Pakhala is a traditional rice dish of Odisha. This is prepared in a very simple manner, where the cooked rice is soaked in water. This can be either eaten fresh (Saja Pakhala) or left overnight for fermentation to enhance the taste (Basi Pakhala). Here are some non-veg and veg Pakhala variations.
Mitha Khechudi is a quintessential Odia Khichdi. This dish is cooked almost in every household during the festivities and is paired with Dalma and served hot. It’s gently sweet and perfect for all kinds of celebration platter.
Kanika is a mildly sweet fragrant rice flavored with some spices and ghee (the clarified butter) loaded with cashew nuts and raisins and is colored with the turmeric. The basic feature of the rice is the separated well puffed grains embellished with a perfect shine from the Ghee.
Ven Pongal is a rice dish from Tamil Nadu. The dish is made up of Rice and Green Gram and savored generously with Clarified butter.
Masoor dal er Khichuri, served as a comfort food in cold weather as it’s believed to keep the body warm, served with fish fry or Omlette or crisp potato fries.