Bhubaneswar, April 27 (LocalWire): As the mercury soars so does your thirst for drinks to cool you down. Though there’re a plenty of branded beverages available in the market to choose from, here are seven traditional Odia summer drinks that will help quench your thirst in the blistering heat.
While most of these summer concoctions can be prepared easily at home, you may also try them in the local outlets. Either way, they’re just perfect for the Odisha summer:
1. Bela Pana
It is prepared by mixing bela (ripe wood apple) pulp, chenna, mashed banana, grated coconut, spices and water. Bela Pana is believed to be an antidote for sunstroke and stomach ulcers.
Palua, or arrowroot, is grinded into a fine pulp and then sugar, jiggery, mishri, curd and cardamom is added to it. This healthy drink is consumed in empty stomach. Palua is very popular in southern Odisha.
3. Landa-Baguli Dahi Sharbat
The internet is abuzz with Sabza seeds which seem to be topping on everyone’s list of kitchen essentials.
Locally called Landa-Baguli, these seeds are good for stomach. The drink is made by soaking the seeds in whipped sugar and curd, and served by adding chilled water and lime juice for extra fruity punch!
The quintessential Lassi is served in a variety of mix and flavors depending on the region you live. The Odia version, though, takes it to another level.
The Skimmed yoghurt is garnished with grated coconut, cashew, sweetened milk, khoa and rabidi, making it one of its kinds – a delicious thirst quencher in summer.
5. Mandia Peja
Mandia Peja, or Ragi porridge, is an ideal summer drink and popular in the tribal belt of Odisha. It is prepared by mixing Ragi powder with stale boiled rice water. The mixture is then kept inside a covered container. After a few days, it is ready for use. Mandia Peja is said to keep your stomach cool.
6. Khajuri Mishri Sharbat
Khajuri Mishri Sharbat is a treat to your taste buds. It is made simply by dissolving Khajuri mishri, or crystallized date palm sugar, in water and lime juice. It is garnished with Sabza seeds and ice cubes. Date palm sugar is good for diabetic and blood pressure patients.
7. Tanka Torani
The list will be incomplete without the mention of this quintessential summer drink, which is also widely served in Puri temples. Water is added to cooked rice and mixed thoroughly. And then curry and lemon leaves, chilly and salt are added to the mixture. It is served chilled in earthen pots.
This summer, refresh and rejuvenate yourself with these seven cool traditional drinks of Odisha.