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TRADITIONAL CUISINE OF ODISHA

Review of Books on Odia Cuisine

ASHRAM RANDHA


ASHRAM RANDHA

By Shanti Samal

Published by Cuttack Students Store

Cuttack

This is a suitable book in the hands of the readers who are in search of the recipe of holistic Odia foods. The recipes in the book avoid use of onion and garlic, as is the practice in the temples and maths of Odisha. The food items chosen to be covered, find common appearance on the dining table of the traditional Odia homes. So this book serves as one that could be frequently browsed through in the kitchen, instead of placing it as a decorative piece in the bookshelf. It could be of immense use specially in the vegetarian homes.


ODISSI RANDHAN KALA


ODISSI RANDHAN KALA

By Prasanna Kumari Devi

Published by Agraduta

Cuttack

This book serves as a reliable reference manual for traditional cuisine of Odisha in Odia language. The author has made sincere endeavors to cover recipe of as many Odia foods as possible. For example, in the chapter on 'Saaga' (leafy vegetables) recipe of 22 types of saaga including Kakharu saaga, Sajana saaga and Kalara patra are presented. The foreword: 'Our Food Culture' contributed by the eminent author Mahapatra Nilamani Sahoo is an added attraction of the book.


HEALTHY ORIYA CUISINE


HEALTHY ORIYA CUISINE

By Bijoylaxmi Hota & Kabita Pattanayak

Published by Rupa & Co

New Delhi

This recipe book seeks to present the Odishan style of cooking in a crisp manner. A laudable effort has been made by the authors to capture the essence of Odia cuisine and show how it contributes positively to one's health as well. A few non-Odia recipes also appear to have crept into the book in the process of covering assorted foods of Odisha. We suggest that the authors should think of modifying the lay-out of the book in subsequent editions.


PURBA: FEASTS FROM THE EAST


PURBA: FEASTS FROM THE EAST

By Laxmi Parida

Published by iUniverse

Lincoln, USA

Here we have an authentic cook book covering almost all aspects of Oriya cuisine. The author has presented the culinary art of Odisha with such a cordial approach that her narrative with a personal touch makes the recipes quite enjoyable to go through. One can sense a thorough research on Oriya kitchen as one browses through the book. The only thing we wonder is why the author excluded the word 'Orissa' or 'Oriya' from the title of the book. However it finds mention as a footnote on the cover.


CLASSIC COOKING OF ORISSA


CLASSIC COOKING OF ORISSA

By Sujata Patnaik & Ranjta Patnaik

Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Mumbai

It's a compilation of the recipes of 85 typical foods of Odisha, which include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items, and even pickles and chutneys. The ingredients and method of preparation of all these items are meticulously covered in the book. It may encourage the readers to try their hands at various traditional Odia recipes at their homes. Some interesting recipes which find mention in the book are Kanji (vegetables in fermented rice water), Chuna Machha Patrapoda (small fish baked in leaves) and Bitter Rice (rice with Neem leaves).


ଆମ ଭୋଜନ- ସଂସ୍କୃତି

ଏ କଥା ସତ ଯେ ଆମର ଭୋଜନ-ସଂସ୍କୃତିରେ ମହା ଭାରତୀୟ ଭୋଜନ-ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓ ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତିକ ଭୋଜନ-ସଂସ୍କୃତି ମିଶି ଗଲାଣି| ଏହା କିଛି ଖରାପ କଥା ନୁହେଁ| ବରଂ ଭଲ| କିନ୍ତୁ ଦୁଃଖ ର କଥା ହେଲା ଆଧୁନିକ ଶିକ୍ଷିତ ଓଡିଆ ଓଡିଆଣିମାନେ ସେମାନଂକ ପାରମ୍ପରିକ ଖାଦ୍ୟ ସଂସ୍କୃତିକୁ କ୍ରମଶଃ ଭୁଲି ଗଲେଣି| ସେମାନଂକ ରନ୍ଧନଶାଳାରେ ଆଉ କାକରା, ଚିତଉ, ମଣ୍ଡା, ପୋଡପିଠା ପ୍ରସ୍ତୁତ ହେଉ ନାହିଁ କି ଶାକର, ଆମ୍ବିଳ, ବେଶର, ମହୁର ରାଇତା ରନ୍ଧା ହେଉ ନାହିଁ| କାଂଜି ଆଉ କେହି ଖାଉ ନାହାନ୍ତି| ଅମାଲୁ, ମାଲପୁଆ କି ପଦାର୍ଥ ତାହା ଓଡିଆ ଓଡିଆଣି ମାନେ କହି ପାରିବେ ନାହିଁ| ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ ଓଡିଆଣିମାନେ ଆଧୁନିକ ରେସ୍ତୋରାଂ ରେ ଖାଇବାକୁ ଅଧିକ ପସନ୍ଦ କରୁଛନ୍ତି| ସେମାନେ ଦକ୍ଷିଣୀ ରେସ୍ତୋରାଂ ରେ ବରଂ ଇଡଲୀ ଦୋଷା ଖାଇବେ କିନ୍ତୁ ଆମର ଏଂଡୁରୀ, ସରୁ ଚକୁଳି ତାଂକୁ ଗନ୍ଧାଇବ| ଆମ ଓଡିଆ ହୋଟେଲ୍ ରେସ୍ତୋରାଂରେ ବି ଆମର ପିଠା ପଣା ବା ତୁଣ ତରକାରୀ ଖାଇବାକୁ ମିଳିବ ନାହିଁ| ଫଳରେ ଆମ ଓଡିଆଂକ ପାରମ୍ପରିକ ଭୋଜନ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଲୋପ ପାଇଆସୁଛି|

ଏହା କିନ୍ତୁ ଆଦୌ ଭଲ ଲକ୍ଷଣ ନୁହେଁ| ଭାରତବର୍ଷର ବା ପୃଥିବୀର କେଉଁ ଜାତି ନିଜର ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ରତା ହରାଇ ନାହାନ୍ତି| ସଂସ୍କୃତି ର ବିଭିନ୍ନ ବିଭାବ ଭଳି ଖାଦ୍ୟ ରେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଖୁବ୍ ଉଦାର ଓ ଗ୍ରହଣଶୀଳ ହେବା ଉଚିତ୍| କିନ୍ତୁ ଏହା ବୋଲି ଆମେ ଆମର ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ରତା ହରାଇ ବସିବୁ କାହିଁକି? ଏହା ଘୋର ହୀନମନ୍ୟତା ଓ ଦୀନମନ୍ୟତା ମଧ୍ୟ| ଯେଉଁ ଜାତିର ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ରତା ନାହିଁ ସେହି ଜାତିର ଆତ୍ମ ପରିଚୟ ମଧ୍ୟ ନାହିଁ| ଆତ୍ମ ମର୍ଯାଦା କାହୁଁ ଆସିବ?

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