'Pakhala' Selling Like Hot Cakes in Kendrapara

Published: 15th April 2016 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2016 05:04 AM   |  A+A-

KENDRAPARA: Pakhala or fermented rice, a traditional summer delicacy, is savoured by the poor and rich alike and is lapped up at homes and hotels alike.

The demand rises during summer as fermented rice helps cool the body and prevents sunstroke.

Around 20 ‘dhabas’ on either side of National Highway-5(A) from Chandikhole to Paradip are doing brisk business by selling ‘Pakhala’ with different combinations to the people.

Even big hotels have included ‘Pakhala’ in their menu and commercialised it to attract the guests. Bijya Sahoo, a dhaba owner of Kendrapara said, “We charge `25 for a bowl of ‘Pakhala.’ Customers are charged extra for fish fry and other items.”

Pakhala.jpg“We serve ‘Dahi Pakhala’, ‘Lembu Pakhala’, ‘Jeera Pakhala’, ‘Arua Pakhala’, ‘Usuna Pakhala’ and Plain Pakhala with fish fry, stuffed bhindi, drumstick fry, cabbage santula and badichura,” said Sahoo.

The price, however, rises for the dish sold in big hotels. “We charge `350 for ‘Pakhala.’ Foreigners visiting our hotel have relished our Pakhala,” said Ashok Das, owner of a hotel in Kendrapara.

“Pakhala is the hallmark of Odia food culture, particularly during summer. People in cities consume cold drinks or beer to beat the heat, but rural people have their own unique ‘Pakhala’ to cool themselves. A large number of daily labourers take ‘Pakhala’ for all three meals in a day to beat the summer heat.”

In a unique move, jail authorities have also added ‘Pakhala’ in their menu. “We are providing ‘Pakhala’ to all inmates of sub-jail in Kendrapara,” said an official of the sub-jail in Kendrapara.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp