Earthy, simple, and full of flavors – Oriya cuisine offers a range of hearty dishes. Oriyas love their meals accompanied by plenty of veggies, fish or mutton, and something crispy, like fried potatoes and Karela chips.
We also adore our snacks – sweet and savory. Growing up in Bhubaneswar, I remember evenings were spent in informal gatherings where people would eat snacks, chat and just while away time (called ‘katti kariba‘ in Oriya).
During the festival of Raja, all Oriya families prepare special sweets called Pithas. And, many of these Pithas are available in select outlets, such as at Ekamra Haat. Pithas are different types of sweet rice flour cakes, flavored with saunf and coconut.
When in Bhubaneswar, try out some authentic, affordable, and Oriya snacks. Here are 7 typical Oriya snacks that are found all year round. You can easily buy them at popular street vendors and small shops.
1. Dahi Bara Alu Dum
The one street food all Oriyas swear by is Dahi Bara Alu Dum. The fried lentil dumplings are soaked in water so that they become melt-in-your-mouth soft. These are served cold in a leaf bowl. The dahi baras are topped with a spoonful of spicy aloo dum, a spicy coriander chutney, ghugni, chopped onions and green chilli, curd, and some sev. It is the perfect snack for hot summer days.
Best place to have it: Arisha Pitha, HIG 164, Sailashree Vihar, Phase 7, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751021
Other than these seven dishes, you can sample a variety of fast food such as Rolls, Chicken Pakodas, Golguppas, Jhal Murhi, and Singadas.
Miniature singadas (samosas), Baigini (batter fried brinjal), and Baras that are sold at a small stall in Nayapalli. This is a typical Baripada delicacy. This plate full cost about Rs. 30.