Pakhala | How to make Pakhala

By Sai Priya  |  26th Apr 2016  |  
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About Pakhala Recipe

"Pakhala" For many of you this word must be out of your food dictionary. This is an authentic preparation from Odisha to cool down during the scorching summer heat. A soul food for Odias which is found almost in every house on a summer day. You can find this dish at Puri Jagannath temple though it's not a part of the offerings to Lord Jagannath.


Ingredients to make Pakhala

  • Cooked rice - 6 cups
  • water 8 cups
  • Roasted cumin seed 1 tbsp
  • Roasted fennel seed 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies- 4
  • lime Leaf 4
  • salt as per taste
  • lemon 1
  • curd 1 cup
  • ginger 1 inch
  • Mango ginger 1 inch

How to make Pakhala

  1. Put cooked rice in a bowl. Add water, lime leaves ,crushed ginger and keep it aside for a minimum of 6 hours.
  2. Usually a mud pot is used. But you can use other utensils as well.
  3. While serving, add curd, crushed green chillies and lemon slices to it. Add the crushed cumin and fennel seed to it. (You can add all these just before an hour of serving also.)
  4. There is a special way to serve this dish. Take 4 bowls and put the rice equally in each bowl. Equally pour in the added water in each bowl. Add salt per taste. The best way to have it is using your finger not spoon. So in one bite you drain a handful of rice from the bowl and use your fingers to eat it. Enjoy Pakhala!

My Tip:

The side dishes which are eaten with Pakhala are not so particular. You can have Fish fry, Dalma, Sweet dal, "badi-chura"(a typical authentic preparation), aloo-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 it without any side dish.

Reviews for Pakhala (3)

Pratima Patia year ago

Very famous dish of odisha

Rashmirekha Dash2 years ago

Thanks Sai Priya

Saswati Behera3 years ago


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