August 01, 2007


It's that time again to celebrate "Regional Cuisines of India",started by LakshmiK of "Veggie Cuisine".This month's host is Swapna from 'Swad of India' blog and we are showcasing the state of Orissa.Thanks for hosting Swapna!:)

An award from my dearest beautiful and a great writer friend Mona of "The two bits" blog!

She honored me with a "Inspirational Blogger Award" and gave me a logo.She says:

"For Asha, who amazes me with her dedication towards her love for culinary skills.I have yet to see a person so deeply involved and so disciplined".
Thank you Mona! I am humbled and appreciate it too,a big hug to you my friend!:))

Now about Purba:
I was not at all familiar with the state of Orissa or it's cuisine.So I bought this popular Oriyan/Odiyan cookbook called Purba which means "east" in Hindi and Orissa is in the east of India.It's cuisine is very similar to Bengali cuisine.There are few Seafood dishes, but I am not very fond of Seafood unfortunately.I chose these dishes from this book to be safe so I don't mix up with other states'(except Bengal) cuisine.Enjoy!:)


Orissa is a state situated on the east coast of India.Orissa is home to the Hirakud Dam, one of the longest dams in the world.It's a state with a long coastline and a storehouse of mineral wealth.Oriya/Odiya is the official language of the state.Oriya belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language, and is closely related to Bengali and Assamese. The capital of Orissa is Bhubaneswar. It is famous for its magnificent temples. Along with the Lingaraja Temple of Bhubaneswar, the Jagannatha Temple and the Sun Temple of Konark are important in the archaeological history of India.Orissa is a land with rich social and cultural history, well known for its exquisite temples, enchanting natural resources, beautiful handicrafts and charming Sambalpuri Sarees. The Simlipal National Park Tiger Reserve is a vast expanse of lush green forest with waterfalls, inhabited by tigers, elephants, and other wildlife. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary has been protecting estuarine crocodiles!Info about Orissa from here.

YAY!! That's what I said when I saw this recipe in this book.They are what we call Uddina Bonda in Karnataka with a different rib tickling Oriyan name! There is no stopping for me now,is there??:D
Here is the Oriyan appetizer!

You need:
1 cup urad dal(split Black gram dal), 2 tbsp yogurt, salt,1/8 tsp baking soda(optional). oil to deep fry.(Add minced onion,chillies,cilantro,crushed cumin seeds to the batter to make it masala Goolgula!)
How to make it:
1. Soak urad dal for 3-4 hrs and drain well until dry. Grind it with 1/2 tsp salt or to your taste until you get a smooth thick batter without adding water if possible.
2. Take it out in a bowl, add soda,beat well ,adjust the salt.
3. Heat oil in a deep frying pan to 375 F. When hot, drop urad dal batter using a spoon or with your fingers dipped in water into round balls.
4. Fry until golden, making sure all sides are cooked evenly by occasionally stirring the oil.
5. Serve with coconut chutney.
Chutney: Grind 1/2 cup fresh coconut,green chillies,salt,Cilantro,little ginger and yogurt to smooth paste.Season with mustard seeds and red chillies.

A easy and crispy Luchis made of plain flour similar to Pooris which are made of wheat flour but creamish in color and makes a great bread with veg and non-veg side dishes.

To make Luchis
1. Mix and knead 2 cups Plain flour,1/2 tsp salt,a pinch of baking powder to a stiff dough.Do not make it soft,it will not puff and makes it hard to roll.
2. Rest the dough for 15mins and roll into 4 to 6" circles, deep fry until puffed both sides.Try to fry and keep them creamish in color,do not fry until reddish like Pooris.
3. Drain on paper towels.That's it! Serve with any side dish you like.

A vegetarian dal dish with Channa dal ,loads of veggies is a great tasting dish which has a unique Oriyan names for seasonings!! Tastes delicious with Luchis.

You need:
1 cup chana dal, 1/4 cup brown chana (kala chana), 1 small potato, 1 eggplant, 2 tomatoes.
For Seasoning: Rasuna phutana baghara (1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, Fenugreek seeds, 2 sliced garlic, 1 red dry chili broken to small pieces and fennel seeds)
For Sprinkling: Gunda sprinkle (1 tsp toasted and crushed cumin seeds)

How to make it:
1. Soak kala(brown) chana for 3 hours and cook until soft. Cook channa dal, potato, eggplant, tomato in a pressure cooker until soft but not mashed.Add brown chana.
2. Season with rasuna phutana baghara with 2 tsp of oil and 2 tsp butter. Add to the dal,mix gently.
3. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top and garnish with minced cilantro.Serve with Luchis.

Anda Saga Rai:
I decided to make a non-veg dish (Yes! Eggs are non-veg!! Pops out of a Chicken and doesn't grow on plants, remember!!But everybody should eat Eggs which are very healthy if eaten in moderation in my opinion!) as well which is a good side dish with Luchis.This dish is a healthy blend of protein,greens and Carbs. Anda is Egg, Saga is Greens.That book says to add Poi saag, which I am not familiar with at all.So I added Amaranth greens,any Greens will do like Spinach,Kale,Collard etc.

You need:
4 eggs (hardboiled), 2 small potatoes, 2 cups of spinach or Amaranth leaves, cilantro, salt.
To Grind: 2 garlic, 1" fresh ginger, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/8 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp mustard seeds.
For Seasoning: 2 sliced garlic, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.

How to make it:
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil, add the ground paste and fry until oil shows up on top.
2. Then add potatoes, chopped greens, 1 cup of water, cover, and cook until potatoes are soft, but not mashed up.
3. Add salt and half sliced hard boiled eggs, minced cilantro, and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
4. Heat oil, add the seasoning. When reddish, add to the Anda saga. Serve with rice or Luchis.

Luchis with Dalma and Anda Saga Rai:

Chena Kheeri:
I was going thru' loads of Bengali Rosgullas ,Sondesh and Chum Chums in this book for dessert until I found this dish.Sounded simple enough for me and made it quickly.Boy! Was I in for a surprise?!It tasted out of this world.I really didn't expect it to taste so good at all! Glad I chose the easy one!:D

You need:
1/2 cup grainy chena (paneer), 2 cups evaporated milk, 6 or more tbsps sugar,10 finely chopped pistachios, a pinch of saffron.
How to make chena or paneer:
1. Heat one cup of half and half or heavy cream( NOT fat free!)in the microwave in a bowl for 3 minutes, take it out.
2. Squeeze 2 tsps lemon juice, stir. Return to the microwave, heat 2 more minutes. When you see the curd and whey separate, strain through a fine sieve or cheese cloth to get the solids.Let it drain completely.
3. Heat a nonstick pan,add drained Paneer and stir until you get a grainy texture to the paneer and thicker but not reddish.Keep it aside.
To make the kheeri:
1. Heat the evaporated milk, sugar, half the Pista and saffron until it reduces 2/3rd for 5-7 minutes.
2. Take off the heat, add grainy paneer,crushed pistachios and mix gently.
3. Garnish with rest of the Pistachio. Serve this Kheeri warm or chilled for a fabulous tasting dessert.

Okay, here comes another! Mango Ice Cream!:)

To make Ice Cream: Freeze 1/4 cup mango pulp,when hard,cut into big chunks and return freezer(or you can use fresh Mango bits.
Beat 1 Egg and 6 tbsp Sugar until creamy and fluffy.Add 1 cup Heavy cream,1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup Mango pulp (canned),mix.Add to the machine for 25 mins.Add frozen and chopped chunks of Mango pulp or fresh Mango bits to the machine and let it mix for a minute and freeze the Ice Cream in the freezers for 3-5hrs.
Without Machine: freeze the Ice Cream mix for until half frozen,blend until creamy ,add mango bits, mix and freeze again until firm.Serve on a Waffle Bowl.

