Dahibara AlooDum Dibasa: Celebrating Odisha’s beloved street food

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 01, 2024 IST

On March 1st, Dahibara AlooDum Dibasa is majorly observed by the people of Odisha. This culinary celebration highlights the rich cultural influence that has shaped the taste of Dahibara AlooDum over generations. While the unique flavor of Dahibara AlooDum in Cuttack remains unparalleled, its recipe has traversed across Odisha and beyond, adapting to the distinct palates of different regions.

As the calendar flips to March 1st, the wintery chill subsides, making way for the impending summer heat. It is during this transitional period that Odia folks seek out cuisines known for their cooling properties, with curd or yogurt-based delicacies taking precedence. DahiBara AlooDum and Pakhala, both offering refreshing relief from the scorching weather, become cherished staples. Hence, the date of March 1st is aptly chosen for celebrating this Dibasa, aligning perfectly with the onset of warmer days. 

Origins and significance:

Dahibara, also known as dahi vada in some parts of India, traces its roots back to the heartlands of Odisha. The dish comprises soft, lentil-based dumplings immersed in a tantalizing blend of spiced yogurt and tangy tamarind chutney, garnished with aromatic spices and fresh herbs. Its origins may be humble, but its flavors are anything but ordinary, embodying the essence of comfort food with a gourmet twist.

The initiative was conceived by a group of enthusiastic food enthusiasts from the state, aiming to elevate this beloved snack to global recognition. Dahibara Aloodum, believed to have originated and initially sold near Barabati Fort in Bidanasi (old Cuttack), is celebrated worldwide on this day.

The Dahibara recipe:

While the true essence of Dahibara Dibasa lies in savoring the authentic flavors of street-side vendors, enthusiasts can also recreate this culinary masterpiece in the comfort of their homes. Here's a simplified recipe to make dahibaras:

Ingredients:

1 cup urad dal (black gram)

2 cups yogurt

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2-3 green chilies, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Tamarind chutney

Chaat masala

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Soak urad dal in water for 4-5 hours or overnight. Drain the water and grind the dal to a smooth batter, adding minimal water if necessary.

Add grated ginger, chopped green chilies, and salt to the batter. Mix well.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Wet your hands and take a small portion of the batter, shaping it into a round dumpling. Gently slide it into the hot oil.

Fry the dumplings until golden brown and crisp on the outside. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel.

Beat the yogurt with a little water to make it smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste.

Once the dumplings are slightly cooled, soak them in the beaten yogurt mixture for a few minutes.

Arrange the soaked dumplings on a serving plate. Drizzle with tamarind chutney and sprinkle chaat masala on top.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Dahibara Dibasa is more than just a celebration of food; it is a celebration of community, culture, and culinary heritage. As enthusiasts come together to indulge in this timeless delicacy, they not only savor its exquisite flavors but also forge lasting memories and traditions.


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