Best Food in Odisha
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About Food Guide in Odisha
The food at Odisha is popular for its aromatic flavors and unlike the majority part of India, Oriya food is not much spicy and oily. Rice is the staple food of the people of Odisha. Most of the people here use mustard oil as the cooking oil. Oriya cuisine owing to rich flavors and a plethora of local dishes is often referred to as “the Goa of Eastern India”. There is a lot of similarity between Oriya cuisine and Bengali cuisine. The main ingredients used in the preparation of food are papaya, plantains, turmeric, red chilies, and jackfruit. Most of Odisha dishes have a mix of five spices called Panchaw Phutana and the spices are aniseed, kalonji, cumin, fenugreek, and mustard.
Odisha Famous Food
The famous dishes of Oriya cuisine are:
Khichdi is one of the most popular dishes in Odisha as it is used as an offering to Lord Jagannath. The khichdi is a perfect combination of lentils and rice prepared in ghee to give amazing flavor to the dish. The meal is easily prepared and is one of the most comforting Orissa food. Usually, khichdi is eaten with curd, pickle, and papad.
Prawn curry is also called as chungdi malai, the delicious curry is one of the most popular dishes in Orissa. It is prepared using coconut milk which adds richness and flavor to the dish. The spices used in preparing prawn curry, add more aroma and spice to the dish. It is usually eaten with steamed rice and is a must-try dish while you are in Odisha.
One of the extremely popular fish dishes in Odisha is Macha Ghanta. The tempting and mouth-watering curry is made of fried fish head and is accompanied by hot steamed rice and fresh salad. Macha Ghanta is also offered to the Goddess Durga Ma on the Indian festival Dussehra. The curry is prepared by blending potatoes, spices, garlic, onions, and famous spices of Odisha. Macha Ghanta is the most traditional food of Odisha.
Dalma is again one of the most comforting meals of Odisha, prepared using basic ingredients like roasted moong dal and a cup of veggies mostly papaya, yam, plantain, and pumpkin. The lip-smacking Dalma is served with steamed rice. This simple food is prepared without onion and garlic. Have Dalma which is the most Odisha famous food.
Try the lip-smacking sweet dish of Odisha, Rasabali. It is also used as an offering to Lord Jagannath as a part of Chappan Bhog. The dish was originated in the Kendrapara district of Odisha. Rasabali is one of the famous Odisha sweets.
Kanika basically is a sweet pulao and is also used as an offering to Lord Jagannath. Kanika is also a staple food of the people in Odisha. The delicious rice is served with mouth-watering chicken or mutton curry. Try Kanika which is prepared using rice, sugar, and plenty of dry fruits. The delicious dish is one of the most famous dishes in Odisha.
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