Bhubaneswar, Mar 20: Pakhala Dibasa is celebrated every year on March 20. This event is observed to enjoy this Odia dish. Pakhaḷa is an Odia term for Indian food consisting of cooked rice washed or lightly fermented in water.
Pakhala is prepared with rice, curd, cucumber, cumin seeds, fried onions and mint leaves. Pakhala goes well along with potato, brinjal or fried fish. The traditional Odia dish is slightly fermented rice. The rice is cooked, water is added with a little bit of old pakhal.
The trinity (Lords Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra) is offered Dahi Pakhala (the water rice prepared with curd) during the scorching summer.