Bhubaneswar: Denizens of Bhubaneswar savoured Pakhala, a traditional Odia dish, on Tuesday in order to welcome the summers. Pertinently, March 20 is being celebrated as the Pakhala Divas by all Odias across the world.
To prepare Pakhala, cooked rice is put in water, known as torani which is seasoned with curd and lemon. At times cumin seeds, mint leaves and fried onion are also used for the seasoning. Notably, it is recommended to have pakhala in summer to beat the heat. The term 'Pakhala' has been derived from the Pali word 'pakhaliba' as well as the Sanskrit word "Prakshalana" which means washed or to wash.
Restaurants in Bhubaneswar also celebrated the day by offering special menu on Pakhala such as - Dahi Pakhala, Masala Pakhala, Basi Pakhala, Saja Pakhala and Lemon Pakhala along with numerous traditional Odia dishes.