Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thali from Orrisa

BM # 56
Week : 2 , Day: 6
Theme: Indian States
State : Orrisa

Today is the last day under Indian States theme. While planning for this theme, I had originally planned to do a Bengali Thali, which was all planned from the time I had my list ready. Then I was browsing through Rajani's blog and I changed my mind to a Oddisy Thali. Daalma had been on my mind since a very long time, but it always got postponed. I had loved the Chenna Poda we did for ICC! And then the Pakhala Bhaat and  Badi Chuda, the cuisine just pulled me.

I remember it was a Friday evening and I called Valli to help me with the recipes, my internet services were down and I could not get all recipes. She sent me all the recipes and I planned and prepared everything on Saturday as I like to cook my Thali's on a Sunday , so everyone can enjoy.

Orrisa Cuisine is simple and delicious. Rice is the major food crops and the staple food . They cook the vegetables which are grown in plenty. The vegetables are normally cooked in mustard oil or ghee. They use Paanch Poran which is a mix of five spices . The word Paanch means five. The mix has cumin , mustard, fennel, fenugreek and onion seeds or kalonji. Paanch poran lends a unique flavor and a wonderful aroma to the dishes. The cuisine is simple yet delicious.

Here is the menu for Orrisa Thali

( pigeon pea Daal with your choice of vegetables, though I used Potatoes, Pumpkin and drum sticks)

Patal and Aaloo posto
( pointed gourds and potatoes , cooked in a onion tomato gravy tempered with paanch poran )

Besan ki Tarkari
( lentil cake bites simmered in a onion tomato gravy)

Tamatar ka Khatta
(Tomatoes simmered along with dates and raisins into a delicate delicious sweet chutney )

( whisked yogurt tempered with mustard and green chilly chilled with some shredded coconut)

Paalak aur Pyaz ki Pakodi
( perfect crisp fritters with spinach and onions)

( rice and daal mixed to make a khichdi, which is mildly sweet)

Boiled Rice
( plain simple steamed rice)

Bhaji Chanta Khiri
(Roasted rice kheer)

Janta Roti
(super soft melt in the mouth flat bread with wheat flour)

Salt, Lemon and Chilly


Daalma got 5 star rating and is on the regular menu.
 Potolo Aloo Posto was a big hit too. 
My sis in law loved tamatar ka Khatta , specially the dates and raisins made it really delicious.
 I am very fond of chick pea flour and loved this Besan Tarkari, which is very similar to the Gujarati Dhokli nu Shaak .
 All in all I must this was a very delicious meal, without too much labour.

For this meal I have to thank a few people
Rajani for inspiring me!
Valli for mailing me all the recipes I needed !
Gayathri, Manjula, Pavani, Usha and Suma for the delicious recipes that I took from their blogs.
Last but not the least My family for appreciating the meal.

This week I posted

The portions will vary from family to family. I made the dishes with the given quantity in the recipe and it served our family of six.
Along with this I made 2 cups rice and just a couple of rotis.
I had no left overs , except for a small serving of Tamatar ka Khatta.
I had all my veggies chopped a day before and it took me about two hours to cook the meal.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

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  1. Never tried Thali from Odiya cuisine, now you are pulling me to make some, apart from Dalma i never tried anything from this cuisine, totally irresistible Thali.

  2. I enjoyed reading and virtually feasting on all your thalis and this is no exception.

  3. I need to hack those phone calls, you both come up with recipe wikipedia, who would be able to find such rare recipe , that daalma looks divine

  4. That is a lovely platter yet again.

  5. very interesting read, Vaishali :-)) I particularly liked the palak pyaz dish....

  6. A tempting and delicious spread, feeling hungry now.

  7. Bookmarked it.. Wonderful Clicks.. Just now, i realised that i bookmarked all your thalis in this series..

  8. Good to know about all food from other states. Loved your clicks

  9. My favorite Dalma the whole thali looks so tempting specially those pakodas.....

  10. Vaishali, I completely forgot about our conversation that day until I read here delicious your thali has turned out!..Your attention to details and all the other things makes it such a tremendous work..I enjoyed all your thalis you have churned out..needless to say this will be an inspiration to so many!

  11. Wow Vaishali, what an amazing way to finish the week of Indian states. Everything on that thali looks sooooooo inviting. Bookmarking right away to try!!

  12. Wow Vaishali you got the thali bhoot in me too this time. Love your thalis but they are amazing.

  13. All your thalis were awesome. Guess your family is lucky to have an enthusiastic cook like you.

  14. An awesome cook, I bet. Forgot to add. :)

  15. Orriya thali looks so elegant and delicious.Love to try all the dishes.Bookmarked .

  16. Loved all ur thali's this BM Vaishali!!! Amazed at your patience and love for food!!!