Monday, August 20

Sunday Meals # 6 - Orissa Cuisine

This weekend the meal is dedicated to Oriya cuisine. This was the first time, I cooked the dishes related to this cuisine. So obviously I did little research.

Cuisine of Orissa is simple and delicious. But the pattern of food is same as that seen in the neighbouring states due to the proximity and similar geographical conditions.

Rice is the major food crops and the staple food for the people of Orissa. Vegetables which are grown in plenty too form and integral part of the meal in the state. A large number of people practice vegetarianism because of their deep religious nature. (Source: Orissa Diary).

I have come up with the following list of items:

Coconut chutney

Whole brinjal fry
Lychee Payasam

Recipe for Kichdi:

1 cup Rice
1 cup Split moong dal
4 small pieces Cinnamon (dalchini)
4 small Cardamom (elaichi)
1 tsp Cumin (jeera)
3 Serrano Peppers
1" piece Ginger
5 cups Water
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt as per taste

1. Wash Dal and Rice. Grind ginger and chillies to a paste.

2. In a pan heat oil and add cumin,cinnamon and cardamom f
ry for a second and add washed rice and dal, turmeric, salt, ginger and green chillies paste and fry for 10 minutes.

2. Pour the water and let it cook until done. Fry cashews in a seperate pan
with little ghee and add to this. Kichdi is ready to be served.

Recipe for Coconut Chutney:

1 cup Grated Fresh Coconut
2 tsp Urad dal
3 Medium Red Chillies
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 Small piece tamarind
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Hing
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

1. In a pan heat the oil and add 1 tsp urad dal, red chillies and fry for a minute.

2. Let it cook completely and add tamarind, sugar, hing and coconut and grind to a smooth paste.

3. Do the seasoning with the other 1 tsp urad dal, mustard seeds and a dash of hing in a tsp of oil.

Coconut chutney is ready to be served.

Recipe for Whole brinjal fry:

8 small Brinjal
1 Medium Onion
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Cumin seeds
4 Garlic cloves
4 medium red chillies
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
a pinch Turmeric powder
Salt as per taste

1. Grind the mustard, cumin, garlic and red chillies with some salt and turmeric powder to smooth paste. Add chopped onion and run on pulse for a second. Do not make the onion too mushy.

2. Make a cross mark cut from bottom to top on each brinjal. Stuff the above mixture into each brinjal.

3. Heat oil in a pan and place the brijals in the pan. Cover and cook on low heat until done.

Curry is ready to be served.

Recipe for Lychee Payasam:

1/2 cup Rice cooked
1 cup Warm milk
1/2 cup Confectioners sugar (superfine sugar)
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
1 tbsp Cashews fried in a tsp of ghee
5 small Lychees chopped very fine

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and leave for a minute. Kheer is ready to be served. You can very well feel the presence of fresh lychee in it and the sweet was perfect to satisfy.

I must be honest and accept that I was not much impressed with this fruit so I did not find anything better than this to make with this fruit. It does not taste as good as it looks, but then its only my opinion.

Of these the first three are going to Swapna of Swad for RCI-Orissa Cuisine and Lychee Payasam is going to Sig of Live to Eat for AFAM - Lychee.


SeeC said...

Excellent Spread!!!

Loved your brinjal fry and lychee payasam (sounds really new)

Asha said...

Lychee payasam!! YUM! YUM!:))

Sharmi said...

Delicious spread of meals. I feel hungry. loved the brinjals.

Sreelu said...

great spread, very different way to make coconut chutney and brinjals.

Yummy lychee payasam

Roopa said...

what a delicious spread hima!:)

Hima said...

Hi Seec, Thanks a lot.

Hi Asha, Thank you so much.

Hi Sharmi, Thank you so much :)

Hi Sreelu, Thank you.

Hi Roopa, Thank you.

Vcuisine said...

Nice Spread Hima. All in one. Lychee in payasam is a great idea. Viji

Hima said...

Thank you viji.

Prema Sundar said...

Thats a nice meal hima. lychee payasam sure steals the show.

Cynthia said...

Hima, that is a delicious spread.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Hima:
This is nice feast.....Nice pictures....Lychee payasam is looking great..

Hima said...

Thanks prema, looks like many of them liked lychee payasam :)

Thanks cynthia.

Thanks sukanya, pictures are courtesy of my husband with his big huge camera :)

Richa said...

wow! what a lovely spread! our simple food items like kichadi, chutney & veg fry is all one needs for a satisfying meal :) And then end with a lovely dessert!

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Sig said...

Hi Hima, That is another innovative use of Lychee.... Thanks for giving the fruit a chance even though you don't like it much... :)
And a wonderful spread too....

Hima said...

Thanks to all.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow...all the dishes are mouth-watering dear.....good pics :-)

TBC said...

Lychee pasyasam? That's so creative.
How do you get the brown color for your coconut chutney?

Hima said...

Hi Sirisha, Thank you so much.

Hi TBC, Thanks and the brown color of coconut happens to be the fried Red chillies and urad dal. I fried those both in a tsp of oil and then grinded with the coconut so you get the reddish brown color.

Tee said...

Hi Hima,
you have received an award...check out my blog.

Pravs said...

Lychee Payasam !! wow that is very unique..never heard or tasted one.
Hey Hima, i have something waiting for you in my blog..check it out.

Madhavi said...

That was a great meal Hima!Lychee payasam sounds good.You have an award from me in my blog.Plz check on the following link to see the award.
Hope to see you soon

Hima said...

Thanks to all for leaving your valuable comments and also thanks to Tee, pravs and madhavi for passing on the awards to me too.

Rachna said...

yeah... lychee the star dish here.... lovely spread...Hima

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