Odisha Kanika |Mitha Pulao |Sweet Rice

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The dishes from Odisha – Sweet or Savory are easy on your palette and mainly because they use less oil and spices. Be it the world famous Chenna PodaManda Pitha , Kheer or  even the Khira Gaintha. Simple ingredients yet amazing taste.

The food is usually made fresh and daily with locally grown produce. The cuisine of Odisha is very much influenced by recipes developed and used by temple cooks for thousands and thousands of years. The menu is called: Mahaprasad or Avada. The menu contains various type of food items and feeds to thousands and thousands of people on a daily basis. The temple cooks were much sought after due to their ability to cook food in accordance with Hindu scriptures.

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One of the dishes from Mahaprasad is Kanika. Kanika is a sweet pulao or sweet rice made with ghee, basmati rice and sugar, and dry fruits. The dish is mildly sweet and extremely flavorful from the whole spices like cardamom, clove, and cinnamon. Kanika takes the color of yellow from the turmeric. Not saffron.

I had a Satyanarayan Puja done at our place for my older son’s birthday and I cooked everything without ginger, garlic or onion. Kanika was one of the dishes that I had made. The dish was licked clean. And what could be a better compliment to the chef than her cooked food is loved and adored so much that, the platter is clean. 🙂

Coming back to the recipe and ingredients of Kanika, as I mentioned earlier, simple ingredients and extremely good taste.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup pure ghee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a handful of cashews, raisins, and almonds
  • 2 cardamom, 2 cloves, 1inch cinnamon, 1-star anise
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 pinch salt

METHOD:

  • Wash the rice clean and drain
  • Heat ghee in a deep bottomed pot
  • Add the cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and cloves
  • Add the dry fruits and fry for a minute or two.
  • Once the ghee is hot enough, slowly add the cleaned rice and fry for 7/8 minutes in low flame
  • Now slowly add the sugar and water and increase the heat to high
  • Let the rice boil in the sugar water for 3/4 minutes
  • Then reduce the heat to low-medium and cover the pot.
  • Cook the rice covered in low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir once in a while to make sure that’s the rice is not burned.

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Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

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  1. I think I have said this before but your food pics inspire me to take better photos myself. One of the reasons I have not posted recipes too often on my blog – i take tons of pics but reject them all:-) And this recipe is new to me. And looks delish, i know my son will love this (and me too!)

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