Sep 2, 2007

RCI Orissa round-up

Many thanks to all the enthusiastic participants for sending such lovely entries for RCI: Orissa and thanks to Lakshmi for giving me the oppurtunity to host this event. Most of you (including me) had no idea about Orissa cuisine, but we all took great efforts to dig up some mouth-watering recipes. Sincere apologies from me for not replying to all your mails. This was partly because of my India trip and mostly because some mails landed up in my Spam folder. All those who will be hosting blog events in the future, please remember to check your Spam folder from time to time so that you don't miss any entries. (Updated: I had missed out Cinnamon's and Priyanka's beautiful entries in the round-up. Check it out in the Besara, Mitha, and Meals section.)

A little information about Orissa cuisine before we move to the round-up. Orissa cuisine can be broadly divided into the following categories:

  1. Rice or bhata: comprises of khichdi, jeera rice, and other rice dishes.
  2. Roti: covers the famous luchis made using all purpose flour, puris, and chakuli (a type of dosa made using rava, maida, and besan)
  3. Pitha: These are mostly prepared using rice flour, suji, sugar, or jaggery. Pithas are made by stuffing a sweet mixture into rice balls and then steaming them (just like the modaks). Pithas are prepared during all Orissa festivals and poojas.
  4. Dali: These curries are made using toor daal or chana daal and an abundance of spices. The famous dalis include Dalma and Chana dali.
  5. Bhaja: This is the stir-fried method of cooking vegetables.
  6. Tarkari: These gravy vegetables are made using individual or a combination of vegetables mixed with spices. Famous curries include Ghuguni, Jahni Posta, and Alu Posta.
  7. Khatta: These sweet and sour condiments complete an Orissa meal. Khajur (dates) khatta, dahi nadia, and tomato khatta are some well-known khatta types.
  8. Non-veg items: are made using mutton or fish and served in the form of curry.
  9. Besara: These vegetable curries are made using a base of mustard paste and panch phoron or panch phutan. Panch phutan is a unique mixture of 5 spices - mustard (rai), fenugreek(methi), fennel (saunf), cumin (jeera), and nigella (kalonji). These spices are dry roasted and ground to a powder and used in vegetable preparations.
  10. Mitha: Famous Oriya sweets include Rasgolla and Chena Kheeri.

While most of us explored the Bhata, Roti, Dali, Tarkari, Khatta, Besara, and Mitha categories of Orissa cuisine, we did not explore the Pitha category. Ghuguni, Dalma, and Aloo Posta were clearly the favorites.

I have divided your entries into categories based on the type of dish and the snaps you sent me. Here's presenting RCI: Orissa round-up.


Aloo posta: Suma of Veggie Platter

Alu Posta and Khajur Khatta: Madhuli of My Foodcourt

Begun bhaja: Meenakshi from her Yahoo blog

Bhendi Masala: Mandira of Ahaar

Palette in pastels: Sra of When my soup came alive

Jahni Alu Posto: Aarti of Aarti's Corner

Mashed potatoes with Oriya flair: Nupur of One Hot Stove

Besara and Tarakari

Bhanda gobi khofta curry: Roopa of My Chow Chow Bhaath

Cabbage curry: Nags of For the cook in me

Dahi Baigana: Musical from Musical's kitchen

Ghuguni: Madhu of Ruchi

Ghuguni: Suma of Veggie Platter

Ghuguni: Jyothi of Andhra spicy

Jahni alu rye: Sajeda of Chachi's Kitchen

Saru Besara: Musical from Musical's Kitchen

Phul Gobi do Piaji: Roopa of My Chow Chow Bhaath

(Updated: I had missed out Cinnamon's beautiful entry in the round-up. Check it out.)
Chhatu Besara: Cinnamon of Cinnamon Trial

Non-veg items

Machha Besara :Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook

Goat curry aka Mangso Tarkari: Pragyan of Cooking at Pragyan's


Luchi with ghuguni : Prema of My cookbook

Luchi: Suma of Veggie Platter

Luchis with Dalma and Anda Saga Rai: Asha of Foodie's Hope

Chana Dali & Piaj Sag Bhaja with Luchi: Sia of Spice Corner


Vegetable Khichadi: Roopa of My Chow Chow Bhaath

Jeera Pakhala: Swapna of Swad

Jeera Rice: Nags of For the cook in me

Orissa Kichdi: Kajal of Kajal Dreams

Tomato rice Oriya style: Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons


Rice Pudding: Bee and Jai of Jugalbandi

Rasgulla: Aarti of Aarti's Corner

Nadiya Kheer: Archana of Tried & Tested Recipes

Chena Kheeri: Asha of Foodie's Hope

(Updated: This was missed out earlier.)
Rasabali: Priyanka of Lajawaab

Oriya Meals

Oriya Thali: Sharmi of Neivedyam. Her thali comprises of Dalchini Palau, Phulcobi Do Piaji, Channa Dal, Bhat Payasa, and Puris.

