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What Is Oriya Food All About?


It is Odisha Day this week and we are celebrating this lesser known cuisine.

The famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha is believed to have the biggest kitchen in the world with 1,000 chefs, working around 752 wood-burning clay hearths, to feed over 10,000 people each day. Some much beloved sweets like Rasgulla and Kheer have origins in this state.

Tavishi Sahu, an artist who hails from Odisha spoke to Explocity about her favourites from back home. “Some of the popular dishes are the sweet Malpua, Pakala Bhaat, a rice based dish and Sukhua, a dry fish dish.There aren’t many restaurants here which have the authentic fare,” she adds wistfully.

Chef and blogger Bibhuti Bhusan Panigrahy told us some of his favorite dishes, “I love Dalma, a dish made from dal and vegetables, and Mula Ambila, a rustic vegetable soup. I also like Mutton Kasa.” He mentioned Dalma, a restaurant in Koramangala as his favourite.

Anurag Pati, a lawyer told us that fish is almost staple in the diet. “A few generations ago every household would have a fishing net to catch fish.” We also loved the dish Pakala which is made of rice, water, and yoghurt that is fermented overnight perfect for hot summers. “It is very economical as it can go on for days and the only thing one has to buy is the rice.”

Some restaurants in Bangalore where you can enjoy Oriya food are:

Dalma restaurant, Koramangala
Little Orissa Restaurant, Indiranagar
Kalingas, BTM Layout
Puri Jagannath Restaurant, Marathahalli