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It's the season of "Potala" or Parwal (pointed gourds). I had "Potala Alu Tarkari" (Aalu Parwal or curry of pointed gourds and cubed potatoes) for dinner last night but what made it unique was that the curry didn't have onions or garlic paste as is commonly used in preparing most Indian curries. On days of "Sankranti" and "Purnami" (full moon night), we do not consume anything that has onions or garlic. Since it was Purnami yesterday, so the curry was made without the two. But believe me, the taste of the gravy was as good as it could be!ย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š #AluPotalaTarkari #AaluParwal #AluParwal #OdiaFood #odiacuisine #odiadish #odisha #odia #homefood #indianfood #vegetarianfood #tasteofindia #comfortfood #instafood #foodiesofindia #homecooking #yummyfood #foodporn #foodstagram #foodgasm #foodphotography #cooking #homemade #foodpic #delicious #instagood #foodies #yummy #sweetnspicy #picoftheday
In most Odia families, Wednesdays (of course besides the Sundays) are literally earmarked for consuming non-vegetarian food, it's almost an unwritten rule. Thus today we had Rohi Fish Curry (Rohi Macha Tarkari) for lunch, made in the typical Odia method. 
#RohuFishCurry #FishCurry #RohiMachTarkari #nonvegetarian #homemade #indianfood #nonvegetarianfood #sweetnspicy #picoftheday #instagood
#instapic #foodphotography #foodporn #foodgasm #foodiesofindia #homecooking #yummy #nomnom #foodies #foodgram #delicious #odiafood #odiafoodie #odisha #odia #homefood
Sri Ram Mandir at Kharavela Nagar, Bhubaneswar was beautifully decked up on Ram Navami ๐Ÿ™
#SriRam #SriRamMandir #RamMandirBhubaneswar #odisha #bhubaneswar #odia #instagood #picoftheday #nikon #photogasm #photography #instadaily #instapic #night #nightphotography
On the 13th of April, 2019 being the auspicious Ashokastami, the Rukuna Ratha Jatra of Shri Lingaraj began in Bhubaneswar, starting from the Lingaraj Temple. The Rukuna Rath Jatra precedes the Puri Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath. 
As per the custom, every year on Ashokastami, the "Chalanti Pratimas" (representative movable idols of the three deities of Lingaraj Temple - Shri Chandrasekhar, Devi Rukmini and Shri Ananta Basudev - commence their four-day journey on a chariot to the Rameswar temple (or "Gundicha Mandira"). Then on the fifth day, they return back to their abode but what makes the Rukuna Rath Yatra unique is that during their return journey, the chariot doesn't take a turn, instead is pulled backwards!

#RukunaRathYatra #RukunaRathaJatra #LordLingaraj #AnantVasudev #OdiaCulture #rathyatra #bhubaneswar #odia #odisha #instagood #picporn #photogasm #nikon #photography #instadaily #instapic #picoftheday #hindufestival #odiafestival #hinduism #harharmahadev #shiva
Yesterday it was Maha Bishuba Sankranti or Panaa Sankranti which marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Odia calendar and so is celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety all across the state. Usually falling on 14th or 15th of April every year, this day symbolizes the end of spring and beginning of summer. 
In Odisha, a small earthen pitcher is first filled with water and "panaa" (a special drink prepared by mixing the pulp of woodapple or bela, curd, milk, cheese, jaggery, grated coconut, bananas, cucumber, raw mangoes and "ukhuda") and is then hung over the basil plant (Tulasi chaura). The pitcher would have got a tiny hole at the bottom through which a "kusa" is made to pass, so that the water falls over the tulsi plant drop by drop. This whole arrangement is called "Basundhara Theki". Chattua or horse-gram flour (sattu) mixed with curd, jaggery and bananas is also offered to Tulsi plant as prasad and is then consumed by the devotees.

