Bhubaneswar: Odisha welcomes the scorching heat and the sultry weather with a bowlful of pakhala. To promote this quintessential summer delicacy, Odias across the globe have been celebrating Pakhala Dibasa today.
The #PakhalaDibasa was trending and how!
Taking time off from Parliament session, actor-turned-politician Anubhav Mohanty posed for a photograph with a placard in Odia that read ‘Proud to be
#ODIA Happy #PAKHALA DIBASA’.
— Ansuman Rath ?? (@_AnsumanRath) March 19, 2018
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was seen relishing pakhala with former President Pranab Mukherjee, BJP veteran LK Advani, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, hours before the book launch of ‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’, at his residence in Odisha capital on January 28.
Taking to Twitter, Patnaik wrote, “It was great pleasure to have enlightened company of Shri @CitiznMukherjee, Shri HD Deve Gowda, Shri LK Advani & Shri @SitaramYechury at Naveen Niwas. Had wonderful interaction over our much-loved #Pakhala & Odia delicacies #PiajaPeetha #SagaBadi #Drumstickfry & famed #Chhenapoda.”
Food binds us, unites us & links us to our roots.
— Sanjeev Kapoor (@SanjeevKapoor) March 20, 2016
Lord Jagannath too is fond of it. To help pilgrims share the temple food, Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century had introduced Chatra Bhog in Puri’s Jagannath temple, where in Dahi Pakhala (fermented rice with curd) is offered to the sibling deities.
In the words of Bhakta Salbeg, one of the greatest devotees of Lord Jagannath, “କ୍ଷୀରି ଖେଚେଡ଼ିରେ ମନ ନ ପୂରଇ ଟଙ୍କ ତୋରାଣିରେ ମନ ତୋଷ” (Oh, Lord, I am not satisfied with anything other than your Tanka Torani). The love for Jagannath and pakhala has now become a global phenomena!
— Siba Mohanty (@Siba_TNIE) March 20, 2018
The eternal love for Odia Pakhala from Lake Tahoe,California,USA on the eve of #PakhalaDibasa @CMO_Odisha @Ashokpandabbsr @SatpathyLive @PandaJay @odisha_police @odisha_tourism pic.twitter.com/5fu3CFJvYq
— ⚔ବଟ⚔ (@BadalTweets) March 20, 2018
Its popularity can be gauged from the fact that almost all restaurants and hotels in Odisha serve watered or fermented rice with the onset of summer. It has also made to the menu of star hotels.
Wishing A Very Happy Pakhala Dibasa To Lovely People Of #Odisha. 20th March Is Celebrated By Eating #Pakhala (made from rice) To Welcome Summer Season With Odisha’s Traditional Food. ????#PakhalaDibasa pic.twitter.com/cJpsAJj7Bk
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 20, 2018
The staple diet of every Odia household, irrespective of social class, is simple to prepare and enjoyed by all age groups. All you need is cooked rice, water, curd and salt. Mint leaves, crushed ginger and chopped cucumber give it a distinct flavour.
And finally some charred veggies with hint of mustard oil, garlic pods, chilies and crunchy onions, all mashed up together with a piece of ambula (sun dried green mango slice). Mix and match the salt and spice level.Have it wih#Pakhala and thank me later. #PakhalaDibasa pic.twitter.com/M5PtbFQdht
— Swetapadma (@swetapadma07) March 19, 2018
Pakhala, however, is incomplete without the side dishes. Saga (leafy vegetables) bhaja, badi chura, fried fish, mashed potatoes, smoked brinjal, kakharu phoola bhaja, neema phoola badi bhaja, mango chutney and a variety of paaga (onion, chilli, lemon and salt) make it a rich fare.
The people of Odisha celebrate 20 March as Pakhala Dibasa to promote #Odia #Food worldwide and welcome the summer season with Odisha’s traditional food. https://t.co/Lzefre4Yuf @WeAreBBSR @incredibleindia pic.twitter.com/ZtWlrhsCp2
— Hi Hyderabad (@HiHyderabad) March 20, 2018
People living in India and abroad, organise pakhala feasts on March 20. It is a perfect day to celebrate the Odia cuisine as it marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall (autumn) in the southern hemisphere from an astronomical viewpoint.
— Odia Culture (@OdiaCulture) March 21, 2017
— Odisha Troll (@odishatroll) March 20, 2017