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A Taste of Odisha: Traditional Odia Recipes

Usha Rani Tripathy (Author)
Odia cuisine possesses a rich repertoire of delicacies savoured over the centuries in households, temples and royal palaces. In order to appreciate Odia cuisine, one must have a fair idea about its history. Odias were brave maritime people who sailed to far away lands in the South and South East Asia for trade and commerce. This inevitably led to cross cultural flows which had effects on Oriya cooking. 

The treasure of Odia cuisine being varied and vast, it is a challenging task to unravel each item. In this book the author has consciously attempted to cover those categories of Odia cuisine which are becoming increasingly rare and will soon become a part of our culinary heritage. Pithas along with some sweet items are losing favour in the kitchens of the Odia household. The author has tried to identify soem items which are unique.

Odishan in the categories of rice, curry, dal and accompaniments, some of which form a part of the offerings to local deities including Lord Jagannath. Over centuries Odia cuisine has been enriched, and supplemented with additions, refinement and sophistication. A comprehensive compilation to say teh least is a herculean and daunting task. Eating habits are a reflection of people's level of refinement, culture and taste. Odhisha boasts of a rich cultural and architectural heritage. The reowned Odissi dance, temple sculptures, unique art, crafts and textiles are world famous. However, though it has a rich cuisine heritage, this aspect of the Odia culture has not found due recognition.

This humble effort of the author, will it is hoped help in the preservation of this rich tradition and culture. 
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About the author

Usha Rani Tripathy

Born in Berhampur, Odisha, Usharani Tripathy studied in Bhubaneswar and graduated with Economics (Honours) from Utkal University. Married to A.B. Tripathy who retired as Directore General of Police, Odisha, she has trained and worked as a Teacher in Delhi, but opted to be primarily a home maker raising her two daughters who are well-settled.

Artistically endowed and with varied interests, Usharani Tripathy has for many years been actively engaged in volunteer & charitable activities working mostly for the welfare of the Police families and the distressed and deprived. She has travelled extensively and utilised the experience to enrich her culinary skills. Se now lives with her husband in Bhuhaneswar.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Taste of Odisha: Traditional Odia Recipes
Format Softcover
Date published: 11.06.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Amadeus Press
Language: English
isbn 8190381334
length xvi+96p., 28p. of Plates; Col. Illustrations; Glossary; 24cm.