Poda pitha is traditional delicacy from Odisha prepared from soaked rice and split urad dal and flavoured with crushed ginger, pepper and cardamom.“Poda” means brunt and “Pitha” refers to cake
This cake is a unique combination of fiery pepper blended with aromatic cardamoms and crushed subtle ginger. Since this cake is always part of our festivals and offered to god, so it is absolutely vegetaria.
In Indian cooking, recipes have traditionally been handed down from one generation to another and is always modified according to one’s taste and generation and so as such no accurate measurements were ever recorded. This indeed helps to fire the imagination of every creative cook. I love contemporary baking since it has accurate measurement and the success rate is higher if one follows the instructions well. I was rather confused when my mom shared her recipe and only place was my life saver Google. I found this recipe very similar and exactly the place it was meant to be at the this website “Hare Krsna”.
How to bake Poda Pitha from Odhisha
I have lately started using coconut sugar instead of our regular sugar, otherwise all the above ingredients remains the same. I have made this recipe many a times for different gatherings and groups and I have always seen people enjoying its unique flavour.
Now there is one more reason to feel proud too, seeing my mum and my mum in law having adapted my version of baking this pitha using pureed dates. I am sure this delicacies from our beautiful state Odisha will always remain coveted forever. There are few more delicacies like chenna poda, rassbali, rasgulla, chenna jhili have also topped the list too and definitely needs no introduction to my beautiful Odiya folks.
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