Sunday, August 18, 2013

PAKHAL(ପଖାଳ) OR WATER RICE

Pakhaḷa is an Oriya term for an Indian food consisting of cooked rice washed or little fermented in water.The liquid part is known as Toraṇi.It is very popular in state of Odisha.Eating pakhal has been recommended to prevent heat stroke in hot weather.A traditional Oriya dish,it is also prepared with rice,curd,cucumber,Cumin seeds,fried onions and mint leaves.It is popularly served with roasted vegetables such as potato,brinjal,badi or saga bhaja or fried fish.Traditional way of preparing Pakhaḷa: Pakhaḷa is slightly fermented rice.People cook rice and add water to it along with little bit of old pakhal (something like making curd using milk and old curd).Pakhaḷa tastes best when served after 8 to 12 hrs after preparation.Generally boiled potato and other fried vegetables or fried fish is served with pakhaḷa.Modern day variation is to add curd instead of fermenting it.We odiya people believe even our Lord Jagannath also love to eat pakhala during summer time.So let's start the recipe.............................................................................................................




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