Divine Platter – Mitha Khechudi & Mitha Dali

Divine Platter – Mitha Khechudi & Mitha Dali

On the auspicious occasion of Ratha Jatra this past month, I could not help but recollect fond memories associated with this grand festival. Ratha Jatra is the annual grand chariot festival that takes place in the coastal city of Puri in Odisha. The three main...
Of Earthen Pots

Of Earthen Pots

When I hear the words “mitha dahi” or sweetened yogurt, I remember dainty little earthen pots with inviting dark beige yogurt served at, what I consider, one of the most pious places on earth—The Puri Jagannath temple. I recall the quaint little shop by the temple...
Dalma and the Odia Thali

Dalma and the Odia Thali

“If you had to name a dish that would sum up the essence of Odisha, what would it be?” This is the question I get asked a lot. To that my first instantaneous answer is always—the humble, unassuming Odia comfort offering—dalma. For me, dalma is to Odisha what undhiyo...