Famous Delicacies You Must Not Miss When in Odisha
The soul of India and a personal favorite among adventure seekers from all over the world looking to bask in the thrills of wildlife and nature at its rawest, Odisha has some of the yummiest delicacies you have to try out as soon as possible. Its cuisine does not have a lot of spice but is high on flavors that will take your taste buds for a spin when you have the food. If you dive into the food platter when on an Eco Retreat, for instance, you will have exposure to locally cooked meals that will quite literally melt your heart and quench your desires.
When you visit Odisha the next time, hopefully for a luxurious glamping show, ensure you try out these dishes to make the most of your experience!
Dal is the staple diet in almost every other Indian family and can be eaten with both rice and chapati. Instead of onions, garlic and other spices, dalma is made from the most delicious seasonal veggies such as raw bananas, papayas, pumpkins, drumsticks etc that give it an extremely delectable taste. Dalma does not have a lot of oil either but it has a very high density and can probably stick on a wall if you throw it on one.
Known as ‘puchka’ in Bengal, ‘golgappa’ in the northern states, and panipuri in western India, Gupchup is easily a favorite among Odishans. It has crunchy balls that are made from maida, suji and atta and comes with jaljeera and masala to take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride. You can have as many gupchups as you need to quench your hunger and also have fun eating competitions with your friends to see who can have the most within a limited amount of time, as a part of your fun beach activities in Odisha! You can find them anywhere around the state and will be captured by their deliciousness.
3) Potala Alu Rasa
Alu Potala Rasa is ideally a curry that is prepared with spices, potatoes and point gourd. It also has bay leaves that deeply accentuate its taste and leave you wanting another bite followed by another and still another. Potala itself means pointed gourd while rasa means gravy. The gravy usually has an extremely smooth consistency and is grounded into fine paste before it is finally served to people. Even mustard oil occupies a huge portion of the recipe owing to its highly authentic taste but you can use other vegetable oils also to add on to the dish.
A simple yet lip-smacking dish to make, Khicede is popular among most Odishans for its uncomplicated recipe and easily acquirable taste. It makes for the perfect combination of rice and lentils and is cooked in a large amount of ghee which gives it a consistent and finger-licking after taste. You can experiment with its taste going by your mood- it can be made spicy if you’re looking for spicy and lightly normal if you’re in the mood for something that is comforting and warm to your throat and body. Khicede is not a heavy appetizer either and is used as the go-to dish for people who are feeling sick or have an upset stomach. It is mostly served with curd and papad to give it the extra taste it needs and never fails to amaze you, regardless of the amount of times you have it.
5) Macha Ghanta
If you’re a non-vegetarian, and are particularly fond of fish, you will be fully surprised by the amount of fish dishes that Odisha has! They are extremely popular and deeply relished by almost every second household of the wonderful state. Macha Ghanta is one of them and is deeply loved by most who get to taste it. It has in it the combined head of a fish and comes with steamed rice that further adds onto its taste. The curry itself is an extremely rich blend of spices, potatoes, onions and garlic and will leave you licking the entire pan if it’s made perfectly, following the traditional recipe. A lot of vegetarians just make the curry and avoid adding fish to it to make it edible for themselves as well.
6) Pakhala Bhata
Cooked overnight, Pakhala Bhata is simply prepared by soaking cooked rice in water along with sour curd. It is served with potatoes, papad, fried fish etc to further accentuate its taste and is the perfectly refreshing dish you might need this summer to help beat the inescapable heat. It is a must try! It’s also your body’s best friend because it helps in the removal of dullness and waste while also giving you the energy you need to escape sudden and extremely strange tiredness.
7) Chenna Poda
If you go to Odisha and don’t have its Chenna Poda, then you’re missing out on the yummy delicacies of the state by a high margin. Chenna Poda is burnt cheesecake and is offered to Lord Jagannath at the Puri temple. It has a richly embellished and adored aftertaste that carries elements of burnt home-made cheese and sugary syrup to keep your eyes closed as you bask in the absolute delight that it is. Chenna Poda is baked for several hours with great precision and can be perfected only by a skilled expert who is familiar with its nuances. It is sold in almost every single corner of Odisha and will linger in your mind for a long while after you have eaten it.
Eco retreats are sustainably planned tourist vacations that will take you to the most incredible food places available locally. Eco retreat Odisha will allow you to truly taste the state in its natural element. The experiences you’re open to let you dive into the multi-cuisine world of Odisha and stay with you as you explore it in its entirety, all the while treating your taste buds and thus your heart to unforgettable experiences of joy and satisfaction. If you’re planning a trip to Odisha, whether alone or with your loved ones, keep this list with you and consider going on an eco retreat to have maximum fun while also playing a considerable role in the conservation of the environment.
Framed by multiple coupled trees, the village of Raghurajpur is one of the most beautiful craft villages in India. It has a heartwarmingly traditional culture of craft making and most villagers invest in the performance in its entirety to ensure it does not stop existing. The works are mostly inspired by the temples and other attractions of the state of Odisha, and have their own stories to tell. Almost every household is covered in art and decorated by craft.
Pipli is another phenomenal village in Odisha that is famous for its applique work, which is essentially carried out by stitching and embroidering different pieces of cloth that are based on the most amazing decorative items such as umbrellas, pouches, wallets, mirrors etc. Take them with you to add a certain twist and change to your homes in the best way possible.
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