That was a great Oriyan gastronomical trip,wasn't it? We certainly enjoyed it.Looking forward to hosting Karnataka in few weeks! YAY!:)


Raaga said...

Hi Asha,

Lovely post and I will have to hunt for some Oriya recipes or call some Oriya friends and get some recipes.

You get well real soon and I will flood your RCI Karnataka with konkani recipes. I will in fact try not to post any amchi recipes until that time!!

Roopa said...

oooo lol! Asha thats a fantastic entry and a full wholesome lunch. i would love to try the sweet :) You are sure a inspiration to many of us bloggers around:) today is got to check yours in time. Have a nice day :) see you!

Priyanka said...

Too good Asha!!! You really are an inspirational blogger. I was just loking up on the internet and came across this cook book showcasing Oriya recipes- they are similar to the Bengali cuisine....I will be trying all of them, especially the sweet dish with paneer except for the egg one:)

Arts said...

I have no words left... this is just awesome!! :)
Was wondering if i know any oriya dish n here u r with an array of lovely dishes.. will find some oriya friedns now to chk out the oriya recipes other than what u posted :P
One qn.. when u make paneer in microwave, at what temperature do u put in the milk?

Anonymous said...

let me read the post now ;)

Anonymous said...

Iam the first one to comment!great!Even though orissa was very near to my home vizag,i never came accross oriya cuisine.all these recipes are new to me.As u said i knew abt uddina bonda.but did not know it as an oriyan appetizer.keep going Asha!enlighten us with more oriya recipes.I''ll not be participating in this month's rci as I have no clue abt oriya cuisine.

Sia said...

wow!!! loved all veggie and non-veg(????ahem...;) dishes ashakka:) i have been reading about orissa cuise n it sounds very similar to bengali food. and it also includes 5 spices which i read in sandeepa's blog. i didn't expect to see RCI round-up so soon;) he he he...
oh!!! today u have ur doc's appointment right? sending u good wishes n hugs:) hope everything goes well.

sra said...

Asha, I'm posting Dalma tonight - I knew you would post it because I saw you mention somewhere that you'd ordered a book for this. I think mine will be an example of how not to cook Dalma - I followed the recipe as it was mentioned in a review!

FH said...

Raaga,google Oriya cuisine,you will get plenty of good veg recipes.
Ooh! I can't wait to RCI K'taka.Thanks for saving Amchi recipes.YAY!:)

Thank you Roopa.Thses were easy and desset is so tasty ,try it.See you later.Hugs:)

Priyanka,it is true.They are very similar to Bengali cuisine with lot of Fish recipes.I skipped Fish dishes.Try the Kheeri,it's good:)

Arts,google it and you will many many Oriyan dishes.You don't have to buy a book or anything.
Just heat the milk on high for 2-3 mins until it's very hot and squeeze lemon juice,stir and heat again for 1 minute.Strain,easy method!:)

Nupur said...

Good luck with the surgery! Get well soon.
The dalma and egg curry look delicious. Just wanted to say: whether someone considers egg as veg or non-veg is an individual choice, but your statement that "egg is the embryo of a chicken" is not correct. *Fertilized* eggs contain embryos. Not all eggs are fertilized. In fact, the eggs that are commonly used for human consumption are all unfertilized eggs: the hen has never come in contact with a rooster.

Sia said...

by the way, i gorgot to thank u for the recipe for making BBB masala:) i tried it and loved it:) have sent it to this month's MBP. couldn't blog abt it due to time constraints. so thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu:)

J said...

Asha - You had to be the first with the Oriya cuisine!!:) Great spread, esp the kheeri! Yum!! Goodluck with your doctor's appointment and hugs!

FH said...

Thanks,don't I inspire you girl? Hahaha! Okay Anusha, read and come back again!! ;D

Madhavi,thanks girl.Google Oriya cuisine,you will be flooded with recipes that are easy too.
Many states in India have the similar dishes with slight change here and there! Try the others:)

Sia,most puzzling thing to me is when I hear people say Eggs are vegetarian!!
Panch Phodan is Oriyan too,almost all the dishes are like Bengali cuisine!Just posted it early so I don't miss out just in case Lasik needs to be done next week or so.
Lasik; thanks,let's see what happens today!:))

sra,there are plenty of variation in the same Dalma recipe,so post your's too.I would love to have another version.This book was okay, not bad.Most recipes are common to Bengali which surprised me a little since I already have Bengali cookbooks.Try Luchis with Dalma,so yummy!:))

FH said...

Hi Nupur,good to see you here!:)
Thanks ,let's see what happens today about Lasik consult.Most have told me that recovery is quick and might just take 3-4 days.
Eggs, I still think if it doesn't grow on plants,it's not a veggie.Scientifically,you might be right about the Embryo,still pops out of a chicken! It's just a mind set.I know lot of my friends who are otherwise very strict Coastal Brahmins, eat fish with gusto too!!I would argue that Fish is not a veg either but I am glad they get extra protein this way too!:)

You are welcome Sia.Glad you liked it the BBB!I love the leftovers better than anything else!:))
I saw Coffee's round up today and I will check again since I didn't have time to look at all the entries.Enjoy.Hugs:)

Hi J! Nope.I saw one post before me already for Oriya!:D
I wanted to post it early before the surgery whenever it is next week or so,might take a week off unless I have a post already in my draft!Thanks J and try the Kheeri!:)

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

All Oriya recipes were simple and delicious..last but nor least kheer too....looks icecream looks chilli and tempting..thanks for the wonderful information ....

Suma Gandlur said...

Grrrrr........... you know what?
I too made luchis for the oriyan cuisine:)))
Lately, I have been lethargic and just loads of pictures taken and loaded into computer waiting to be drafted and blogged.
Great recipes as usual.
Waiting for your RCI - Karnataka.

TBC said...

Asha, for someone who is new to Oriya Cuisine, you have done a great job!
Hope everything goes well during your appointment. Take care.

Unknown said...

WOW, that is a whirlwind tour of Odiya Cuisine for us vegetarians...that book seems an interesting self published one...i've never seen it in local bookstores...will have to rely on the net for some odiya recipes for the event!

Mishmash ! said...

hmm...I wanted some real non veg oriyan food :) you deserve tge Inspriational Blogger award for sure ! Take care....hope the Dr appointment goes well.


Laavanya said...

Asha!! You are so amazing. No sooner had Swapna announced it.. here you are with a magnificent array of Oriyan dishes. They all look so good. I love the vadas and maida puris and the dhal and egg curry too. The chena kheer looks so good but the mango icecream stole my heart. I buy the Haagen Dazs mango icecream but yours looks even better.

Good Luck for your surgery. Shall pray for you.

archana said...

Asha all the best for your surgery and take care :) Congrats for the Inspirational Blogger Award. You inspire us too:)
This is such a lovely post. Even I am not familiar with this cuisine. As luck would have it my Oriya friend is staying next door. So it will be a little easy :)

FH said...

