Most Popular Foods Of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While the beautiful state of Odisha is known for its culture, heritage and spiritual sites, it is also a hub for gorgeous food. All in all, Odisha is paradise for a food lover.

Now the food items mentioned in the list are in no particular order and are just some of the iconic food items of Odisha.

Here’s the list:

Pakhala Bhata

This is a very simple and authentic Odia cuisine. It consists of cooked rice washed or a little fermented in water. The liquid part is known as torani. The side dishes are huge catch too- badi Chura, bharta, vegetable fry, fish fry, papad, and others.


This mouth-watering dish includes lentil with tons of vegetables and spices. Common veggies include pumpkin, plantain, yam and papaya, which work like magic on your overall health. Mostly eaten with rice, this finger-licking meal will more than satiate your appetite.

Mudhi Mansa

This authentic Odia dish belongs to Mayurbhanj’s Baripada. Mati handi Mansa is mutton marinated with spices and simmered in an earthen pot (‘mati handi’) for an hour on a traditional hearth, till it is cooked. It is mixed with puffed rice or ‘Mudhi’ making it one of the iconic dishes of Odisha.


Dahi Bara Aloo dum is one of the most famous street foods of Odisha. From 5 in the morning till 5 in the evening, one can comfortably binge on it. While everywhere else, Dahi vada and aloo dum are considered to be two separate dishes, Odisha offers a distinctive blend of the both. The relishing taste of dahi vadas carefully neutralises the spiciness of aloo dum, giving the taste that every Odia craves for.

Chena Poda

Chhena Poda is a cheese dessert of Odisha. Chhena Poda literally means Roasted Cheese in Odia and is said to be the favourite dessert of Lord Jagannath. The lingering taste of burnt home-made cottage cheese and semolina combined with sugar syrup simply blow away your mind.


Served in Lord Jagannath temple as a part of Chappana Bhogas, this delicacy trace its origin from Kendrapara district in Odisha. It is offered to Lord Baladevjew and is believed to originate from Baladevjew temple of Kendrapada. The cheese balls are deep fried and then soaked in thick flavoured milk.

The list of iconic foods of Odisha would be incomplete without the honourable of Odisha’s Rasogola. The ball-shaped dumplings of chena or cottage cheese are cooked in light syrup. The Rasogola is believed to have been originated from Odisha where Lord Jagannath offers it to Goddess Laxmi as a peace offering post-Rath Yatra. It just received a GI tag.


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