Oriya thali: Linda of Out of the garden presents her special Orissa thali complete with Kolatha Dali, Mushroom Besara, Summer Squash Rai, and Dahi Ke Baigan.

Oriya meal: Hima of SnackORama presents an Orissa meal containing Khichdi, Coconut chutney, Whole brinjal fry.

The Cooker's oriya meal comprises of Tomato-Khajur Khatta and Jhanni Posta.

(Updated: This was missed out earlier.)

Oriya meal: Priyanka's Orissa meal contains Alu-Potal Rasa, Chana Dali, Luchi, and Rasabali.

Hope you all enjoyed this round-up. If I have left out any entry, please mail me and I will update the round-up. Have a great weekend!


musical said...

Hey Swaps,

Fantastic roundup, dear! Thank you sooooooooooo much! We now have our own Oriya cookbook. Great going! Thanks to all the bloggers too, for the wonderful dishes.

Have a great weekend,

Rajitha said...

wow! i wanted to participate and now i am feeling bad! what amazes me is there are so many great dishes and some are similar in name but quite dissimilar in looks...but all equally delicious!!

Nupur said...

A delicious round-up, Swapna! I love the neat categories. This event really sparked off my interest in the use of mustard seeds. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

oh, i am the first one to comment on this wonderful round up. Me too not having any idea about orissa cuisine, going try all the recipes here.

swapna great work, how was your India trip?

thanks to all who are encouraging new cook like us and making our husband hope for something good from our kitchen.


Suma Gandlur said...

Great work girl, inspite of your India trip.

Raaga said...

Lovely round up... tell me... was I the last one to run through the finish line?

Anonymous said...

Yummy round up. :))

Sia said...

lovely roundup swapna and thank u for posting it well in time inspite of u being busy:) this was the first time i tried cooking oriya cuisine and i really enjoyed it. r u bk from ur trip?

Roopa said...

wonderfull roundup! thats a aromatic array of dishes

sra said...

Swapna, thanks for the round-up.

Tee said...

great roundup swapna! I am going to save this entire page so that I have my oriya cookbook handy whenever i need it :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Swapna,
Beautiful round-up, like the different catagories you have....Great job and thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Swapna, the roundup is fabulous! I love how you presented everything and I'm excited to try some of these dishes -- they all look great. Thanks for all your hard work! :)

TheCooker said...

Great roundup; inspite of your bust schedule.
Liked the way you categorised the dishes.

Swapna said...

Rajitha: No sweat. Try out some Oriya dishes in the future.
Jyothi: My India trip was great,but very hectic. 3 weeks is definitely not enugh:)
Raaga: Nope, there were other (including me) who ran thru the finish line at the last minute:)
Sia: Yeah, I am back from India.Still settling down here.

Thanks for all your lovely comments. I am glad you liked the round-up.

Arts said...

Lovely Roundup Swapna.. u managed it so well instead of ur busy schedule.. Hats off to u..
Thanks for taking so muych efforts!

Rachna said...

wow amazing roundup.... a great resource... to come back to.... good work

FH said...

Great round up swapna, just saying a quick hello!:))

Swapna said...

Arts: Thanks for the appreciation, girl..
Rachna: Glad you liked the round-up.
Asha: Hello to ur quick hello:)..Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

Wow....very neat roundup Swapna. I loved the way you have explained each category and posted the recipes under each category. Very good work dear...

Sharmi said...

dear Swapna, thanks so much for the lovely round up. I know how tough it is to host an event.

Manasi said...

WOW!! tha'ts one great round up!!! look at the array!!!!

Swapna said...

Shilpa & Manasi:Glad you liked it, girls!

Sharmi: My job was much simpler than the JFI round-up. Thanks for the comment, girl!

amna said...

this must have taken u quite a while. thanks a lot for hosting :)

do try to participate in 'show me your cook book' event. any one book of the few you have wud do :)

bee said...

thank you, dear swapna, for this event and roundup. oriya cuisine was a great choice.

Bong Mom said...

Lovely round up Swapna. Thanks

archana said...

Thanx Swapna for this lovely round up. Luchis look yummy every where :)

Sig said...

Fantastic round up Swapna...

Richa said...

lovely round up, swapna! have learn't a lot of oriya dishes, have to make some version of jahni...soon :)

Priyanka said...

Thats a great roundup Swapna....had a great time participating:)

Swapna said...

Thanks girls for all the encouraging comments.

Nags: I will surely participate in ur event.

Anonymous said...

Please visit t know more about oriya recipes. This wesite has been launched just 2 days back.

Deepa said...

WHat a lovely site, and set of recipes!! I particularly love the Oriya set of recipes, as I know next to nothing about this cuisine. Thanks a TON!! --Deepa

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