#PanaSankranti #OdiaTradition #OdiaCulture #OdiaNewYear #PanaSankranti2019 #OdiaPanji #Odisha #Pana #Panaa #HinduRitual #photogasm
#nikon #photography #instadaily#instapic #picoftheday #hindufestival #odiafestival #hinduism #baisakhi
Ask any Odia to name one dish that satiates the soul like no other and in all likelihood, pat will come the reply - Pakhala! Pakhala Bhaata (or fermented watered rice) is something that Odias can't do without. It is as much a part of our cultural identity as the Puri Jagannath Temple. Relished by both the poor and the rich alike, it has been an integral and inseparable component of an average Odia's diet since time immemorial. 
But more so during the summers, when it is no less than amrit! For us Odias, come summer and we fall back on this choicest summer cooler of ours - Pakhala Bhaata (or fermented watered rice) - to keep ourselves hydrated for long and thus safe from sun strokes and nausea. 
A bowl of Pakhala beats the summer heat like no one else! This humble food item has immense health benefits. It is undoubtedly one of the easiest and a sure shot way to keep our digestive system in order during the hot weather extremes. 
Pakhala sanga ku achi baghara alu bharta, baigana bharta, kalama saaga bhaja, badi chura, kakudi, piaja, rohi macha bhaja, masala dia gotaa bhendi, chuin alu besara, sijha kancha kadali baraa o kakharu phula bara.

#KharaDinaReAmruta #DahiPakhala #PakhalaKansa #odiafood #humbleOdiaDish #SummerCooler #SummerSaver #indiancuisine #odishaย 
#bhubaneswar #foodiesofindia #homecooking #yummyfood #tastyfood #delicious #instagood #foodies #yummy #foodporn #foodstagram #foodgasm #foodphotography #cooking #homemade #odiacuisine
Gobi Aalu Masala for lunch ๐Ÿ˜Š (A rich and spicy, gravy based curry using cauliflower and potatoes which are sauteed with Indian spices to prepare this delectable dish. Easy to prepare and absolutely lip-smacking if done the right way).
Pair this dish with either rotis or paranthas or puris or even with steamed rice , the gobi dish goes well with each of them ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜™
(Ignore the excess amount of oil and fat floating on the surface. Sometimes it's okay to give in to heart's desires ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰) #delicious #homemade #gobialumasala #lunch #lunchscene #lunchspecial #indiancuisine #incredibleindia #foodie #foodblogger #foodtalkindia #nomnom #foodphotography #foodstagram #delhigram #foodiesofindia #foodporn #foodgasm #sweetnspicy #picoftheday #foodpic #odisha #bhubaneswar #odia #foodies #cauliflower #phulgobi #sweetnspicy #spicyindiancurry #vegetarianfood
One particular event that I look forward to every year if I am in Bhubaneswar at that time, is the Toshali Crafts Mela. The 13th edition of Toshali National Crafts Mela-2018 concluded yesterday and I had a great time hopping from one stall to another ๐Ÿ˜Š. Undoubtedly one of the most popular crafts exhibition in Odisha, the Toshali Crafts Mela is a great forum for the craft aesthetes and aficionados to explore (and purchase) from among the several indigenous and traditional handicrafts, handloom products, terracotta, bamboo-work, brass and metal crafts, ivory and stoneworks of Odisha, besides showcasing exquisite craftsworks of fellow artisans, weavers and sculptors from the other states of the country. I came to know that this year, the Toshali Mela had 330 handicraft and handloom stalls! The kind of craftworks one finds here and the skills and intricacies involved in making those products, will definitely leave one absolutely spellbound and in awe.

#toshali #bhubaneswar
#toshalimela
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Paneer Latpat being prepared ๐Ÿ˜Š 
Butter-smeared rotis, kheer and achaar for company.
So lunch is going to be a ummmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š affair ๐Ÿ˜€

#delicious #homemade #PaneerLatpat #paneer #paneerdish #cottagecheese #lunch #lunchscene #lunchspecial #indiancuisine #incredibleindia #foodie #foodblogger #foodtalkindia #nomnom #foodphotography #foodstagram #delhigram #foodiesofindia #foodporn #foodgasm #sweetnspicy #picoftheday #foodpic #odisha #bhubaneswar #odia #homefood #foodies
Here we have made Poda Pitha in a kadhai!

Poda pitha (or the burnt cake) is a Unique Odia Delicacy that forms a quintessential part of most Odia festive celebrations, especially 'Raja' - the swing festival. It is named so because of its outer burnt crust. When fully cooked, the Poda Pitha looks somewhat creamish brown in colour from the outside, with a lightly charred crust but remains soft and white from the inside. "Poda" means burnt in Odia and pitha is a special type of cake that is usually prepared from a fermented batter of rice and black gram dal mixture. 
However originally in the olden times, unlike most other "pithas", black gram dal (biri dali or urad dal) wasn't used in Poda pithas. Rather a different kind of batter was prepared, by continuous slow cooking of rice powder being added gradually to molasses or palm jaggery. And then to this mixture were added grated coconut, some coconut slices, chopped ginger, salt, desi cow ghee, crushed green cardamom, crushed cashew nuts, raisins and edible soda. This batter was then cooked or baked over slow fire for almost an hour or so. 
But the very first step -- of slow cooking of rice powder being added gradually to palm jaggery -- is the trickiest part, because if it goes wrong, the entire Poda Pitha making will go wrong. So nowadays to make the process easier, people are using a batter of black gram dal and rice to make Poda Pithas.

