In India, festivals are incomplete without delicious food, and Rath yatra is no different! Odia recipes are always about immersing flavors and mesmerizing deliciousness. In Rath Yatra, you can also try unique Odian dishes. But first, let’s see why Rath yatra is celebrated. 

The story behind the Rath yatra celebration is as follows: The maternal uncle of Lord Krishna and Balram, Kansa, invited them to visit Mathura so he can kill them both. Kansa sent Akrur with a chariot to Gokul. 

Even aware of Kansa’s intentions, Lord Krishna and Balram sat on the chariot and left for Mathura to free this world from evil. That chariot and the journey of Lord Krishna were the reason behind Kansa’s demise, the evil on earth. So, the devotees celebrate this day of departure as Rath Yatra.

This is not your typical Indian festival, as you will love to explore the fantastic traditional dishes made in Odisha. These rath yatra recipes are full of the beauty and flavors of India. 

Delicious Rath Yatra Recipes

Lord Jagannath was fond of sweet dishes. Hence, you will see lots of desserts in the Bhog. Try these delicious and flavorful traditional Odian dishes to celebrate Rath yatra in style! 

  • Vegetable Khichadi
  • Malpua   
  • Poda Pitha   
  • Khaja   
  • Dalma

Vegetable Khichadi

A classic odian dish, this spicy and flavorful dish is one of the most loved dishes in Rath yatra’s Mahaprashad. Tossed in fresh veggies and infused with excellent condiments – try this fantastic veggie khichadi. 

Rath Yatra Recipes
Vegetable Khichadi

Quick Stats:

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 5 serves   

Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice, two cups 
  • Whole green moong dal, half cup 
  • Freshly shredded coconut, half cup 
  • Cilantro leaves, six to ten 
  • Sliced Tomatoes, half cup 
  • Sliced green chilies, small cup 
  • Cumin seed, two tablespoons
  • Ghee, 500gms 
  • Minced ginger, three tablespoons
  • Hing, one tablespoon 
  • Raisin, to garnish 

Method to Prepare:

  • First of all, take a medium pan and boil water in it.
  • Meanwhile, take another small pan and add two tablespoons of ghee to it. Let the ghee heat for a bit.    
  • Once the ghee is heated, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. 
  • Immediately add this ghee and cumin mixture to the boiling water pan. 
  • Now, add rice, whole green moong dal, coconut, tomatoes, chilies, ginger, and hing. 
  • Cover the pan and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • When serving, add chopped cilantro and remaining ghee. 
  • Serve it hot and enjoy!  

Malpua 

An exotic pancake dessert snack popular in West Bengal – Malpua is one of the most liked Prashad in Rath yatra. Try these soft, fluffy, and crispy pancakes glazed with sugar syrups and serve them with a thickened sweetened milk during the chariot festival.  

Rath Yatra Recipes
Malpua

Quick Stats: 

  • Prep time: 30 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes 
  • Servings: 8 serves 

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour, one cup 
  • Milk, one cup 
  • Milk powder, three tablespoons 
  • Fennel powder, one teaspoon
  • Cardamom powder, half teaspoon 
  • Cinnamon powder, half teaspoon 
  • Sugar, half cup 
  • Water, one-fourth cup 
  • Ghee, for frying 
  • Chopped dry fruits for garnishing 
  • Thickened milk, for serving  

Method to Prepare: 

  • Take a bowl, and add all-purpose flour and milk powder, and mix them well. 
  • Now, add cardamom powder, fennel powder, and cinnamon powder. Again mix it thoroughly.
  • Now, gradually add milk and mix it well. Adding milk will make the batter smoother. 
  • Make sure the batter has a perfect consistency. Beat it with a whisk to make fluffy malpuas. 
  • Take a saucepan and heat water. When water is about to boil, add sugar to it and mix well. Boil it until it turns sticky. Add cardamom powder to it, and your sugar syrup is ready.  
  • Heat ghee in a frying pan. When ghee is hot, pour one tablespoon of batter to make a malpua. 
  • Fry them until they are golden, flip, and fry the other side as well.  
  • Drizzle thickened milk and top them up with some dry fruits. 
  • Serve these malpuas hot and enjoy!    

Poda Pitha

Another savory dish on the Rath yatra menu – poda pitha is traditionally one of the main dishes of the Mahaprashada in Jagannath Puri temple. A slow-cooked dish, this burnt pitha is made from fermented rice and black gram, with chopped coconut increasing its earthiness.              

Poda Pitha
Poda Pitha

Quick Stats:

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes 
  • Servings: 8 serves 

Ingredients: 

  • Rice, one cup 
  • Urad dal, half cup 
  • Jaggery, one cup 
  • Crushed green cardamom, one
  • Crushed ginger, half-inch 
  • Ground black pepper, three to four 
  • Chopped cashew and raisins, two tablespoons
  • Chopped coconut, one tablespoon 
  • Grated coconut, one cup 

Method to Prepare: 

  • Soak rice and dal the night before you start preparing the pitha. 
  • In the morning, blend rice and dal into a not-so-smooth paste using very little water. 
  • Let the batter ferment for 8 hours at least. 
  • Meanwhile, add crushed ginger, pepper, green cardamom, chopped cashew and raisin, jaggery, grated and chopped coconut into the mixture. Mix the batter thoroughly, so everything is mixed to perfection.  
  • Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. 
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 338 F for 10 minutes and grease your baking dish with ghee. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake it for 45 minutes at 320 F. 
  • Take out the baked pitha and let it completely cool down for an hour. 
  • Garnish it with some chopped dry fruits, serve it hot and enjoy the sweet Poda Pitha!  

