Odiya Summer Dish – Pakhala, Saga Bhaja, Badi Chura, Macha Bhaja

Odiya Summer Dish – Pakhala, Saga Bhaja, Badi Chura, Macha Bhaja – With the summer on with full swing and the scorching sun squeezing people of their energies, this recipe bucket will do wonders to help you rejuvenate and beat the heat.

This recipe bucket is how people of Odisha beat the sun. Pakhala or Dahi Pakhala (Water Rice) with badi chura, saga bhaja and macha bhaja (Fish Fry) is the ultimate desire for all during summers. Not to forget the onions and green chilly which add to this recipe bucket. And finally, the torani, drinking which will relieve anyone of all the tiredness and rejuvenates the body and mind. Also if you want to have a peaceful sleep after the day’s work, then you should go for this.

Dahi Pakhala - Saga Bhaja - Badi Chura - Macha Bhaja


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Dahi Pakhala | Pakhala Bhata | Water Rice

Pakhala, dahi pakhala or water rice is an absolute delight in the scorching summers, rejuvenating the mind and the body, and giving a sense of fulfillment. Very common in the eastern parts of India like Odisha, Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam and Chattisgarh, ‘Pakhala’ is also consumed by people of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Pakhala or Dahi Pakhala is mainly prepared by cooling cooked rice in water and keeping it overnight. This type of preparing Pakhala is called ‘Basi Pakhala’. It is the traditional way of preparing. However, in today’s world of fast food, there is another way of preparing Pakhala, called ‘Saja Pakhala’, by cooling it in water and adding curd to it. Also added are roasted mustard, curry leaves and ginger. This combo blends into an irresistible taste. The water is called ‘torani’. The best combination is that of Pakhala, saga bhaja, badi chura and roasted vegetables (potato, lady finger, etc). If you are a non-vegetarian, fish fry creates a magic with Pakhala.


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Kosala Saga bhaja | Green leafy math fry

Kosala Saga bhaja or green leafy math fry is a dish which takes me back to my childhood memories. My dad used to grow kosala saga in our garden. I remember watering the plants. Kosala and other green leafy vegetables were common in our regular diet. My mom told me that it would improve my memory and eyesight and I had them so that I could do my homework faster and go to play. Especially during summers, kosala saga bhaja with pakhala was a delight. I love kosala saga bhaja even today, and now that I know of its nutritive value and health benefits, I savour it all the more.


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Badi Chura | Mangauri Choora

Badi chura is a dish popular in every Odia household. It is actually not a dish, but a side dish. Its primary ingredient is badi or mangauri. Badi or mangauri is made at home during summer, mostly during the vacations. Badi chura is served best with pakhala (water rice).


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Maggi Paratha Recipe | How to make Maggi Paratha

Maggi Paratha Recipe | How to make Maggi Paratha – Sitting at home and a lot of time to pass, this weekend was a lazy one. But after a couple of drizzles and showers, the cool climate seemed to seep in us. This made us crave for something warm and mouth licking. Pakoras were regular, so we wanted to try something different. I said paratha and Sarita said maggi. It happens like that, we don’t always agree on the same thing. But this time we thought out of the box, why not make maggi paratha. Paratha stuffed with maggi was something I had never had before. So the idea became a mission and we jumped out of our laziness and the outcome was goooood. Maggi Paratha really made our weekend.
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Aloo Gobi bhaaji | Aloo Gobi fry

Aloo Gobi bhaaji or Aloo Gobi fry is a very common recipe in our house. Though common, the simplicity of this dish is uncommon. I remember asking my mother to give me aloo gobi fry in my lunch box during my school days. I have always loved this dish. It is very easy to prepare with less oil. After a weekend filled with kababs and biryanis and other heavy food, the aloo gobi is what you would love to have.

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Chicken Pakora Recipe | How to make Chicken Pakora

Chicken Pakora – a snack, a starter and an anytime appetizer. The best thing – this recipe is easy to make. These crispy chicken balls are delicious to taste and one can have them at the tea table or with pudina (mint) chutney.

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macha ambula besara | small fish curry with mustard paste and dried raw mango

macha ambula besara – small fish curry when made using mustard paste and whole amchur (dried raw mango) can create a magic on your taste buds. Small fish curry is easy to make and if you are a fish lover, you should definitely try it. If not for the curry, small fish can also be fried. They are crispy and would add as a new dish to your plate. The tingly taste of the whole amchur combined with mustard paste creates wonders to the gravy and the fish.


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Karele ka bharta – No Onion No Garlic

Karela or bitter gourd is a very nutritional vegetable. It has many medicinal benefits and so it is a healthy recipe when cooked with less oil. Although bitter (as its name suggests), it can be tasty if properly cooked. Karele ka bharta (or Smashed Karela) is not only easy to prepare, but it retains little bitterness of karela. So how can one like it if its bitter. You have to try it for yourself to discover the taste in tingling bitterness.

This recipe is also for those who do not prefer onion and garlic. So why wait, get, set… go !!!

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Palak Paneer Recipe | How to make Palak Paneer

Spinach/Palak paneer is a very popular dish in India. It is made of paneer (or cottage cheese) and palak (or spinach). Its easy to make, does not take much time and also healthy.

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