What to Eat in Orissa
Pakha?a is an Oriya term for an Indian food consisting of cooked rice washed or little fermented in water. The liquid part is known as Tora?i. It is popular in Orissa, Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. The Bengali name for this dish is Panta Bhat. Eating pakhal has been recommended to prevent heat stroke in hot weather. A traditional Oriya dish, it is also prepared with rice, curd, cucumber, Cumin seeds, fried onions and mint leaves. It is popularly served with roasted vegetables such as potato, brinjal, badi or saga bhaja or fried fish.