5 Must Try Dishes from the Sparkling Cuisine of Odisha

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Amidst other traditional cuisines, the flavors of Odisha are a perfect blend of taste and health as they use less oil and are usually less spicy. Mustard, cumin, fenugreek, aniseed, and Nigella seed called the Panch Phutana are the five main spices used as an ingredient in most of the dishes in Odisha.

The Mahaprasad, the greatest of all Prasads is a phenomenal combination of 56 recipes prepared in the famous Jagannath temple in Puri.

Here is a glimpse of some Must Try dishes of Odisha.


A nutritious and fuss-free recipe is a common dish in every Odia menu. Yellow color and a steamy aroma make it perfect to be served with steamed rice. It is cooked with mixed vegetables which makes it rich in Proteins and Vitamins . This is one of the main dishes among the 56 dishes of Mahaprasad which is cooked at the Jagannath temple in Puri. This is one of my favorites in the Must try dishes of Odisha.

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2.Pakhala Bhata

One of the summer delicacies from the Must try dishes of Odisha includes Pakhala Bhata. What would one prefer to have in a hot summer afternoon? Maybe Ice-cream? Or some chilled Juice? A typical Odia household serves Pakhal bhata instead.

It is basically rice which is left overnight to get fermented and served the next day. It is then blended with the other ingredients like roasted mustard seeds, cumin, green chilies, ginger, onions, curry leaves with a hint of curd.

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Pakhala is served with a variety of side dishes which include “Baingan Ka Bharta” (mashed smoky brinjal with onions, garlic, mustard, and red chilies), and “Saag”, Fried spinach. If you are a non-vegetarian, then fish fry and the dry chicken curry will be the perfect combo with Pakhala Bhata.

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3.Chingudi Jholo

It is a spicy prawn gravy popular in the coastal areas and river basins such as Chilika lake in Odisha. The curry is cooked in a mix of garam masala and cinnamon. Tomato and garlic paste also lend the bright red color. The smooth watery consistency of this prawn curry makes it one of the most preferred Side dish for steamed rice.

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4.Dahi Vada-Aloo Dum

As it is available in every nook and corner of the state, which makes the dish to be the most popular street food. Dahi Vada is Vada soaked in curd with roasted red chilies, cumin, and mustard seeds. It is served with toppings like Aloo Dum and Guguni (yellow peas curry) and garnished with evenly cut onions, coriander leaves and a lot of Sev. The smoothness of curd coupled with the crisp of Sev makes it an amazing street food recipe.

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5.Chenna Poda

The smoky nutty flavored dessert is one of the most likable sweet dishes of Odisha. Its name stands for burnt cottage cheese and derives its flavor from caramelized sugar. A long process of baking lends the tasty brown color. It is in the shape of cheesecake and the texture of pudding.

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An Article by

Jagannath Majhi (Intern@Bunktravel)

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