheese, Rasabali is a deep fried delight and is the ideal version of this sweet dish that can be enjoyed in the area of Jagannath temple in Puri.
Prepared with paneer, cardamom powder, sugar, nuts, rice flour, and ghee, this sweet item of Jagannath Temple is not worth a miss. This Odisha traditional dish has a velvety texture. The dish arrives after various hours of cooking.
This is one of the most famous dishes of Puri and is a must have for all travelers. There are many types of malpua that are available in Puri and are included among the 56 items. But the most common variant is made with milk, flour, sugar, cardamom, and fennel seed. This mouth watering dish is served as the breakfast of Lord Jagannath at the Puri Temple.
This is a fried puffed rice dish sweetened with sugar, which is served as a popular Bhog at the Puri Temple. This puffed rice is a variety of Khai. Jaggery syrup is added to this puffed rice and is made into balls.
Now coming to the king of foods when it is about Lord Jagannath’s bhog. Khaja is the most commonly used bhog in Puri and people love this to a great extent. Khaja is made with refined sugar and wheat flour that is layered with crunchy delight and deep fried in oil. It is also an offering in the Jagannath Temple, Puri. You should never miss this Odisha famous item.
Already a favored destination for all adventure lovers, the Indian state of Odisha is also famous for its diverse culture and food. Talking about the culture, one of the most famous festivals of Odisha is the world famous Rath Yatra and it has already arrived. On this Rath Yatra let us have a look at some of the very popular Odisha traditional dishes that are included in the 56 bhogs of Lord Jagannath. You will find many Orissa food recipes on the internet.