An authentic Oriya cuisine, Pakhala Bhata is a traditional food that originated in the temples of Lord Jagannath.
A widely consumed dish in Orissa, Pakhala consists of cooked rice fermented in water. It is such a relief in hot Orissa Summer. My mom's day does not start till she had some pakahala with fish or saga bhaja. It provides relief from heat stroke in summer.
There are a few versions of this :
- Dahi Pakhala
- Zeera Pakhala
- Garam Pakhala
- Basi Pakhala
My favourite being the dahi pakhala. Garam pakhala provides relief in case of dry cough.
Here is the recipe for Dahi Pakhala Bhata
- Rice: 1 cup Cooked
- Water: 1 bottle filtered and chilled
- Curd:1/2 cup
- Salt as per taste
- Cucumber: 1 peeled and cubed
- Green Chilli: 2 crushed
Add chilled drinkable water to the rice enough to soak it completely.
Let it cool down completely.
Add curd to the rice and water. You can always adjust the quantity as per your taste.
Add crushed green chilies, cucumber cubes and salt stir and serve.
Enjoy it with any fish, stir fried vegetables, aloo batha, began bhartha or any other dish of your choice.
My favorite is with my grandma style aloo bhartha.
I hope this summer this dish provides you some relief from the scorching heat.
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