Pakhala ,a Summer Soul Food
“Pakhala” For many of you this word must be out of your food dictionary.
This is an authentic preparation from Odisha to get rid from the Scorching summer heat. A soul food for Odias which is found almost in every house on a Summer Day.
I have been asked by many people about this.You can find this dish at Puri Jagannath temple though it’s not a part of offerings to Lord Jagannath.
How it’s prepared ?
It’s prepared by fermenting cooked rice overnight .Usually a big mud pot is used for this which enhance the aromatic smell of this dish.
The side dishes which are eaten with Pakahal are not so particular.You can have Fish fry, Dalma ,sweet dal, “badi-chura”(a typical authentic preparation) ,alo-bharta,saga-bhaja ,Chicken kosha,Shallots ,ripe mangoes or anything of your own choice.
Many people add curd ,chopped cucumber,tomato ,onion to it.And they make the consistency of pakhala a little thick and enjoy without any side dish.
I am here sharing the recipe that you get in Puri temple.And if you visit temple in summer days you will get that spicy water of pakhala to quench your thirst.Must try !!