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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular local dishes in Puri?

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Always wanted to explore what Oriya food was all about? If yes, then Puri is the place for you. Cooked mostly in mustard oil and ghee, Oriya food is accentuated by its several masalas such as Panch Phutana which is a mix of cumin, mustard, fennel, fenugreek and kalonji and garam masala. Puri is the place where you will very comfortably find food without onion and garlic; however, there are places that serve you with the typical Oriyan food along with the seafood and non-vegetarian dishes.
There is a wide range of local Oriyan dishes that you will find various hotels in Puri but some of the most typical are:

  • Chhencheda
    A popular non-vegetarian dish, Chhencheda is a treat for those wanting the taste of a typical Oriyan dish. The dish is made with crushed fish heads with vegetables. The fish generally used is Rohu or Tilapia head and they are cooked with veggies like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, onions and zucchini which is called as Janhi in Oriya. Slurping already?

  • Pohe
    This flattened rice dish is the most popular part of breakfast in Puri, rather the whole of Orissa. The beaten rice can be cooked in multiple ways. It can be a dish made with all the typical masalas along with cumin and mustard seeds from Orissa or it can also be a sweet dish added with slices of bananas, raisins, curd and whatever you might want to add. Experimental, isn't it?
    Try this at any place that serves breakfast and you will treated with an amazing dish which anyway will becomes one of the most memorable experiences while traveling in Puri.

  • Alu Potala Rasa
    A spicy gravy based curry, Alu Potala is named after the two main ingredients which are Potala (Pointed Gourd) and Alu (Potatoes). The mouth watering dish is prepared with finest flavours of cumin, ginger, garlic, chilli and turmeric powder which makes it a favourite among all alike.

  • Ariselu
    You have a sweet tooth, don't you? If yes, then Ariselu is the answer that Puri has for you. Made out of rice flour, ghee and jaggery, this dish is a hit among the tourists and locals alike. Often garnished with gingelly or sesame seeds, this deep fried dish is perfect for rounding off the lip smacking Oriyan treat.

...and the list goes on and on and on!

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