Khaja

Khaja – the layered fritters immersed in sugar syrup is a traditional coastal recipe of Jagannath Puri. It is used as a part of “Sukhila Prashad” in Rath yatra festival. Again a sweet dish recipe – you can cook Khaja using a few ingredients. Enjoy one of the “Chappan Bhoga” dishes and savor its sweet and festive flavor during this Ratha Jatra.   

Khaja
Khaja

Quick Stats:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes 
  • Servings: 4 serves 

Ingredients: 

  • All-purpose flour, four cups + two tablespoons
  • Ghee, two tablespoons
  • Cardamom powder, two teaspoons
  • Black pepper powder, two teaspoons
  • Cinnamon powder, one teaspoon
  • Sugar, two cups 
  • Water, one cup 
  • Oil, to cook
  • Chilled water

Method to Prepare: 

  • Take a bowl, add flour, ghee, and mix them well. Then add chilled water to give it the smoothness and firmness that is required. Cover the dough and keep it aside for at least 20 minutes.  
  • Take a small bowl and mix two tablespoons of ghee and two tablespoons of all-purpose flour to make a flour paste. 
  • Divide the dough into nine equal parts and roll them into a rectangular shape sheet. Roll another one in the same way. 
  • Spread the prepared flour paste on one sheet and place the second sheet on top of it. 
  • Spread the flour paste on the second sheet, roll both the sheets and give them a log shape.
  • Cut these rolls into one-inch pieces and then move each piece vertically. 
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry these pieces on a medium flame until both sides are golden. 
  • Let them cool completely. In the meantime, take a saucepan to get your sugar syrup ready by adding two cups of sugar and one cup of water.
  • Add cardamom powder, black pepper, and cinnamon powder to it and switch off the flame. 
  • Grease a large plate with some ghee. Submerged fried Khaja into the warm sugar syrup. 
  • Immediately take the well-coated Khaja into the greased dish.
  • Serve these prepared Khajas at room temperature and enjoy!  

Dalma

One of the staples in Mahaprashad at Puri temple – Dalma is an Oriyan festive-special dish. This rath yatra recipe has the right combination of taste and health as it is packed with proteins and minerals. The condiments also infuse it with aroma and deliciousness. One of the best choice as rath yatra recipes.

Rath Yatra Recipes
Dalma

Quick Stats: 

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes 
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes 
  • Servings: 4 serves 

Ingredients: 

  • Arhar dal, one cup 
  • Cued potatoes, two medium-sized 
  • Cubed carrot, one 
  • Chopped pumpkin, half cup 
  • Chopped eggplant, half cup 
  • Chopped green papaya, half cup 
  • One onion and tomato, finely chopped
  • Bay leaf, one 
  • Ghee, one tablespoon
  • Garlic, four cloves  
  • Dry red chili, one 
  • Homemade Garam masala, half teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder, half teaspoon 
  • Cumin powder, red chili powder, one teaspoon each 
  • Thinly shaved coconut slices, two tablespoons 
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped, for garnishing  

Method to Prepare:  

  • We will be cooking this dal in one pot – pressure cooker to get the traditional aromatic and deliciousness.
  • Add the chopped vegetables, dal, turmeric powder, green chilies, onions, bay leaf, salt, and 3 cups into the pressure cooker. 
  • Cook it until you hear a couple of whistles. Turn the heat to low and slow-cook it for three minutes. Turn off the heat after three minutes. 
  • As long as there is pressure in the cooker, the dal will cook by itself. Once the pressure is released, ultimately, open the cooker and keep the dal aside.    
  • Now, let’s spice this dal with some spices. 
  • Add ginger and garlic into the traditional mortar and pestle and pound it to get aromatic flavors. 
  • Take a heavy-bottomed pan and heat on medium heat. Add red chilies, homemade garam masala, pounded ginger-garlic paste, and red chili powder. 
  • Stir fry it for few seconds and enjoy its roasted aromatic smell. Keep the heat on low to prevent spices from burning. 
  •  Add this masala to the cooked dal and give it a gentle stir. Taste and see if anything is needed according to your taste. Add water if consistency is too thick. 
  • Give it a quick boil and turn off the heat. Transfer it to a serving bowl. 
  • Garnish it with chopped coconut and coriander leaves and enjoy! 

Final Words: 

Make these amazingly delicious and aromatic dishes during the Rath Yatra festival and enjoy the fantastic flavors of Oriyan cuisine. Prepare these Ghosa Jatra recipes at your home and enjoy the festivals in a traditional way!