Traditional Odia Recipe - Poda Pitha

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Traditional Odia Recipe - Poda Pitha


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :20 Min

Cook Time : 45 Min

Total Time : 1 Hr 5 Min


Serves : 8
  • 300 gms rice (chaula)

  • 150 gms black gram - without outer skin (chopa-chhada biri)

  • 1 cups finely scrubbed coconut (nadia kora)

  • 10-15 piece small pieces of thin coconut slices (nadia khandi)

  • 200 gms sugar (chini)

  • 50 gms chopped ginger (kata ada)

  • 1/2 bowls cashew nut – broken into pieces ( khandi kaju)

  • 1 tbsp ghee or refined oil (ghia / refain tela)

  • 1/2 tsp salt (luna)

  • 1 tsp baking soda(baking soda)

  • 7-8 nos cherries for garnish


  • Soak the rice and black gram in water in separate bowls for about 4 hours. Wash them thoroughly.
  • Put the black gram with water in the grinder and form a fine batter.
  • Do the same with rice too but keep in mind that the batter should be coarse and not as fine as the batter of black gram.
  • Mix both the batters and add coconut slices, grated coconut, chopped ginger, salt, sugar, cashew nuts and baking powder Mix all the ingredients well and keep it covered for about 2 hours for self-fermentation.
  • Pre-heat the pressure cooker. Form a thin layer of oil on all the inner surface of the cooker.
  • Now pour the mixed batter into the cooker and close the lid (without mounting the whistle-weight). Place the pressure cooker in simmer flame for about one hour. Now your hot poda pitha is ready.
  • When the cooker comes to normal temperature take out the pitha carefully, and cut it into desired shapes and serve. (Note: Instead of pressure cooker, oven may also be used)
  • Toping some grated coconut and Cherries on a top serve and enjoy!.