Thank you Usha.Kheeri is really tasty ad of course Mano Ice Cream.Hope you try te Kheeri!:)

LOL!! Suma,that's how I feel when I have something ready in the draft and somebody posts it before me!!But Luchis are yummy combined with any side dish,post it with a sidedish.More the better!!:))
Me too,in few weeks RCI-K!;D

Tbc,I was totally blank too about Oriya and searched for a book! They are easy and you get plenty of recipes if you google too,no need to buy the book at all.Try it!:)
Thanks, I will update about Lasik later.

Anonymous said...

Great post Asha. Never tried Oriyan recipes. Luchis with dalma looks yummy. You made me flat last with my favo' mango icecream.

FH said...

Nandita,thanks.All my posts mostly vegetarian except non-veg here there which doesn't please non-veggies!:D
This book is available at Amazon easily but you need to buy it just for this event.There are great sites with Oriya cuisine.Try it.

shn,real non-veg with mommy chicken is coming next!:) There were few non-veg dishes in that book like Fish Do Piaza! Didn't think it's that interesting,so baby non-veg it is this time! Thanks about Lasik,will see.

Laavanya,thanks girl.These were so easy I made them all in one day!:)
Kheeri is the one I love most,try it.I like Haagen Daz Ice Cream too although it's lot sweeter than homemade.Enjoy:)
Thank so much for your prayers,I need it.Hugs.

Archana,you are lucky to have Oriyan neighbor! You will have the best and authentic Oriya dishes ever to post.I can't wait! I posted it early,so I will get some time if there is a surgery in few weeks!:)

Anonymous said...

good luck asha for the appointemnt
firstly i somehow feel an angle to ur shots......or not?
but i like them.....esp googula..we make them too...we call them punugulu....
n luchi...puffy yummy dalma
i need to try it for sure.

that paneer kheer and mango icecream looks more than delicious....beautiful post asha

Pavani said...

Hi Asha, Lovely Oriya dishes. I have to educate myself with some Oriya dishes for RCI event. Thanks for the inspiration and mouth watering dishes.
Good luck with ur surgery. Hope to see u soon.

FH said...

Thanks Pria!:)
Oriya cuisine is easy compared to other states.Simple and delicious.Try them.Mango Ice Cream was so good!

Thank you Anusha!:) I know you had to take a breather every time you see my long post!Hahaha!
I take many shots from every angle and choose one which looks the best.Sometimes they are all good shots,sometimes it's hard to get a good one!I try!:)
Enjoy the recipes.Kheeri is like your recipes,Jhatpat!!:D

Thank you Pavani!:)
Lasik consult is today,surgery is not scheduled yet,will know today.
Google for Oriya cuisines ,you will get plenty delicious recipes.Enjoy these roght now!

Tee said...

What to say...its early morning for me and I having a bowl of cereal and then I see your post with mouthwatering recipes! Not fair!:)
Looking at your post reminds me that I have to start looking for a recipe for RCI.:))
Good Luck with Surgery !

Dee said...

lovely post ashakka, its true that you always amaze with your devotion and dedication to cooking! Love ya


Lisa Johnson said...

Hi Asha! Congratulations on your latest award! You are such an inspiration to so many of us! Best of luck on your surgery too. And that mango ice cream is tempting me! ; )

Shivapriya said...

WOw Asha, As usual lovely recipes. I never really tried any of oriya dishes. Mango Icecream is screaming for me;)
Get well soon. Hugs!

Saju said...

Great Post Asha, I love your choice of recipes! I have ordered an Oriya Cuisine book from Amazon, and can't wait to get it to experiment. I may go for the fish recipes.

Anonymous said...

I'm not at all familiar with Oriyan cuisine. Nice recipes you've found amd re-created, Ash! Nice of Mona- you're truly a dedicated blogger and an inspiring one for sure! :)

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, Asha, your mango ice cream...:) I'm really ice cream-obsessed right now - must be the heat. Everything else looks wonderful as well!
Hope your doctor has good, encouraging news for you. My fingers are crossed. :)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Hi Asha,

Lovely pics..definitely i will try kheeri... good effort.

sra said...

Best of luck with your doctor's appointment!

ChrisB said...

I am always in awe of your recipes and photos, everything is so professional. I see you are putting the icecream maker to good use!! Good luck with the eye appointment :)

Manasi said...

Congrats!!! U super woman u!!!
As usual , what an array of oriya food!!! btw, did u leave us any dishes to make? LOL!!

Unknown said...

hi asha, pics look yummo yumm , especially the ice cream , and bonda :) , the poori (luchi) the name is so cute :) ....

arundati said...

loved the kheeri. perfect for a dinner party. goes into my must try folder. good luck with the surgery. my prayers will be with you.

Padma said...

Asha, even I dont know any oriya cuisine have to search on the internet for few, you did a great job girl...That chenna kheer looks amazing and tempting...will try that and thanks for as always beautiful photos! I think oriyaans cook in mustard oil and eat parboiled rice right?

Bong Mom said...

I loved all these recipes. Most are exclusive Oriya except the Luchi and the Chena Kheeri which has a bong version called Chanar payesh. The Dalma I have heard a lot about but never tatsed yet.
Lovely spread and why this eye doc visit ?

Neelam said...

Hi Asha, first of all congratulations for the Inspirational Blogger award! You really are an inspiration, the way you come up with so many lovely dishes and the Oriya cuisine,it was just recently announced and you have already made and posted the entries too, that is really amazing! Asha, all the best for your appointment with the doc. I will surely pray for you today!

Seema Bhat said...

Asha, Wow RCI post so soon? You give us all a good complex akka. You the best ~ hugs~ loads of them. That mango ice cream looks killing and would be perfect for steaming hot day like today. Good luck for your Lasik surgery Ashakka.

FH said...

Hi Tee,thanks girl.I thought I would post RCI and get ready for Lasik but it takes another 3-4weeks or so for surgery!Oh well! Blog on FH!;D
Have fun.

Oh thank you Dee! Love you too and you are all girls holding me up in bad times and good times,I am honored!:)

Thanks Anali! This morning Mona said check my blog and I was pleasantly surprised!You are all so good to me,it's humbling!:)
Try that Mango IC recipe,it's pretty good.

Hi P, thanks girl.Surgery is probably next month,takes a long time discuss etc.I was hoping to get it done before school started,no such luck.
Google Oriya cuisine,you will get plenty of easy recipes.Enjoy!:)

musical said...

Good one, Akka! Best wishes for your eye surgery. I love Dalima :). and those luchis are so fluffy!

great food, Akka! not to mention the very inviting Mango ice-cream :).


FH said...

Saju,I expected more Fish recipes in there,surprisingly there are very few non-veg recipes in that book.Fish Do Piaza recipes is good for fish lovers,can't wait to see in your blog!Enjoy the book!:)

Vani,I was little lost after RCI Oriya announced but this book helped.There are quite a lot of Veg recipes in there,so it was easy!:)
Mona is a sweet girl and a great writer,very sweet of her indeed.
Enjoy.Hope M and family doing well and getting ready her for 1st birthday!:))

Carol,make that machine pay you back!!:D Try this,same recipe with slight change.It smelled so good,you can't believe!Hope you try.Doctor wants me to get most expensive and latest ICL surgery but I like Lasik.He gave me 2 DVDs to watch,so going back again to talk in 2 weeks:)

Thank you Vanamala!:))
Kheeri was really tasty,I couldn't stop eating!! But got to control,it's full of cream!:D

FH said...

