Wish you all a memorable Raja!! Greetings to the people of Odisha. A beautiful festival welcomes the monsoon, colourful atmosphere, girls on swings, preparing Pithas at home, music and dance are a part of it. A festival of paying ovation to mother Earth celebrated for 3 consecutive days. Traditional dishes like Poda Pitha, Arisha Pitha, Manda Pitha is prepared in every home.
Poda Pitha among them is a flooded dish to found cooked in every home these days. The recipe is passed over generations but remained a favourite for every Odia people. Here I am sharing a recipe that I learnt from my Grandma. Hope you guys like it and Enjoy.
Chaula Biri Poda Pitha (Rice Urad Dal Poda pitha)
300 gram Rice
150-gram urad dal (black gram without outer skin)
2 spoon Ghee
1 tbsp. chopped Ginger
1 cup Grated Coconut
1/2 tbsp. Cardamom powder
A handful of nuts and chopped cherry
Step by step instruction:
1/ Firstly soak rice and black gram separately with water for 2 hours. After soaking grind black gram to a smooth paste and rice to a coarse batter and rest it for 2 hours.
2/ Take a bowl mix both the batter and add sugar, Grated Coconut, Cardamom powder, nuts, and chopped Ginger. Mix the entire ingredient well and again rest it for 1 hour for self-fermentation.
3/ Preheat the pressure cooker; apply ghee on the inner surface of the cooker and pour the batter into it carefully.
4/ Close the lid without whistle and manage the flame to simmer for about 30mins. Now the pitha is ready to serve. When the cooker comes to room temperature out the pitha and cuts it into desired shapes.
Janta Poda Pitha
500 gm rice
150 gm Jaggery
6 cups of water
1 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp. crushed Ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 banana leaf
Chopped nuts and coconut for garnishing
Step by step instruction:
1/ For preparing rice flour need to wash rice properly, pat dry it, and grind finely to make the fine flour.
2/ Heat a Kadai and add water, Jaggery, grated coconut, cardamom powder, crushed ginger and salt. Mix it still Jaggery melt and coconut turns light brown in color.
3/ Then add rice flour slowly with stirring continuously to avoid lumps and make a smooth dough. Now switch off the flame.
4/ Little Roast the banana leaf from both sides on heat. Grease pressure cooker with ghee, set the banana leaf in it then pour and spread the rice dough in it equally. Topping with chopped nuts and coconut.
5/ Cover the lid without whistle and bake in this way for 40mins. You can also use a microwave for the backing.
6/ With the help of toothpick checked whether it is cooked completely or not. Switch off the flame cool it at room temperature. Unwrap and serve!!!