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From Home Sweet Home, ORISSA

Posted on: July 8, 2012

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home” – John Howard Payne

I have travelled a lot inside India and probably can describe each state from first-hand experience, just the way I saw and felt about it. But when it comes to the place where I was born and raised and call home, I get weak in the knees. Pure, simple and unpretentious -like first love. Heart still skips a couple of beats whenever I listen to the tune of “Rangabati” or “Bande Utkala Janani”.  Brings back the memory of a perfect childhood and all the delicious food made by grandmother, mother and aunts.

Yes, the food – that’s what this blog is about :- ) . Oriya food is as humble as the state itself. Very few ingredients, simple preparation and leaves you content.  Though there is a vast variety of food, I would limit this blog to the food I grew up with.

Pakhala Bhata & badi chura

Absolute comfort food for a hot afternoon that promises a peaceful nap  right after. A must in my household everyday during  Summer vacation. This is nothing but a fermented rice (or alternatively yogurt mixed with rice) accompanied with Saaga (greens) , Machho Bhaja (Fish fry) and Badi Churra (spicy crushed badi)

Badi Churra is a simple and delicious side food made with fried( In mustard oil)  & crushed Badis (you will get in Indian store) and mixed crushed green chillis, chooped onions, chooped cilantros, chopped tomatoes and salt.

pakhala - palatesofindia

Mansa Kasha

Mansa kasha is one of the most famous nonveg  food . It is a dry mutton (goat meat) dish made with Indian spices and eaten with rice or bread.

Dalma

Lentil -but not your usual Indian daal. It is cooked with vegetables (But not Sambar either   ) and flavored with dry roasted cumin seeds. Mostly served with fried bread (Paranthas).

Dalma-palatesofindia

Machha Besara

Fish prepared in a gravy of mustard paste and yogurt(or tomatoes). The bitterness from the mustard paste and the sourness from the yogurt gives it a very unique taste  and balancing these two flavors distinguishes a perfect  cook :-). Serve hot over white rice.

Besara- palatesofindia

Amba Khata

Raw mangoes cooked with sugar, spices and salt. A sweet and sour delicacy often served as a side dish with rice.

Amba Khatta – palatesofinida

Kakara pitha

Kakara pitha is a sweetmeat must for any festivals or special occasions. There are many varieties of it but the one favorite in my household is made up of coconut and wheat flour.

Kakara-palatesofinida

 

Please follow this link for recipe

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