Thank you sra,just came back from there.He gave me 2 DVDs to watch and asked me come back in 2 weeks.So, I don't think I will have the surgery this month.Hurray! I can keep on blogging!;P

Thanks Chris!:)
These were quite easy recipes. Hope you try dessert,it so very tasty.It's so hot here and dry,we are churning one pint Ice Cream a week now!!:D

HeHe!! Manasi,This award is going to make me crazier and cook even more,just what I needed!:D
There are plenty of Oriyan dishes for ya,don't worry.All that Chum Chums and Sondesh!!YUMMY!;D

rv,most of the Indian dishes are common to so many states but call then with different names.Bonda and maida Puris were the easiest to make since we already know!:)
Try the Kheeri that we don't know much about,really tasty. Thanks girl:)

Jyothi said...

Hello Asha! fantastic spread of oriya cuisine. I don't know a single recipe of oriya cuisine. But I am searching.
Love all the recipes.

All the best and you are very lucky girl. Very soon you will recover. Have a great day dear.

FH said...

Arundati,Kheeri is perfect for dinner party and easy to make for a crowd too! You can store bought Paneer and crumble it to big chunks too to make easier.Enjoy and thanks.Surgery is probably next month!:)

Padma,thanks girl!:)
Yes,Oriyans and Bengalis use lot of Mustard in their cooking.I didn't have the mustard oil.Par-boiled rice,I am not sure,to make thin Kanji perhaps.I have to look in the book,have to read the whole book yet!:) Enjoy the recipes.

Good to hear that Sandeepa!:)
I didn't want to cook everything Bengali(have to save for RCI Bengal!:D) thinking that it's Oriyan.I am relived to hear that from you.Oriya has some unfamiliar names for their dishes,it was fun learning!:)
I am thinking of getting Lasik or ICL surgery for my poor eye sight.This was second meeting with guy and have to one more time in 2 weeks!:)

FH said...

Neelam,thanks so much.I need all the prayers I can get!:))
These were so easy,I made it one day for dinner.Kids loved the Egg curry and the Kheeri.I thought I was going to have the surgery this month,so I made it quickly but not going to happen this month it seems!

Thank you Seema.Dalma and Luchis are great together.Hope you try.Kheeri,you must make for your in-laws.They will love it.I used Jaggery,it tasted great with not too sweet Kheeri.Enjoy.It's hot here too,wishing for Fall now!:D

Hi M! I loved the taste the Dalma too,goes very well with Luchis.Try the Kheeri,it's to die for!:))
Have a great week and weekend,hugs to you too.

Hi Jyoti,surgery will be next month girl,I am still half blind!:D
There are plenty of Oriya recipes on line,don't worry.Most of us don't know about Oriya much,RCI is a great way to learn!:)

evolvingtastes said...

I have heard good things about 'Purba', and now looking at your recipes I think I should buy it too. Everything looks delicious. If you don't mind telling, how do you get that smooth delicious looking red gravy in the egg dish?

FH said...

Hi E, thanks.Purba is a good if you like Bengali food,it's similar to that.Some of them are similar to South India, like Upma, Bonda etc.Try it.
Smooth gravy; You have to gringb the masalas to a very smooth paste and fry gently on low heat until it leaves the sides and then Add the liquid to get a even colored sauce.If too thin,add a tbsp Potato flakes to thicken it.Hope that helps,try and tell me how did you like ti:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha
i am just drooling over the pictures.


Anonymous said...

I have been saying this all along - you are such an inspiration to me. I love your posts, and stories that you find about what you are cooking, about the ingredients or regions along with the most mouthwatering recipies. Keep it up !

I have never tried Oriya cuisine, but the daal with chanas and veges looks quite intersting - I may try that one :-)

FH said...

Thank you Shalini.Just drooling ain't enough,got to cook some too!:D

Thank you so much Abha.I appreciate all your support,consider myself very lucky to have buddies like you!
I just came back here from your blog!
Happy 10th for your son.They grow up so fast ,don't they? Enjoy every minute!:))
Dalma is excellent with Luchis,make the gravy a little thicker for Parathas.Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Asha, as usual everything looks fantastic. I think my favs are that dalma and of course the yummy mango ice cream :)

Hope all went well at the Dr today!

Latha said...

Hey Asha,
Read on Supriya's blog that u are going to have surgery for soemthing???
Hope everything is fine and hope you are in good health.
Take care
Hugs Latha

Suganya said...

I just commented in Sra's post that there are not much references to Oriya cuisine. Now we have many. You should post more recipes from that book and bring this modest cuisine to limelight.

Anonymous said...

HI Asha

What a feast... I loved the spreads, i always wonder how you manage to do so much, so creatively, hats off asha, You make me wait for wednesday .. Good luck with surgery.. do post your exp with Lasik too..
Take care


Keshi said...

Hey Asha Congrats on the award!

Did u know that Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, originated from Orissa in India?


bee said...

good luk with the surgery, ash. see ya in full form next week.

Anh said...

Asha, I just wanna move in with you after seeing all your lovely food! :)

Dalicia said...

how's your eye surgery? another award for you!!!! :) gosh, i'm hungry now..can i come over!!!

if only i have time and effort to cook all this dishes!

indosungod said...

Asha each dish merits a post on its own, but lucky for us we get it all in one go. Those Luchis look fab. You are enjoying your ice cream maker aren't you!!

Are the eyes doing alright?

swapna susarla said...

OH...what a lovely friend u have..
U are really a inspiration to all of us..Thats true!!

U won't miss anything !!The oriya cuisine is wonderfull!!!!

Pravs said...

Congrats for the inspirational award!
Oriya cuisine is new to me...those dishes looks yummy.
Mango ice cream looks too good to be left alone... slurp slurp slurp :D

deepsat said...

you deserve more than an award Asha for your wonderful recipes! Never knew much abt Oriya cuisines.

This was a good insight into the same!!


Shionge said...

Hiya Asha...this is defintely food for the soul blog for me after surgery kekekek...

I am back from the surgery Asha and thank you for your well wishes and kind comments, I truly appreciate that. Resting till next week so just visiting blog pals to thank them for care & concerns.

Sreelu said...


Congratulations on your award, true to it you are an inspiration to me, its your encourgament in the form of comments that go me all pumped up. I always look forwrad to your comments.
Orissa cusine is very foreign to me, thanks for the dishes and pointer will venture making some

Sig said...

Hey Asha, ccongrats on the inspiring blogger award, well deserved. And thanks for letting me know tha oriya cuisine has good seafood dishes, now I know what I am going to make.... :). The egg curry looks so yummy.... nonveg hehe :D

Sig said...

oh and hope everything went fine with the eye surgeon, the surgery is not today, is it?...

Kajal said...

Asha you always post very nice and new recipe........You are very creative mind.... All recipes are delicious. Love your ice-cream and thanks for sharing great information.

SeeC said...

You make every wednesday a very special day Asha.

You really deserve one (Award). You inspire a lot. You were the first one to comment on my blog and that is what has kept me going.

Coming to your recipes...Awesome. How do you do it so perfectly ?
A complete feast.

Take care of your eyes. It is more important.

SeeC said...

Forgot to mention that I have given a link back to your blogs (aromahope n foodieshope). Hope it is fine with you.

Viji said...

Asha, all recipes are par excellent. The sweet as you said is so simple will try it sometime. Ice creams makes me always drowsy Asha. The puris and bondas are great. Enjoyed all recipes. Take care and have a good day. Viji

FH said...

