Monday, April 21, 2014

Badi Choora, Pakhala Bhat , Chuda Ghasa - Orissa Special

BM # 39
Day : 21
State : Orrisa

We start with the third week of this long marathon and today it Oriya Cuisine.

Cuisine of eastern state of Orissa is simple, just like the inhabitants of the state.The food pattern is largely the same as that seen in the neighboring states of Bihar and West Bengal.

Rice is the major food crop and the staple food of the people of Orissa.A large number of the people are vegetarians because of the religious nature.As this state is on the coast line, a large number of people also relish sea food.Oriya people are very fond of chewing paan or betel leaf. Most of these paans contain tobacco.

Oriya food is a colorful tapestry of spices and flavors. Paanch Poran or Paanch Putna is extensively used. Paanch Poran is a blend of five spices. The spices being mustard, cumin , fennel,kalonji and whole red chilly.The food is cooked in mustard oil with very little oil .Curd and coconut are extensively used.

A traditional Oriya meal consists of Dal, vegetable curry, leafy vegetable, khatta, chutney and pickle.A plate of salad with onions, cucumber, tomato and ginger is a must. During the festivals the variety  in the food increases.

Small cakes or Pithas, which are both sweet and savory are extremely popular. One of their most popular dessert is the Chenna poda, which is a caramelized cheese cake and extremely delicious. This is one of the dessert that we made for Indian Cooking Challenge.

Traditionally the Oriya food is served in bell metal. During the community feasts the food is served on banana leaves or plates made of sal leaves.

While talking of the odhisi cuisine the traditional Mahaprasad of Jagannath Temple cannot be missed. The temple kitchen feeds 10,000 people everyday.

For today I have cooked the ever so popular Pakhala Bhat combining it with spicy Badi Chura and Chuda Ghasa  which is a subtle sweet.

Pakhala Bhat is just like curd rice, but a liqiudy version, very cooling and refreshing.This will surely feature on regular basis in our menu. Badi Choora is the combination served with the Pakhala Bhat. Badi's are dry lenti dumplings.These are available in the market and can be made at home too, but of course one needs a few days to dry them. This is like a bhel version, very flavorful, spicy and tangy.Chuda Ghassa is a non cooked sweet normally made to offer Lord Ganesha. Since the badi choora is nice and spicy , this sweet was going very well with it. In fact the whole combination complimented each other.

Pakhala Bhat
1/2 cup rice
4 cups water
2 tb sp curd
Green chilly
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
Boil the rice in 4 cups of water..
Add salt.
Once done , cover and keep it overnight.
Do not drain the water from the rice.
Let the cooked rice be in that same water
The next day add curd, green chilly and chill it.
Serve with coriander leaves.

Badi Chura
Few badis
1 onion, finely chopped
Few green chillies, finely chopped
1 small tomato, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves
Lemon juice
Heat oil and deep fry the badis.
Let cool and then pound them , or crush them coarsely in a mixer.
Add all the ingredients and mix well.
Adjust the spice and lemon according to your taste.
Badis are dried lentil dumplings, which are available in plenty of varieties

Chuda Ghasa
500 gms rice flakes or poha
1 big fresh coconut
250 gms jaggery
2 pinches cardamom
Coarsely grind the rice flakes.
Add powdered jaggery, coconut, cardamom.
Mix rubbing with hands till you get a uniform mixture.
The recipe demanded

Pinch camphor
Pinch black pepper
 I did not use these,since I know that my family would not like the combo.

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  1. Chuda Ghasa looks very nice Vaishali..presentation is so well done..

  2. beautiful platter vaishali, loved the 3 dishes they look so soothing for this weather

  3. I am so loving the way you have put the coriander leaves on the lassi!!! so refreshing and so delicious!!

  4. Delicious dishes. Pakhala Bhat sounds like a very refreshing and cooling food. Badi choora is very colorful and inviting.

  5. Love all the three dishes. The badi chura sounds so yum.

  6. I was a plate of chuda ghasa, just makes me hungry, pakhala bhaat sounds prefect for summer breakfast while badi choors asking me to have some rite now..Beautiful spread there.

  7. Very interesting combination of dishes. They are all new to me though something similar to Chuda Ghasa is used as filling for a lot of our sweets.

  8. Very interesting, unique and traditional Oriya dishes. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Very interesting dishes. We do both the chuda ghasa and pakhala bhat. Only the name is different. All the dishes look absolutely delicious...

  10. I am bookmarking this one Vaishali. Love them all.

  11. Very interesting and inviting dishes...loved the way you presented the pakhala bhat...

  12. Oh what a beautiful presentation! Love all the dishes here esp the badi chura

  13. these are some really unique dishes for sure - the bhat and the ghasa are so interesting

  14. wow both choora version and terrific making me hungry .. very interesting combos and delicious pakhala bhat there :) ..

  15. Very unique and interesting dishes ! Lovely....

  16. the badi chura looks so vibrant.. very interesting dish