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Pakhala Bhata from Indian State Odisha

Pakhaḷa is an Odia cuisine, consisting of cooked rice washed or lightly fermented in water. The liquid part of the dish is known as Toraṇi. It is popular in the state of Odisha and its similar variants in the eastern regions like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, and the northeastern states of Assam and Tripura.

It is a preparation that is consumed during summer, although many people eat it throughout the year, especially for lunch. It is popular among the public as it provides a refreshing food source during the hot climate and replenishes the nutrients in the body. A traditional Odia dish, it is prepared with rice, curd, cucumber, cumin seeds, fried onions and mint leaves. It is popularly served with dry roasted vegetables—such as potato, brinjal, badi and saga bhaja or fried fish.


The term "pakhala" is derived from Pali word "pakhāḷitā" as well as Sanskrit word "Prakshāḷaṇa" which means "washed/to wash.


It is unknown when pakhaḷa was first included in the daily diet of Eastern India, but it was included in the recipe of Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri circa 10th cen. It seems that Pakhala is first introduced in Odisha. A special day, March 20, is celebrated in Odisha as Pakhala Dibasa every year. All Odia people celebrate this day. The Pakhaḷa is eaten in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent (including Nepal and some parts of Myanmar). The word pakhaḷa was used in the Odia poems of Arjuna Das in his literary work Kaḷpalata (1520-1530 AD).


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Pakhala Bhata

Pakhala Bhata
Pakhala Bhata

Course : Breakfast

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time : 5 minutes

Process time : 5 minutes

Total time : 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Cooked rice soaked in water overnight - 1 cup

  • Curd - 1/2 cup

  • Onion - 1

  • Ginger - 1/2 inch

  • Green chili - 1

  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp

  • Salt - as per taste

Instructions:

  • Soak the cooked rice in water overnight, next day it wil be fermented

  • To the fermented rice, add onion, ginger, green chili and curd, mix

  • Then add lemon juice,salt as per taste and mix again

  • Serve cool

Pictorial:

in fermented rice, onion, green chili & ginger
in fermented rice, onion, green chili & ginger

salt
salt

lemon juice
lemon juice

mix
mix

curd
curd

mix again
mix again

serve
serve
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