Hi Linda,Dalma as tasty with Luchis,hope you try.Oriya cuisine was easier than I thought!:)
Dr asked me watch 2 surgeries i=on DVDs and asked me come back again on 15th!Takes a long time to get there!:D

Hi Latha,yup! But it's a elective surgery to Laser my Myopic eyes.Nothing major.I have another date to go back to see the doc,let's see!:))

I can easily do that Suganya.Most of the recipes in that book is vegetarian,so it suits me. Although I do eat non-veg,I prefer vegetarian!:)

Hi Rupa,thank you so much.With readers like you encouraging me,I am happy to bring more!
I will write about Lasik when I go thru' with it,it might help others too,right?:))

Keshi, WHAT?! I didn't know that at all girl! It is fascinating,I must get more info.I would have written about it up there if I knew before.You know,personally, I have never met a Oriyan in my life!!I think we just ignore them just bcos they live on the edge of east of India.I heard the it's beautiful place.
They traveled from Orissa to Sri Lanka? Very interesting.Thanks for telling me that!:))

FH said...

Bee,nothing happened yesterday gal!He gave me DVDs to watch and asked me to come back in 2 weeks for discussion! He wants me to get a Intracorneal Lens implanted since my right eye has gone to the dogs,even Lasik can't fix it!;D
Might not happen this month,still half blind!!:)

Hahaha! Anh, pack your bags and mow the lawn for food!!;D

Thanks Dalicia.They are all easy,you might try!:)
Lasik is probably happen next month,takes a long time to convince them!:))

Thanks Indo,these were easier than I thought! Hope you try!:)
Lasik will be next month sometimes.Right now,I am still the same,just went thru' lot of tests!

Thank you Swapna!:)
They were easy,but I didn't know anything about them until now.Glad RCI is teaching me a LOT about my own country!:)

FH said...

Pravs,thanks girl!:)
Most bloggers are so feels great to be part of this community Enjoy the recipes:)

Sathish,it's so true! Most of us Indians just ignore Orissa and we don't really know anything about it except those magnificent temples!I learnt a lot and enjoyed cooking these too!:)
Thanks about the award.Wish somebody cooks for me for a change!!Hahaha!!

Shi,so good to hear that gal!! Hugs to you and keep thinking positive,you will heal faster and better.I am so glad everything went well and you are resting.Take care and don't worry about blogs,you can always come back.God bless you Shionge,I will pray for you darling.Get well soon!:))

Sreelu,I am more than happy to visit you and encourage you.I was new too once!
There are plenty of Oriya dishes on line,so cook some and enjoy.It's a beautiful state,we all should be proud!:))

Thank you Kajal!:)
I enjoyed cooking and learning about Orissa too.Mango Ice Cream was out of this World,hope you try.

Padmaja said...

Hi Asha!!
Wish I live so near you and taste once your wonderful, amazing dishes.
Gosh so many recipes and all are so vibrant!!!

Richa said...

i want to make that kheri asap, looks so good & so quick :) dalma looks delicious, thanks for these, asha!

FH said...

Sig, non-veg Egg curry was good!!:D
There are few non-veg dishes in that book,you might like to make Fish dishes,love to see that in your blog.Orissa is fascinating,just learnt that some Sri Lankans originate from there!!
Surgery is not done yet,may be next month.You have to keep on discussing until they say okay and I am ready!:P
Thanks about the award!:)

Seec,I am always happy to encorage new blogger,I try best to do that!:)
Thanks about the award and your wishes for Lasik.It might take time for the surgery.It's also quite alright to link me!:)

Thank you Viji!:)
Bondas we all know ,right? Dessert was great ,try it.RCI is such a great event,I am learning a lot about ststes of India.Can't wait for Tamil festival cuisine!Have a great weekend,looking forward to your weekend lunch!:)

Sharmi said...

Hey Asha, I loved all the dishes. they look and sound simple and nice. I was a little scared to participate in this RCI. still not made up my mind. your luchis make me hungry.

Me said...

You will be suprised to know that I have found myself an Indian woman to couple with me. She has promised me nothing but great Indian food.. heres hoping it's as good as yours, Anne ;)

FH said...

Thank you Padmaja!:)
Hope you try.I was lost at first too about Oriya cuisine,they are easy and tasty.

You are welcome Rich! Kheeri is so yummy,enjoy the dishes!:))

Sharmi,google it for Oriya cuisine,you will see many tasty dishes.You will love it.Come on,post at least one!:))

Hi Orhan you lucky devil!!:D
I am happy for you.Treat her right and believe me you will have a great partner for life! We are all great gals you know!!:))
Hey,let her take a peek at this blog,may be she will make you all these dishes and good luck.BEHAVE!!!;D

Me said...

Will do!

Thank you for your blessing, it means alot.

FH said...

You are welcome. Hope you keep her around for a long time, it's about time Orhan,tread gently!:))

Prema Sundar said...

Wow U deserve the award Asha... I knew u will get it one day and so Iam not surprised!!!
Till now I do not know anything abt oriyan cuisine Asha.. All of them looks good and I should start to look out for waht I can do.

Rachna said...

hi yu blew me away with all these oriya dishes, wow...i know so little and i had only heard of lucha... thanks a ton.... good luck for the surgery dear...

TBC said...

Asha, how did it go at the doctor's office yest?

Mallika said...

You totally deserve the award! We have a lot of Oriya cooks in Bengal and they are renowned for their fantastic culinary adventures. Thanks so much for writing about it!

FH said...

Hi Prema,I am happier when other bloggers award me with little logo of their own! I really am lucky to be one of you gals,I feel honored!Thank you!
There are plenty of Oriyan dishes on line ,don't worry.You will find one!:)

Thank you Rachna,why Dum still hanging around girl?:D
Thanks,Luchis are like Pooris,just use plain flour.They were tasty though,hope you try!:)

Tbc,surgeon offered me 2 choices and gave 2 DVDs of surgery for me to watch and to see which method ,Lasik or ICL, I prefer.I have to go back again to discuss on the 15th and then make a date for surgery! Long process but he is being extra cautious with me bcos I am a doctor's wife!:D

Thank you Mallika.You girls are my greatest reward and award!:)
You know most Indians have no clue about Orissa or Oriyan cuisine at all and it is sad.Orissa sounds like a great state with so many things to offer! Glad I got to learn.I don't see many Oriyan bloggers around to tell me either!:D

RML said...

Hello Asha,
Wow those dishes are awesome!Havent known much about orissa cuisine.They are all new to me.
Btw I tried the pepper besan u last posted.It came out very nice.Even my little one liked it a lot.
Thanks for sharing.
Did u get your lasik done?
Have a nice weekend!

FH said...

Hi Madhuri,thanks.Thare are many Iriya dishes on line,try one of those.Glad you liked Besan.Besan does taste great when cooked,I love it too.Enjoy.I will give 2 recipes next week, both are good!:)
Lasik is going to take time,he has given me 2 choices and I have to talk to him again in 2 weeks.Long process!:)

Sai said...

Nice post! thanks for sharing the Oriya recipes. I have added another thing to love about Orissa beside their lovely sarees.

Cynthia said...

Asha honey, congratulations on your award. It is very fitting that you should receive it as you are indeed an inspiration to many of us - just look at the food you made and introduced us to with this post.

Hey, I had my jalebis! :)

Keshi said...

yup...I found out abt my roots...then I realised that Sinhalese were orginally from Orissa and some were from Punjab.

read here:


Prajusha said...

i liked dalma and egg curry.thanks a lotfor sharing these delicious recipes.
Eagerly waiting for the RCI-karnataka.
Have a Nice weekend.

Dhana said...

