Chuda Ghasa , a dish that bring back childhood memories with impish glee . This dish doesn’t need the hard work at all. It is part of the temple food of Odisha . You can prepare this in just 10 minutes.
Chuda Ghasa , A Temple Food of Odisha
This dish gets the paramount importance during the Ratha Yatra celebration at Puri Jagannath Temple. The lavish form of this dish is known as ‘Chuda Kadamba’ which is offered to Lord Jagannath & his siblings.
It is prepared with beaten rice which is called as Chuda in Odia.
Traditionally the rubbing technique was used . Flattened rice is rubbed between both palms with ghee to make a coarse powder. The heat helps in melting the ghee which eventually coats the poha powder .
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I have grind it for 10-15 seconds for the coarse texture. Remember, you don’t need a fine powder .
Ingredients of Chuda Ghasa
Jaggery is added for the sweetness. I have used Rock sugar powder in my recipe.
There is edible camphor aka Karpura. You can not miss this dish or replace with any other ingredient.
Ayurveda says that it helps to improve Agnimandya , the weak digestive fire .
Agnimandya is referred to as the root cause of all diseases. A pinch is needed for the recipe. Do not increase the quantity.
Coconut which is highly regarded in Ayurveda is part of this dish. This helps to remove toxins from your body. It has a cooling effect . You can pick half-mature coconut which is easy on your digestive system.
Adding seasonal fruits except the Coconut is optional. I have added Banana , apple , pomegranate etc . There are many variations when it comes to Puja Pandal Bhog during Ganesh Chathurthi celebration.
They even add Boondi Ladoo , Chenna ( soft cottage cheese) etc .
I have added coarse powder of black pepper . Make a fresh powder and add to the dish. You can also add green cardamom powder for the extra flavour and fragrance. But I always stick to black pepper only.
Happy to share that my recipe got featured on ‘The New Indian Express’ , #Bangalore on 4th Sep 2021. Check the below photograph .