Heritage Cooking always fascinates me .A soul satisfying way to embrace the culture. I enjoy everything in that process. Whether it’s a cooking technique that you learn or that heirloom recipe that been passed down to you.
Pitha ,a dish which equally rich in flavour and history. Every Pitha of Odisha has a story to entice your soul.
Story of Khira Gaintha
Pitha gives that unique cultural identity to Odisha.
Khira Gaintha is a Pitha which gets the paramount importance on ‘Baula Amabasya’ . Gaintha pitha is offered with ‘Amba Baula’ ( Flowers of Mango Tree ) to Lord Jagannath in Puri Temple on that auspicious day. A temple food of Odisha.
Khira Gaintha Pitha Recipe with the Best Milk in Odisha
Khira Gaintha is the creamy delicacy which is prepared with Gaintha and Milk. I always prefer MilkyMoo which is best milk in Odisha. An ethically sourced pure milk .
Milk Mantra offers the best Milk in Odisha
With its ethical sourcing model , Milk Mantra offers the best Milk in Odisha.
It has pioneered tripak technology. That ensures the best quality without any damages. I picked ‘Milky Moo Super ‘ that is fortified with vitamin A and D.
This milk can be used directly to make smoothies . You can also add to breakfast cereals.
You can download the Daily Moo App to get it delivered at the doorstep. It’s available in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela and Kolkata.
It is also available at major retail chains across all cities of Odisha , Kolkata .
What you need to make Khira Gaintha Pitha
I love this dish on my breakfast table. The soft rice balls perfectly cooked in cow milk. A spoonful of rice flour is added to the milk to get the desired consistency.
The rice plays an important role when one talks about pithas of Odisha.You can use any fragrant rice to prepare the rice flour at home . Use the store bought flour to save your time.
It’s a double cooking method . you need to make the soft rice dough with the rice flour.
Let the dough cool at room temperature .Preparing small balls takes a little time. But the joy is doubled when the task is shared among the family members. Even kids love to do that.
My mom adds ‘Anapurna Patra’ ( Pandan Leaf ) to this Pitha. That undoubtedly swirls an aroma creating a distinct flavour. You can use green cardamom powder instead.
Adding the fresh grated coconut at the end is optional.I always do that as I love coconut.
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 1 cup rice flour
- 750 ml cow milk
- 1/2 cup Organic Bura Sugar
- 1 tsp green-cardamom powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup grated coconut
- 2 tbsp pistachio
- 2 cup water
- Take 2 cup of water,add 2 tbsp of rice flour into it. Give it a mix , add a pinch of salt and start boiling at medium flame .
- Once the water comes to a boil , reduce the flame and start adding rice flour little by little.
- Stir continuously. Once you add all the rice flour, switch off the flame and cover with a lid.
- Let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
- In a kadai heat the milk at medium flame for 12-15 minutes.
- Take the rice dough and knead it for 3-4 minutes to form a soft dough. Start forming rice balls .
- Add the rice balls to the milk and cook at low to medium flame for 5 minutes.
- Add bura sugar, cardamom powder and mix it gently. Cook for 5 minutes.Add grated coconut and switch of the flame.
- Cool it at room temperature. Garnish with crushed pistachio and serve.