Pakhala Bhata

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Pakhaḷa is an Odia term for an Indian food consisting of cooked rice washed or a little fermented in water. The liquid part is known as toraṇi. It is popular in Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu it is called Pazhaiya Sadam.



A lunch staple for almost every household in the state of Odisha, Pakhala Bhata offers a delectable respite from the summer heat. Made from soaking cooked rice in sour curd and water, this dish from Odisha is served with fried fish, potatoes, Badi choora, and papad on the side. Being a popular food and main food of Odisha, this delicacy should be one of your first dishes to try on your trip to Odisha.


Pakhala Divas can be spelled as Pakhala Diwas or Pakhala Dibasa or Pakhala Day and celebrated by Odias worldwide on 20th March every year




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