Traditionally the poda pithas used to be prepared on the clay cook-stoves (or chulha) in the villages by wrapping the batter mixture in a banana leaf and then placing it over burning charcoal pieces. Thus they used to have a distinct smoky flavour. These days however we city folks bake poda pithas at home in pressure cookers or in microwave ovens. While serving, they are usually paired with either mutton curry or with dalma (the traditional vegetable curry of Odisha). #podapitha๐Ÿž #podapitha #odiadelicacy #cake #cakes #odiacake #delicious #odiafood #foodiesofindia #homecooking #homemade #indianfood #yummy #nomnom #instagood #foodies #picoftheday #vegetarianfood #dessert #breakfast #foodtalkindia #foodporn #foodstagram #foodgasm #foodphotography #foodphotography #foodpics
What you see in the photo is not an egg omelette, instead it's "Baghara Chakuli Pitha" - a slightly different version of the usually prepared Chakuli Pitha. This is what I had this morning for breakfast. One of the most popular breakfast food items among the Odias is the Chakuli Pitha. Chakuli Pitha can be termed as the Indian crepe made from fermented batter of rice, black gram ("biri" or urad dal), salt and fried in a little bit of edible oil (even though the chakuli pithas resemble "dosa" and are prepared from similar ingredients but they are still quite different from the dosas). "Baghara" in Odia means seasoning. And this "Baghara Chakuli Pitha" is different from the usual ones because it also has finely chopped vegetables (finely chopped onions, green chilies, capsicum, grated carrots and finely chopped tomatoes) added to the batter and then given a seasoning of curry leaves, mustard seeds and red chillies. Believe me, it tastes heavenly. You don't even need any accompaniment or side dish to go with these baghara chakulis, you can have them all alone. 
#odiacuisine #homemade  #BagharaChakuliPitha #BagharaChakuli #OdiaTiffin #OdiaBreakfast #breakfast #breakfastideas #odiafood #sweetnspicy #instagood #instafood #foodiesofindia #homecooking #yummy #nomnom #indianfood #vegetarianfood #tasteofindia #comfortfood #foodporn #foodstagram #food #foodgasm #foodphotography #foodpics
There goes a popular saying in Odisha - "Baara maase tera parba" (13 festivals in 12 months of a year), literally meaning that Odisha remains in a festive mood all throughout the year with a string of festivals dotting the Odia calendar over the year with at least one major ceremony or festival celebrated each month. Today is Prathamastami - another popular ceremony among the Odias - that is observed on the eighth day of the month of Margasira (usually falls in November or December) wherein the mother or a female elder of the family prays to Goddess Sathi for the well-being and prosperity of the first-born or the eldest child.

Well, me being the younger one, obviously used to feel left out and so would be jealous of my elder brother :P But then all of that used to vanish away the moment Mummy would serve us "Enduri Pitha" (the quintessential Odia pitha prepared during the occasion - Prathamastami is incomplete without this delicacy), "Ghaanta" (another typical Odia curry comprising of boiled seasonal vegetables, grated coconut and given a seasoning of ghee, cumin seeds and red chillies) and Kheer :D

As if it's a norm, almost each of the major Odia festivals is associated with a particular pitha and so is Prathamastami - the special attraction of the festival being the "Enduri Pitha". Although the preparation method of Enduri Pitha might look similar to that of Idlis, however it is distinctly different in that the "enduri pithas" are elongated in shape, have a sweetened stuffing - that of grated coconut mixed with palm jaggery (deep brownish in colour) and are wrapped in turmeric leaves before being steamed.

While eating, the wraps of turmeric leaves are removed from the pithas but their goodness and medicinal value get passed onto the pithas. Thus the enduri pithas have a unique aroma of turmeric leaves in addition to their health benefits especially in the winter season, thus helping in strengthening one's immune system.

#Prathamastami #Podhuastami #OdiaFestival #OdiaCulture #Odisha #Bhubaneswar #EnduriPitha #HaldiPatraPitha #Odiacuisine #OdiaFood #HinduCulture #HinduFestival #Tradition #Culture #IndianCulture #picoftheday