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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.

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Diwali Special βœ¨β‡
Gajar Barfi or Carrot Fudge 😊
Diwali - the festival of Lights - is round the corner, so our preparations have already started. This morning I thought of making these sweets for treating family and friends on the special evening😊
Started at around 6 inthe morning, it took me close to 3 hours to prepare this, I was nervous as this was only my second attempt. But luckily they turned out well. The method is not difficult, however it requires patience. 
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Aalu Posta or Potatoes cooked with a paste of Poppy seeds... This is the food item that started my love affair with food. It was love at first bite, I was still a small child, I don't know why out of all dishes, why this particular one won over my heart (although I do have romantic attachment with a lot of other food items too πŸ˜œπŸ˜‰) Well, there never is any tangible reason why one falls in love with someone, I never bothered to know. All I know is that Aalu Posta continues to rule my heart ever since πŸ˜™πŸ˜Š When I was a child (being a grumpy one at that), no matter how upset I would be, but the moment Mummy would prepare and place a plate full of aalu posta before me, my mood would suddenly change for the better in seconds and I would hug mummy like a puppy.

There were also so many instances when I would sneak into the kitchen and finish up the entire amount of aalu posta from the kadhai, being overcome with greed. And then I would act innocent as if I had no knowledge who had eaten up all, when Mummy would enquire me and my brother after seeing the empty kadhai! 😁 Nostalgic memories.

Potatoes are skinned and then cut into cubes, are then sautΓ©ed for a few minutes in mustard oil with slit green chillies and black cumin seeds and then are cooked with a paste of poppy seeds till they are done nicely. This is how mummy prepares and passed on the method to me, although various people in Odisha have a little different method too like some use onions while some others make a watery gravy.
Ridge gourd (jahni in Odia or Turai in Hindi) is also sometimes cooked with the potatoes (Jahni Aalu Posta). But remember, no turmeric powder or red chilli powder is ever used in the preparation or else the flavours of poppy seed paste won't come out fully.

Aalu posta goes very well with steamed rice and dal and so also with paranthas or puris. 
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Garma garam "Luchis" straight from the deep frying wok πŸ€—

Luchis or maida puris (the deep fried Indian breads made out of refined wheat flour) make for a wonderful breakfast... these have been my favourites since childhood when mummy used to pack them with "Alu Kasha" in my school tiffin box. Absolutely heavenly they used to taste πŸ˜™. I am literally almost able to feel their taste in my memory 😊😊
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Durga Puja in Cuttack is a grand and lavish affair. What makes it unique is the magnificent Chandi Medha (or the 'silver filigree' backdrop) that adorns the tableaux of Goddess Durga in several Durga Puja mandaps in the city, bearing a testimony to the skills and artistry of Cuttack's filigree craftsmen. The former capital city of Odisha is renowned all over the world for its exquisite 'Tarakasi' or hand-crafted 'Silver Filigree' artistry, in which beautiful and intricate designs are formed bit by bit, by joining hair thin silver wires.

Durga Puja is celebrated in more than 150 mandaps across the city, of which close to 20 puja mandaps set-up Chandi medha ('silver filigree' backdrop) while a few erect even Suna Medha (backdrop made up of gold). In some of the older Durga Puja mandaps like Balu Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Choudhury Bazar, Chauliaganj or Khan Nagar, the organisers spend a whopping more than a crore rupees just on the 'Chandi Medha' or the 'Suna Medha'. Graceful idols of Maa Durga; a 20-feet to 30-feet high giant 'silver filigree' backdrop intricately carved with motifs of elephants, peacocks, swans, flowers and leaves; ornate silver and gold jewellery and crowns to embellish the Goddess and the other deities flanking her - the entire picture looks majestic and is a sight to behold.

