Bhubaneswar, Jan 19 (LocalWire) Odisha, the land of temples, is famed for its unique and diverse culture, vibrant folk mythology, and innumerable delicious delicacies.
While talking about sweetmeats in Odia households, Kora Khai needs a special mention.
The much-loved delicacy is offered as prasad to Lord Lingaraj, at the Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneshwar.
How is it prepared?
The century-old Kora Khai is prepared with four main ingredients; Khai (Freshly made puff rice), sugar or jaggery, coconut, and special spice mix (a unique blend of black pepper, cardamom, fennel seeds and nutmeg).
The recipe comes from a particular family in the old town of the city. The family has been preparing it for generations.
It is prepared in a large brass cooking pot on an earthen stove. For caramelization, jaggery or sugar is added to water and heated for 10-15 minutes.
Then coconut pieces and special spices are added to it. Once the caramelized solution is ready, freshly made puffed rice is mixed and made into balls called ‘mua’ or cut into pieces for ‘khai’.
Where to get it from?
Due to its increasing popularity, Kora Khai is now readily available in many retail outlets in the market.
The old town locality houses around 25 shops that are known for their distinguished quality and taste.
However, ‘Baya Baba Kora Khai’ happens to be one of the oldest Kora Khai shops.
Rama Sahoo, the founder, is known as expert for preparing authentic Kora Khai.
A large number of tourists flock to this shop to get a taste of the finest Kora Khai.
Besides, over the period of time, many other confectioners families have also come up with their shops in the old town area.
Bharat Bikhyat Kora Khai, ‘Jagat Bikhayat Kora Khai’ and Odisha Prasidha Kora Khai in the market are also gaining reputation in recent times.
There are very many varieties of Kora Khai available in the city; however, the shops in old town sell only two types- general and specific.
Both of them differ in quality and price, ranging between 180 rupees and 220 rupees per kilogram.
This dry and crunchy sweet delicacy of Odisha stays fresh for a long time and is easy to carry and store, making it an absolute favourite among everyone.