Your RCI entries are getting more decadent and drool worthy with every event! Am bored of the egg curry recipes I have, so this one is great!

amna said...

wow! this is quite a spread. It will be a long time before I can boast of a blog half as good as this. I mean, the variety in here is amazing!!

Thanks a ton for your comment and support.

FH said...

Sai,isn't that strange most of us don't care to know about Orissa which has such great temples and beautiful culture? I am learning so many new things,blogging rocks!:)
Same with Coorg,that's why I cook more of traditional dishes.I will cook more Oriyan too.Enjoy:)

YAY! Jalebis are consumed! Good to know!:D
Thank you Cynthia.Glad to know you too.May be I will cook Caribbean food one day too.Somebody should start "World Cuisine" event, would be fun!:)
Have a great time with your mum,it's probably time to come back ,right? Enjoy.

Keshi,it is really fascinating! I always thought may be they are from South India.Orissa and Punjab are a long shot! I will read that link, thanks girl.
Have a great weekend sweetie.Hugs:))

FH said...

Hi Prajusha,thanks girl!:)
I enjoyed cooking these too.I was not at all knew anything about Orissa but now I think I will visit one day!:)
You too have good one,see you later.

Thank you Dhana, I try my best to represent each state and learn a lot in the process.It makes you proud to be Indian!:)
Eggs with Greens are excellently nutritious,enjoy.

N,thank you and you are welcome.I am glad I found you,keep it up!:)
It took me long time to learn too.Nothing happens at first and then slowly you get to know people.Blogging is hard!!:))
Enjoy the recipes and have a great weekend.

Savithri said...

Wow! What a feast:)

It looks amazing. I've never tried Oriyan food before! It was great to learn about it!

Anonymous said...

so when is the surgery going to be?
did u watch the cds?
nwyays have a great weekend to u too :)

FH said...

Thank you Savitri.Good to see you here!:)
I was little ingnorant about Orissa too,I love it now and planning to bring more!:)

Hi Anusha,I will watch the DVDs this weekend,little scary to watch both surgeries in color but got to do it.I have to go back again to talk on the 15th,then make a appointment for the surgery,will probably end of this month or next month,will see!:))

Coffee said...

I don't see my comment! :( :(

FH said...

I didn't get any from you Coffee! I thought you were busy, girl!!:D
That's okay,happens sometimes,probably didn't go thru'.Hope you enjoyed the Oriya cuisine!:)

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard much about Oriya cuisine Asha. You have a nice spread here. I will have to try atleast few of the dishes.

Btw...all the best with surgery. I am sure it will go on fine :)

musical said...

hey Akka,

What happened with the eye, i read in the comments that you are considering lens implant.

It must be quite straining to the eye without right correction. i hope you are giving your eyes adequate rest.....

take care,

FH said...

Shilpa,I know most of us are not familiar with Orissa at all!:)
They are simple and tasty,not bad at all.Try it.
Thanks.Surgery probably don't happen until next month!Waiting!:D

Hi M! I have to go back again on the 15th for another consult,surgery will be sometime next month.
I have been wearing glasses since I was a teenager M! I thought it's about time I got some permanent fixing!:D
Eyes don't really bother me now as long as I wearing glasses but heard about new technology in Lasik.Finally,picked up the phone and called them.It's nice to walk around without glasses!:D
I will update next week.

Beccy said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award.

I hope your appointment goes well and look forward to your next post.

FH said...

Hi Beccy,thank you.I have made some great friends thru' this blog,feels great,award or not!:)
I have another consult on the 15th,then the surgery,will see what happens.Have a great weekend.

vasilisa said...

Hi Asha,

I really like the spices listed for the "Anda Saga Rai". But I'm not a very big fan of hardboiled eggs... Do you think this will work ok with Paneer instead? Or maybe white fish chunks (like tilapia?)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

You truly are an inspiration to us all, Asha. Well deserved. Now treat yourself to a big bowl of that luscious mango ice cream. :)

Little Miss Muffet said...

kheeri and dalma are something i wanna try...unfortunately won't make the lucchis coz they're fried and i try to avoid making anything fried :( oriya cuisine is interesting :)
good luck with ur eye correction surgery!

Mona said...

You Deseve it in every possible sense girl! You were the first person who came to my mind to confer it upon! :)

Li'l Lite said...

Didi, already passed the kheeri recipe to mom :) and completely agree on 'egg is non-veg' btw i'm an eggitarian!

Life said...

hmm you take me to bharat braman..from north to south :D

enjoying all different dishes...

Take Care

Shionge said...

Hiya Asha....I'm fine & well and now I wish that all would turn out fine for your appointment with the eye surgeon :) Hugs & Kisses always!

FH said...

Hi Lisa,good to see you girl!:))
Yes,any fish or even chicken or Paneer will do too,enjoy.Hope the boys are doing well.See you later.

Hahaha,thanks Susan!:))
Mango Ice Cream is gone now,Chocolate Ice Cream is in!:D

Hi M, Luchi or Pooris are oily,my daughter doesn't care much either.Try Kheeri,it's really good.I will cook more Oriyan later.
Thanks,Surgery is probably next month!:)

Mona,hugs to you!:)
Thank you so much.Of all the little buttons(award) I got ,this is the best and I am honored.You are beautiful inside and out sweetie!

FH said...

dr,'eggitarian' is excellent,I like that word! That makes me "chickenitarian"!!I was in a med. meeting once and told them that "I am mostly vegetarian" and they looked at me like I am nuts!:D (I cook veg 5 times a week,weekends are for non-veg!)
Eggs are full of protein and healthy when used in moderation! Eat up! Kheeri is great,I am sure mom will enjoy:)

Vikas,south is on next month,my homestate of K'taka!!Then we will go to Tamil Nadu again!:)
Enjoy looking at them.They are very educational,aren't they?:)

Glad to hear that Shi! YUP!! I am next on the surgical table!:D
Have a great weekend and rest.Hugs and kisses to you too!:)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I wish I could eat some of this right now. The green colour of the chutney is beautiful.

The inspirational blogger award is well deserved. Sorry you have to wait for your eye surgery. Hope it's not giving you too much trouble.

TBC said...

Dear Asha,
I hope you are having a good weekend.Have you finished watching the DVD's ? Made a decision regarding the procedure you are gonna pick?
I forgot to wish you earlier ...Congrats!!! You totally deserve that award:-)
Thanks a lot for your feedback on every post on my blog. I really appreciate it:-)

Anonymous said...

amazing blog

Lotus Reads said...

Asha, one day I am going to be the first commenter on your post, but for this time, please forgive me for being one of the last!

Congrats on the Inspirational Blogger Award, you are so deserving of it!

When I saw "Oriya" food today I did a little dance all around the room because I have NEVER tasted Oriya food. Needless to say I was thrilled to see some of the recipes and will definitely try the dal and vegetable dish for it looks scrumptious! The Luchis too, look so good!

I won't be here on Wednesday when you have a new post, but when I return I will look for it on the archives.

Take care Asha and see you soon!

Anonymous said...

You are such a source of inspiration. Congrats on the award!

KRISHNA said...

abbabba, eshtondu tasty recipes, how you will do it? really u r great, all are mouth watering recipes,
Now even i have got my own blog!!!
mamatha :))

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi asha,
The information on blog events is useful for me. I lliked the Mount Kailash picture very much.

Your request to ghost riders is a good one.I too keep wonfering who visited, did they try making any of these recipes, How it turned out and so on.I thnk I'll borrow your idea if you don't mind.

I have never got the bengali sweets right but I must try your chena sweet.

Suganya said...

