Ram Rochak Tarkari (Oriya Cuisine)

Ram Rochak Tarkari

May Lord Jagannath Bless You  Abundantly and Fill Your Life With The Virtue of Truth Non Violence & External Compassion. Happy Rath Yatra 2014.

Ratha Yatra is a huge Hindu festival which is organized at the famous Jagannath Temple of Puri every year. Also, known as the Car Festival or Chariot Festival, the festival usually commences in the month of June and July.
This year the chariots of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother  Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra will be taken to their Mausi Ghara (Aunt’s Place) on June 29, Sunday to Shri Gundicha Temple .They will be brought to the Main Street of Puri known as Bada Danda and then return on July 7, Return Car Festival or' Bahuda Jatra'. The deities will stay at their Aunt’s place for 9 days where they will be served with nice delicacies and have fun.

The Gajapati King sweeps all around the deities and chariots and is marked as the most famous ritual associated with Rath Yatra . This is known as Chhera pahara . The King will also cleanse the road with help of a gold handed broom and sprinkle sandalwood water and sandalwood powder.

Some of the favourite delicacies offered to the dieties will be Poda Pitha (also famous as Poor Man’s Cake), Manda Pitha, Kakr,a Pitha, Arissa Pitha, Habisa Dalma, Ram Rochak Tarkari, Rasagulla, Khiri , Guda Khiri, Enduri Pitha,Chitau Pitha Tamata Khujuri Khata, and many more.

Below I will give the recipe of Ram Rochak Tarkari. For  other recipes, please click on the links which will take you to the pages and find a detailed recipe of the same. If you want any special recipe, kindly let me know and I will try to post it asap. Please note that this is a temple preparation because of which addition of onions and garlic is strictly prohibited and use of Ghee or Clarified Butter is highly recommended.

I am still not sure the origin for the name of the recipe. Rochak mean enlightening or illuminating.  Kindly, enlighten me if anybody is aware of it.

What You Need:

1 Moong Daal or Muga Dali 1 cup
2 Green Chilli finely chopped 2
3 Curry leaves 6 to 7
4 Ginger Paste 1 tsp
5 Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
6 Cumin Powder 2 tbsp
7 Dry Mango Powder 1 tsp
8 Salt To Taste
9 Brinjal cut into small cubes 1
10 Potato cut into small cubes 2 small
11 Dry Red Chili 2
12 Baking Powder 1 tsp
13 Garam Masala
14 Ghee 2 tsp
15 Green Cardamom 2
16 Cloves 2
17 Oil For frying
18 Coriander Leaves chopped 2 tbsp

Steps To Make:

Soak Moong Daal for 2 hours.
Drain the water completely.
Grind together with 2 dry red chillies and 1 tbsp cumin powder to a coarse paste.
Add baking powder and salt to it.
Heat 4 tbsp oil in a flat pan.
Make small balls of the paste and deep fry till its golden yellow from all sides.
Heat 1/2 tsp ghee in a pan.
Add eggplants and cover and cook for a minute. Keep it aside.
Add 1/2 tsp ghee in the same pan.
Add cubed potatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Keep aside.
Heat 1 tsp ghee in the same pan.
Add curry leaves, chopped green chillies and cumin seeds.
Make a paste of turmeric powder, dry mango powder and garam masala by adding ½ cup water.
Add it to the pan. Add salt, brinjal, potato and 1 cup of water.
Bring it to boil.
Add chopped coriander leaves and fried moong daal balls.

Cook for a minute more. Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl.

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