Kanika: Try this Odia style pulao recipe to add zing to festivals
Kanika is offered to Lord Jagannath as a part of Chhapan Bhoga offering that is also known as Maha Prasad. Besides, it is offered to Maa Mangala.
Apart from its architectural acumen, rich festivals, scenic beauty and tourist attractions, Odisha is also known for its unique cuisine.
You must have tasted Kanika (sweet pulao) during your visit to Lord Jagannath temple in Puri. Kanika is offered to Lord Jagannath as a part of Chhapan Bhoga offering that is also known as Maha Prasad. Besides, it is offered to Maa Mangala.
Kanika is a pulao recipe which is prepared during festivals in Odisha. Odia people make sure to prepare Kanika when it comes to auspicious occasions like Rath Yatra, Bahuda among many more.
Gone are the days when Kanika used to be served at wedding parties and family get-togethers before fried rice and biriyani were introduced.
Spices used in the recipe add a special flavour to the dish. Desi ghee plays vital role in the dish as it makes it aromatic. So, let’s know how to prepare this yellow sweet rice recipe to add zing to the holy festivals.
- Basumati rice
- Bay leaves
- Black peppercorn
- White cardamom
- Black cardamom
- Turmeric powder
- Salt according to taste
How to make
- Wash & soak basmati rice. Then drain the water and spread it on a plate to make it completely dry.
- Bring a narrow-mouthed vessel and heat refined oil in it. Add bay leaves and whole spices which include cloves, peppercorn, both black and white cardamoms and fry.
- Sauté it till these spices start releasing the aroma.
- Add the raisins and cashews. Fry cashews till golden brown and raisins till they swell up. But make sure not to burn them.
- Then add water and turmeric powder as per the requirement to the species.
- After water starts boiling, add the rice in it and stir till it is translucent. Cover it and cook until the rice is done.
- And at the end don’t forget to add required sugar as we are preparing sweet Kanika.
- Mix it well. Lastly, add a few spoons of desi ghee.
- Serve Kanika with dalma and saga, tomato khatta or aloo dum during festivities.