Nice to hear u got that award...u deserve it….congratulations.... These recipes are looking very nice...Great...

Reeta Skeeter said...

Luchis and Goolgoola or gulgula... are the best of oriya cuisine.. I mean best according to moi..

Reeta Skeeter said...

and yes lovely pics those... of luchis :D

FH said...

Thanks Amanda!:)
Lasik is elective surgery,I just wanted to get thinner lens.I have been wearing glasses since I was a teenager,doesn't bother me much except I can't read a novel in half a day like I used to!:D
Enjoy your vacation.

You are welcome tbc,keep it up,I will be there!:)
I did watch te DVDs.I like Lasik,ICL contact is a foreign object in your body,so I am hesitating although it is more suited for my eyes.Let's see what he says on the 15th.
Thanks girl,I appreciate your comments and concern too, hugs.Weekend is going well,Trisha decided to get Nissan Versa for her,test driving today and will buy next week!:)

Thank you Thooya and welcome to FH.Hope to see you back again!:)

LOL! Lotus,it doesn't matter you are first or last,I know you will be here,love you girl.
Thanks. I will try my best,will bring more Oriyan dish.I love it too! Have a great vacation and ejoy ot fully.Don't worry about anything else.Hugs,see you when you come back with lots of photos and info!:))

FH said...

Thank you Kristen.I appreciate it!!:)
I will do my best,somehow my posts turn out well!;D
Have a great weekend,see you later.

YAY!!! Mamatha,I am so glad and what a timing girl!! Karnataka RCI is on the 26th,hope you send me many entries!!Start cooking really authentic K dishes.Hope you do.I will check your's and put you in the blogroll.Hugs,I am really glad to hear about your own blog!:))

Thank you Latha,I try and bring some diverse recipes along with traditional.I love your blog too,glad to comment and try your recipes.You are welcome to take that logo,hope it helps.There are lot ghost readers around who don't spare a minute to say hello,but what can you do! Blog on,comment on other blogs.That's how people know you more!:))
Chena sweet is delicious and easy,try it.

Thanks Sukanya!:)
I have some great readers and friends like you to make me feel special!I owe it all to you gals!:))

FH said...

LOL!! Hi, Skeeter! Good to see ya girl.
Yes,Goolgulas for us is Uddin Bodna,LOVE them!Luchis were great bread for dals dishes:))
Hope you are having a great weekend darling girl!Enjoy.It's too hot here these days.

Chickoo said...

I read your comment in Supriya's blog about some surgery, are you ok?? I hope you are doing fine. Let me know if you need anything.
Nan blog nalli comment bidi.

Take care, adige inda break thagolli, tumba ayasa madkobedi.

So So Simple said...

Hi Asha
You certainly deserve that award from your friend Mona, you have really inspired me re Indian Food. I have always liked to eat it but feel that restaurants do it better than I can .
You make it all sound so easy but I am increasingly interested in trying out your recipes.

FH said...

Hi Deepa,I haven't had surgery yet.It's just a Lasik for to correct my poor eye sight, nothing serious!:))
Probably happen next month,then I will take a week off.Thanks girl.Take care and have a great weekend!I will see you later:)

Thank you Gilly!:)
Indian food is really easy if you are familiar with ingredients and all the little tricks we do to make it tasty!:D
Glad I inspire you to try more Indian dishes,that's what I like.Enjoy your weekend:)

Keshi said...

Happy Monday Asha! :)


FH said...

Happy Monday and a great week ahead darling Keshi!:)

Kay said...

Goodluck with your lasik surgery, Asha!

And yes, you ARE an inspiring blogger. Whenever I'm in a rut, I come to your blog and get inspired and go cook something special. Congratulations on the well deserved award. Inspire on! :)

Kay said...

I have a question - why do you have two food blogs.. I'm sure there must be a reason, I was just wondering what factor makes the two blogs different. Enlighten me, please?

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,

What an array of oriyan dishes. The luchi,egg curry,kheer & mango kheer looks yummy.The goolgoola looks like bonda.Lovely food as usual.Good luck on your laser surgery.Get well soon!


FH said...

Thank you Kay, friends like you inspire me too to do more!:)
HeHe!! Kay,few months back, I told all the bloggers, FH posts will be only on Wednesdays every week and then I bit my tongue immediately bcos I couldn't get into any of bloggers events which are so many now! So one day,I thought I will open a blog just for entering events!
Here at FH,I will post just 2 events,JFI and RCI (both of which I love!) with more than one dish.If it's a single dish,then I will use Aroma to post!:D

Hi Kate,good to see you girl.Thanks!:)
Yeah,Goolgulas are Bondas with a different name!:D
My surgery is not done yet,still need to talk with him,may be it will happen next month.Let's see.Have a great week Kate!:)

Shah cooks said...

u realy are the quentessential indian.. is there any cuisine u are not familiar with? truly an inspirational blogger.

FH said...

Thank you madam Shaheen!:)
You are all a great bunch of foodie bloggers which encourages me to try more new dishes and regions to enjoy! I love it.I appreciate you saying that too.Check your mail,I have sent you a Express Cooking dish!
Have a great day today.

Anonymous said...

I still have to explore on this cuisine. That is an early entry with some great recipes.

Reeta Skeeter said...

:) Well I am always one step ahead of u where weather is concerned. Now it hot and bloooooodddyyyyy HUMID! Darn!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Asha,I've given you a couple of very well deserved awards, the gongs are on my blog. I wont catch your Wednesday post as we leave in the early hours but look forward to catching up on my return from holiday. Have a fun few weeks.

FH said...

Thanks Hima!:)
I thought I will have a date for surgery,cooked early but plans got postponed!Try it,plenty of time still!:)

Ms.Skeeter,today is the hottest bloody EVER day here too girl! 95F+ and so humid,I got a headache just stepping out for 5mins.Keep it cool there,I am making Ice Creams to survive!:D

Oh Amanda,thank you so much.I will check it out.
Have a wonderful holiday in France with the family and don't worry about blogs.Hugs!See you when you come back:)

Pooja V said...

i have never had any oriya food so this is for my this weeknd lunch menu. I hope ur appointment went well. tk care Asha.

FH said...

Thanks Pooja,it did and he gave me 2 DVDs to watch and got to go back again to talk!:)
Oriya cuisine is easy.I didn't know anything about it either,tasty too.Try it.Kheeri particularly is great.Enjoy:)

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,
Awesome Post!!!!!I would like to try paneer kheer. Still I am not settled properly, I am going to India again in the month of Sep for a month.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and indeed u are a inspirational blogger.
What a spread of Oriya Cuisine, loved the name golgolla and the sweet dish looks yumm.

FH said...

Hi MT, thanks girl!:))
You are lucky you get to go to India so often! Have a great time there,I will see you when you come back.Hugs to you.

Lakshmi,thank you so much!:)
My real award is right here girl with so many well wishers,I am really happy that I am a foodie!
Try Chena Kheeri,really tasty.

karmic said...

Great post and food. Now I must go eat! :)

Grihini said...

Hi....I just have no words to say/comment about your blog. Its so exceptional. Your defnitely in my fav. Its the first time I am visitng your blog..and have been overwhelmed. Will take time to go through your entries.

FH said...

Haha!! Sanjay,you should eat first and then take a peek here!:D

Hi Grihini,great to see you here!:)
Yeah,my blog is little overwhelming for the first timers!:D
Take your time and see you back again.I post every Wednesday,just one post per week!See you tomorrow, thanks visiting me girl.

Anonymous said...

