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Ghia Anna
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Ghia Anna

About the Recipe

It is the holistic way of cooking rice. Combined with the goodness and aroma of desi ghee, this renders a 'satvik' feeling. Ghia Anna or Ghee rice, as we may call it, is prepared and served as daily 'prasad' in many of the temples in Odisha. The Chhapan Bhog (56 kinds of offerings) in the famous Jagannath temple of Puri also includes Ghia Anna.


2 cups rice (chaula)
2 table spoon split bengal gram (chana dali / buta dali)
2 table spoon ghee (desi ghia)
10 curry leaves (bhursunga patra)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
2 red chillies (sukhila lanka)
2 table spoon lime juice (lembu rasa)
Salt to taste


Soak chana dali in water for one hour. Boil it along with rice in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water and salt. You may also boil it in a colander, but in that case add salt after boiling excess water (peja) . Then heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds, chillies and curry leaves. Put this seasoning on the cooked rice and mix thoroughly. Add lime juice and mix again. Serve with dalama or any vegetable curry. ‘Ghia Anna’ is quite popular in Puri district

Contributed by

Priyadarsini Kar

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