Piyaji is a popular snack and common to Odiya kitchen, it is basically coarsely grounded lentils and flavoured with with curry leaves, coriander, ginger and onions.
Last weekend we were occupied with house hunting and meeting Rohan’s new teachers at his school. We are looking for a new place to move in soon as possible and the only criteria was it should be closer to my son’s school. Although he enjoys the bus rides and is used to them since last year in Beijing but I thought if I could drop and pick him up it would be an ideal way to see him off.
But unfortunately we couldn’t find any place that suited my needs so tired and weary by lunch time I was exhausted and nothing else entered my mind except for having a delectable lunch. I was too lazy to even think of cooking. When we ladies decide not to light the kitchen, the restaurants come in great rescue and are a great boon to us at times when we call it day off and let our hair loose.
We headed straight to nice buffet lunch and it was superb! My hubby vowed that two wood apples resting for while in our fruit basket would be his dinner and I too seconded his view and for Rohan, an easy egg roll was enough to satisfy him as long as he had his animation characters flashing across the LCD screen.
This was Saturday’s story and Sunday was equally sane, nothing much, just the routine work of cleaning and gearing up for the week ahead. In the afternoon we just took a hop to a park very close to our apartment and it was relaxing and soothing. The pagoda is part of this park and is surrounded by a small lake and is ideal for boating and fishing.
By the time I glimpsed at my watch it was dinner time and something has to be prepared. I had some oversoaked channa dal, so this piyaji recipe just popped into my mind. Piyaji is very common to Odia kitchen and is often part of evening tea. I love the taste of dal coarsely grounded and flavoured with curry leaves, coriander, ginger and one of the most dominant of all ingredients is the onion that is how the humble bulb becomes what is called in my local dialect ”PIYAJI”.
HOW TO MAKE ODIA SNACK PIYAJI