Hi BigS!
Thanks for responding. just sent you an email to gmail and realized that I did not visit you last week, so you can imagine how busy I must be:)
Did you visit the doc yet?

Oriya dishes galore!!!! Dalma looks yummy. Interesting how the same(well, almost same) recipes are made in various regional cuisines. How would you rate this cookbook?

FH said...

Hema,I am so glad you got the new g mail.I hardly check the other,glad I found your e mail among 69 spam mails!:D
I went to the doc but he gave me 2 dvds to watch and asked me to come back on 15th.Let's see what happened.
Oriya book; not worth buying if you are familiar with Bengali cooking.There are some good recipes,no doubt but too easy recipes like that Bonda we all know.So don't buy.Google, you will get many website on Oriya food.
Have fun,I will check g mail tomorrow,got to go and buy a brand new car(red Nissan Versa) for Trisha at 6pm!:))

Pragyan said...

Hi Asha, That was a lovely post. You are indeed an inspiration, surely for me. Yours was the first site through which I got introduced to the wonderful world of blogging. Hats off to you! Your Oriya recipes look great. Poi saga is actually available in Korean stores - I usually fry it rice-flour + some ginger and it tastes out-of-this-world :) Will make sure to note its English name next time. Just wanted to add that Oriya (pronounced Odiya) people are also called Odiya and not Oriyan. Have seen quite a few people use Oriyan. A Odiya speaks in Odiya :) Wonder why Odiya is written as Oriya..some typo just stay on, don't they? Hope you had a great doc visit. Take care, Pragyan

Meena Raj said...

Hello Ashakka.. Such amazing Oriyan recipes. You stand so true to the blogger award. You are definitely an inspiration. I don't know if I have said that enough times :)

The Dalma.. I can't wait to try it. Looks very yummy and healthy. As for the Kheer.. Thats going to be there on the dinner table tommorrow :) Thanks for the awesome recipes. Read about your surgery being postponed on Sia's comment section. Hang in there.. I am sure everything will be fine. Take care akka !

amna said...

its very difficult to see a food blog without ur comment. thanks a lot for your prompt and encouraging response to my contribution to express cooking :)

FH said...

Hi Pragyan,thank you for visiting!:)
Poi saga info was great,nobody told me about it so far.I will keep an eye for that,I would like to try your way.Odiya sounds authentic! Most of us Indians are very ignorant about Orissa state,never mind the Odiya word.Even the most popular Oriyan cookbook says it as Oriyan as you can see!:p I will add sentence there about it,thanks for that.
My next visit to eye guy is on 15th,let's see what happens.Hope you come back!:)

Hi Meena,thanks girl!:)
Enjoy the Oriyan dishes,they are easy and yummy too.Kheeri is the one I loved. Lasik; they are very careful about what they can do,so taking time is good in a way!:)

You are welcome N! I would like to encourage everyone who wants to blog.When I started a year ago,I hardly got 2 comments on each post for a long time!:D
Enjoy blogging and encourage others too by leaving a comment whenever you can.That's what I like!Have a great day today!:)

Grihini said...

Asha, I am speechless seeing your blog and the number of comments and appreciation. You really inspire me. whats your secret mantra ? :)
Good luck on ur eye surgery.

Coffee said...

Ian never be busy for you asha!! :) I guess it didn't just go thru.... blogger..grrrrrr!

FH said...

Hi G! How are you?! We are literally baking here with 100F yesterday and today too!Yikes!!
Thanks girl! Since I post here just on Wednesdays,I do get time to comment and reply.Sometimes when we have to go somewhere ,then it gets little harder but I don't mind!:)

Hi sweet coffee,I understand the blogger problem.Yesterday Indo had to post her same comment 4 times!!:D
Don't worry about it,I know you won't miss my posts and you have whole week to check it out!! Hugs.Have a great day.
It's very very hot here.Fortunately I don't have any appointments to keep this week.Next week, there are 3 of them!School starts on 27th,trying get everything done when they still have time!:)

Foodie said...

Ashaji, what a wonderful spread of Oriya recipes (sorry Odiya!). Truly an inspiration to watch your blog. Should start calling it an Institution in itself right? I read in the comments about the delay in your eye surgery. All the best for that. You didn't leave anything for me to make from this Oriya cuisine. Just kidding!

Bharathy said...

My sis N up there has said,"its very difficult to see a food blog without ur comment"

A small correction-it's very difficult to see a comment box window in any food blog without our Ashajis comment!!:)

FH said...

LOL!! Foodie, a whole world of Odiya food out there awaits you my dear girl!Cook away.
Thanks buddy,that is really nice of you to say! I try my best,glad you gals like it.Enjoy!:)

HeHe!! Bharathy,I get up, get my coffee and start moderating and then commenting for an hr in morning! Sometimes it takes longer if somebody is blogging everyday!;D
I enjoy opening the blogs not knowing what they have,it's like Pandora's box!!!;D

Anonymous said...

Check out
for the picture of a menu of a restaurant that only serves Orissa cusine. I visited it in Jan 2007 in Bhubaneswar.

When in Orissa, one might try one of these restaurants.

FH said...

Hi Anon, thanks for the link.I will check it out.Learning about Orissa making me want to visit there!ooks like a fun and beautiful state!:)

Anonymous said...

Asha, as usual you overwhelm! all these look so good - the badami chicken with naan, and the luchi looks perfect!

FH said...

Hi Anita, thank you!:)
Hope you try some of these.Oriya cuisine was fun, cooking and learning about it too.
Guess what I am making today for dinner? ;D
You tempted me into it.Coming up on Thursday at Aroma,I will leave my URL a your's.

Anonymous said...

happy independence day to india :)
i'm blogging you from work. all the bosses are having, i get to slack off a little...

i love KFC coleslaw. but i usually buy those in the supermarket


FH said...

Hello Dalicia! Slacking off now and then is okay when they make you work so hard everyday!:D
Thanks.We didn't get to celebrate here publicly, very few Indians around here.
Have a great weekend,see you next week:)

Anonymous said...

Great post!
Sorry for the late comment, but in case you were still looking for info on poi saga, it's called Ceylon or Malabar spinach in English. Its botanical name is Basella alba.
It tastes a lot like plain spinach, but the stems have a great mucilaginous/slimy texture. So I'd substitute plain spinach (or whatever -- amaranth greens are delicious, too) with a little bit of okra/bindi/ladyfingers to get a similar texture.

FH said...

Thanks, I saw the picture of Poi saag, never seen it before or tasted before. Probably tastes like Amaranth saag, will try to find it!:)

Unknown said...

Dear Asha, I almost fainted When I saw ur collection of Oriya recipes. Well I am from orissa. But I have never made the Egg curry like tHis. The recipe sounds amazing . I guess I will lick my fingers.
What a mouthwatering recipe of Chenna kiri. God u really make me nostalgic!!!!!!!

FH said...

Hahaha!! Thanks Pearl. I wasn't familiar with Odiya cuisine before,didn't know what Pui sag was,so I improvised with that dish with my own way,totally depending on the book! Hope you like the taste. Kiri was out of this World, I almost ate everything myself!;D

Anisha Yunus said...

Hi Asha,

I am planning to make this today, but how essential is adding pista? I dont have them and I would like to know if the taste will be good or not if i added almond / walnut to it? Wat do u suggest?

FH said...

Pista adds color and unique taste to this dessert but you could always replace it with lightly roasted Almonds or Cashews. Nuts of your choice are quite okay too. Enjoy! :)