Do you know these 9 Traditional Veg Dishes of Odisha?


Odisha, the Eastern coast State of India is a fantastic combination of exotic cultures, architectural sculptures, and natural hills and landscapes. There are beautiful places in Odisha that make it worth for tourists, but it is also very much special with its cuisine. As it borders both North and South Indian States, it also has some Traditional Dishes related to them.

Here I am going to share some of the Odia dishes that are really mouth-watering delicates.


It is prepared by soaking cooked rice in water. To get more taste it is being left overnight and may be served with fried potatoes, fried fish, Papad, etc. It is the daily food for every household during the summers. It is a perfect dish to beat and refresh us from heat. 20th March is celebrated as Pakhala Divas. This is the dish each should try without fail.


It is also a traditional dish in Odisha that goes well with rice and roti. It is being prepared by a combination of different types of Dal and chopped vegetables like brinjal, drumsticks, pumpkins, and many more to give a lip-smacking flavor. It gives a unique taste if the ingredients an recipe is followed properly.

Hope you are enjoying my stuff. But this is not an end, there are some more lip-smacking Dishes in my list which will take your heart definitely. So have an eye below and enjoy the real taste of Odisha.


It is a type of rice cake. It is an indispensable part of Odia cuisine. It gets irresistible. These are made mostly during festive seasons. There are different types of pithas, some of them are named below:

  • Chakuli Pitha- It is quite like Dosa but different. Chakuli Pitha is softer than that of a Dosa and is comparatively thicker as well. This gluten-free delicacy tastes well with Aloo Bhuja, Ghugni, or jaggery.
  • Arisa Pitha- It is being prepared from rice flour. It is also referred to as sweet-pancake with crispy outside and soft inside.
  • Manda Pitha- It is packed with sweet fillings and fresh cheese.
  • Poda Pitha- It is a major dish which is prepared during Raja(festival of Odisha). It is basically a rice and coconut cake with a slightly burnt top.
  • Other than these above-mentioned pithas, there are some other pithas like Kakara pitha, Chitau pitha, Enduri pitha, Malpua, etc.


Khichdi is well-known in many states and no doubt is considered as a wholesome meal. The perfect combination of cooked rice and lentils together in ghee gives it a relishing flavor to it. It is of greater nutrition and less spicy.


Its a dish made up of sweet pulao. The aromatic basmati rice can be a replacement from the raw rice that’s usually prepared to make Kanika. Mostly prepared as offering in temples, the Kanika rice is a staple meal of Orissa.


It is a classic Odia dish that is fried or boiled vegetable curry that slurps down your tongue with every spoon. With a blend of raw papaya, potato, tomato, and brinjal, the dish is nothing less compared to any other healthy food. As it is low on spices and high on greens, it is most commonly eaten for a healthy diet.


It is a typical Odia dish prepared in every household of Odisha. This relishing banana stem curry seasoned with garlic cloves, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, coriander with two red chilies makes the perfect side dish for a meal.


 In Odisha, we make pickles out of almost all the fruits and vegetables available. But Ambula or dried mango pieces seasoned with salt is enough to tickle our palate and be the queen of our kitchen pantry. Many dishes require a simple addition of “Ambula” to give it a tangy flavor.

Ambula Rai is a traditional and delicious Odia recipe which is mainly prepared without onion and garlic. It is an Odia chutney or raita served as a side dish.


Ghanta Tarkari is a signature Odia recipe with a mixture of all variety of vegetables that are cooked with soaked pulses and legumes in huge quantities. It is a high-nutrient dish as it is cooked in very less oil and not so spicy.


That is all about mouth-watering Traditional Dishes of Odisha that give heart full of happiness.

So from the above article, I hope that one can have a brief idea of different types of Traditional veg Dishes one can try in Odisha. The traditional food culture should not be forgotten by any generation as it shows the identity of people itself.

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