The Vedas and Puranas that sang the holy verses in praise of the hindu deities and rituals did mention the four division or tirtha places where the lord Vishnu was believed to carry out his daily works that included a holy bath in Rameswaram, a peaceful meditation at Badrinath, a pure sathvic meal at Puri dham and then relaxing at Dwarka. The Mahaprasadam from the puri dham is considered as holy and the food cooked on fire wood by 400 cooks amalgamating the pious ingredients on over 200 fireplaces in the biggest kitchen of the world ever serving 10,000 devotees on average everyday is first taken as offerings to Lord Jagarnath, lord Bhalabhadra and goddess Shubhadra later to goddess Bimla and then taken to the sale point called Anand Bazar where the rest people get their parts. The magical thing about the mahaprasadam is that it is believed to be having no effect on human olfactory organs before being served to Lords but gets an aromatic aura once the offering is done and the food is taken for sale which proves an enchanting divinity.
The Mahaprasadam is 56 varieties in total and is prepared each and every day. best part about this is it involves a very unique cooking style and is considered holy which doesn’t have garlic, onions, potato, tomato, mushrooms and is completely a vegan affair. The 56 interesting dishes are a must to be known about and tasted at least once in lifetime.
it is the puffed rice sweetened by jaggery and savoured as a snack in odia homes.
- Nadia Kora
This is a famous laddu made out of coconut scrapes and sweetened by sugar or jaggery.
It is a hardened form of condensed milk which is a highly rich dish.
It is the simple yogurt freshly prepared every day.
- Pachila Kadali
That is nothing but the most beneficial ripe bananas.
It is one of the most loved dishes prepared out of boiled rice flavoured and sweetened with a caramelised look.
- Tata Khechudi
The simple dry khichdi prepared in most Indian houses is also an offering.
- Mendha Mundia
It is a special type of sweet cake prepared traditionally on firewoods and mud utensils.
- Bada Kanti
This is yet another beautifully textured sweet cake made of moong dal and coconut scrapes.
- Matha Puli
This is an odia version of French crepes and is much of a pancake that is mildly sweetened.
- Hamsa Keli
It is a typical dish which is considered a sweet cake and is a wonder dish.
This is a sweet prepared from cottage cheese and sugar syrup that is a secret recipe of some lucky families who inherited it from ancestors.
It is a type of steamed plain rice cake, near to the south Indian idli.
- Ada Pachedi
This is pure ginger paste.
- Saga Bhaja
The simple fried spinach that is flavoured with little condiments and has a great smell.
- Kadali Bhaja
This is the plain cooked unripe bananas.
- Maricha Ladoo
This is a rare sweet made from chillis.
- Sana Pitha
This is a little sweet cake made of rice powder.
- Bara/ Vada
This is the odia version of donuts made from soaked urad dal and rice.
This is a sweet cake made from rice powder batter and other condiments that add flavour and taste.
The sweetened little granules of all purpose flour that is also usd to make ladoos.
- Pakhala Oria
This is prepared from rice that is slightly fermented in water and has a tangy taste.
This is the favourite dessert served pan india and is mad efrom rice and milk.
This is a sweet dish made of powdered beaten rice and sweet milk.
- Pat manohar
It is a relished sweet made from milk solids and jaggery.
This sweet has a shape of the tongue and is made of jaggery.
- Bhaga Pitha
It is a simple sweet cake offered to lords
This is a soft cake which has a salty and simple taste.
This is treated as an idiosyncrasy of odia kitchens and is specifically an odia dish made of all vegetables boiled in dal and tempered with mustard and cumin seeds.
- Bada kakera
This is that odia sweet cake that is cooked almost on every festival of odisa. This is made of boiled semolina deep fried in oil or ghee.
- Luni khuruma
It is the cracker biscuits which has a salty taste and simple flavours.
It is a soft sweet and flavoured dessert famously called the “malpua” and it usually prepared with sugar syrups, bananas and flour.
- Suar pitha
This is a soft half burnt cake popular in many odia homes as the poda pitha which is slightly sweetened and eaten as a snack.
- Biri buha
This is basically a sweet soft cake made of black gram.
- Jhadai nadaa
These a simple round and spongy and spherical cake cakes served as a sweet.
- Khasta puri
This is a deep fried crispy and subtle taste snack cooked mainly in the city of puri.
- Kadali bara
This are donuts made of unripe bananas and plantains.
- Sana arisa
This a half hard and little brittle cake deep fried in vegetable oil and served as snack.
This is basically a paste made of few spices and eaten with meals.
- Poda pitha
This is a popular delicacy during festivals in odisha and it prepared in a unique way of using banana leaves to cover the cake while it is roasted in wooden or mud stoves.
This is a sour taste dish made of properly cooked rice and curd which is tempered with mustard and curry leaves.
- Dahi pakhala
This being a saviour to odia families in summer since ages, this is basically rice curd and water that is believed to be to for health.
- Bada arisha
This is large sized sweet fried cake that is not totally soft but chewy.
This dish is a sweet prepared from filling the cake in three stages with different layers.
This is a hard candy made out of drying sugar syrup.
- Sooji khiri
The sweet dish made out of boiled milk and semolina drizzled with dry fruits and is savoured all over odisha.
- Muga shijha
This is a very decent and simple dish where the moong dal or green gram is boiled and eaten.
This is a very rare and exotic sweet dish served to lord and is considered royal.
- Magaja ladu
This is a sweet made of wheat flour and pure ghee along with sugar crystals.
This is a juice made of fruits and milk along with black pepper and cloves.
This is a normal plain rice which has a flavourful smell and is considered the main mahaprasadam.
- Ghee anna
As the name goes it is plain rice cooked with ghee.
This is the simple dal cooked and has a slight sweet taste.
This is a rich vegetable curry dish that is freshly flavoured.
This is a well cooked vegetable curry tempered with the mustard.
This is spinach cooked nicely with moong dal and eaten with the meals after offering the deities.
The chappan bhog tradition has been ruling over the temple and the state since years unimagined. The tradition is simply worth knowing an understanding as for all the food lovers out this is something you must go ahead and try once in lifetime at least. The lord blesses all and is surely one so is the unity of all foodies.