Odisha Celebrates Pakhala Divas


Bhubaneswar: The state’s favourite dish “Pakhala” – cooked rice washed or fermented in water, was a trending topic on social media today, as resident and not-resident Odias celebrated Pakhala Divas and shared their stories of their attachment with Pakhala.

Pertinently, March 20 is being celebrated as the Pakhala Divas by all Odias across the world.

To prepare Pakhala, cooked rice is put in water, known as torani which is seasoned with curd and lemon. At times cumin seeds, mint leaves and fried onion are also used for the seasoning.

Depending on the palette, a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian accompaniments are served with it to spice up the taste.

Restaurants in the capital city were also seen celebrating the day by offering special menu on Pakhala like Dahi Pakhala, Masala Pakhala, Basi Pakhala, Saja Pakhala and Lemon Pakhala along with numerous traditional Odia dishes.

Wishing all Odias on the occasion of Pakhala Divas, acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture at Puri beach.