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I was thinking about preparing chana dal chutney with ground coconut paste to supplement the Chakuli pithas but instead chose to prepare the familiar "Aalu Bhajaa". Aloo Bhajaa is very very simple to make, doesn't require much of an effort but tastes really well. 3 to 4 potatoes are first washed and cleaned nicely, then skinned and are sliced into long thin and slender pieces. They are then stir-fried in vegetable oil with a few spices like cumin seeds, green chillies, a pinch of asafoetida (hing), turmeric powder, a tiny pinch of red chilli powder and cooked till they are done. It hardly takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare, depending on the quantity you would have taken. 
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I had a fairly simple lunch today - Homemade Cholle (Chickpeas Curry) along with steamed rice. And today being Saptami (Durga Puja) in the Devi peeths,  so I didn't use onions or garlic while preparing this Cholle Curry. However believe me it tasted as great as it would have had it contained onions or garlic. I only used a paste of (ginger + red chillies + freshly roasted cumin seeds and coriander seeds), finely chopped tomatoes, a paste of poppy seeds, beaten curd, turmeric powder, salt and freshly prepared garam masala powder. And of course lots of love 😁 that's the main ingredient for any curry to come out good 😊

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We Odias love having chakuli pithas for breakfast. 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 these chakuli pithas resemble "dosa" and are prepared from similar ingredients but they are still a bit different from the dosas.

This picture is of "Budhaa Chakuli", a slightly thicker version. There is another thinner version as well known as "Saru Chakuli". There is yet another version - Baghara Chakuli in which a seasoning of chopped onions, chopped green chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds is added to the batter, thus enhancing the taste of the Chakuli Pithas. Chakuli Pitha and Aloo Bhajaa (potatoes skinned and sliced thinly and then stir-fried with a few spices) make a great pair, This combination is a very common breakfast menu in most Odia families. But today I have paired the Chakuli pithas with coconut-gram dal chutney. It wasn't that bad either 😁

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Aalu Kasha (Boiled Potatoes cooked with a Dry Gravy)
Mummy makes the world's best Aalu Kasha, I tried to replicate the same taste following her recipe step by step but I have a long way to go to match that taste πŸ™. Aalu Kasha, commonly prepared in almost all the Odia and Bengali kitchens is a simple and yet delicious dish, that is prepared with potatoes and the Indian spices. The recipe follows the standard procedure that is employed for the gravy of most Indian curries, however the only difference being that the gravy remains semi dry in case of Aalu Kasha.

This dish doesn't require that much effort to prepare, gets done in relatively less time, and tastes really good whether one pairs it with luchis (maida puris) or with the paranthas or rotis. It goes well even with steamed rice and dal. I have used baby potatoes but aalu kasha can be done even with the normal sized potatoes but they need to be cut into cubes.

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Hi friends πŸ™‹ Have you finished your lunch? Ab kuch meetha hojaaye? Craving for something sweet? How about having Chenna Poda (Caramelised Cheese Cake with a burnt crust) -- Odisha's gift to the world. Have a bite and I bet you will become its lifelong fan. So if you haven't ever tasted it, do give it a try the next time you are in Odisha.

This dessert originated at Nayagarh, a small town in Odisha, quite acidentally by Sudarshana Sahoo, a confectioner when he had left behind some leftover cheese mixed with sugar and dry fruits in a container over the earthen burner overnight, only to find the next morning that he had invented something really special - Chenna Poda. 
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Today's lunch scene: Cyclone Titli is about to strike Odisha's coast in a few hours from now because of which it has been raining incessantly since morning (although not that heavily). In fact the weather is absolutely to my liking. Such lovely weather (in addition to the Durga Puja atmosphere)  calls for some sort of a celebration. Moreover kya pataa cyclone ke baad hum zinda rahe naa rahe πŸ€”πŸ˜€ Isliye marne se pehle "kuch khaas, kuch achaa khaake marna" - this thought drove me to prepare Butter Paneer today 😁

It came out quite well - Spicy and creamy with a rich, thick gravy. Absolutely delicious. Pair it with Matar Pulao... yayyyy. Ab marne mein koi ghum nahin hogaa πŸ˜‰

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Simple and tasteful, "Chudaa Upmaa" ("Poha" or "beaten rice" upma) is one of the easiest to prepare, healthiest and filling Indian breakfasts you could ever have. Additionally it is easily digestible. 
Our body needs energy in the morning, which is what Poha provides in abundance in the form of carbohydrates, thus making it a great breakfast option ☺

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