Bhubaneswar: ‘Rasabali’, the sweet offered to the deities at the Sri Baladevjew Temple in Kendrapara as ‘bhog’ (offering) has been accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag on Tuesday.
‘Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangha’ and ‘Rural Infrastructure Development & Employment’ had applied to the Geographical Indications Registry seeking Geographical Indications for Kendrapara Rasabali (sweet) in December 2021 under Food Stuffs.
The Geographical Indications Registry issued the GI certificate to Kendrapara Rasabali today.
According to food researchers, Rasabali as a sweet has been in use since the medieval time during King Anangabhima Deva’s reign. During his rule, as many as 32 varieties of ‘Rasabali’ were being offered at the Sri Baladevjew Temple.
Earlier the sweet used to be prepared only inside the temple as an offering to the deities. However, it is now available all over Kendrapara town and at many places in Odisha.
The preparation of Rasabali is a complex process and is made of cheese, ghee, milk and green cardamom.